Born in 1947 in Bethel near Bielefeld, Aleida Assmann is an Anglicist and a specialist in literary and cultural studies. From 1993 to 2014, she held a professorship for English literature and literary theory at the University of Konstanz as well as numerous visiting professorships both in Germany and on an international scale. Her research focus is on cultural and communicative memory. Aleida Assmann’s latest publications include Formen des Vergessens (2016), Menschenrechte und Menschenpflichten. Schlüsselbegriffe für eine humane Gesellschaft (2018) and Der europäische Traum. Vier Lehren aus der Geschichte (2018). Together with Jan Assmann, she was awarded the 2017 Balzan Prize and the 2018 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.