Arata Takeda

Germanic Studies

Arata Takeda is a Feodor Lynen Research Fellow in the Department of Germanic Studies. His work focuses on the social and cultural history of terror, particularly the historical transformation of terror from an aesthetic method to a political strategy. His dissertation, which was published in 2010, challenged the popular view of suicide terrorism as a non-Western phenomenon by discussing salient examples from Western history and literature, and caught the attention of German media. Takeda has been a Lecturer in modern German literature and comparative literature at the University of Tübingen and a Research Fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna.