Peter Hanenberg studied at the Universities of Tübingen and Bamberg, Germany, where he obtained his Doctoral Degree in German Literature. He was assistant at the Institute of Modern German Literature at the University of Bamberg between 1988 and 1995 and coordinator of German Studies at the Faculty of Letters, UCP, between 1995 and 2006. He is Associate Professor at FCH-UCP and Director of the Research Center for Communication and Culture Studies, CECC. Between 2006 and 2010, he was President of the Portuguese Association of German Studies. He has published widely on the relations between History and German Literature and on the literary representation of Europe from the 16th to the 21st century. Currently he is working on the intersection of Culture Studies and Cognitive Sciences.