I am a lecturer (“wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin”) in philosophy at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with a focus on theoretical philosophy, and philosophy of language in particular. Right now, I am working on issues at the intersection between the metaphilosophical debate around conceptual engineering and the normative debate around harmful speech, especially hate speech. I am particularly interested in the questions of how exactly we should understand the term ‘hate speech’ and of whether or not reclamation or re-appropriation is plausibly viewed as a form of conceptual engineering.
I obtained a B.A. in German studies and philosophy from Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf in 2008 and an M.A. in philosophy and linguistics from Stuttgart University in 2011. In February 2018, I defended my PhD thesis on linguistic vagueness (and the associated paradox of the heap).
While a PhD student, I spent four months as a visiting researcher at the University of Toronto (supervised by Diana Raffman). I worked as a lecturer at Bielefeld University from April 2016 to March 2017, and at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg from April 2017 to August 2018. My full CV is to be found here.
I also enjoy writing poems from time to time — mostly, but not exclusively, in German. Here are some results of my (not too serious) lyrical ambitions.