The Judges 2011

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Dr. Maike Albath

Deutschlandfunk / DeutschlandRadio Kultur

Dr. Maike Albath, born 1966 in Braunschweig, lives in Berlin. She studied Romance languages and literature and German language and literature in Berlin and Italy and wrote on the Italian poet Andrea Zanzotta for her PhD. She has been a journalist with broadcasters Deutschlandfunk and DeutschlandRadio since 1993. She also works for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, the Frankfurter Rundschau, the Süddeutschee Zeitung and the magazine Cicero. In 2001, she was awarded the Alfred Kerr Prize for Literary Criticism. Her book “ Der Geist von Turin. Pavese, Ginzburg, Einaudi und die Wiedergeburt Italiens nach 1943” was published by Berenberg Verlag in spring 2010.

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Gregor Dotzauer

Der Tagesspiegel

Gregor Dotzauer was born in Bayreuth in 1962. After studying German language and literature, philosophy and musicology, he worked for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and Die Zeit, among others. He has been literary editor at the Berliner Tagesspiegel since 1999. He received the Alfred Kerr Prize for Literary Criticism in 2009.

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Dr. Ulrike Draesner


Dr. Ulrike Draesner, born 1962, studied German language and literature, English and philosophy in Germany and England. She is a freelance author living in Berlin. Her work includes novels, short stories, poems, essays and translations from English and French. She has held guest and poetry lectureships in Kiel, Birmingham and Bamberg, among others, as well as several guest professorships at the Deutsche Literaturinstitut in Leipzog. Her most recent publications:
 “Vorliebe”, novel (2010), “Schöne Frauen lesen”, essays (2007). In March 2011,  Draesner publishes the short story collection “Richtig liegen. Geschichten in Paaren.” Draesner has received many awards for her work.

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Clemens-Peter Haase


Clemens-Peter Haase, born 1959, studied modern history, German philology, sociology and politics in Münster and Helsinki. After working in the European Parliament and with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, he passed the Goethe-Institut lectureship course and was taken on as a lecturer by the Goethe-Institut. He was assigned to posts in Munich, Bremen and London, directing the Goethe-Institut branches in Tampere and Sofia between 1994 and 2003. From 2003 on, he was in charge of the literature and translation funding section in the Goethe-Institut head office in Munich. He published works on Finnish history and on literary aesthetic topics and wrote literary criticism for the Rheinischer Merkur and Tagesspiegel, among others. Clemens-Peter Haase passed away in July 2011.

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Dr. Ina Hartwig

freelance critic

Dr. Ina Hartwig, born 1963 in Hamburg, studied Romance languages and literature and German in Avignon and Berlin. Her dissertation was published by Fischer Verlag in 1998. She was editor of the “Kursbuch” (2002-2005) and has been a guest professor in St. Louis (USA) and in Göttingen. She appears regularly as a critic on the 3sat TV programme “Kulturzeit”. After many years as literary editor for the Frankfurter Rundschau (1997-2009), she now lives in Frankfurt am Main as a freelance author, critic and presenter. She has been a member of the Goethe-Institut's Literary Committee since 2010 and writes for Die Zeit and the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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Christine Westermann

Westdeutscher Rundfunk

Christine Westermann, born 1948 in Erfurt, grew up in Mannheim. After her school-leaving exam, she attended the German Journalism School in Munich and was then a trainee with the TV station ZDF. Up until 1983 she presented the ZDF programme “Drehscheibe”. For just under twenty years from 1983 on, she was co-presenter with Frank Plasberg of the “Aktuelle Stunde” on WDR. Since 1996, she has hosted the programme “Zimmer frei”, together with Götz Alsmann. She has won the Grimm Prize and was awarded the first German Radio Prize in 2010. She has worked as a freelancer for almost 40 years for a number of different radio broadcasters and has been giving her book recommendations on WDR radio and television since 2000. She is also known for her work as a book author.

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Uwe Wittstock


Uwe Wittstock, born 1955, lives in Munich and near Frankfurt am Main. For around ten years in each case, he was a literary editor with the FAZ, editor at S. Fischer Verlag and the arts correspondent for the newspaper Die Welt. Since 2010, he has been literary editor at the magazine Focus. He has received the Theodor Wolff Prize for Journalism. His most recent publications have been the child-rearing guide “Der Familienplanet. Eltern. Kinder. Katastrophen.“ (2004), the biography “Marcel Reich-Ranicki. Geschichte eines Lebens” (2005), a brief tour of the literary industry : “Die Büchersäufer” (2007) and an essay on contemporary German literature,  “Nach der Moderne. Ein Essay zur deutschen Gegenwartsliteratur in zwölf Kapiteln über elf Autoren.” (2009).