Elisabeth Décultot

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Décultot

Humboldt-Professur für neuzeitliche Schriftkultur und europäischen Wissenstransfer Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Elisabeth Décultot is Humboldt Professor of Modern Written Culture and European Knowledge Transfer at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. She has been awarded this Humboldt Professorship in 2015. From 2005 to 2015 she was a research professor (“directrice de recherche”) at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris. Her research focuses on the history of art historiography and aesthetics in Germany, especially in the 18th century, as well as on the methods of reading and writing in the modern scholarship.

Much of her work is dedicated to the study of Johann Joachim Winckelmann, to whom she devoted an exhibition in 2017 (“Winckelmann. Moderne Antike/Winckelmann. Modern Antiquity”, Weimar, Neues Museum, 7 April-2 July 2017). She is the editor of the collected writings of the German “Aufklärer”  Johann Georg Sulzer (Gesammelte Schriften, Basel, 2014 ff.) and is currently working on the early modern practices of quoting, making excerpts and plagiarizing (Lesen, Kopieren, Schreiben. Lese- und Exzerpierkunst in der europäischen Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts, Berlin 2014; Exzerpt, Plagiat, Archiv. Untersuchungen zur neuzeitlichen Schriftkultur, together with H. Zedelmaier, Halle 2017).