Prof. Dr. Christina Weiss, born in 1953, studied comparative literature, German and Italian literature and art history. From 1977 to 1986, Weiss was an academic assistant at the universities in Saarbrücken and Siegen, completing her dissertation entitled »Seh-Texte. Zur Erweiterung des Textbegriffs in konkreten und nach-konkreten visuellen Texten« in 1982.
Weiss then worked as a freelance literary and arts critic, and as an editor at the arts magazine »ART«, among others.
From 1989 to 1991 she was programme director of Hamburg’s Literaturhaus, and from June 1991 to November 2001 she was Senator of Culture in Hamburg. In addition, she also held the position of Senator for Equality from 1993 to 1997.
From 2002 to 2005 Christina Weiss worked as a Minister of State for culture and media in the Federal Chancellor’s Office.
She chairs the supervisory board of the Allianz Cultural Foundation and is a member of its board, the board of the Schering Foundation and a member of the ZEIT Foundation’s supervisory board. Furthermore, she is frequently appointed to expert juries in the area of literature.
Since 2006 Christina Weiss has been an honorary professor of comparative literature at the University of the Saarland.