CV of Failures

Kai Brodersen

CV of failures

(for a regular CV go to CV short or CV long)

Unsuccessful applications (did not get beyond the shortlist)

  • Bamberg (C 4; 2001)
  • Erlangen (C 3; 1996)
  • Greifswald (C 3; 1996)
  • St. Andrews/Scotland (chair; 1997)
  • Christchurch/NZ (chair; 1998)

Offered chair not accepted (because of incompatible pension arrangements)

  • Newcastle upon Tyne (chair; 1999)

Unconfirmed election to become Rector (Council elected, Senate did not confirm)

  • Tübingen (2005)

Returned Fellowships

  • Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC (Trustees for Harvard University), Junior Fellow for 1996/97 – returned for the Mannheim Chair
  • Heisenberg-Stipendium, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, from 1996 – returned for the Mannheim Chair
  • Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald, Senior Fellow 2008/09 – returned for the Erfurt presidency (but see regular CV for 2019/20)
  • British School at Athens, Fellowship 2009 – returned for the Erfurt presidency
  • Polonsky Fellowship, University of Oxford 2018 – returned because of ill health (see below)

Rejected Funding Applications

  • Akademie-Antrag „Raumbilder – Bildräume“ (shortlisted, but ultimately rejected 2014)
  • Fritz Thyssen Stiftung Conference Philostratoi (2018)
  • British Academy Global Professorship (2018)
  • Thüringer Forschungspreis (shortlisted, but ultimately not awarded 2019)
  • et al.

Rejected Book Projects

  • Melania – The Lives of Two Female Saints (considered by two different publishers as too „boring“)
  • Herodotus VIII and IX, Greek and German (to complement the seven volumes already published; now published as a mere translation)
  • et al.

Dissertations co-supervised, but unfinished over a decade later

  • Die Antike im Kinderbuch (Mannheim, 2005)
  • Giftmord in der römischen Antike (Mannheim, 2005)

Failing health

  • Morbus Berger (aka IgA Nephropathy), a degenerative kidney disease ultimately leading to the necessity of dialysis (diagnosed Erfurt, 2012)
  • Surgery on the colon (twice) converting me into a semicolon (Erfurt, 2018/9)

Unwritten book

Unfinished books (as yet)

  • see the page with the optimistic title  projects.