Irene Albers is a Professor of Romance Philology and General and Comparative Literary Studies at the FU Berlin since 2004. The alumna of the University of Konstanz is one of the most distinguished and creative Romance studies scholar's of her generation. Her work not only covers the diversity of Romance literatures from the early modern period, on the one hand, and of the 19th and 20th centuries, on the other, but comprises a broad range of literary-theoretical and cultural-theoretical topics and questions as well. Professor Albers is also actively engaged in various, respectively interdisciplinary research fields: Relations between literature and photography in the 19th and 20th centuries; Primitivism and the Modern Age: Michel Leiris's ethnological poetics; Body language and emotions in Romance novels from Boccaccio through to the 17th century.
Professor Albers is the Principal Investigator in two Excellence Initiative projects at the FU Berlin. (The "Languages of Emotion" Cluster and the "Friedrich-Schlegel-Graduate School of Literary Studies"). Her associated experience with interdisciplinary projects will provide valuable impulses at the Zukunftskolleg for contentually similar, but methodologically different project designs. The young researchers at Konstanz will also benefit from Irene Albers' experience and contacts as well as from her great commitment to promoting young scholars.
Irene Albers was nominated for the Zukunftskolleg Award and the associated Senior Fellowship by Junior Professor Johanna Kißler, who was a Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg up until December 2009.