Prof. Dr. Holger Helbig

Uwe Johnson Professorship for 20th Century Modern German Literature

The Uwe Johnson Professorship for Modern German Literary Studies was endowed to the University of Rostock by Dr. Ulrich Fries and has since become a regular position. Over the past five years, it has developed into the center of worldwide Johnson research. Accordingly, the literature since 1945 forms the core of my research field. In addition, I am concerned with the history of science and cultural studies, which intersect in my interest in the relationship between science and the public sphere. In terms of teaching, this has resulted in a preference for low-technology teaching.

Functions and Memberships

  • Director of the Uwe Johnson Archive
  • Director of the Uwe Johnson Research Center at the University of Rostock
  • Director of the Research Project "Uwe Johnson-Werkausgabe (The Complete Works of Uwe Johnson) of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities at the University of Rostock"
  • Director of the Research Project "Barlach 2020". Critical Edition of Ernst Barlach's Letters
  • Chairman of the Uwe Johnson Association (together with Dr. Ulrich Fries)
  • Vice-Chairman of the Johannes and Annitta Fries Foundation
  • Member of the Commission for Literary Studies of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • Member of the board of directors of the state-wide Center for Teacher Training and Educational Research Mecklenburg-Vorpommern


Uwe Johnson Professorship
Dr. Stefanie Kohl
Henni-Lisette Busch
Dr. Cosima Mattner

Uwe Johnson Research Center and Uwe Johnson Archive
Antje Pautzke
Deputy Director of the Uwe Johnson Research Center and the Uwe Johnson Archive
Cordula Greinert

Academy Project "Uwe Johnson-Werkausgabe"
Dr. Katja Leuchtenberger
Deputy Director of the Academy Project "Uwe Johnson-Werkausgabe"
Dr. Yvonne Dudzik
Fabian Kaßner
Dr. André Kischel
Martina Paethke

Junior Professorship for Digital Humanities
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ulrike Henny-Krahmer

Prof. Dr. Holger Helbig

Institute for German Studies
Gertrudenstraße 11, Torhaus, Room 107
18057 Rostock

Tel.: 49(0)381 498 2540
E-Mail: holger.helbiguni-rostockde

Consultation Hour

Please feel free to contact me by email at any time. Appointments can be made in presence or online.