Andreas Krass

Prof Andreas Krass – Principal Investigator, Humboldt-University Berlin

Andreas Krass has been a professor of Medieval German Literature at the Goethe University of Frankfurt (2004-2012) and at the Humboldt University of Berlin (since 2012). He is the founder and director of the Research Center for the Cultural History of Sexuality at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He is also a member of the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He specialises on Gender Studies, Queer Studies and the history of intimacy and sexuality. His latest books include a literary history of the mermaid (Meerjungfrauen: Geschichten einer unmöglichen Liebe, 2010), an essay on Magnus Hirschfeld’s impact on literature and literary history (“Meine erste Geliebte: Magnus Hirschfeld und sein Verhältnis zur schönen Literatur, 2013), and a literary history of male friendship (Ein Herz und eine Seele: Geschichte der Männerfreundschaft, 2016).

Website: Research Center for the Cultural History of Sexuality


Benedikt Wolf by Dragan Simicevic

Benedikt Wolf – Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Benedikt Wolf is postdoc researcher in the German CRUSEV team. His research in the frame of the CRUSEV programme focuses on journalist and satirist Felix Rexhausen (1932-1992). He received a master’s degree in Modern Greek Studies, German as a Foreign Language and Sociology from Munich University in 2011. In July 2016, he submitted his doctoral dissertation on the figure of the penetrated man in German 20th century narrative literature at Humboldt University of Berlin. His research interests include Gender and Queer Studies, German 20th century literature, and the critical study of antigypsyism.



Janin Afken – Research Assistant, PhD student

Janin Afken is PhD student in the German CRUSEV team. She worked as a professional bookseller before she started to study German literature and Gender studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She was a student assistant working for the research project “Intellectuals in Berlin, 1800-1830”, for the Coordination Centre for Scientific University Collections in Germany at the Helmholtz Centre for Cultural Techniques as well as at the Research Center for the Cultural History of Sexuality. She finished her studies with a Master thesis about Stefan Zweig’s Confusion of feelings (Titled “Axes of Desire – Homoerotic, Androgyny and Mental Procreation in Stefan Zweig’s Confusion of Feelings (1927)”. She specialises in female writing, epistolary literature and discursive history.



Liesa Hellmann – Student Assistant