is professor of Aesthetics and Literary Media (Neugermanistik II) at Ruhr University Bochum. His research focus is on aesthetics, the theory of discourse and on cultural criticism. Apart from his research and teaching responsibilities, he works as a critic and essayist. He is a regular guest on radio programmes and publishes newspaper articles on the art sections of various newspapers, e.g. Frankfurter Rundschau, Neue Zürcher Zeitung.