Anita Traninger is Assistant Professor at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Freie Universität Berlin and contributes to the project on Dialectical Topoi. Her areas of research include the history of rhetoric and dialectics, literature and discourses of knowledge in early modern Europe, cultures of violence, the fact/fiction divide, and theories of the performative.
Anita Traninger received her doctorate in 1998 from the University of Vienna for a study on the debate about universal methods of gaining and feigning knowledge between 1500 and 1720 (Mühelose Wissenschaft. Rhetorik und Lullismus in den deutschsprachigen Ländern der Frühen Neuzeit, Munich 2001). In 2010 she completed a book-length study on practices of conflict and genres of debate shared by and jointly shaped by scholasticism and humanism, for which she was awarded her “Habilitation” at the Freie Universität Berlin.