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Eva Kimminich

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Eva Kimminich (* 28. April 1957 in St. Blasien, Germany) is a German professor of Romance languages, cultural scientist and semiotician.


Eva Kimminich studied and completed her doctorate at the University of Freiburg in 1985 with the dissertation “Des Teufels Werber” (The Devil's recruiters), which was written in Florence. She then was entrusted with the research project "Brauch am Oberrhein" (Customs on the Upper Rhine). The results are published in the two monographs “Religiöse Bräuche im Räderwerk der Obrigkeiten” and “Prozessionsteufel, Herrgottsmaschinen und Hakenkreuzflaggen. Zur Geschichte der Fronleichnamsprozession in Freiburg und Baden.” Subsequent to the project, she worked as a research assistant in the special research field “literality and orality” (Schriftlichkeit und Mündlichkeit) at the University of Freiburg and wrote the monograph “Erlebte Lieder. Songs and experience. An Analysis of Handwritten Song Records of the 19th Century.” In 1989 she received a research grant from the German Research Foundation in Bonn and habilitated at the University of Freiburg in 1992 with a collective reformulation theory of social realities using the example of censored chansons from 19th century Parisian cafés-concerts (Erstickte Lieder. Censored Chansons from Parisian Cafés-concerts. An Attempt at a Collective Reformulation of Social Realities) for the subject Romance Philology. From 1993 to 2009, she held various visiting and substitute professorships at German universities and conducted research projects on rap and hip-hop culture in France and West Africa. In 2000, she published “Zunge und Zeichen” (Tongue and Sign), the first of intime 13 volumes in the series "Welt – Körper – Sprache. Perspektiven kultureller Wahrnehmungs- und Darstellungsformen" (World – Body – Language. Perspectives of cultural forms of perception and representation). In 2002 she founded the section “Semiotics of popular cultures” in the German Society for Semiotics, of which she was entrusted with the presidency from 2009 to 2011, and for which she is still active today as an advisor for youth and subcultures. Since 2010 she is holding the chair of “Cultures of Romance Countries” at the University of Potsdam. There, in 2017, she conceived and established the Master's programme “Applied Cultural Studies and Cultural Semiotics”, which also offers a binational degree at the University of Turin “International Applied Cultural Studies and Cultural Semiotics”. With its cultural semiotics and practice-oriented focus, it is unique in Germany and was awarded the title of the most innovative degree programme at the University of Potsdam in 2018. In 2019, she organised the first International Week of Semiotics, which has since taken place annually in February and in which students are actively involved in order to have their first contacts with experts from the field. At the same time, she founded the Virtual Centre for Cultural Semiotics, which intensifies contact between academia and professional practice, students' innovative ideas and social and economic needs.[1]


Cognitive concepts and socio-cultural transformation, social media and populism, youth and protest cultures.


  • Illégal ou légal. Anthologie du rap français. Reclam, Stuttgart 2002 ISBN 3-15-009093-8
  • Erstickte Lieder. Zensierte Chansons aus Pariser Cafés-concerts. Versuch einer kollektiven Reformulierung gesellschaftlicher Wirklichkeiten. (Romanica et Comparatistica, 31) Stauffenburg, Tübingen 1998 ISBN 3-86057-081-1
  • Erlebte Lieder. Eine Analyse handschriftlicher Liedaufzeichnungen des 19. Jahrhunderts. (ScriptOralia, 20) Gunter Narr, Tübingen 1990 ISBN 3-8233-4237-1
  • Prozessionsteufel, Herrgottsmaschinen und Hakenkreuzflaggen. Zur Geschichte der Fronleichnamsprozession in Freiburg und Baden. (Stadt und Geschichte, 14) Schillinger, Freiburg 1990 ISBN 3-89155-051-0
  • Religiöse Volksbräuche im Räderwerk der Obrigkeiten. Ein Beitrag zur Auswirkung aufklärerischer Reformprogramme am Oberrhein und in Vorarlberg. (Menschen und Strukturen, 4) Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main 1989 ISBN 3-631-40356-9
  • Des Teufels Werber. Mittelalterliche Lasterdarstellung und Gestaltungsformen der Fastnacht. (Artes Populares, 110) Peter Lang, Frankfurt 1986 ISBN 3-8204-9500-2
Anthologies (Selection)
  • Virality and Morphogensis of right wing internet populism. Together with J. Erdmann and A. Dizdarevic. (Welt – Körper – Sprache. Perspektiven kultureller Wahrnehmungs- und Darstellungsformen, 13) Frankfurt et. Al. Peter Lang 2018 ISBN 978-3-631-70943-6
  • with Judith Stein (Ed.): Mythos Stadt – Stadtmythen. (Welt – Körper – Sprache. Perspektiven kultureller Wahrnehmungs- und Darstellungsformen, 10) Peter Lang, Frankfurt 2013 ISBN 978-3-631-62849-2
  • with Mara Persello (Ed.): Stadt und Zeichen. Berlin 2011
  • Utopien, Jugendkulturen und Lebenswirklichkeiten: ästhetische Praxis als politisches Handeln. (Welt – Körper – Sprache. Perspektiven kultureller Wahrnehmungs- und Darstellungsformen, 7) Peter Lang, Frankfurt 2009 ISBN 978-3-631-59938-9
  • Metaphern der Macht – Macht der Metapher. Shaker, Aachen 2008 ISBN 978-3-8322-7111-4
  • with H. Geuen, M. Rappe and S. Pfänder (Ed.): Express Yourself! Europas Kreativität zwischen Markt und Underground. Transcript, Bielefeld 2007 ISBN 978-3-89942-673-1
  • with Christoph Jacke, Siegfried J. Schmidt (Ed.): Kulturschutt: Über das Recyceln von Theorien und Kulturen. Transcript, Bielefeld 2006 ISBN 3-89942-394-1
  • GastroLogie. (Welt – Körper – Sprache. Perspektiven kultureller Wahrnehmungs- und Darstellungsformen, 5) Peter Lang, Frankfurt 2005 ISBN 978-3-63154283-5
  • Rap: More Than Words. (Welt – Körper – Sprache. Perspektiven kultureller Wahrnehmungs- und Darstellungsformen, 4) Peter Lang, Frankfurt 2004 ISBN 3-631-51961-3
  • Kulturelle Identität: Konstruktionen und Krisen. (Welt – Körper – Sprache. Perspektiven kultureller Wahrnehmungs- und Darstellungsformen, 3) Peter Lang, Frankfurt 2003 ISBN 3-631-50206-0


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  1. "Prof. Dr. Eva Kimminich". University of Potsdam. Retrieved 29 May 2021.