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Hannes Klöpper

Attended: Academy Year 2006-2007
Currently CEO of HelloBetter
I originally come from Germany and graduated from the 2006/2007 Academy Year at ECLA*. I hold a Dual-Master's in Public Administration from Columbia University and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, as well as a B.A. in International Relations from the Technische Universität (TU) Dresden. In 2012, I wrote a book in collaboration with Yehuda Elkana on the future of the university in the digital age. In addition to that, I worked on the "New Digital Society" project in 2010/2011 as an associate of the "Stiftung Neue Verantwortung," and was also one of the initiators of the "Causa Guttenberg" blog. Until 2017, I was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the online education start-up iversity with offices in Bernau and Berlin.

I am currently working on a new venture in the digital mental health care space: HelloBetter. Founded as a university spin-off in 2015 (under the name GET.ON Institut), HelloBetter is one of the leading providers of online psychological health trainings in German-speaking countries. I joined in January 2019 to scale the business, and in January 2020 I was appointed CEO.  

My time at ECLA was a somewhat monastic experience. It was rather small and out of this world, but in a good way. The college was full of interesting and diverse groups of people. Certainly, one of the strengths of the program was that we had around forty students from twenty countries. We also had students from countries you wouldn't necessarily otherwise have international students from. In that respect, it was different from other institutions. The approach of team-teaching and the value-based education were particularly interesting. It was a special kind of experience… it's rather hard to summarize the value of a liberal arts education in a sentence. It offers you the opportunity to engage some of the big questions in life. As a person, and as a member of society, you do encounter these questions time and again, throughout the rest of your life. You think through these eternal questions against the backdrop of your life experience and learn about that of others past and present, real and imaginary. These experiences help when it comes to making value judgments, assessing the right course of action or choosing a path in life. They help you to contextualize, to see the world through someone else's eyes and find your own way of relating to different perspectives. It is crucially important for society in general as well as for all of us as individuals that there is no such thing as knowledge as such – knowledge that just exists in abstract as objective truth. It always has to be understood in a context and that is something that the liberal arts help you appreciate.

The ECLA experience very much influenced my future academic development. The interest in education had been there before: even though I had just graduated with my B.A. degree, I was still checking out online what kind of new Bachelor programs were coming up, and kept track of the university landscape in general. Yet during my first term at ECLA, we read The Republic, which, in a way, is all about education and it had me hooked. At Hertie and Columbia I continued to study political theory and philosophy with a special emphasis on education. This in turn influenced my career choice and hence it is no coincidence that I'm building an education, rather than a food delivery or other ecommerce startup.

*ECLA was the historical name of Bard College Berlin until November 2013.
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Aurelia Cojocaru

Attended: BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought '14
Currently: PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, MA in English with a Creative Emphasis - University of California at Berkeley
Looking back, what did you most enjoy about your time at Bard College Berlin? 

I tremendously enjoyed the intellectual intensity of the college. Furthermore, I always found the structure of the program quite original. Not quite a typical liberal arts program, not quite a “Great Books” program… A lot of responsibility on the student’s shoulders, which I tend to see as an advantage. And, of course, I cherish Berlin and its culture.

How would you describe, in a nutshell, the experience of studying at Bard College Berlin?

“Intensity” is the word. It is a very small and young place, however it has had a quite vivid history. Also, one should not forget how much history is around and in the buildings of Niederschönhausen where the college is located.

How has the college influenced the path you've taken since completing the program?

I think many of us came to ECLA* with an idea or a goal already and saw it growing or going in new directions during the program—this is the reason why diversity, even within the same BA program, has always been a key feature. I was equally interested in philosophy, art and literature, with the latter however dominating (I write poetry). During the four years of the BA I had the chance to better understand where I want to go next in those fields. Inevitably I ended up being one of those interdisciplinary-minded people, but I hope I can do it as rigorously as possible.

Any advice you would give to students considering Bard College Berlin?

Visit the campus if you have the chance (and attend a seminar). Talk to a student or to alumni.

 *ECLA was the historical name of Bard College Berlin until November 2013
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Aya Ibrahim

Attended: BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought '15
Currently: Currently Multimedia Editor and News Reporter at Deutsche Welle, Berlin
Where are you from originally and which program were you enrolled in at Bard College Berlin?

I am originally from Egypt, I was enrolled in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Thought BA program. My concentration was Ethics and Politics and I graduated in May 2015.

Looking back, what did you most enjoy about your time at Bard College Berlin?

Hands down it was the close-knit residential community that the students enjoy at Bard College Berlin. I think that living together strongly enhanced the learning process and made it much more layered and unique. I also really enjoyed working on my senior project with faculty member Ewa Atanassow, it was great to work on a topic/question in depth for a whole year. For my senior project I did a close reading of Aswany's Yacoubian Building, focusing on the book's portrayal of pre-Tahririan Egypt, to understand some of the features of revolutionary violence. It was definitely different from simply taking a class which normally lasts a semester and is usually about more than one question or topic.

How would you describe, in a nutshell, the experience of studying at Bard College Berlin?

Bard College Berlin has helped me become an overall better thinker.

How do you think the education you received at Bard College Berlin will help you in the future?

The thinking beyond the obvious and literal that this kind of education instills in you is an absolute advantage in today's world. I am interested in journalism and the non-profit world, and I feel that due to my education I am able to think about these very complex issues with a different approach. I got a preview of what that would look like when I spent a semester of my third year interning at two non-profits in New York City-there I had the chance to apply many of the critical skills I had acquired in a professional setting. I hope that in the future I will be able to contribute to the rethinking of journalism so that it can work better and more efficiently for the sake of the public good.

Where you now and what are are you doing?

I live in Berlin-Mitte and work as an Online Editor at the Arabic Service of the German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW). In my capacity as Editor I am part of a team that manages the online presence of the network; my focus is on programs aimed at our younger viewers. I am also involved in a number of DW's outreach programs aimed at the North Africa and Middle East region. I am also still working on my German.

Any advice you would give to students considering Bard College Berlin?

Visit if you can! Spend a couple of days on campus before deciding to attend. While you're on campus talk to everyone from students to cafeteria staff and faculty members. Attend as many classes as possible, do the readings for them and join the discussion, this will give you a good impression as to whether or not Bard College Berlin is a good fit for you.
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Clara Canales

BA in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought '19
Currently: BSc in Economics, Humboldt University 

Where are you from originally and which program were you enrolled in at Bard College Berlin?

I was born in Santiago de Chile and grew up primarily in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 
Within the Economics, Politics, and Social Thought degree I decided to concentrate on Politics.

Looking back, what did you most enjoy about your time at Bard College Berlin?

The community. BCB creates a unique space for students, teachers and staff to interact and think critically in and outside the classroom. The college community is small and intimate and I felt very comfortable there. I felt like I always had someone to turn to for help or advice, which I realize now is not a given in most academic institutions. 

How would you describe, in a nutshell, the experience of studying at Bard College Berlin?

A whirlwind. It feels like yesterday that I arrived to campus and started exploring Berlin. Every semester was so different. There were rarely dull moments. I got the chance to explore various of my interests in depth, from ethics and economics to experimental theater, and from globalization to environmental activism. 

Every semester was different, because I was able to be part of interesting projects in and outside of academic life. Often my classes accompanied a hands-on project, such as “In Search of a History: Migration in Germany from World War II to the Present” with Marion Detjen, where I conducted ethnographic research with a Dutch family in Berlin, “Populism in Western Europe” with Timo Lochocki where we had the privilege to interview journalists at AFP, Handelsblatt and The Economist on “the rise of populism,” and “The German Public Sphere” with Ulrike Wagner, where I worked with two classmates on a video about religion and moving in the public sphere as a woman. 

Through the school, I also had the opportunity to take on extracurricular projects, such as with my internship with migrantas, an art collective working to visualize the daily struggles of migrants, my collaboration with JUP (a youth organization) on a theater project sponsored by BCB’s civic engagement fellowship, or acting in BCB alumna Maria Khan’s rendition of Aristophanes’ Clouds.  

Write briefly about one of your courses that left a lasting impression on you.

"Creation-research: New approaches to contemporary migration history in Germany" with Marion Detjen.
This course flowed out of a more traditional history course on German migration our class had taken the semester before. We were asked to turn our academic research into artistic projects. It showed me the power of liberal arts to go beyond traditional academic practice and attempt to foster greater cultural understanding. My project partner and I wrote a satirical lifestyle blog in which we critiqued the commercialization of integration efforts and the “Willkommenskultur” in Germany. The blog was called IntegrationGuru and, through trendy top 10 lists and short quizzes, it explained how to “fit into” German culture and keep up with the new trend of “integration.” Our projects were later displayed in two separate academic conferences and I was able to discuss my ideas on German integration policy with a greater audience. It inspired me to continue working on topics of migration and social integration and it sparked my interest in creative writing. 

How do you think the education you received at Bard College Berlin will help you in the future? 

I have a strong theoretical foundation and the ability to tailor my ideas so different audiences can understand them. Bard College Berlin provided me with a strong theoretical framework with which to analyze current issues. When faced with a question, I am able to relate it to greater themes and have these influence how I come up with an answer. This skill has helped me critically evaluate professional and personal decisions and I trust it will continue to aid me in the future. Because of its interdisciplinary nature, my degree also taught me how to translate thoughts across disciplines and audiences. During my degree I learned different methodologies and academic languages specific to the various subjects I studied. Therefore, I have practice considering how best to communicate something to a specific group. This comes in incredibly handy when structuring presentations or writing project proposals. 

Where you now and what are you doing?

I am currently completing my second bachelor’s degree in Economics at Humboldt University in Berlin. Until recently I worked as the Manager for Central Europe for ConceptZero, a green start-up focussed on developing eco-friendly and reusable alternatives to single-use products, such as reusable straws and compostable to-go containers. In the summer following my graduation I participated in a summer school at CEPAL (United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean), where I studied the economic and social networks of recent migrants in Santiago de Chile. I hope to continue this research in a master’s degree in 2020. 

Any advice you would give to students considering Bard College Berlin?

The degree and college are unconventional. Bard College Berlin, through its connection to the city, goes beyond what most liberal arts colleges in the US offer, but it also is not quite like a German university because of the intimate academic supervision the school grants. If you are an independent person and are looking for something quite different, you will see that pretty amazing things can happen in this space in between.
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Cristina Groeger

Attended: Project Year 2008/09
Currently: Assistant Professor of History, Lake Forest College, Illinois, USA
When I explain what my time at the European College of Liberal Arts (ECLA*, now Bard College Berlin) was like to friends in the States, I usually say "it's what a liberal arts college should be like." When I attended, the college was certainly smaller than even "small" liberal arts colleges in the States, it didn't have a typical array of majors and concentrations, but from day one, it was evident to me that it took the idea of liberal arts very seriously. Most impressively, I believe, was that it encouraged continued self-reflection about the form and purpose of education. Aided by the small size and the young age of the program, Bard College Berlin is an institution in which every individual matters and has a great deal of influence in shaping the learning environment. During my time here, self-reflection was not idle talk; it had immediate effects on the school community. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to participate in this close-knit intellectual community, surrounded by students and faculty engaging with each other in class and at meal-times.

After graduating from college in the United States, I decided to enroll in ECLA's Project Year, which I found to be a great combination of regular seminars and independent research. For me, the seminars were a way to explore new areas of literature, philosophy, and history that I had not had a chance to in college, as well as learn from my classmates and professors. The independent tutorial structure of the PY program gave me the flexibility to pursue my own interests as they morphed through the year. The faculty I worked with always had my own interests and intellectual growth at heart. Being in the vibrant city of Berlin, encouraged through college facilitated trips and transportation/museum passes, was also an incredible boon, and dovetailed with my own interest in German history and the German language. For me, ECLA was a time of reflection, growth, and exploration, and I would wholeheartedly encourage anyone who is intellectually curious to become part of the community of Bard College Berlin.

*ECLA was the historical name of Bard College Berlin until November 2013
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David Kretz

Attended: BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought '16
Currently: PhD student in Germanic Studies and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago
Where are you from originally and which program were you enrolled in at Bard College Berlin?

I am from Vienna, Austria and enrolled in the Value Studies B.A. in 2012, which is now the B.A. in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought.

How would you describe, in a nutshell, the experience of studying at Bard College Berlin?

It's been a transformative experience on many levels. Before I came to Berlin I studied Philosophy and Business in Vienna. Studying at BCB taught me to see the world through even more different disciplines, to feel at home in them, but – more importantly – it challenged me to look at it without any disciplinary glasses, to experience it always anew as fresh, strange, and wondrous. I was quite active in university politics and that, too, has helped me to grow as a person and taught me some good lessons. Many of my colleagues, and also quite a few of my teachers, have become close friends.

How has the college influenced the path you've taken since completing the program?

After BCB, I first enrolled in an MA in Contemporary Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Since 2018, I am a PhD student in Germanic Studies and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. There I continue to work on a project that really started for me with my BCB senior thesis: on the figure of the poet and the figure of the translator as two paradigms for political action in moments of crisis.
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Denise Kripper

Attended: AY '08/09, ISU '09
Currently: Assistant Professor at Lake Forest College, Chicago
ECLA* has offered a great intellectual community: from the deans and professors, to the staff and students, we all formed a tight-knit community where students' interests were fostered and their critical viewpoints challenged. While at ECLA, the interdisciplinary curriculum allowed me to explore a wide array of classes, from Film Studies and World Literature, to Philosophy and Art History.

In 2010, I was invited back to ECLA to help coordinate that year's Annual Conference, after a proposal I had put forward on the topic of translation. It was a fascinating week-long symposium with important international lecturers discussing the role of the translator and the possibility of intercultural awareness through translation.

The following year, I started my PhD in Literature and Cultural Studies at Georgetown University, from which I graduated in 2016. My dissertation, entitled The Translator's Fictions: the Translator as Protagonist in Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Literature, explored the recent upsurge in the representation of translation and the task of the translator in literature, and was very much inspired by my work in Berlin. I am currently Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature and Translation in the Modern Languages & Literatures Department at Lake Forest College near Chicago.

*ECLA was the historical name of Bard College Berlin until November 2013
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Hana Khalaf

BA '18
Currently: MA in North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Where are you from originally and which program were you enrolled in at Bard College Berlin?

I’m from Cairo, Egypt and was enrolled in the Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought BA program at BCB with the Literature & Rhetoric concentration.

Looking back, what did you most enjoy about your time at Bard College Berlin?

The first thing that comes to mind would be the size of the seminars as well as the thought-stimulating and safe environment they provided. Furthermore, the individual and friendly interaction with the faculty members made the whole experience very enriching and enjoyable, and instilled a sense of a tight-knit community that provides care, but also constantly challenges one’s views. I must add that my work on my thesis project with James Harker and Agata Lisiak was certainly one of the highlights and transformative moments of my time at BCB. Seeing how the project - titled: Destabilizing Eurocentric Feminism: Alternative Arab Feminism within an Intersectional, anti-Orientalist Framework - was being molded and slowly took shape was a reflection of my development as an unapologetic critical thinker and interdisciplinary academic.

How would you describe, in a nutshell, the experience of studying at Bard College Berlin?

Studying at Bard College Berlin provided me with the tools to constantly self-reflect and be critical of everything including my own views, be open to a new Weltanschauung and continuously transform and develop. 

How do you think the education you received at Bard College Berlin will help you in the future? 

As cliché as it may sound to answer this question, I choose to include a quote from the 1989 film Dead Poets Society: “Medicine, law, business, and engineering: these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love… these are what we stay alive for.” 

The interdisciplinary nature of the education provided at BCB in the multi-faceted fields of the humanities enables one to gain awareness of the self with its many subjectivities and relationalities. 

Furthermore, comprehending how the humanities and social sciences shape our very lives and society (e.g. a linguistic discourse can determine politics as reflected in current migration debates) gives any desired career choice or future outlook an individualized and inherent foundation. My time here - although I wish it had been longer - also helped me discover the fields I would like to specialize in, namely gender, queer and postcolonial theories within both the academic as well as the activist realm. 

Where are you now and what are are you doing?

I am currently in Berlin and will continue my studies with an MA in North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. In the meantime, I’m enjoying the countless symposiums, workshops, conferences, art exhibitions and cultural outlets Berlin has to offer. 

Any advice you would give to students considering Bard College Berlin?

You can see whether it is the place for you or not by getting a glimpse into the inner workings of the institution and community. If you can travel to Berlin, it’s the best way to physically get a sense of the campus, join the seminars/lectures (after doing the readings, of course), and most importantly talk to current students about their experiences. If you can’t, then check the course lists, go through the syllabi, do a reading or two, get in touch with the students featured on the website - they are always more than happy to help. 
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Margarethe Hattingh

South Africa
BA in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought (2019)
Currently: Master's in Banking and Finance, University of Vienna

Where are you from originally and which program were you enrolled in at Bard College Berlin?

I was born in Hamburg, Germany to parents of South African origin on a diplomatic posting. I spent six months there before being flown to South Africa, my passport country and the home of my heart, where I lived for a dwindling portion of my life as time has taken me elsewhere. 

At BCB I enrolled in the EPST program, deciding on a double-concentration in Economics and Politics during moderation in the second year.

Looking back, what did you most enjoy about your time at Bard College Berlin?

I enjoyed the challenge of it, and that it was something totally new. The challenge wasn’t solely intellectual, though that was a large part of it. The challenge also had to do with figuring out a new city, new people, making new friends, learning how to live alone and not be lonely... learning how to let friends go, and how important it is to ask for help when you need it. Beginning to understand, through these experiences, how to live. Better. Of course these sorts of challenges aren’t exclusive to Bard College Berlin, but I do believe BCB provides just the right balance of support (with regards to academics as well as the tedium of daily life) and freedom to let its students flourish.

This is true with regards to bureaucracy, mental health, and all types of student initiatives. The BCB student blog is a fantastic example of a school-sponsored platform that allows students to publish virtually anything they please—be it a political op-ed or poetry. Working for the blog during my four years at BCB I got to experience firsthand the care put into developing its content in line with the individual student contributor’s writing interests. My experience with helping organise a conference on campus during my senior year was also overwhelmingly positive as members of the administration reached out to ask how they could support our organizational team. The level of care at BCB is simply incredible.

How would you describe, in a nutshell, the experience of studying at Bard College Berlin?

Challenging and worthwhile.

Write briefly about one of your courses that left a lasting impression on you.

The course that is most vividly etched in my memory is the second semester Forms of Love core. Contemplating the texts and concepts that are the focus of this particular core course struck a chord inside my soul. I had never before read the Bible or Rumi’s poetry with an intellectual eye; I doubt I would’ve ever given myself the opportunity to consider the contents of these texts earnestly if it weren’t for the seminar environment. When I did so, I found many of them resonated in my innermost being with great intensity: What is more important, more fundamental to our nature than love, in all its forms? (A rhetorical question I will leave unanswered as I believe there isn’t anything to reply.) 

How do you think the education you received at Bard College Berlin will help you in the future? 

It might sound cliche, but I believe the most important thing I learned at BCB is how to be an ‘independent thinker’. This isn’t something that necessarily comes naturally; for the vast majority of my life, I have not been an independent thinker, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who occasionally wishes someone else would make all major life decisions for them. This is not solely my own fault but is in large part due to the fact that no one really asked me to think for myself before BCB. Actually, I’d go so far as to say independent thinking was, and remains, actively discouraged on many fronts. But at BCB there is no escaping the opportunity to think independently. It’s required in virtually every class, and it’s what makes the entire program so enriching.
What I mean by independent thinking isn’t clear-cut, but it stands opposed to text-book memorisation and is friends with exploration. Independent thinking involves close consultation with your own private thoughts and feelings and requires that you develop an understanding of where they come from, and then use this understanding to figure out what it is that’s immediately in front of you (a particular situation, person, or text, perhaps) and how you’d like to proceed in that context. I like to think of it as a muscle that you keep fit with repeated use; once you’ve flexed it, you won’t want to give up the power and freedom it brings. I hope I don’t let mine atrophy now that I’ve finished my BA.

Where are you now and what are you doing?

I am currently studying in a Master's program in Banking and Finance at the University of Vienna. 

Any advice you would give to students considering Bard College Berlin?

My advice for if you are seriously considering BCB (possibly moving continents, leaving family behind, doing something totally new and different that will be challenging in all the ways you had no way of knowing it would be), you should think of why you’re interested and what you would be giving up if you came here. The ‘right’ reasons to come here are many -- the professors are fantastic, seminars are engaging, the core courses are why I came in the first place, you’ll probably make friends that last a lifetime, and hey, it’s Berlin. The intimate campus environment and level of academic engagement with primary texts necessary here is not for everyone, but I believe anyone can make a home for themselves at BCB if they’re willing to give this special place a try.
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Maria Khan

Attended: Academy Year '10 and BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought '15
Currently: Assistant Professor - Department of Literature, Bard High School Early College
Where are you from originally and which program were you enrolled in at ECLA*/Bard College Berlin?

I completed a BSc in Economics at the Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore before joining ECLA* in the fall of 2010 for the Academy Year program. What drew me here was the idea of a small residential college which would give me the opportunity to have close interaction with my professors and my peers. I also wanted to pursue my studies in Europe, since the history and culture of this continent had always fascinated me. After finishing the program, I left Berlin hoping to pursue my Master's at the London School of Economics, but life had something else destined for me. I was unable to find any funding for my education at LSE and I had to return to Pakistan. Gradually I felt a need for a kind of education that is for the soul, so I decided to continue my undergraduate studies at ECLA of Bard. I came back in the fall of 2012 and enrolled in the second year of the BA program.

How would you describe, in a nutshell, the experience of studying at Bard College Berlin?

It is difficult to summarize my experience, but two things influenced me strongly. First, I went to almost all of the museum trips and excursions which the school organised in Berlin. These travelling experiences shaped my perspective, formed long lasting memories and gave me an in-depth view of the history and culture of Berlin. Second, I simply relished writing papers. As demanding as it might have been, writing essays helped me understand myself better and develop a way for expressing my thoughts. I was fortunate to have received excellent supervision from the faculty as well. The high point was writing my BA thesis, Enlightenment on the Indian Subcontinent: Religious Reforms in Lessing's «Nathan» and Iqbal's «Javid Nama», which looked at religious reforms during the period of Enlightenment and their manifestations in postcolonial literature.

How has the college influenced the path you've taken since completing the program?

After I graduated, I took a small break to do some organic farming, and then I pursued my plan to study arts education. I am interested in understanding what the medium of drama can teach us about values and ethics. I completed an MPhil in Arts Education followed by a PhD in eighteenth-century German literature and performance studies at the University of Cambridge (2015-2016). As part of my PhD I explored the reception of Goethe's Faust among Turkish-German secondary school students. Currently I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Literature at Bard High School Early College in New York City. 
Maria's personal website: http://www.mariakhan.work/

*ECLA was the historical name of Bard College Berlin until November 2013
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Michal Stroka

Czech Republic
Attended: BA in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought '18
Currently: Project Manager in business development

Where are you from originally and which program were you enrolled in at Bard College Berlin? 

I am originally from the Czech Republic and I was enrolled in the Economics, Politics, and Social Thought BA program. I double-majored in Economics and Politics and I graduated in May 2018.

Looking back, what did you most enjoy about your time at Bard College Berlin? 

There were two aspects of studying at Bard College Berlin that I enjoyed the most. First, it was the very close and encouraging community that after four years became my family. From the professors, administration, and staff, to student body itself, everyone is very supportive and attentive to any issues that might arise. Second, it was the liberal arts approach to economics and political sciences. The interdisciplinary approach to economics that Bard College Berlin provides is of utmost importance and is often not emphasized enough when studying economics. Economics is in one way or another connected to all other spheres of human life and should be treated in such manner.

How would you describe, in a nutshell, the experience of studying at Bard College Berlin?

The education you will receive at Bard College Berlin aims to make you very critical and self-reflective about everything you know and study. It gives you the tools to question anything that seems to be a given or a norm and then, according to your own judgement, change it or rethink it.

How do you think the education you received at Bard College Berlin will help you in the future?

To focus on the Economics BA program and future opportunities, Bard College Berlin provided me with the basic and practical economic education upon which I can easily build so that I can then specialize in any direction I want. Furthermore, the liberal arts approach broadened my understanding and awareness of where and how economics fits within our societies. This, I believe, provided me with an advantage on the labour market as well as for my future studies.

Where you now and what are you doing?

I live close to Prague and work as a Project Manager in the Research and Development Department of CzechInvest, a business development agency. 

Any advice you would give to students considering Bard College Berlin?

Do your readings and be proactive. There are many student initiatives which you can join and through which you can raise any suggestions about academics or student life at Bard College Berlin.
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Nancy Stanley

BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought '19
Currently: Guide and Medical Assistant for Open Sky Wilderness Therapy

Where are you from originally and which program were you enrolled in at Bard College Berlin?

I'm from the United States (Colorado), and I was enrolled in the Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought program (Ethics & Politics).
Looking back, what did you most enjoy about your time at Bard College Berlin?

I greatly appreciated the BCB community, as well as the resources that the Bard network provided. My interest in being a part of community activities was met with the college’s willingness to support me as a driven individual. I was able to craft and/or cultivate a handful of committees with help from students, staff, and faculty, such as the BRAVE Counselors (on- and off-campus mental health peer counselors), Museum Club (visiting many of Berlin’s best art, history, and culture museums), and Student Life Committee (bridging the gap between students and staff by funding clubs and further establishing campus culture in a multiplicity of ways). 

The community was the mode by which I could feel at home, grow, learn, and develop as an individual; the size and the makeup of the BCB community make its character one of a kind. 

The study abroad network is undoubtedly one of the best resources BCB has to offer. My two semesters abroad, to the Bard Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program in New York City and then to The American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, allowed me to see in a completely different way, and I was able to apply these skills within BCB especially as I hit the ground running for my senior year. 

How would you describe, in a nutshell, the experience of studying at Bard College Berlin?

Studying at BCB was life-changing. My thinking has shifted - now, the political, philosophical, ethical, cultural, historical, and economic aspects of one situation present themselves. My writing skills have greatly improved, as well as my verbal communications skills. BCB was life-changing because I could choose which tools I would use to better my future: a course on Kant to bring to the table in a world powers discussion, a background in project planning to apply to a field work study, or Ethics & Politics course remnants worked into the background symbolism of a wall-sized painting.

Write briefly about one of your courses that left a lasting impression on you.

Many courses at Bard College Berlin changed my life, but taking Regina Knapp’s Culture Change and Exchange seminar in 2017 taught me more about field research, which led me to write my senior thesis using the same techniques -- during my last two semesters at BCB, I conducted field research via participant observation at Berlin’s largest park and acclaimed “Brache,” Tempelhof Field. There, I studied urban ecology and worked to pull apart the social and cultural connotations with wilderness/nature. I found that locals value their outdoor recreational spaces differently, especially as Berlin continues to grow. All in all, I learned how to mesh my interests in social sciences with those in the natural sciences - skills that have created the platform for my career plans today. 

How do you think the education you received at Bard College Berlin will help you in the future? 

Choosing Bard College Berlin was no where near what was familiar to me: the liberal arts, small-scale, and distant location aspects of the college felt foreign in comparison to my experience. I took a leap to take the road less traveled, and how wise that was. Now, I’m sure my future will be aided by my heightened written and verbal communications skills, as well as my widened scope of interdisciplinary knowledge. I think more globally now, and I’ll forever be grateful to the college for providing me with that perspective.

Where you now and what are you doing?

I am now back in Colorado, applying my BCB skills to the field: developing my interests in outdoor recreation, better understanding human services, and reaching out to humanitarian-focused NGOs.

Any advice you would give to students considering Bard College Berlin?

The advice I would give to anyone considering BCB would be to look inwards and ask what you want - philosophy, politics, ethics, economics, seminars, roundtables, essays, conferences, publications, artworks, communities, clubs, events, changes, traveling, development, discussions; if you are interested in these things, BCB will be your place. BCB is a small college that allows you to grow. Do you want something different, something challenging, something that allows you to reach out to individuals who may not think like you? Are you a doer who loves crafting discussions, plans, and ideas on your own terms? BCB is the place for you. 

Update from 2021:

Nancy is currently a guide and medical assistant for Open Sky Wilderness Therapy. She also continues with her artistic projects.
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Natalia Irina Roman

Bucharest, Romania
Attended: PY '06-07 & Installation Year '07-08
Currently: German & Romanian Installation Artist, City Researcher and Curator
ECLA* was the beginning of my Berlin chapter and stay, same as the city – an unfolding muse. It was where I plunged into a world of Installation Art, Video and Theatre. ECLA meant for me Visual Arts. Meaning also many nights in the basement studios, running through the city filming abandoned Christmas trees in the January cold, more winters in a row, or recording a trip from Pankow to Potsdamer Platz with the U2 subway.

After ECLA, I have pursued a Master of Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance, followed by a graduate programme in Fine Arts at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. I have been researching and working with art spaces in Berlin ever since, with a focus on site-specific art and multimedia installations. I worked among others for the Martin-Gropius-Bau (exhibition organization), the Berlin International Film Festival (film fair organization) and Hertie Foundation (artistic consultancy). I have put together, among others, large-scale site-specific installations for the Reinbeckhallen in Berlin Schöneweide, for the Round the Corner Gallery @ Teatro da Trindade in Portugal, for the forgotten ball room Prachtsaal Neukölln, for the industrial Peter-Behrens-Halle or for the former malt factory District Berlin. One of my most rewarding achievements to date is the project Along the Lines, a project through which I have transformed former signal towers along the Ring Bahn and the S-Bahn 3 in Berlin into art spaces, seen from passing by trains and from train platforms. I have orchestrated this project in collaboration with Deutsche Bahn and the prestigious Hauptstadtkulturfonds, among other wonderful project partners. Lately I have been focusing more and more on the public space, and my collaborators span over many fields. Recently, I have also taught a practice class to the MFA students of the programme in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies, at the Bauhaus University, which has been another rewarding experience. This coming summer, I will be teaching a new class - again a class taking place both in the campus of the Bauhaus University in Weimar and on regional trains.

ECLA was for me a place for imagination and self-discovery. A place both in Berlin and an oasis of its own, both school and community of people, both challenge and room for own initiative. And it was probably also what inspired me to live for years in a House Project in Berlin Moabit after I left the campus, a place with a story of its own – former squat, now association – but like ECLA, a community where we all know each other and have resources for making beautiful projects happen.

*ECLA was the historical name of Bard College Berlin until November 2013

Image: Natalia in a former signal tower, part of her project Along the Lines, 2019
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Nathan French

BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought '18
Currently: French and Francophone Studies (Euromaster für Französische und Frankophone
Studien), Humboldt University Berlin

Where are you from originally and which program were you enrolled in at Bard College Berlin?

I am from New Hampshire, in the United States. When I first arrived at Bard College Berlin I actually came as a “Begin in Berlin” student who would move to studying at Bard College in New York after my year abroad. However, after my year at BCB I made the decision to stay in Berlin for my degree. I was enrolled in the Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought BA program and my concentration was Ethics & Politics. I graduated in May 2018.

Looking back, what did you most enjoy about your time at Bard College Berlin?

There were many parts of my BCB experience that were indispensable to me, but to just choose two I would have to say that the international environment and the senior project were particularly important and formative for me.

You meet people from all over the world that bring lots of different value systems and moral frameworks to the table with them, which is particularly interesting to someone who studies politics, because you have people with different perspectives that you don’t necessarily consider when you’re coming from a different country. I think that in a classroom with students that are all American it can become very homogenous because they are all coming from a similar background. This is not the case at Bard College Berlin.

Secondly, writing the senior project was a very intensive and important experience for me during my time at BCB. I worked with Professor Catherine Toal on a thesis called “Describing the Working Class: From Fiction to Social Theory” and I was able to spend the year reading and deeply engaging with the writers Didier Eribon, Édouard Louis, and Annie Ernaux, as well as with the theorist Pierre Bourdieu. All of these thinkers and writers have had a large impact in how I see the world and access politics and social problems. The process of actually doing the research, reading, and writing for this project was at times strenuous, but it is the educational experience that I value most from my time at BCB. It was also my work on this project that made me confident in my choice to study French literature as a Master’s student.

Write briefly about one of your courses that left a lasting impression on you.

It would be easy here to talk about the core curriculum that structures our education here, but instead I think I’ll talk about one of the electives that has influenced my thinking to a large degree. During the second semester of my second year, I had the opportunity to take a course called Recognition taught by Katalin Makkai. In it, we were led through selections that constituted an overview of intellectual thought on recognition theory, and how we as human beings fundamentally understand, relate to, and recognize each other and ourselves. For the first half of the course we read the classics, working our way through Rousseau, Kant, Fichte, Hegel, and the French existentialists; Sartre, Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon. Then, after our spring break, we took what we learned and applied it to more contemporary thinkers on recognition politics; these included people like Nancy Fraser, K. Anthony Appiah, Charles Taylor, among others. This course had a strong influence on me because of the way it insisted on relating philosophical questions to the ‘real’ and messy world of politics, and more precisely, that space of what is often pejoratively called identity politics. Not only have I continued to engage on a deeper level with some of the thinkers we explored in this class, but I’ve also continued to think constantly about how philosophical ideas can be applied to lived social experiences, rather than being limited to academic seminars.

How would you describe, in a nutshell, the experience of studying at Bard College Berlin?

Bard College Berlin helped me gain the confidence to think and speak for myself. I ask myself what I value and what I don’t value, instead of being a victim of popular opinion.

How do you think the education you received at Bard College Berlin will help you in the future? 

I’m fairly certain that I would like to continue studying and then to work in the field of education, whether that means teaching at high school level, or studying longer and teaching at the university level. I feel that the kind of broad liberal arts education that I received at Bard College Berlin has given me an overview of the many different fields in the humanities and social sciences, as well as provided me with the theoretical and linguistic knowledge I need to continue my education.

When I decided to stay at BCB after my first year, one of my major goals was to reach high proficiency in German and French, along with my other studies. Thanks to the wonderful language professors at BCB as well as having the opportunity to do an Erasmus exchange year at Sciences Po Paris, I was able to achieve that goal. So not only did I read many amazing texts and meet many different people from around the world, but I also left the university with two languages that I will hopefully practice and maintain for the rest of my life.

Where you now and what are you doing?

This fall I will begin a European Masters of French and Francophone Studies (Euromaster für Französische und Frankophone Studien) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Much of the program is taught in German as well as French, so for me, as a native English speaker, it is a way to continue my study of both of these languages and cultures.

Any advice you would give to students considering Bard College Berlin?

Make sure to come and visit the campus, but also keep in mind that after the first year or so, the greater Berlin community will be where you spend most of your time. So, make sure to try and get in touch with not only newer students about campus life and adjusting to BCB, but also with older students and how they like living in Berlin. There are some students on this page that are more than willing to respond to emails with any questions you may have.
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Philip Euteneuer

Attended: BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought '17
Currently: works in cultural mediation at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Where are you from originally and which program were you enrolled in at BCB?

I'm one of the few original Berliners who studied at BCB. When I enrolled, the college was called ECLA* of Bard and the program was "Value Studies," but I graduated with a B.A. in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought.

Looking back, what did you most enjoy about your time at BCB?

This is a very difficult question. It is never easy to sum up four years into one single thing, and it is especially hard for such a formative time as one's college years. There are a few classes I enjoyed tremendously, especially the two creative writing classes I took respectively with Florian Duijsens and Taiye Selasi, and also a class on the mathematisation of nature taught by Michael Weinman. But I think more than that I enjoyed my third semester, the reason being that I put a lot of energy into being on campus and getting to know the other students. Sounds easy enough, but I lived off campus for my whole time at BCB and not close either, it took me more than an hour to get to campus. And since I'm from Berlin originally, I struggled to build relationships with the other students while keeping in touch with my childhood friends in Berlin. So being on campus after classes and really connecting to all the people there cost energy, but was well worth it.

How would you describe, in a nutshell, the experience of studying at BCB?

It was challenging and rewarding. A lot of people imagine there to be a big difference between going to college and "learning from the school of life," as if being in college is a completely sheltered experience. While this is true in some respects, studying at BCB also meant starting to learn how to live, grow up and be a responsible, well-adjusted citizen.

How has BCB influenced the path you've taken since completing the program?

That path hasn't been too long yet since I just graduated. I think the influence comes especially from tracking the history of Western values. I do believe that we can learn a lot about the here and now by looking at the past, and I want to go on to study the Renaissance and early modern time, which I find to have formed our modern culture significantly. Also that question from the very beginning, from L&T, is still with me: "What does it mean to be human?"

Where are you now and what are you doing?

I'm still in Berlin, it's a hard city to move away from. After doing a Freiwilliges Jahr der Denkmalpflege [voluntary social year in cultural heritage preservation], I work at the Akademie der Künste in the department for Kulturvermittlung [cultural mediation]. Basically, we organize workshops for school classes in Berlin, Western Pomerania and Saxony. The workshops are facilitated by artists affiliated with the Akademie der Künste and I do all the organizing for the workshops to run smoothly: finance controlling, writing contracts, organizing venues, materials and transport etc. I am very lucky to have this job, I get a very close look at cultural work in Germany and am building a network of artists and cultural workers, as well as learning practical skills.

Any advice you would give to students considering BCB?

While deciding for a college there are many factors to consider. One of those is surely the geographical location of the colleges you consider: city or countryside, abroad or domestic - such questions will and should influence your decision, but they should not have a higher priority than the questions concerning the colleges themselves. Bard College Berlin will benefit from students who are not merely interested in Berlin, but are passionate about the ethos of the place, its classes and its community. If you're unsure it is the college for you, really look at the syllabi of the past years and try to participate in some classes. Also speak with some students if you can - that's the most reliable way to get a feeling for the kind of people you'll encounter there and the sort of questions that drive the community. The students will also be able to tell you what it's really like to live in Berlin, it may be different from what you imagine.

Read an interview with Philip on BCB's student blog>>

*ECLA was the historical name of the College until November 2013
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Yana Zabanova

Attended: Academy Year 2005/2006
Currently: Research Analyst at the European Stability Initiative
The year at ECLA* was a very special time for me. I had just graduated from my university in Russia (I had majored in Economics and Public Administration) and wanted to take some time off and study something completely different before deciding what to do next. The idea of immersing myself in the study of philosophy, art and literature was incredibly appealing. When else would I be able to devote an entire year to such seemingly "impractical" but intellectually gratifying pursuits? Looking back, there are so many things I enjoyed at ECLA: having a nurturing environment where I was free to develop my interests, attending small-sized classes with a low student-to-faculty ratio, building lasting friendships, discovering Berlin and all the great things this city has to offer, traveling visa-free in Europe… I loved how saturated with new experiences and discoveries my life at ECLA was. I also enjoyed being part of the tight-knit, diverse community.

ECLA has reinforced my interest in art and literature (in particular, I became fascinated with modern art, something I had known very little about before). I try to keep art and culture part of my everyday life – I go to a lot of concerts and exhibitions, take piano lessons, and am thinking of taking free online courses in the humanities. Professionally, as a political analyst focusing on the EU's neighbouring countries, I am often reminded of the impact of certain ideas on the way policies are made and identities are shaped. Finally, I fell in love with Berlin during my year at the college. After completing a Master's in International Relations at the Central European University in Budapest, I came back to Berlin and have been living here ever since. I did a Master's in Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance, and, since 2009, I have been working as a research analyst at the European Stability Initiative, a Berlin-based think tank, focusing on the South Caucasus and Moldova. In addition to doing research and writing reports, I also helped make a documentary film on Moldova in the summer of 2012.

My advice to current or prospective students: Bard College Berlin is a great place for being young, exploring your intellectual interests and creating great memories. Make the most of your time here!

*ECLA was the historical name of Bard College Berlin until November 2013
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Alexander Papachristou

Alexander Papachristou is Executive Director of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, an international public interest law program of the New York City Bar Association, providing pro bono legal support to human rights, environmental, and investigative journalism organizations worldwide. He also serves on the Expert Group of the European Commission against SLAPP and the board of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Previously, Mr. Papachristou engaged in cross-border corporate finance in advisory and proprietary roles. He lived in Russia from 1989 to 1993, where he opened and ran the Moscow office of the international law firm White & Case and wrote a column for the Moscow Times. Mr. Papachristou is the former president of the Near East Foundation, which empowers vulnerable communities in the Middle East and Africa to overcome conflict, migration, and climate change and served on the advisory councils of Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement and Princeton University's Program in Near Eastern Studies. He edited Blind Goddess: A Race and Justice Reader, which the New Press published in 2011. He received JD and LLM degrees from Harvard Law School and an AB degree from Princeton University and attended the Center for Arabic Study Abroad in Cairo, Egypt.
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Ben Koerner

Ben Koerner is an advocate for human rights, higher education, and the environment. He graduated from Harvard College in 2015 with an AB in Comparative Literature. After college he joined the New Statesman, working on the culture desk, and then the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, researching rising powers and global governance. Ben completed his graduate work in political economy at the London School of Economics. He is an advisory board member at Arcadia – A Charitable Fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. 
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Christine Wallich

Christine I. Wallich, an international economist, has advised and worked with governments and civic institutions across the global south, building institutions and systems that work in challenging contexts. She served in senior leadership positions at the World Bank and other international financial institutions for over two decades, representing the World Bank and IMF at the Dayton Peace talks and leading an EU-World Bank Consortium of donors that raised $5 billion for Bosnia’s post-conflict reconstruction. She spearheaded World Bank economic advisory work on institutional and economic reforms in Eastern Europe, China, the former Soviet Union and subsequently, Russia, focusing on corporate and public sector governance, the role of civil society, and the transition to market economy. Previously, she headed the Asian Development Bank’s Private Sector Group, making transformational and socially responsible infrastructure and  private sector investments across South and East Asia. 

Christine Wallich grew up in Germany and the US, and now lives in Berlin. In addition to her economic advisory work, she serves on several nonprofit boards, both in the US and Germany. She holds degrees from Cambridge (BA, MA), Yale (PhD, Economics) and Harvard Business School (AMP).
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Jacques Séguin

Jacques Séguin is a French heart surgeon who, after 20 years of surgery performing over 4,000 open-heart surgeries and authoring more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, founded several medical technology companies. He has always been interested in interventional cardiology techniques as well as surgery. Séguin was the driving force behind the creation of Corevalve, the first non-surgical aortic valve replacement, and Recor, a leader in definitive high blood pressure treatment. He supports the Program for International Education and Social Change (PIESC) at Bard College Berlin, a scholarship program for students from regions of conflict. 
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Jens Reich

Jens Reich was born in Göttingen in 1939. A molecular biologist and essayist, Jens Reich was one of the key figures in the civil rights movement of the GDR in the 80s. In September 1989 he was one of the signatories of the paper calling for the establishment of the “Neues Forum” grassroots movement whose activities led to the overthrow of the communist regime in East Germany and eventually to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

In 1990, as leading candidate of “Neues Forum”, he was elected to the People's Chamber of the GDR.

After reunification, he returned to his academic career as molecular geneticist at the Max-Delbrück-Centre in Berlin, remaining politically active. In 1991 Jens Reich was a visiting professor at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. 

He was a candidate in the election for President of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1994, which resulted in the appointment of Roman Herzog.

Jens Reich has been a member of the “German National Foundation”, as well as the German Ethics Council (2001-2012).

Today, Jens Reich is active as an ombudsman for the Max-Delbrück-Centre and helps researchers in conflict situations - the same position he held at the Charité University Hospital from 2001 onwards. He also teaches bioethics at Bard College Berlin.

Jens Reich studied medicine at the Humboldt University Berlin (1956-1962) and became an expert of molecular biology. He was professor of Bioinformatics at the Medical Faculty (Charité) of the Humboldt University in Berlin from 1998 to 2004.

Publications (selection of non-professional publications):

Es wird ein Mensch gemacht. Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Gentechnik, Rowohlt-Verlag, Berlin, 2003
Jens Reich im Gespräch mit Mathias Greffrath und Konrad Adam, Hanser Verlag, München, 1994
Abschied von den Lebenslügen. Die Intelligenz und die Macht, Rowohlt Berlin, 1992
Rückkehr nach Europa. Zur Lage der deutschen Nation, Hanser Verlag, München 1991 

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Josef Joffe

Josef Joffe is publisher-editor of German weekly Die Zeit. He is Senior Fellow of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Marc and Anita Abramowitz Fellow in International Relations at the Hoover Institution, and a courtesy professor of political science at Stanford University. Since 1999, he has been an associate of the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. His areas of interest are US foreign policy, international security policy, European-American relations, Europe and Germany, and the Middle East. Raised in Berlin, he obtained his PhD degree in government from Harvard.
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Joshua Paul

Joshua Paul
PhD, Sociology
Goldsmiths, University of London

Joshua was awarded a PhD in Sociology (2013) by Goldsmiths, University of London, a MA in Sociology (2007) from City University UK and a BA in Ethnic Studies (2006) from the University of California. From 2013 to 2015 he was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London where he conducted research investigating the conceptual and practical status of race, with particular attention to the epistemological, political and ethical formations of postracialism. Before joining Bard College Berlin he was a Senior Lecturer of Sociology at Coventry University in England. In 2018 Joshua was awarded a grant by the Disruptive Media Lab which funded an oral research project examining the changing demographics of Coventry through an ethnographic investigation of the city’s market. Joshua’s research interests center on the problematic of postracialism –can ‘race’ be dispensed with when it is perceived as socially real and has significant material consequences? And, can ‘race’ ever be justified as an acceptable category if it (re)produces ‘natural’ and hierarchical differences which explain and validate racism? His current ethnographic project empirically investigates the contention that in the doing of multiculture - the actions and the social practices of the everyday – ‘differences’ might be un-made or rendered ‘differences that do not make a difference’. His research has been published in a variety of academic journals including Identities, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Ethnicities.

Ken Roth

Ken Roth is the executive director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world's leading international human rights organizations, which operates in more than 90 countries. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch in 1987, he served as a federal prosecutor in New York and for the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington, DC. A graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University, Ken has conducted numerous human rights investigations and missions around the world. He has written extensively on a wide range of human rights abuses, devoting special attention to issues of international justice, counterterrorism, the foreign policies of major powers, and the work of the United Nations. His articles and reviews have appeared in such publications as The New York Review of BooksThe Washington PostForeign AffairsThe Guardian, and The New York Times Book Review. He frequently addresses audiences around the world, including at the United Nations in New York, universities, and conferences, including the Munich Security Conference and the World Economic Forum in Davos.
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Kimberly Marteau Emerson

Principal, KME Consulting
Kimberly Marteau Emerson is a lawyer, civic leader and human rights advocate. From 2013-2017, she lived in Berlin with her husband, US Ambassador to Germany John B. Emerson (ret.), where she worked both with the US Embassy as well as independently to drive projects on multiple platforms, including promotion of German integration efforts related to the refugee crisis; and addressing the issue throughout Germany of bringing women to the economic and political decision-making table. Prior to this, Kimberly worked in the Clinton Administration as a senior political appointee and spokesperson for the U.S. Information Agency. She serves on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch and the Advisory Boards of the Thomas Mann House and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy. 

Marylea van Daalen 

Marylea van Daalen is the founding director of the Kempinski Arts Support Programme. She has extensive international experience in the world of culture and the Arts.

In Paris, she was President of WICE (American University in Paris). In Berlin has been a member of the board of the State Opera "Unter den Linden," the German Symphony Orchestra as well as of the Fulbright Commission. Furthermore, she was a member of Moscow Conservatory Board and is currently a Board member of the MAK Museum in Vienna.
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Michael Steinberg

Michael P. Steinberg is the Barnaby Conrad and Mary Critchfield Keeney Professor of History and
Professor of Music and German Studies at Brown University. From 2016 to 2018 he was the president of the American Academy in Berlin. At Brown, he served as the founding director of the Cogut Center for the Humanities between 2005 and 2010.  He was a member of the Cornell University Department of History between 1988 and 2005. Educated at Princeton University and the University of Chicago, he has been a visiting professor at these two schools as well as at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris and the National Tsing-hua University in Taiwan. His main research interests include the cultural history of modern Germany and Austria with particular attention to German Jewish intellectual history and the cultural history of music. His most recent publications include the edited volume Makers of Jewish Modernity (2016), winner of the National Jewish Book Award for non-fiction, and The Trouble with Wagner (2018). 
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Peter Baldwin

Peter Baldwin is the Global Distinguished Professor at NYU's Center for European and Mediterranean Studies. His latest book is a trans-national legal history of copyright from 1710 to the present. He is the co-founder of the Arcadia Foundation and chairman of the Donor and Advisory Boards.
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Susan H. Gillespie

Susan H. Gillespie has spent her life exploring the possibilities of translation—interlingual, cultural, and educational. She is a graduate of Radcliffe College of Harvard University and attended the University of Freiburg for four years on a DAAD scholarship. She has translated Theodor W. Adorno and many other authors of philosophical and musicological works, as well as fiction and poetry. Her book-length translations include Corona: Selected Poems of Paul Celan and The Correspondence of Paul Celan and Ilana Shmueli, which was a finalist for the National Translation Award. After a period of anti-war activism, Susan embarked on a career in fundraising for the New York Zoological Society, the New York Public Library, and, finally, Bard College where she served first as Vice President for Public Affairs and Development and then as Vice President for Special Global Initiatives. In 1998, Susan founded the Institute for International Liberal Education, which has pioneered in the development of dual-degree liberal arts programs with university partners in Russia, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, and elsewhere.
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Taun N. Toay

Taun N. Toay is the Annandale-based Managing Director of Bard College Berlin.

Toay is Chief Financial Officer of Bard College. He has been involved in Bard College Berlin since 2011 in his position as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff, in which he was responsible for the satellite campuses' integration with the main campus. He has been a Managing Director since 2015.

Toay also is Managing Director of the Levy Economics Institute where he holds a research analyst position, focused on macroeconomic modeling and gender-aware analysis.

He was a Fulbright research grantee to Greece for 2005–06 and an affiliate of the University of Piraeus and has served as a visiting lecturer in the economics department at Bard College.

Toay holds an M.Phil. in Economics from the New School for Social Research.

Publications (selected)
  • "Co-operative Banking in Greece: A proposal for rural reinvestment and urban entrepreneurship" (with D.B. Papadimitriou), Research Report to the Observatory of Economic and Social Developments, Labour Institute, Greek General Confederation of Labour, 2014
  • "Direct Job Creation for Turbulent Times in Greece" (with R. Antonopoulos and D. B. Papadimitriou), Research Project Report to the Observatory of Economics and Social Development, Labour Institute, Greek General Confederation of Labour, 2011
  • "From Unpaid to Paid Care Work: The Macroeconomic Implications of HIV and AIDS on Women's Time-tax Burdens" (with R. Antonopoulos), in The Fourth Wave: An Assault on Women, Gender, Culture, and HIV/AIDS in the 21st Century (UNESCO-SSRC), 2009
  • "Expensive Living: The Greek Experience under the Euro" (with T. Pelagidis), Intereconomics: Review of European Economic Policy, 2007
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Ewa Atanassow

PhD from the Committee on Social Thought
The University of Chicago
Ewa Atanassow has received a PhD from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, an MA in psychology from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests range across the history of political thought, focusing on questions of nationhood and democratic citizenship, with emphasis on Tocqueville. She is the author of Liberal Dilemmas: Tocqueville on Sovereignty, Nationhood, and Globalization (Princeton University Press, 2022), and the co-editor of Tocqueville and the Frontiers of Democracy with Richard Boyd (Cambridge University Press, 2013); Liberal Moments: Reading Liberal Texts with Alan Kahan (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017); and When the People Rule: Popular Sovereignty in Theory and Practice with Thomas Bartscherer and David Bateman (forthcoming from Cambridge UP). 

Prof. Dr. Ewa Atanassow
Political Thought
Phone: +49 30 43733 104
Email: e.atanassow[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Nassim Abi Ghanem

PhD in International Relations
Central European University
Nassim Abi Ghanem received his MA in International Relations from the University of Manchester (2012), focusing on Middle Eastern conflicts. He recently completed his Ph.D. in International Relations at the Central European University (2021) titled "The Civil Society Organizations' Design and Implementation of Demobilization and Reintegration Programs". Using social network analysis (SNA) and life-course approaches, the dissertation explores the various brokerage and turning points that local civil society organizations conducted to demobilize and reintegrate ex-combatants in the city of Tripoli in Lebanon. His research interests include civil society organization (CSOs) resilience roles, civic engagement, non-state actor's involvement in international politics, and conflict management and peacebuilding. He is currently working on turning his PhD thesis into a book.
Outside academia, Abi Ghanem advised regional and international organizations on programmatic initiatives taking place in Lebanon.  

Dr. Abi Ghanem is a Global Teaching Fellow at Bard College Berlin for the 2021/2021 academic year.


Abi Ghanem, N. "The reverse impact of politics on the COVID-19 response: How Hezbollah determined the choices of the Lebanese government", in: eds. Voelkel,J., Moeller, L.M and Hobeika,Z., Arab world & COVID-19, Routledge. (forthcoming)

Dr. Nassim Abi Ghanem
International Relations
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Florian Becker

PhD in German literature
Princeton University
Managing Director
Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Bard College

Florian Becker joined the Division of Languages and Literature at Bard College in Annandale in 2005 and has been teaching at Bard College Berlin since 2012. He read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, before earning a Ph.D. in German literature at Princeton University. Awards for his doctoral work on twentieth-century German theater and philosophy include a Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities. Publications include articles and chapters in Brecht und die Naturwissenschaften (eds. Hippe and Ißbrücker, 2017), Der DeutschunterrichtModern Drama,The International Brecht Yearbook and the Routledge Handbook of Human Rights. He has completed a monograph on Bertolt Brecht, Peter Weiss, and Heiner Müller, Theater and Praxis: Realism as Critique in Twentieth-Century German Drama and has edited, with Paola S. Hernández and Brenda Werth, a volume of essays entitled Imagining Human Rights in Twenty-First Century Theater: Global Perspectives (2013). He is editing, with Janine Ludwig, an English-language companion to the works of Heiner Müller.

Courses offered at Bard College Berlin 2012-2019
  • "German Beginner A1"
  • "The Frankfurt School: What is Critical Theory?"
  • "Berlin: Experiment in Modernity,"
  • "Berlin: Experiment in Modernity I,"
  • "Berlin: Experiment in Modernity II."

Courses offered at Bard College, Annandale
  • Literature 3035 "The Frankfurt School,"
  • Literature 2022 "The Making of Modern Theatre,"
  • Literature 288 "Modern Drama in Translation: Brecht in the Global South,"
  • Literature 204C "Comparative Literature III: Romanticism to Modernism,"
  • Philosophy 2014(3) "The Philosophy of Human Rights" (at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa),
  • German 456 "Neo-Avantgarde and Student Movement in 1960s Germany,"
  • German 425 "Culture and Society in Weimar Germany,"
  • German 410 "Revolution in German Literature,"
  • German 317 "German Poetry: Goethe to Celan,"
  • German 306 "German Drama and the Story of Capitalism,"
  • German 305 "Writing Freedom: German Literature Since 1700,"
  • German 202 "Intermediate German II,"
  • German 201 "Intermediate German I,"
  • German 102 "Beginning German II,"
  • German 101 "Beginning German I,"
  • First-Year Seminar II "Revolution and the Limits of Reason."
Dr. Florian Becker
Managing Director; Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Bard College
Phone: +49 30 43733 0
Email: f.becker[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Ann-Kathrin Blankenberg

PhD in Economics
Universität Kassel
Ann-Kathrin Blankenberg is a behavioral economist who holds a PhD in Economics (2015) as well as an M.A. (2011) and a B.A. in Economics (2009) from the University of Kassel. She also completed vocational training as an industrial clerk (2008). Before joining Bard College Berlin, she was a Research Associate (Post-Doc) at the “Chair of Economic Policy and SME Research”, University of Göttingen (2015-2021) and a Research Fellow at the “Economic Policy Research Group”, University of Kassel (2011-2015).
Her research interests are focused on ecological economics, pro-environmental behavior, identity economics, industrial dynamics/innovation, self-employment/entrepreneurship, and especially subjective well-being research. Recently, she has been most interested in the following areas of this field: (1) Implications of identity on human behavior (e.g. in the form of green identity or "artificial group identity"), (2) the extent to which occupational identity is conducive to worker well-being, and (3) the relationship between self-employment/entrepreneurship and well-being. 
Ann-Kathrin Blankenberg received a grant in 2019 from the Ministry of Science and Culture (Lower Saxony) to research life satisfaction and identity in the skilled crafts and trades (“www.handwerksstolz.de”). Her research has appeared in internationally recognized journals such as Research Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Ecological Economics and Social Indicators Research.
More information about her research can be found here.

Selected Publications:
  • Binder M., Blankenberg A.-K. (2021) Self-Employment and Subjective Well-Being. In: Zimmermann K.F. (eds) Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics. Springer, Cham. https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-3-319-57365-6_191-1
  • Welsch, H.; Binder, M. & A.-K. Blankenberg (2021). Green behavior, green selfimage, and subjective well-being: Separating affective and cognitive relationships, Ecological Economics, 179.
  • Binder, M.; Blankenberg, A.-K. & H. Welsch (2020). ProEnvironmental Norms, Green Lifestyles, and Subjective Well-Being: Panel Evidence from the UK, Social Indicators Research.
  • Binder, M.; Blankenberg, A.-K. & J. Guardiola (2020). Does it have to be a sacrifice? Different notions of the good life, proenvironmental behavior and their heterogeneous impact on well-being", Ecological Economics, 167.
  • Proeger, T. & A.-K. Blankenberg (2017). PAYWHAT-YOU-WANT IN GROUPS - EVIDENCE FROM A FIELD EXPERIMENT. Applied Economics Letters, 18.
  • Binder, M. & A.-K. Blankenberg (2017). Green lifestyles and subjective wellbeing: More about self-image than actual behavior? Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 137: 304323.
  • Blankenberg, A.-K. & G. Buenstorf (2016). Regional coevolution of firm population, innovation and public research? Evidence from the West German laser industry, Research Policy 45(4): 857868.
  • Binder, M. & A.-K. Blankenberg (2016). Environmental worries, volunteering and subjective well-being: Antecedents and outcomes of environmental activism in Germany, Ecological Economics 124: 1-16.

Selected Media Coverage
Further links
Prof. Dr. Ann-Kathrin Blankenberg
E-mail: a.blankenberg@berlin.bard.edu
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Kerry Bystrom

PhD in English 
Princeton University

Associate Dean

Prof. Dr. Kerry Bystrom earned a BA, summa cum laude, in English/Creative Writing and Government from Dartmouth College (1999) and a PhD in English from Princeton University (2007). Awards for her doctoral research on cultural responses to dictatorship in Latin America and apartheid in South Africa include Princeton’s Charlotte Elizabeth Proctor Honorific Fellowship and an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (USA). Before arriving at Bard College Berlin in 2012, she taught at Princeton University, Bard College, the University of the Witwatersrand, and the University of Connecticut, where she was also director of the Research Program on Humanitarianism at the Human Rights Institute. She teaches at the intersection of aesthetics and politics, and on topics ranging from postcolonial studies (theory, literature, performance and visual art) and African and world literature to trauma and memory studies, human rights, and humanitarianism.

Courses offered at Bard College Berlin
  • Doing “Justice” after Atrocity (Spring 2019) 
  • Critical Human Rights and Humanitarian Advocacy/ Scholars At Risk (Spring 2018)
  • Scholars at Risk (Spring 2017)
  • Global Citizenship (Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018)
  • Global Cold War Literatures (Fall 2015)
  • Fictions of Justice: Literature, Truth Commissions, and International Criminal Law (Spring 2015)
  • Postcolonial Literature and Theory (Spring 2014)
  • Home and Exile - Studies and Literature and Human Rights (Fall 2013)
  • Introduction to Human Rights (Fall 2012)

Bystrom is the author of the monograph Democracy at Home: Family Fictions and Transitional Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and has published numerous articles and book chapters in venues such as the Journal of Southern African Studies, Social Dynamics Humanity, and Interventions. She is co-editor with Glenn Mitoma of a special issue of the Journal of Human Rights on "Humanitarianism and Responsibility" (March 2013) and also with Sarah Nuttall of a special issue of Cultural Studies on "Private Lives and Public Cultures in South Africa" (Summer 2013). On-going research projects include Cold War relationships between Southern Africa and Latin America; the idea of the "South Atlantic"; global constructions of children's rights and particularly the right to identity; and visions of global solidarity and humanitarian crisis in literature, performance, and new media.

Publications (selected)
  • Democracy at Home in South Africa: Family Fictions and Transitional Culture New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
  • "Humanitarianism, Responsibility, Links, Knots," forthcoming in Interventions
  • "Humanitarianism and Responsibility in Discourse and Practice," co-authored with Glenn Mitoma, in Human Rights Protection and Global Responsibilities: States and Non-State Actors, ed. Kurt Mills and David J. Karp, Palgrave Macmillan [New York], 2015
  • "Literature, Remediation, Remedy (The Case of Transitional Justice)," Comparative Literature 66 (1), 2014, pp. 25-34
  • "Stolen Children, Identity Rights and Rhetoric (Argentina, 1983-2012)," co-authored with Brenda Werth, Jac: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture and Politics 33.3–4 (2013), pp. 425-453
  • "Johannesburg Interiors," Cultural Studies 27 (3), 2013, pp. 333-356
  • "Private Lives and Public Cultures," co-authored with Sarah Nuttall, Cultural Studies 27 (3), 2013, pp. 307-332
  • "Writing Roots in post-apartheid South Africa," Safundi 14 (1), 2013, pp. 17-36
  • "Broadway without Borders: Eve Ensler, Lynn Nottage, and Humanitarian Campaigns to End Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo," in Imagining Human Rights in Twenty-first Century Theater: Global Perspectives, ed. Florian Becker, Paola Hernández and Brenda Werth, Palgrave MacMillan [New York], 2013.
  • "Reading the South Atlantic: South Africa, Chile, the Cold War, and Mark Behr's The Smell of Apples," African Studies 71 (1), 2012, pp. 1-18
  • "On 'humanitarian' adoption (Madonna in Malawi)," Humanity 2 (2), 2011, pp. 213-231
  • "Literature and Human Rights," in The Routledge Handbook of Human Rights, ed. Thomas Cushman, Routledge [London], 2011, pp. 637-646
  • "Culture and Politics After Apartheid: Views from the Market Theatre. An Interview with Malcolm Purkey," Safundi 11 (3), 2010, pp. 201-213 (peer-edited extended interview)
  • "The Public Private Sphere: Family Narrative and Democracy in Argentina and South Africa,"Social Dynamics 36 (1), 2010, pp. 139-152
  • "South Africa, the USA, and the Globalization of Truth and Reconciliation: Itinerant Mourning in Zakes Mda's Cion," Safundi 10 (4), 2009, pp. 397-417
  • "The DNA of the Democratic South Africa: Ancestral Maps, Family Trees, Genealogical Fictions," Journal of Southern African Studies 35 (1), 2009, pp. 223-235
  • "The Politics of Subjectivity: Notes on 21st-century Argentine Documentary Film," in Rethinking Third Cinema: The Role of Anti-colonial Media and Aesthetics in Postmodernity, ed. Frieda Ekotto and Adeline Koh, intr. Simon Gikandi, LIT Verlag [Berlin], 2009, pp. 31-51
Prof. Dr. Kerry Bystrom
Associate Dean
Phone: +49 30 43733 123
Email: k.bystrom[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Irwin Collier 

PhD in Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Irwin Collier joins Bard College Berlin this coming Fall Semester. Previously he was professor of Economics and North American Studies at the John-F.-Kennedy Institute of Freie Universität Berlin. Before coming to Freie Universität in 1994, Irwin Collier taught at the University of Houston for thirteen years. He has also taught as a visiting professor at CERGE/EI in Prague and Seoul National University’s School of Public Administration in South Korea.  Over his teaching career Irwin Collier has taught a broad spectrum of courses including macroeconomics, international economics, social policy, labor economics, econometrics, comparative economic systems, and history of economics.

Irwin Collier studied economics at Yale University and earned his doctorate in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before coming to Bard College Berlin his research work has focused on aspects of the economy and the economic policies of the former German Democratic Republic and the transition of the postwall East German economy as well as the theory and statistical methods of measuring purchasing power in an international context. Over the past few years he has conducted significant archival work dealing with the evolution of the curricula for undergraduate and graduate education in economics from the late 19th century up through the 1960s in the United States.

Irwin Collier’s work has been published in the American Economic ReviewReview of Economics and StatisticsJournal of Economic PerspectivesEconomicaJournal of Comparative EconomicsComparative Economic StudiesJournal of Forecasting, and Journal of Economic Integration.

Irwin Collier runs a boutique blog, Economics in the Rear-view Mirror (irwincollier.com), that offers a regular stream of artifacts from the history of economics transcribed and curated by him.

Prof. Dr. Irwin Collier
Email: i.collier[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Tracy Colony

PhD in Philosophy
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Prof. Dr. Tracy Colony received his doctorate in Philosophy in 2001 from Leuven (Belgium). In 2000-01 he held a Flemish Community Fellowship and in 2002-03 a DAAD supported post-doctorate at Bard College Berlin, where, since 2003, he has taught. In 2006 he received a stipend from the Weimar Classics Foundation. 

Classes Taught at Bard College Berlin
  • Plato's Republic and Its Interlocutors
  • Forms of Love
  • The Thought of Martin Heidegger
  • In Search of the Good: An Introduction to Ethics
  • Continental Aesthetics
  • The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Introduction to Existentialism
  • Totality and Infinity
  • Dante's Divine Comedy
  • Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy
  • Existentialism
  • The Philosophy of Transcendentalism
  • Philosophy and Poetry: The Work of Friedrich Hölderlin

General Teaching Interests
Ancient Philosophy, German Idealism, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Contemporary Phenomenology

Martin Heidegger, Phänomenologie der Anschauung und des Ausdrucks; Gesamtausgabe Bd. 59, (Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann, 2007); translated as Phenomenology of Intuition and Expression (London: Continuum, 2010).

Publications (selection)
  • "Composing Time: Stiegler on Nietzsche, Nihilism and a Possible Future" in Nietzsche and the Politics of Difference, eds. A. Rehberg and A. Woodward, (Berlin: de Gruyter) (Forthcoming).
  • "From Time to Time: Auto-Affection in Derrida's 1964-65 Heidegger Course," Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy (2019).
  • "The Future of Technics: Stiegler on Time and Futurity", Parrhesia (2017).
  • "Transformations: Malabou on Heidegger and Change", Parrhesia (2015).
  • "Bringing Philosophy Back to Life: Nietzsche and Heidegger's Early Phenomenology", Studia Phaenomenologica (2014).
  • "Epimetheus Bound: Stiegler on Derrida, Life and the Technological Condition", Research in Phenomenology (2011).
  • "The Death of God and the Life of Being: Heidegger's Confrontation with Nietzsche," in Interpreting Heidegger: Critical Essays, ed. Daniel Dahlstrom, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).
  • "A Matter of Time: Stiegler on Heidegger and Being Technological," Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology May (2010).
  • "Concerning Technology: Heidegger and the Question of Technological Essentialism," Idealistic Studies (2009).
  • "Given Time: the Question of Futurity in Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy," The Heythrop Journal (2009).
  • "Attunement and Transition: Hölderlin and Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning)," Studia Phaenomenologica (2008).
  • "The Wholly Other: Being and the Last God in Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy," Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology May (2008).
  • "Before the Abyss: Agamben on Heidegger and the Living," Continental Philosophy Review (2007).
  • "Unearthing Heidegger's Roots: On Charles Bambach's Heidegger's Roots," (review essay) Studia Phaenomenologica (2006).
  • "Geschichte der Rezeption der Heideggerschen Nietzsche Interpretation in Deutschland," in Heidegger-Jahrbuch (Hrg.) A. Denker und H. Zaborowski (Freiburg: Verlag Karl Alber, 2005).
  • "Telling Silence: The Question of Divinity in Heidegger's Early Nietzsche Lectures," Epoche (2004).
  • "Heidegger's Early Nietzsche Lectures and the Question of Resistance," Studia Phenomenologica (2004).
  • "Twilight of the Eidos: The Question of Form in Heidegger's Reading of Nietzsche's Thought upon Art," Analecta Husserliana (2004).
  • "Circulus Vitiosus Deus: Time and the Question of God in Heidegger's Nietzsche," Existentia (2003).
  • "Eternal Phenomena: The Question of Contemplation in Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy," Existentia (2003).
  • "Time and the Work of Art: Reconsidering Heidegger's Auseinandersetzung with Nietzsche," Heidegger Studies 19 (2003).
  • "Representation and Metaphor in Nietzsche's "On Truth and Lie in the Extra-Moral Sense" in Neuere Beiträge zur Nietzsche-Forschung (Band II) (Hrg.) Sabine S. Gehlhaar (Cuxhaven: Traude Junghans Verlag) (2001).
  • "Dwelling in the Biosphere? Heidegger's Critique of Humanism and its Relevance for Ecological Thought," International Studies in Philosophy 31:1 (1999).
  • "Exquisite Stimulations: Will and Illusion in The Birth of Tragedy," Journal of Nietzsche Studies Spring (1999).

Prof. Dr. Tracy Colony
Email: t.colony[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Marion Detjen

PhD in History 
Freie Universität Berlin
Marion Detjen attended the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, and then studied European history and German literature and linguistics in Berlin and Munich, where she received her MA and passed her first state exam. She worked for several years as a freelance curator, teacher, writer, and activist, before receiving her PhD from Freie Universität Berlin with a dissertation on rescue helpers after the building of the Berlin Wall. 2009 - 2014 Marion worked and taught at Humboldt University Berlin, 2015 - 2107 on a DFG-position at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung (Center for Contemporary History) in Potsdam. She has been teaching migration history, German history and global history at Bard College Berlin since 2016, and is director of Bard College Berlin's „Program for International Education and Social Change“ (PIESC). She is currently writing a biography on the German-American publisher in exile Helen Wolff. Her historical interests include German post-war history, migration history, global history, the history of publishing and cultural transfer, biography and oral history, gender, and the relationship between the private and the public. Marion is a regular contributor to the column „10nach8“ at ZEIT-Online as part of its editorial team, she runs the „Real Talk“ series on diaspora discourse at the Volksbühne Berlin, and she is a co-founder and board member of "Wir machen das," a coalition of action focused on the migration crisis.


  • Helen Wolff, Hintergrund für Liebe. Das Buch eines Sommers, edited and with an essay by Marion Detjen, Bonn (Weidle Verlag) 2020.
  • Die Deutschen und das Grundgesetz. Geschichte und Grenzen unserer Verfassung, together with Max Steinbeis and Stephan Detjen, Munich (Pantheon) 2009, Schriftenreihe der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung Band 763.
  • Ein Loch in der Mauer. Die Geschichte der Fluchthilfe im geteilten Deutschland 1961-1989, Munich (Siedler Verlag) 2005.
  • „Zum Staatsfeind ernannt". Widerstand, Resistenz und Verweigerung gegen das NS-Regime in München, ed. by the City of Munich, Munich (Buchendorfer Verlag) 1998.
Essays/Articles/Book chapters (selection):
  • „The Germans’ ‚Refugee‘: Concepts and Images of the ‚Refugee‘ in Germany’s Twisted History Between Acceptance and Denial as a Country of Immigration and Refuge“, in: Erol Balkan and Zumray Kutlu-Tonak (Eds.), Global Refugee Crisis and Local Refugee Lives, Oxford & New York (Berghahn Books) - forthcoming.
  • „Patriotismus“, in: David Ranan (Ed.), Sprach Gewalt: Missbrauchte Wörter und andere politische Kampfbegriffe, Bonn (Dietz Verlag) - forthcoming. 
  • „‚At my death, burn or throw away unread!‘ Zum Hintergrund des Hintergrunds“, in: Helen Wolff, Hintergrund für Liebe. Das Buch eines Sommers, edited and with an essay by Marion Detjen, Bonn (Weidle Verlag) 2020, pp. 119-215.
  • „‚Wir schaffen das‘ oder ‚revolutionäres Bewusstsein‘? Überlegungen zur Willkommenskultur 2015“, in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte,  30-32/2020, pp. 20-26, https://www.bpb.de/apuz/312830/ueberlegungen-zur-willkommenskultur-2015
  • "Tabubruch und phänomenologische Ähnlichkeiten. Zur Vergleichbarkeit der Fluchthilfe für DDR-Flüchtlinge nach dem Mauerbau und der Schleusertätigkeit heute", in: Zeitgeschichte-online, January 2017, https://zeitgeschichte-online.de/kommentar/tabubruch-und-phaenomenologische-aehnlichkeiten.
  • "Privatheit und Geschlecht in der Kulturverlagsgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts am Beispiel des Verlegerehepaars Kurt und Helen Wolff", in: Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien (Ed.), Grenzziehungen von öffentlich und privat im neuen Blick auf die Geschlechterverhältnisses, Bulletin Texte 43(2017), pp. 182-194.
  • „Die ‚Mauer‘ als Erfahrung und Sujet. Deutung und Umdeutung zwischen Mauerbau und Mauerfall“, in: Franka Maubach and Christina Morina (Eds.), Das 20. Jahrhundert erzählen. Zeiterfahrung und Zeiterforschung im geteilten Deutschland, Beiträge zur Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vol. 21, Göttingen (Wallstein Verlag) 2016, pp. 328-385. 
  • „Helen and Kurt Wolff“, in: Immigrant Entrepreneurship. German-American Business Biogrraphies, 1720 to the Present, Vol. 5: From the Post-War Boom to Global Capitalism, 1945-Today, Online platform of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Fall 2011, http://www.immigrantentrepreneurship.org.

Dr. Marion Detjen
Email: m.detjen[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Marcus Giamattei

Habilitation in Economics
University of Passau, Germany

Marcus Giamattei holds a Habilitation (2020) and a PhD in Economics (2015), both from the University of Passau. Before his PhD he completed an M.A. in International Economics and Business (2011), a B.Sc. in Business Computing (2009), and a B.A. in International Cultural and Business Studies (2009) there. Before coming to Berlin, he was an assistant professor at the University of Passau, where he is still an external fellow. He is also affiliated with CeDEx at the University of Nottingham, UK, and has been a visiting researcher at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. His research has appeared in Experimental Economics, the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Plos One, the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making and the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance. A full CV can be found at giamattei.de.

His research interests are Macroeconomics and Experimental and Behavioral Economics. In the growing field of Experimental Macroeconomics, he focuses on bounded rationality and limited reasoning as an important driver of macroeconomic behavior. His second research area deals with the role of cooperation, ethics and corruption. He developed classEx, a tool for interactive classroom and lab-in-the-field experiments with mobile devices and LIONESS Lab – a tool for online experiments. Those tools enable instructors and researchers to use experiments outside of the lab and for teaching economics. classEx and LIONESS are used in over 50 countries around the world.

Courses taught at Bard College Berlin:

Macroeconomics (always in Spring term)
Global Economics - International Finance (Fall 2020)

Principles of Economics (always in Fall term)

Mathematical Foundation (always in Spring term)
Mathematics for Economics (always in Fall term)

Introduction to Statistics (Spring 2020)

Research Interests:

Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Experimental Macroeconomics, Economics of Corruption and Experimental Ethics, Online, Classroom and Lab-in-the-Field Experiments.

Prof. Dr. Marcus Giamattei
Email: m.giamattei[at]berlin.bard.edu
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James Harker

PhD in Rhetoric
University of California, Berkeley
James Harker received his B.A. from Swarthmore College where he studied sociology, anthropology, and English literature. He received his PhD in rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. His research specialties are the twentieth century British novel, narrative theory, rhetoric, and cognition. At UC-Berkeley, he taught courses on classical rhetoric, theories of fiction, and transatlantic modernism, as well as introductory and advanced courses on writing. He is currently working on a book titled The Modernist Mind: The Art of Cognitive Minimalism, which argues that the modernist novel's distinguishing feature is its emphasis on the fallibility of basic cognitive processes. His work has appeared in the Journal of Modern Literature and Studies in the Novel.

Dr. James Harker
Literature and Rhetoric
Language and Thinking Program Coordinator
Director of Academic Services and the Learning Commons
Phone: +49 30 43733 226
Email: j.harker[at]berlin.bard.edu
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David Hayes

PhD from the Committee on Social Thought
The University of Chicago
David Hayes received his B.A. in English from Kenyon College in 1992 and his PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago with a dissertation on Early Greek Lyric Poetry. He came to Bard College Berlin as a fellow in 2005.

Classes taught at Bard College Berlin
Core courses
  • Plato's Republic and Its Interlocutors (coordinator 2008, 2009)
  • Forms of Love
  • Property
  • Innocence and Experience
  • Objectivity and Self-Knowledge
  • Character
Electives and Foundational Modules
  • Short Dialogues of Plato
  • The Odyssey
  • Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Comedies of Remarriage
  • Poetry and Philosophy
  • Tragic Character
  • Huckleberry Finn
Coordinator of the 2010 Annual Conference: The Translator

General Teaching Interests:
Greek philosophy and literature, poetry

  • “Piety as a Virtue,” The Journal of Value Inquiry (2020). Co-authored with Jeremy Schwartz. 
  • “In Praise of Lameness: A Response to William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep,” Arts and Humanities in Higher Education (2019)
  • "The Iliad now," The New Criterion (September, 2015)
  • "Against critical thinking pedagogy," Arts and Humanities in Higher Education (2015)
  • "When BS Is a Virtue," The Chronicle of Higher Education (2014)
  • Three Translations of Theognis: "Not Even Zeus," "Those Wings of Yours," "Decline," The Utopian (2010-11)

Dr. David Hayes
Greek Philosophy and Literature
Phone: +49 30 43733 203
Email: d.hayes[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Matthias Hurst

Habilitation in Literature and Film Studies
Universität Heidelberg
Prof. Dr. Habil. Matthias Hurst studied German literature and language, art history and psychology at the University of Heidelberg. He received his MA in 1993, his PhD in 1995 and his habilitation in literature and film studies in 2000. He taught German literature, comparative literature and film studies at the University of Heidelberg (1996-2001) and as guest lecturer at the University of Reading (1998) and the Paul Valéry University in Montpellier (1999) and has written on narration in literature and film, film adaptations of literary works, film history/theory, film interpretation and genre films. In Heidelberg he was also working on the pilot project Studien-Coaching, a new developed, highly individual and personality-based form of student counselling (2001-2003).

Classes taught at Bard College Berlin

Core Courses
  • Bildung: Education and Formation

Foundational and Advanced Modules
  • Introduction to Film Studies: The Films of Stanley Kubrick
  • Frankenstein’s Heirs: Mary Shelley’s Novel and Film Adaptations
  • Freud and Jung go to the Movies: Psychoanalysis and Film
  • Film Narratives-Introduction to Film Studies
  • Controversial Films
  • German Film: Reflections of History and Style
  • Aspects of New German Cinema
  • The Hitchcock Files: An Introduction to Film Studies
  • Star Trek: The Final Frontier and Beyond
  • Order and Chaos – The Films of Fritz Lang
  • Woody Allen: A Poetics of Fun and Philosophy
  • German Cinema in the Weimar Republic
  • Dreadful Pleasures: Horror Films
  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • German Cinema: Weimar Republic and Third Reich
  • Narration in Literature and Film
  • Frames of Meaning: Film Interpretation
  • The Gorgon's Gaze: Controversial Films
  • Outsiders in Film
  • German Cinema
  • Being Scared: Horror Films
  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Heroes on Screen
  • Film Genres
  • Fight, Pain, Death: Existential Philosophy and Film
  • The Fantastic Screen
  • How The West Was Won: The Western Films
  • Visions of the Future: The Science Fiction Film from Metropolis to Matrix
Project Year Research Topics supervised at Bard College Berlin
  • ‘Equal But Different’: Engendering Vladimir Menshov‘s  Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1979)
  • Derek Jarman’s “I” Film: A Ritual of Sincerity
  • Oniric Cinema and the Diegesis of Film Consciousness
  • Investigating the Postmodern Sublime in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (2001)
  • Early Cinema and the True Motion Picture: The Aesthetics of Movement in the Films of Max and Emil Skladanowsky
  • Theater’s Fearsome Mirror: Cabaret as Political Theater
  • On the Realities of Science Fiction, or: The Exoteric Esotericism of Philip K. Dick
  • Enjoy Documentary: Filmmaking, Ethics, and Ai Wei Wei‘s Human Flow
  • Troubled Black Representation & the Emotion of Horror
  • The Witch: Horror, Women, Psychoanalysis, and Suspiria
  • Dream and Film: An Analysis of David Lynch, Irritation and Mulholland Drive
  • Lars von Trier's Dogville
  • Sergej Eisenstein in Berlin

General Teaching Interests
Film History (esp. Western European and American Cinema), Film Analysis, Genre Film, the Fantastic in Literature and Film

Publications (selection)
  • Erzählsituationen in Literatur und Film. Ein Modell zur vergleichenden Analyse von literarischen Texten und filmischen Adaptionen. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1996.
  • Im Spannungsfeld der Aufklärung. Von Schillers Geisterseher zur TV-Serie The X-Files: Rationalismus und Irrationalismus in Literatur, Film und Fernsehen 1786-1999. Heidelberg: Carl Winter, 2001.
  • „Der Blick in den Abgrund. Schuld und Verantwortung in Franz Fühmanns Erzählungen Kapitulation, Das Gottesgericht und Die Schöpfung." In: Colloquia Germanica. Inter-nationale Zeitschrift für Germanistik, Vol. 32 (1999), No.1, pp. 37-69.
  • „Mittelbarkeit, Perspektive, Subjektivität: Über das narrative Potential des Spielfilms." In: Jörg Helbig (ed.): Erzählen und Erzähltheorie im 20. Jahrhundert. Festschrift für Wilhelm Füger, Heidelberg: Carl Winter, 2001, pp. 233-251.
  • „Blutige Küsse. Bram Stokers Dracula: Der Vampir als Wunschbild und Angsttraum des Mannes." In: Karin Tebben (ed.): Abschied vom Mythos Mann. Kulturelle Konzepte der Moderne. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2002, pp. 138-154).
  • „Tod und Wiedergeburt. Literarische Formen der Initiation und der Individuation." In: Wirkendes Wort. Deutsche Sprache und Literatur in Forschung und Lehre, Vol. 52 (2002), No. 2, pp. 257-275.
  • „Coaching für Studierende." (Zusammen mit Rainer M. Holm-Hadulla, Antje Wetzel und Charlotte Buff) In: Psychologisch-Psychotherapeutische Beratungsstelle der Universität des Saarlandes (eds.): Beratung und Beziehung. Tagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Studien-, Studentinnen- und Studentenberatung (ARGE) vom 5. bis 8. September 2001 in der Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken 2002, pp. 50-74.
  • „Flucht aus der Zeit. Zur narrativen Struktur des Films Slaughterhouse-Five von George Roy Hill." In: Komparatistik. Jahrbuch der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft 2002/2003. Heidelberg: Synchron Wissenschaftsverlag der Autoren, 2003, pp. 73-95.
  • „Augen-Blicke des Ekels in Roman Polanskis Film Repulsion (1965)." In: Hermes A. Kick (ed.): Ekel. Darstellung und Deutung in den Wissenschaften und Künsten. Symposium des Arbeitskreises „Psychopathologie, Kunst und Literatur" (Heidelberg 2000). Hürtgenwald: Guido Pressler Verlag, 2003, pp. 83-96.
  • „Bilder des Schreckens - Schrecken der Bilder. Hollywoods Katastrophenkino und der Terror der Realität." In: Der 11. September – Ursachen und Folgen. Sammelband der Studium Generale-Vorträge der Universität Heidelberg im Sommersemester 2002, Heidelberg: Carl Winter, 2003, pp. 55-73.
  • „'... und es begann der tiefere Traum seines Lebens.' Diskursebenen der Initiation in Stefan Zweigs Novelle Brennendes Geheimnis (1911)." In: Zeitschrift für Germanistik, Neue Folge No. 1 (Februar 2004), pp. 67-82.
  • „The Aging West: Der alternde Held und der Mythos des Westerns." In: Kurt Bayertz / Margrit Frölich / Kurt W. Schmidt (eds.): I'm the Law! Recht, Ethik und Ästhetik im Western. (Tagung der Evangelischen Akademie Arnoldshain 31. Mai – 02. Juni 2002) Frankfurt a.M.: Haag + Herchen, 2004, pp. 134-157.
  • „Ameisen, Hühner, Oger: Moderne Märchen – postmoderne Parodien." In: Maren Bonacker (ed.): Peter Pans Kinder. Doppelte Adressiertheit in phantastischen Texten. (Tagungsband zum Wissenschaftlichen Symposium, 16.-18. Mai 2003) Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2004, pp. 107-125.
  • „Stimmen aus dem All – Rufe aus der Seele. Kommunikation mit Außerirdischen in narrativen Spielfilmen." In: Michael Schetsche (ed.): Der maximal Fremde. Begegnungen mit dem Nichtmenschlichen und die Grenzen des Verstehens. Würzburg: Ergon, 2004, pp. 95-112.
  • „Der Exorzist (USA 1973, Regie: William Friedkin): Ästhetik und sozialhistorische Implikationen eines Kino-Erfolgs." In: Hermes A. Kick et al. (ed.): Besessenheit, Trance, Exorzismus. Affekte und Emotionen als Grundlagen ethischer Wertebildung und Gefährdung in Wissenschaften und Künsten. Münster: Lit Verlag, 2004, pp. 7-24.
  • „Feine Speisen – rohe Sitten. Sinnlichkeit und Ästhetik des Essens in Peter Greenaways Film Der Koch, der Dieb, seine Frau und ihr Liebhaber (1989)." In: Dietrich von Engelhardt / Rainer Wild (eds.): Geschmackskulturen. Vom Dialog der Sinne beim Essen und Trinken. Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus, 2005, pp. 193-204.
  • „Unterbewusstsein am Haken. Film-Nixen als Anima-Figuren." In: Jost Eickmeyer / Sebastian Soppa (eds.): Umarmung und Wellenspiel. Variationen über die Wasserfrau. Overath/Witten: Bücken & Sulzer, 2006, pp. 19-40.
  • „The Duality Persists. Faust on Screen." In: Komparatistik. Jahrbuch der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft 2005/2006. Heidelberg: Synchron Wissenschaftsverlag der Autoren, 2006, pp. 39-54.
  • „Magische Übergänge. Visualisierungen des (kindlichen) Unbewussten im Fantasy-Film." In: Zauberland und Tintenwelt. Fantastik in der Kinder- und Jugendliteratur. Beiträge Jugendliteratur und Medien, 17. Beiheft, Vol. 58 (2006). Herausgegeben von Jörg Knobloch und Gudrun Stenzel in Zusammenarbeit mit der AJuM der GEW, pp. 129-145.
  • „Mord im Film. Hitchcock und Kieslowski: Ästhetik und Ethik des Tötens." In: Dietrich von Engelhardt / Manfred Oehmichen (eds.): Der „Mord". Darstellung und Deutung in den Wissenschaften und Künsten. „Murder". Reproduction and Interpretation in Sciences and Arts. (Research in Legal Medicine, Vol. 35.) Lübeck: Schmidt-Römhild, 2007, pp. 367-391.
  • „Der Weg aus der Kindheit. Pinocchios Abenteuer als Initiationsgeschichte." In: Maren Bonacker (ed.): Das Kind im Leser. Phantastische Texte als all-ages-Lektüre. Tagungsband zum wissenschaftlichen Symposium „Pinocchios Freunde", 7. bis 9. Mai 2004. Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2007, pp. 135-151.
  • „L'ambivalenza dolceamara. Strutture narrative e autoriflessività in Eyes Wide Shut di Stanley Kubrick." In: Luigi Cimmino / Daniele Dottorini / Giorgio Pangaro (eds.): Il doppio sogno di Stanley Kubrick. Traumnovelle / Eyes Wide Shut: Contributi per una lettura comparata. Milano: Il Castoro, 2007, pp. 178-195. (Traduzione dal tedesco di Luigi Cimmino)
  • „Traumbilder. Visuelle Diskurse objektiver und subjektiver Wahrnehmung in den Filmen David Lynchs." In: Monika Schmitz-Emans / Gertrud Lehnert (eds.): Visual Culture. Beiträge zur XIII. Tagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, Potsdam, 18.-21. Mai 2005. Heidelberg: Synchron Wissenschaftsverlag der Autoren, 2008, pp. 253-264.
  • „Verzweiflung in Ingmar Bergmans Filmen Das siebente Siegel und Wilde Erdbeeren." In: Hermes A. Kick / Günter Dietz (eds.): Verzweiflung als kreative Herausforderung. Psychopathologie, Psychotherapie und künstlerische Lösungsgestalten in Literatur, Musik und Film. Berlin: Lit Verlag 2008, pp. 277-291.
  • „Stumme Verzweiflung in Ingmar Bergmans Film Das Schweigen – Künstlerische Bewältigung eines überwältigenden Affekts." In: Hermes A. Kick / Günter Dietz (eds.): Verzweiflung als kreative Herausforderung. Psychopathologie, Psychotherapie und künstlerische Lösungsgestalten in Literatur, Musik und Film. Berlin: Lit Verlag 2008, pp. 293-310.
  • „Das Gesicht des Feindes. Ikonographie des Bösen in Sergej M. Ėjzenštejns Filmen." In: Bodo Zelinsky (ed.): Das Böse in der russischen Kultur. Köln/Weimar/Wien: Böhlau 2008, pp. 248-262.
  • „Dialektik des Aliens. Darstellungen und Interpretationen von Außerirdischen in Film und Fernsehen." In: Michael Schetsche / Martin Engelbrecht (eds.): Von Menschen und Außerirdischen. Transterrestrische Begegnungen im Spiegel der Kulturwissenschaft. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2008, pp. 31-53.
  • „Das Wohl der Vielen und das Glück des Einzelnen: Happy End im Western." In: Hermes A. Kick (ed.): Glück. Ethische Perspektiven – aktuelle Glückskonzepte. Berlin/Münster: Lit Verlag 2008, pp. 109-121.
  • „Kampf, Schmerzen, Tod: Existenzphilosophie und Grenzsituationen im Film." In: Dietrich von Engelhardt / Horst-Jürgen Gerigk (eds.): Karl Jaspers im Schnittpunkt von Zeitgeschichte, Psychopathologie, Literatur und Film. Heidelberg: Mattes Verlag , 2009, pp. 205-237.
  • „Superbias Töchter. Die sieben Todsünden, Neid und David Finchers Sieben (Se7en, USA 1995)." In: Birgit Harreß (ed.): Neid. Darstellung und Deutung in den Wissenschaften und Künsten.. Berlin/Münster: Lit Verlag 2010, pp. 55-74.
  • „Konzeption, Ästhetik, Rekonstruktion: Dialogische Strukturen in Thea von Harbous und Fritz Langs Metropolis (1927)." In: Stefan Keppler-Tasaki / Fabienne Liptay (eds.): Grauzonen. Positionen zwischen Literatur und Film 1910-1960. München: Boorberg/edition text + kritik, 2010, pp. 204-234.
  • „Grenzsituation, Heilung und Versöhnung: Solaris von Andrej Tarkowskij." In: Hermes A. Kick / Günter Dietz (eds.): Trauma und Versöhnung. Heilungswege in Psychotherapie, Kunst und Religion. Berlin/Münster: Lit Verlag, 2010, pp. 235-252.
  • „Väter und Söhne. Das Motiv der Versöhnung in Star Wars." In: Hermes A. Kick / Günter Dietz (eds.): Trauma und Versöhnung. Heilungswege in Psychotherapie, Kunst und Religion. Berlin/Münster: Lit Verlag, 2010, pp. 253-282.
  • „'Piloten ist nichts verboten' und ‚Jede Nacht ein neues Glück': Unterhaltungskino und Filmmusik im Spannungsfeld ideologischer Werte" In: Christoph Henzel (ed.): Musik im Unterhaltungskino des Dritten Reichs. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2011, pp. 41-76.
  • "Subjectivity Unleashed: Haute Tension." In: Patricia Allmer / Emily Brick / David Huxley (eds.): European Nightmares. Horror Cinema in Europe Since 1945. London/New York: Wallflower/Columbia University Press 2012, pp. 103-114.
  • "Man muss den Kopf heben und sich als Mensch fuehlen lernen ..." Sergej Eisensteins Panzerkreuzer Potemkin (UdSSR 1925)." In: Stefan Keppler-Tasaki / Elisabeth K. Paefgen (eds.): Was lehrt das Kino? 24 Filme und Antworten. Edition Text und Kritik, 2012.
  • „Tod und Sterben in Film und Fernsehen.“ In: Michael Anderheiden / Wolfgang U. Eckart (eds.): Handbuch Sterben und Menschenwürde. 3 Vol. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012, pp. 1735-1764.
  • "'Ich lebe!' Fearless -- Grenzsituation, Trauma und Suche nach innerem Frieden." In: Hermes A. Kick / Günter Dietz (eds.): Frieden als Balance in Psychotherapie und politischem Handlungsraum. Prozessdynamische Perspektiven. Berlin/Münster: Lit Verlag 2013, pp. 93-126
  • „Ahabs Enkel. Hass als archaische Kraft im populären amerikanischen Kino.“ In: Horst-Jürgen Gerigk / Helmut Koopmann (eds.): Hass. Darstellung und Deutung in den Wissenschaften und Künsten. Heidelberg: Mattes Verlag, 2013, pp. 153-182.
  • „Unschuld, Gewalt, Verdrängung. Pans Labyrinth und die Schrecken der spanischen Geschichte.“ In: Inklings. Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik 30 (2012), edited by Dieter Petzold. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 2013, pp. 151-167.
  • „Verschwörungen und Verschwörungstheorien im Film.“ In: Andreas Anton / Michael Schetsche / Michael Walter (eds.): Konspiration. Soziologie des Verschwörungsdenkens. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2013, pp. 239-258.
  • „Film(t)räume. Raum und Raumerfahrung im fantastischen Kino.“ In: Pascal Klenke / Laura Muth / Klaudia Seibel / Annette Simonis (eds.): Writing Worlds. Welten- und Raummodelle der Fantastik. Heidelberg: Winter, 2014, pp. 37-49.
  • „Im kinematographischen Kabinett des Dr. Caligari. Fremdkontrolle und Ich-Verlust im Film.“ In: Michael Schetsche / Renate-Berenike Schmidt (eds.): Fremdkontrolle. Ängste – Mythen – Praktiken. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2014, pp. 91-107.
  • „Bye Bye Life. Broadway-Totentanz und All That Jazz.“ In: KulturPoetik. Journal for Cultural Poetics. Heft 2, Vol. 15 (2015): Themenheft: Pathos des Letzten? Alter, Apokalypse und Endlichkeit im Lied nach 1945. Edited by Misia Sophia Doms, pp. 226-242.
  • „Leibfragmentierung, Schatten und die Figur des Nosferatu im Film. Fragmente einer komplexen Beziehung.“ In: Hermes A. Kick / Wolfram Schmitt (eds.): Leib und Leiblichkeit als Krisenfeld in Psychopathologie, Philosophie, Theologie und Kunst. Ansätze zu einer interdisziplinären Anthropologie von Entsprechen und Verantworten. Berlin/Münster: Lit Verlag, 2015, pp. 229-265.
  • „Kino der Katastrophen. Krise, Untergang und postapokalyptische Szenarien im populären Film.“ In: Violeta Dinescu / Hermes A. Kick (eds.): Katastrophen Überlebensstrategien. Ethik – Werte – Ziele für eine Gesellschaft in der Krise. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2016, pp. 179-197.
  • „Medienspuk. Geister und moderne Medien im populären Film“ In: Inklings. Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik 33 (2015), edited by Dieter Petzold. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 2016, pp. 113-129.
  • „Diesseits und jenseits der Frontier. Natur und Gesellschaft im amerikanischen Westernfilm.“ In: Claudia Schmitt / Christiane Solte-Gresser (eds.): Literatur und Ökologie. Neue literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven. Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag, 2017, pp. 169-182.
  • „Visions of Nature and Ecological Thought in German Feature Films“ In: Gabriele Dürbeck / Urte Stobbe / Hubert Zapf / Evi Zemanek (eds.): Ecological Thought in German Literature and Culture. Lanham (Maryland): Lexington Books, 2017, pp. 387-405.
  • Star Trek Discovery – Where No Star Trek Series Has Gone Before? Utopie in Wiederholungen und Variationen.“ In: Hans Richard Brittnacher / Elisabeth Paefgen (eds.): Im Blick des Philologen. Literaturwissenschaftler lesen Fernsehserien. München: edition text + kritik, 2020, pp. 265-295.
  • „Medial induzierte Grenzerfahrungen durch Film und TV-Serien“ In: Wolfram Schmitt / Walter von Lucadou (eds.): Heidelberger Silvestergespräche. Widerständigkeit des Konkreten und Erweiterung von Welt in Wissenschaften und Künsten. Heidelberg: Mattes Verlag, 2020, pp. 145-162.

  • „Jud Süß – Der antisemitische Propagandafilm" Part 1 (10.30 min.)
  • „Jud Süß – Der antisemitische Propagandafilm" Part 2 (8.50 min.)
  • Script for two documentaries on the occasion of the exhibition „Jud Süß: Joseph Süß Oppenheimer – Justizmord und Propaganda", Nibelungenmuseum Worms, June-October 2011, and June-August 2012
  • Film realisation/animation: Eichfelder Artworks

Prof. Dr. Habil. Matthias Hurst
Literature and Film Studies
Phone: +49 30 43733 218
Email: m.hurst[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Geoff Lehman

PhD in Art History
Columbia University
Geoff Lehman received his B.A. in humanities from Yale University, where he studied literature, philosophy, and art history in an interdisciplinary context. He received his PhD in art history from Columbia University, with a dissertation on the relationship between perspective and Renaissance landscape painting. Before coming to Bard College Berlin, Geoff taught art history for several years in Columbia University’s core curriculum. His research interests include the theory and history of perspective, landscape painting and land art, the phenomenology of art and of viewer response, and the relationship between art and philosophy. His most recent book, The Parthenon and Liberal Education, co-authored with Bard College Berlin colleague Michael Weinman, is a study of the Parthenon in relation to Plato and to ancient Greek music theory and mathematics, published in March 2018. Geoff joined the faculty at Bard College Berlin as a fellow in 2006, and became a member of the permanent faculty in 2008.
Classes Taught at Bard College Berlin

Core Courses
  • Forms of Love
  • Renaissance Florence
  • Greek Civilization: Plato's Republic and Its Interlocutors
  • Objectivity. Saper vedere: Knowing How to See
Foundational and Advanced Modules
  • Art and Interpretation
  • Raphael, Titian, and the Art of Painting
  • Vision and Perspective
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Landscape, Land Art, and the City
  • Photography and Modernity
  • Representation
  • Perspective in the Renaissance
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Methods and Interpretation: The Visual Arts
  • Mimesis
  • Pieter Bruegel the Elder
  • Landscape
  • Las Meninas
General Teaching Interests
  • Italian and Northern Renaissance art; art and viewer response; art theory and criticism; painting; photography
Dr. Geoff Lehman
Art History
Phone: +49 30 43733 205
Email: g.lehman[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Agata Lisiak

PhD in Media and Communication Studies
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
On leave academic year 2021/2022

Agata Lisiak is Migration Studies professor and Academic Director of the Internship Program at Bard College Berlin. She earned an M.A. in International Relations (University of Economics Poznan, 2002), an M.Phil. in Literary Studies (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2005), and a Dr. Phil. in Media and Communication Studies (University of Halle-Wittenberg, 2009). She has held visiting fellowships at National Sun Yat-sen University, The Open University, and the University of Birmingham. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Humboldt University’s Institute of Social Sciences (2013-2017) and a Marie Curie Actions/EURIAS fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna (2013-2014). She also worked in the cultural sector as a project coordinator and curator.

Agata works at the intersections of migration studies, urban sociology, and cultural studies. She is particularly interested in everyday urban encounters and imaginaries, feminist theory and practice, and developing creative, multi-sensory, and collaborative methods in urban and migration research. She has written about urban girlhood, migrant motherhood, walking in the city, urban sounds, and cultural memory in post-socialist cities, among many other topics. Together with Elena Vacchelli, Agata is co-founder of migART: a platform showcasing activist, research, and teaching projects that creatively and collaboratively engage with migration.

Selected academic publications
Selected academic blog entriesContact
Prof. Dr. Agata Lisiak
Migration Studies
Email: a.lisiak[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Gale Raj-Reichert

PhD in Development Studies
University of Manchester
Gale Raj-Reichert holds a PhD in development studies from the University of Manchester Global Development Institute (2012). Her research is on labor governance in global production networks with a focus on the global electronics industry and outsourced manufacturing in the Asia Pacific region. Gale’s research aims to understand how networked relationships and power asymmetries across different actors, such as governments, firms, and civil society organizations, shape and influence processes and outcomes for workers in outsourced factories of globalized industries.

Gale held previous faculty positions at the University of Manchester and Queen Mary University of London. She has been the recipient of research grants from the British Academy and is currently a Principal Investigator of a research project (on socially responsible public procurement in the European Union and its impacts on labor governance in the electronics industry global production network), which is funded by the German Research Fund. Gale is an Editor in Chief at the journal Competition and Change. In 2019, she co-edited the Handbook on Global Value Chains (Edward Elgar).

Publications (selection)
  • Raj-Reichert, G., Staritz, C., and Plank, L. (forthcoming) 'Conceptualising the regulator-buyer state in the European Union for the exercise of socially responsible public procurement in global production networks', Journal of Common Market Studies.
  • Raj-Reichert, G (2020) ‘The powers of a social auditor in a global production network: the case of Verité and the exposure of forced labour in the electronics industry’, Journal of Economic Geography, Vol. 20, no. 3: 653–678.
  • Raj-Reichert, G (2020) ‘Global Value Chains, Contract Manufacturers, and the Middle-Income Trap: The electronics industry in Malaysia’, Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 64, no. 4: 698-716.
  • Raj-Reichert, G, Zajak, S, and Helmerich, N (2020) ‘Introduction to special issue on digitalization, labour and global production’, Competition and Change, Vol. 25, no. 2: 133-141.
  • Ponte, S, Gereffi, G, and Raj-Reichert, G (2019) Handbook on Global Value Chains, Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Raj-Reichert, G (2015) ‘Exercising power over labour governance in the electronics industry’, Geoforum, Vol. 67: 89-92.
  • Nadvi, K, and Raj-Reichert, G (2015) ‘Governing health and safety at lower tiers of the computer industry global value chain’, Regulation & Governance, Vol. 9, no. 3: 243-258.
  • Raj-Reichert, G (2013) ‘Safeguarding labour in relocated factories: Health and safety governance in an electronics global production network’, Geoforum, Vol. 44: 23-31.

Prof. Dr. Gale Raj-Reichert
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Gorana Misic

PhD in Political Science
Central European University, Budapest and Vienna

Education Manager of OLIve Program

Dr. Gorana Misic received her PhD in Public Policy from the Central European University (CEU) in 2018. At Bard College Berlin she is Education Manager of OLIve Program, where she oversees the implementation of the curriculum, and works with OLIve faculty and students.

Before arriving at BCB in 2020, Gorana worked at the CEU Center for Teaching and Learning. She taught PhD courses related to foundations in teaching in higher education, creating a teaching portfolio, facilitating discussions, and teaching with case studies and simulations. She also worked on academic development, served as a teaching mentor, and has experience working with faculty on innovative teaching projects related to experiential learning and online teaching. Her research in the field of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning focuses on academic development of early career teachers, online mentoring, online ‘emergency’ pedagogy as a response to Covid-19, experiential learning, and including students as partners in higher education teaching and learning.

Previously, Gorana worked in Transparency International Croatia on projects related to financing of political parties and electoral campaigns, conflict of interests and freedom of information. Following this background, her PolSci research interest focuses on political financing and money in politics, regulations and compliance, and anti-corruption policies. Gorana’s PhD dissertation explored the impact of political financing regulations on party corruption in Croatia and Serbia. In her discipline, Gorana taught courses related to policy process and analysis, accountability of political parties, corruption control, public management, and comparative public budgeting.

Courses offered in AY 2020/2021:
MA Application Seminar (Fall 2020)
Critical Inquiry and Contemporary Social Problems (Spring 2021)

Further links:
Dr. Gorana Misic
Education Manager, Open Learning Initiative (OLIve)
Email: g.misic[at]berlin.bard.edu  
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Katalin Makkai

PhD in Philosophy
Harvard University
Prof. Dr. Katalin Makkai received her PhD in philosophy from Harvard University. She was Assistant Professor in the joint Department of Philosophy of Barnard College and Columbia University before joining Bard College Berlin, where she is Professor of Philosophy. Makkai is the author of Kant’s Critique of Taste: The Feeling of Life (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and editor of Vertigo (Routledge, 2013).

Courses taught at Bard College Berlin:
Core Courses:
  • Forms of Love
  • Renaissance Florence
  • Objectivity
Foundational and Advanced Modules:
  • Ethics and Authenticity
  • The Idea of the Aesthetic
  • Recognition
  • Phenomenology and Art
  • Kant's Critical Aesthetics
  • Freedom
  • Autonomy and Alienation
  • Kant's Critical Philosophy
  • Classical Texts in Ethics and Political Theory
  • Individual and Society
  • The 'Gaze'
  • Being Embodied: Merleau-Ponty and Phenomenology
  • Morality and Psychoanalysis
  • What is a Photograph? (PY Reading Group)
  • Richard Moran's Authority and Estrangement (PY Reading Group)

Prof. Dr. Katalin Makkai
Phone: +49 30 43733 220
Email: k.makkai[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Laura Scuriatti

PhD in English Literature
University of Reading
Prof. Dr. Laura Scuriatti studied English and German literature at the University of Milan (Laurea). In 1999-2002 she held an AHRB scholarship and received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Reading. Her research focuses on the relationship between literature and the visual arts in early modernism and the avant-garde, and on gender theory. She was a teaching assistant at the University of Reading and teaches at Bard College Berlin since 2003.

Laura Scuriatti is a member of the research network Writing 1900.

Classes taught at Bard College Berlin
Core Courses
  • Joyce's Ulysses: A Modernist Epic
  • Renaissance Florence
  • Modernism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Aesthetics of Internationalism
  • Values of Renaissance Florence
  • Forms of Love
  • Property

Foundational and Advanced Modules
  • Virginia Woolf and the New Century
  • Detective Fiction
  • (Forced) Migration and Exile: The Organization of Narrative Space
  • Realism, Naturalism, "Verismo", Magical Realism: The Metamorphosis of a Style
  • Rewriting Shakespeare: the case of The Tempest
  • Writing and Gender: Virginia Woolf
  • Making the Novel
  • Writing the Self: Autobiography and/as Fiction?
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Shakespeare's The Tempest
  • Theory of the Novel
  • Theories of Realism
  • Gender Theory
  • Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish
  • Words and Images: Manifestos of the Avant-Garde (co-taught with art historian Aya Soika)
  • History and Theory of the Novel: Tristram Shandy
  • Literature, Collections and Museums
  • Autobiography
Examples of theses supervised
  • Fragments and Stories: Individual and Collective Memory in Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and Negar Djavadi's Disoriental
  • Female Ambiguity in Russian Folklore: A Comparative Analysis of Rusalka and Baba Yaga
  • Performing Identity. Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
  • Holocaust and Representation
  • The Artist as Pygmalion: Gombrich's Aesthetic Theory
  • The Relational Nature of Identity and Space in E. S. Özdamar's Writings
  • Hemingway and Gertrude Stein: Modernist Autobiographies

Laura Scuriatti has also co-supervised projects in art history and film.

Supervision interests: English and German modernist and contemporary literature; interdisciplinary projects in modernist and avant-garde literature and the visual arts; gender theory; critical theory.

  • Mina Loy's Critical Modernism (University Press of Florida, 2019)

Edited volumes
  • Groups, Coteries, Circles and Guilds. Modernist Aesthetics and the Utopian Lure of Community (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019) 
  • (With Sara Fortuna), Dekalog 5. Dogville (London/New York: Wallflower Press/Columbia University Press, 2012)
  • (With Caroline Patey), The Exhibit in the Text: Museological Practices of Literature (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009)
  • Berlin Babylon. Antologia di giovani scrittori tedeschi (Milan: Mondadori, 2004)

Book chapters
  • "Modernism and the Baroque: Two Strange Bedfellows in Mario Praz's Oeuvre", in Elisa Bizzotto (ed.), Mario Praz. Voice Centre Stage (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019)
  • "Together, on Her Own: A Survey of Mina Loy’s Textual Communities", in L. Scuriatti (ed.), Groups, Coteries, Circles and Guilds. Modernist Aesthetics and the Utopian Lure of Community (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019).
  • Sea changes: the Sea, Art and Storytelling in Shakespeare's The Tempest, Isak Dinesen's Tempests and Marina Warner's Indigo in: C. Ferrini, R. Gefter Wondrich, P. Quazzolo, A. Zoppellari, Civiltà del mare e navigazioni interculturali: sponde d'Europa e l' "isola" Trieste (Trieste: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2012).
  • 'Dogville and the Problem of Objectification' in S. Fortuna and L. Scuriatti (eds), Dekalog 5. Dogville (London/New York: Wallflower Press/Columbia University Press, 2012).
  • (With Sara Fortuna), 'Introduction' and 'Interview with Lars von Trier', in S. Fortuna and L. Scuriatti (eds), Dekalog 5. Dogville (London/New York: Wallflower Press/Columbia University Press, 2012).
  • "The Autobiography as Collection, the Collection as Autobiography: Mario Praz's House of Life", in: C. Patey and L. Scuriatti (eds), The Exhibit in the Text: Museological Practices of Literature (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009).
  • "Bodies of Discomfort: Mina Loy, the Futurists and Modernist Feminism" in: A. Kershaw and A. Kimyongür (eds.), Women in Europe between the Wars: Politics, Culture and Society (London: Ashgate, 2007).
  • 'Walking the Tightrope: Sacheverell Sitwell's Rewriting of the Mediterranean in Southern Baroque Art', in: C. Patey, G. Cianci and F. Cuojati, Anglo-American Modernity and the Mediterranean (Milan: Cisalpino, 2006).
  • "Designers' Bodies: Women and Body Hair in Contemporary Art and Advertising" in: K. Lesnik-Oberstein (ed.), The Last Taboo: Women and Body Hair (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006).
  • 'Looking for the Self in the City: Roma Tearne's Photographic Autobiography', in R. Colombo and D. Scudero (eds.), Nel corpo delle città: Roma Tearne (exhibition catalogue) (Rome: Gangemi Editore, 2004).
  • "Hiding the Narrative: the Spaces of Fiction in The Good Soldier" in: V. Fortunati and E. Lamberti (eds.), Ford Madox Ford and the Republics of Letters (Bologna: CLUEB, 2002).
Journal articles
  • L. Scuriatti, "Transnational Modernist Encounters in the Provinces: Lacerba, Mina Loy and International Debates on Sexual Morality in Florence", Forum for Modern Language Studies, 53/3 (July 2017): 303–313.
  • "Negotiating Boundaries: The Economics of Space and Gender in Mina Loy's Early Poems", Feminismo/s, 5 (June 2005): 71-84
  • (with Marina Della Giusta), " 'The Show Must Go On': Making Money Glamorizing Oppression", European Journal of Women's Studies, 12/1 (2005): 31-44.
  • "A Tale of Two Cities: H. G. Wells's The Door in the Wall, illustrated by Alvin Landon Coburn", The Wellsian, 22 (1999): 11-28. Rpt. in: John Partington (ed.), The Wellsian. Selected Essays, 1976-2003 (Oss: Equilibris, 2003).

Prof. Dr. Laura Scuriatti
Comparative Literature
Phone: +49 30 43733 208
Email: l.scuriatti[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Aya Soika

PhD in Art History
University of Cambridge
Prof. Dr Aya Soika was brought up and educated in Berlin (Humboldt University, 1994 – 1997) and Cambridge (King’s College, 1997–2001). At Cambridge she also held a Research Fellowship (New Hall, 2001–2005), taught at undergraduate and graduate level at the Department of History of Art, and was Director of Studies for various Cambridge colleges. Aya has been a member of our faculty since October 2005.

Research & Publications:
Aya Soika’s research interests are focused on twentieth-century European modernism and German art. She has published extensively on Max Pechstein, Emil Nolde and the other members of the Expressionist group Brücke. Among her publications are the catalogue raisonné of Max Pechstein’s paintings, a biography of Pechstein’s life (with Bernhard Fulda), studies on the Brücke artists during the First World War and the “Third Reich” and on Pechstein’s and Nolde’s trips to the German colonies in the South Seas. She co-curated numerous exhibitions, among them Emil Nolde. A German Legend at Berlin’s National Gallery and Escape into Art? The Brücke Artists during the Nazi Period at the Brücke Museum in Berlin. She is also the co-founder of the working group Catalogue Raisonné and remains interested in question related to the reception of art and artists and developments in the history of curatorial display.

General Teaching Interests:
German Visual Culture in the 19th, 20th and 21st Century
“Modernism” and its Theories; “Primitivism” and the Display and Reception of non-European objects
The Role of Conoisseurship Past and Present, Painting Conservation
Berlin: Museums & Art Collections, Architecture, Urban Space, Memorial Culture

Classes Taught at Bard College Berlin:
Modern Movements in the Visual Arts; Collecting, Curating, Critiquing (with Andrea Meyer, TU Berlin); German Art and Identity; Curatorial Practice, Past and Present; Art and National Socialism (with Andrea Meyer, TU Berlin); Art Production in the Modern Age (with Andrea Meyer, TU Berlin); Art and the First World War (with Andrea Meyer, TU Berlin); What is (Modern) Art?; Cultures of Display: The Berlin Art Museums (with Andrea Meyer, TU Berlin); Platonic concepts in Art; Representation; The Cult of the Artist; Romantics, Realists, Revolutionaries: Nineteenth Century Art; The Challenge of the Avantgarde; Words and Images: Manifestos of the Avantgarde (co-taught with literature historian Laura Scuriatti); Paths to the Absolute: Abstraction in Art German Visual Culture, 1900 – 1937

Books and Exhibition Catalogues:
  • Emil Nolde – eine deutsche Legende. Der Künstler im Nationalsozialismus. Essay- und Bildband. [English book title: Emil Nolde. The Artist during the Third Reich] Munich/London/New York: Prestel Verlag 2019. German and English editions. Co-editor, together with Bernhard Fulda and Christian Ring for Nationalgalerie der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin and Nolde Stiftung Seebüll. Published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Nationalgalerie der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin in Hamburger Bahnhof (12.04.-15.09.2019) [Co-Curator of the Exhibition of the same title, with Bernhard Fulda and Christian Ring]
  • Emil Nolde – eine deutsche Legende. Der Künstler im Nationalsozialismus. Chronik und Dokumente. Munich/London/New York: Prestel Verlag 2019. German edition only. Chronology of the years 1927–1967, discussion of 103 documents. Co-author, together with Bernhard Fulda. Co-editor, together with Bernhard Fulda and Christian Ring for Nationalgalerie der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin and Nolde Stiftung Seebüll. Published on the occasion of the exhibition at the Nationalgalerie der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin in Hamburger Bahnhof (12.04.-15.09.2019)
  • Flucht in die Bilder? Die Künstler der Brücke im Nationalsozialismus. Munich: Hirmer Verlag 2019. German and English editions. Study of the lives and work of Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Pechstein and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff during the period 1933 – ca. 1948. Co-author, together with Meike Hoffmann (single author of chapters 1-6, 9 chapters in total). Co-editor, together with Meike Hoffmann and Lisa Marei Schmidt for the Brücke Museum, Berlin. The book accompanies the exhibition at the Brücke-Museum and the Kunsthaus Dahlem, Berlin (24.04.-11./18.08.2019) [Co-Curator of the Exhibition of the same title, with Meike Hoffmann und Lisa Marei Schmidt]
  • Der Traum vom Paradies. Max und Lotte Pechsteins Reise in die Südsee. Bielefeld: Kerber Verlag 2016. Single authored monograph: Study of the artist's trip to the German South Seas in summer 1914, including transcriptions of his and his wife's travel diaries, 224 pages. Edited by Kunstsammlungen Zwickau. Published on the occasion of the exhibition at Kunstsammlungen Zwickau (09.07- 03.10.2016) and Städtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus Reutlingen (29.10. 2016 – 22.01.2017) [Co-Curator of the Exhibition of the same title, with Petra Lewey]
  • Weltenbruch. Die Künstler der Brücke im Ersten Weltkrieg. 1914-1918. Munich/London/New York: Prestel Verlag 2014. Single authored monograph: Study of the Artists of the former group Die Brücke during the First World War, 240 pages. Edited by Magdalena M. Moeller for Brücke Museum, Berlin. Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same title at Brücke Museum, Berlin (1.08.2014-16.11.2014) [Co-Curator of the Exhibition of the same title, with Magdalena Moeller]
  • Max Pechstein. The Rise and Fall of Expressionism. Part of the Series: Interdisciplinary German Cultural Studies. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter 2012. Biography on the German Expressionist artist Max Pechstein. Co-authored monograph, together with Bernhard Fulda, 432 pages
  • Max Pechstein. Das Werkverzeichnis der Ölgemälde. Munich: Hirmer Verlag 2011, Vol. 1: 1905 – 1918. Vol. 2: 1919-1954. Catalogue Raisonné of Max Pechstein's paintings, 1188 pages, including 1243 entries, as well as essays on reception history, collectors and Œuvre of Max Pechstein. Single authored monograph/catalogue, ed. Max Pechstein-Urheberrechtsgemeinschaft
  • Max Pechstein, Ein Expressionist aus Leidenschaft. Retrospektive. Munich: Hirmer Verlag 2010. Co-editor, together with Peter Thurmann and Andrea Madesta. Exh.-Cat. Kunsthalle zu Kiel (19.09.2010–09.01.2011), Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg (6.3. – 26.6.2011), Kunstmuseum Ahlen (10.07.–30.10.2011)
  • Sonderband Gruppe und Individuum in der Künstlergemeinschaft Brücke. 100 Jahre Brücke. Neueste Forschung. Jahrbuch der Dresdner Gemäldesammlungen. Volume of essays, proceedings of the conference on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the group in 2005. Co-editor (Redaktion), together with Birgit Dalbajewa und Konstanze Rudert, Berlin and Dresden 2007 [Co-organisor of the Conference of the same title, with Birgit Dalbajewa und Konstanze Rudert]
  • Expresionismo Brücke. Symposium No 4. Ed. Aya Soika, Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid 2005 (in Spanish, the symposium was organized by Javier Arnaldo)

Articles and contributions to exhibition catalogues and edited volumes:
  • “Ernst Barlach on the 150th Anniversary of his Birth. Albertinum, Dresden 8th August 2020-10th January 2021” (Exhibition Review), in: The Burlington Magazine, no. 163, January 2021, pp. 70-72
  • “Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and His Studios in Dresden and Berlin”. In: Kirchner and Nolde. Expressionism, Colonialism. Catalogue published on occasion of the exhibitions at the National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Brücke-Museum, Berlin, Munich: Hirmer 2021, pp. 196-205 (separate German, Dutch and Danish editions)
  • “’Kulturelle Erzeugnisse’ aus Deutsch-Neuguinea. Emil Nolde: Briefe aus Neuguinea (1914).” Transcription and commentary, in: Beute. Eine Anthologie zu Kunstraub und Kulturerbe. Edited by Isabelle Dolezalek, Bénédicte Savoy and Robert Skwirbilies, Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, 2021, pp. 249-254, commentary from p. 251
  • “The Role of the Nazi Period in Exhibitions on German Expressionism. Reflections on the Relationship between Artworks and Historical Contexts”. In: Unmastered Past? Modernism in Nazi Germany. Art, Art Trade, Curatorial Practice, ed. by Meike Hoffmann und Dieter Scholz, Berlin: Verbrecher Verlag 2020, pp. 300-311 (separate German edition)
  • “Emil Nolde im Bundeskanzleramt. Zur Wandelbarkeit historischer Bewertungen“. In: Historische Urteilskraft 02. Das Magazin des Deutschen Historischen Museums, ed. by Raphael Gross, Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum, Munich: Beck 2020, pp. 34-38 (separate English translation)
  • “Max Pechsteins Rahmen”. In: Unzertrennlich. Rahmen und Bilder der Brücke-Künstler, ed. by Werner Murrer, Lisa Marei Schmidt, Daniel J. Schreiber, Ausst.-Kat./Exh.-Cat. Brücke-Museum, Berlin, Buchheim Museum, Bernried, Munich: Hirmer 2020, pp. 420-432
  • „Ada Noldes ‚Jahre der Kämpfe‘. Das Streben nach Anerkennung in der NS-Zeit“. In: Ada Nolde. „Meine vielgeliebte“. Muse und Managerin Emil Noldes, ed. by Astrid Becker, Christian Ring, Nolde Stiftung Seebüll, Leipzig: Klinkhardt & Biermann 2019, pp. 178-189
  • “Emil Nolde und die Ausstellung ‘Entartete Kunst’”. In: Emil Nolde in seiner Zeit. Im Nationalsozialismus, Tagungsband zum Symposium veranstaltet von der Stiftung Seebüll Ada und Emil Nolde in Kooperation mit der ‚Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung‘,ed. by Christian Ring, Nolde Stiftung Seebüll, Munich/London/New York: Prestel 2019, pp. 30-53
  • „Ein Exklusivvertrag mit Folgen. Max Pechstein und Wolfgang Gurlitt“. In: Wolfgang Gurlitt. Zauberprinz. Kunsthändler-Sammler, Exh.-Cat. Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz und Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg, Munich: Hirmer Verlag 2019, pp. 177/181-185
  • “Erich Heckels Madonna von Ostende. Eine vergessene Ikone des Berliner Kronprinzenpalais.” In: Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen, ed. by Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, vol. 58 (2016), Berlin: Gebrüder Mann Verlag 2019, pp. 101-115
  • “Ein Künstler reagiert. Emil Nolde und die Ausstellung Twentieth Century German Art.” In: London 1938. Defending ›Degenerate‹ Art. Mit Kandinsky, Liebermann und Nolde gegen Hitler, ed. by Lucy Wasensteiner and Martin Faas, Exh.-Cat. The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide, London; Liebermann-Villa, Berlin, Wädenswil: Nimbus Verlag 2018, pp. 201–207 (bilingual German/English edition)
  • „Emil Noldes Südsee-Aquarelle im kolonialen Kontext“. In: Sønderjylland-Schleswig Kolonial – Eine Spurenlese, ed. by Marco L. Petersen, University of Southern Denmark Studies in History and Social Sciences, Bd. 569, Syddansk Universitetsforlag, Odense 2018, Chapter 15, pp. 277-304 (bilingual German/English edition, with English summary)
  • 'Max Pechstein'. In: Allgemeines Künstler Lexikon (AKL). Ed. Bénédicte Savoy, Andreas Beyer and Wolf Tegethoff, De Gruyter: Berlin / New York 2018, pp. 494-497
  • 'Künstlerreisen in die Südsee. Emil Nolde und Max Pechstein'. In: Inspiration des Fremden. Die Brücke-Maler und die außereuropäische Kunst. Almanach der Brücke, vol. 4. Ed. Kunstmuseum Moritzburg. On the occasion of an exhinition of the same title at Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle / Saale (13.11.2016-29.01.2017), Sandstein Verlag: Dresden, S. 105-113
  • “Erich Heckel’s Gemälde Atelierszene, 1911 / Steine, 1939”. Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Albertinum. In: Patrimonia (Schriftenreihe der Kulturstiftung der Länder, ed. Kulturstiftung der Länder und den Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden), 2017, S. 16-30
  • 'The Sale of Emil Nolde's New Guinea Watercolours to the German Imperial Colonial Office'. In: Tributes to Jean Michel Massing, ed. by Phillip Lindley and Mark Stocker, Turnhout: Brepols/Harvey Miller Publishers, pp. 255-268
  • Five short essays on the provenance of paintings from the (former) Berlin Nationalgalerie Expressionist collection (by Lyonel Feininger, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Franz Marc and Emil Nolde). In: Die schwarzen Jahre: Kunstwerke in den Jahren 1933 bis 1945, ed. Dieter Scholz and Maria Obenaus. The publication accompanies an exhibition of the same title at Hamburger Bahnhof/Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (21.11.2015 – 21.08.2016), pp. 71-75, 107-109, 114-117, 121-124, 129-131
  • "Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Das Bad des Kranken (Der barmherzige Samariter), 1917 (Private Collection)"; „Erich Heckel, Der barmherzige Samariter, Holzschnitt-Triptychon, 1915 (Brücke-Museum, Berlin)". In: CARITAS. Nächstenliebe von den Frühen Christen bis zur Gegenwart. Exhibition catalogue of Diözesanmuseum Paderborn (23.07.2015 – 13.12.2015), Petersberg 2015: Michael Imhof Verlag, pp. 630, 631, 634
  • "Die doppelt bemalte Leinwand im Werk der Brücke". In: Der doppelte Kirchner. Die zwei Seiten der Leinwand. Exhibition catalogue of Kunsthalle Mannheim (06.02.2015 – 31.05.2015) and Kirchner Museum Davos (21.06.2015 – 08.11.2015), ed. Inge Herold, Ulrike Lorenz and Thorsten Sadowsky, Cologne 2015: Wienand Verlag, pp. 124-133 (German and English edition)
  • „Max Pechstein: Auf der Suche nach einem baltischen Arkadien". In: Zwei Männer – ein Meer. Pechstein und Schmidt-Rottluff an der Ostsee. Exhibition catalogue of Pommersches Landesmuseum Greifswald (29.03. – 28.06.2015), ed. Birte Frenssen, Greifswald 2015, pp. 11-37
  • Eleven short essays on works from the Neue Nationalgalerie Expressionist collection. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (Stehende, 1912, wood sculpture; Badende am Strand, 1913; Potsdamer Platz, 1914; Belle-Alliance-Platz, 1914;Rheinbrücke bei Köln, 1914; Atelierecke, 1919/20; Zwei weibliche Akte, 1921; Wiesenblumen und Katze, 1931/32), Max Pechstein (Sitzendes Mädchen, 1910; Sommer in den Dünen, 1911; Am Strand von Nidden, 1911; Doppelbildnis, 1910), Otto Mueller (Zwei Mädchen, 1925/28), Erich Heckel (Selbstbildnis, 1919), Emil Nolde (Pfingsten, 1909; Papua-Jünglinge, 1914; Die Sünderin, 1926) and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (Bildnis Walter Niemeyer, 1921). In: Moderne Zeiten. Die Nationalgalerie der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin zu Gast in der Kunsthalle Würth Schwäbisch Hall,ed. C. Sylvia Weber, Udo Kittelmann, Dieter Scholz, as part of exhibition of the same title (23.05. – 01.5.2015), Künzelsau: Swiridoff Verlag, pp. 56-57, 66-69, 70-77, 80-83, 86-93, 166-167, 188-189 (English and Hebrew translation for the exhibition catalogue Twilight Over Berlin: Masterworks from the Nationalgalerie, 1905-1945, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 20.10.2015 – 07.06.2016)
  • 'Emil Nolde and the national-socialist dictatorship'. In: Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937. Exhibition catalogue of Neue Galerie, New York (13.03.2014 – 30.6.2014), ed. Olaf Peters, Munich, London, New York: Prestel Publishing 2014, pp. 184-193 [with Bernhard Fulda]. Translated into Swedish : '"Han är i själva verket tyskarnas tysk". Emil Nolde och Nazidiktaturen'. In: Emil Nolde – Färgstormar, Exhibition catalogue of Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde (07.03.2015 – 30.08.2015) and Göteborgs Kunstmuseum (03.10.2015 – 17.01.2016), ed. Karin Sidén, Catrin Lundeberg, Christian Ring, Stockholm: Carlsson bokförlag 2015, pp. 105-112
  • '"Deutscher bis ins tiefste Geheimnis seines Geblüts" Emil Nolde und die nationalsozialistische Diktatur'. In: Emil Nolde, Retrospektive. Exhibition catalogue of Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main 05.03. – 09.06.2014) and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebaek (05.07.-19.10.2014), ed. Felix Krämer, Munich, London, New York: Prestel Publishing 2014, pp. 45-55 [with Bernhard Fulda]. Translated into English and Danish: '"German down to the deepest mystery of his origins." Emil Nolde and the National Socialist Dictatorship'. In: Emil Nolde. Retrospective, pp. 45-55; ‚"Tysk Ind I Sit Blods Dybeste Hemelighed". Emil Nolde Og Det National-Socialistiske Diktatur'. In: Emil Nolde. Liv Og Vaerk, as above, pp. 45-55
  • 'Das Leben Christi / The Life of Christ, 1911-12'; 'Schlachtfeld / Battlefield, 1913'. Catalogue texts on nine-part polyptych and painting. In: Emil Nolde, Retrospective (as above), pp. 248, 253
  • 'Die Originalität der Brücke'. In: Zeitschrift für Kunsttechnologie und Konservierung (ZKK), Heft 1/2013 (Werner'sche Verlagsgesellschaft, Worms), pp. 77-90
  • 'Heckel im Ersten Weltkrieg'. In: Erich Heckel – Der große Expressionist: Werke aus dem Brücke-Museum Berlin. Exhibition catalogue of Stadthalle Balingen (29.06.2013 – 29.09.2013), ed. Magdalena M. Moeller, Munich: Hirmer Verlag 2013, pp. 184-189
  • 'Max Pechstein, ein „Maler Tourist". „Allein, Allein, in einer noch nicht verfälschten Einheit von Mensch und Natur"'. In: Max Pechstein auf Reisen. Utopie und Wirklichkeit. Exhibition catalogue of Kunsthaus Stade (16.09.2012 – 20.01.2013), Kunstsammlungen Zwickau (9.02. – 12.05.2013), Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg (01.06. – 01.09.2013), Munich: Hirmer Verlag 2012, pp. 28-34
  • 'Max Pechsteins „Erinnerungen"'. In: Max Pechstein auf Reisen. Utopie und Wirklichkeit. Exhibition catalogue of Kunsthaus Stade (16.09.2012 – 20.01.2013), Kunstsammlungen Zwickau (9.02. – 12.05.2013), Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg (01.06. – 01.09.2013), Munich: Hirmer Verlag 2012, pp. 22-26 [with Bernhard Fulda]
  • 'Max Pechstein und die Literatur'. In: Wort wird Bild. Illustrationen der „Brücke"-Maler. Almanach der Brücke 2. Ed. Hermann Gerlinger and Katja Schneider. Published on the occasion of an exhibition with the same title at Stiftung Moritzburg, Kunstmuseum des Landes Sachsen Anhalt, Halle (05.02.2012 – 03.06.2012), Munich: Hirmer Verlag 2012, pp. 109-111
  • 'Max Pechsteins letzter „Erinnerungsdank an die versunkene Pracht der Südsee" '. In: Die Brücke und der Exotismus: Bilder des Anderen. Ed. Ralph Melcher and Christoph Wagner. Berlin: Gebrüder Mann Verlag 2011, pp. 76-8
  • Max Pechstein, Ein Expressionist aus Leidenschaft. Retrospektive. Exhibition catalogue of Kunsthalle zu Kiel (19.9.2010 – 09.01.2011), Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg (6.3. – 26.6.2011), Kunstmuseum Ahlen (10.07. – 30.10.2011), ed. Aya Soika, together with Andrea Madesta and Peter Thurmann, Munich: Hirmer Verlag 2010
  • 'Erich Heckel im Ersten Weltkrieg'. In: Erich Heckel. Aufbruch und Tradition. Eine Retrospektive. Exhibition catalogue Schleswig Schloss Gottdorf (16.05.2010 - 29.08.2010), Brücke-Museum, Berlin (19.09.2010 - 16.01.2011), ed. Magdalena M. Moeller, Munich: Hirmer Verlag 2010, pp. 78-87
  • 'Im Kreis von Freunden: Max Pechstein und die Förderer seiner Kunst'. In: Gemeinsames Ziel und eigene Wege. Die „Brücke" und ihr Nachwirken. Almanach der Brücke 1. Ed. Hermann Gerlinger and Katja Schneider, Munich: Hirmer Verlag 2010, pp. 78-89
  • '"Um die guten Franzosen kennen zu lernen, muß man nach Deutschland gehen!" Max Pechstein und die französische Moderne'. In: Deutscher Expressionismus. 1905-1913. Brücke-Museum Berlin. 150 Meisterwerke. Exhibition catalogue Groninger Museum (13.12.2009 - 11.04.2010), ed. Magdalena M. Moeller and Marietta Jansen, Munich: Hirmer Verlag 2009, pp. 45-55 (German and Dutch Edition)
  • 'Max Pechstein, der "Führer" der "Brücke"', Anmerkungen zur zeitgenössischen Rezeption'. In: Neue Forschungen und Berichte, Brücke-Archiv, Heft 23/2008, Munich: Hirmer Verlag 2008, pp. 79-94
  • 'Max Pechstein – Außenseiter oder Wegbereiter?' In: Jahrbuch der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Berichte, Beiträge, Dresden 2005, Band 32 (Sonderband: "Gruppe und Individuum in der Künstlergemeinschaft Brücke. 100 Jahre Brücke – Neueste Forschung"), Dresden 2007, pp. 79-87
  • 'Max Pechstein: Outsider or Trailblazer?'. In: Bridging History: New Perspectives on Brücke Expressionism, ed. Christian Weikop, Farnham: Ashgate 2011, pp. 163-176 (English translation of the essay 'Max Pechstein - Außenseiter oder Wegbereiter?', chapter 8 in a collection of twelve essays by different authors)
  • 'Das Kolloquium in Dresden – Gruppe und Individuum in der Künstlergemeinschaft Brücke' (with Birgit Dalbajewa and Konstanze Rudert). In: Jahrbuch der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Berichte, Beiträge 2005, Band 32 (Sonderband: "Gruppe und Individuum in der Künstlergemeinschaft Brücke. 100 Jahre Brücke – Neueste Forschung"), Dresden 2007, pp. 9-11
  • 'Ein ungeliebtes Vorbild – Max Klingers Einfluss auf Max Pechstein und die Brücke'. In: Eine Liebe. Max Klinger und die Folgen. Exhibition catalogue Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig (11.03.2007 – 24.06.2007), Kunsthalle Hamburg (11.10.2007 - 13.01.2008), ed. Hubertus Gaßner and Hans-Werner Schmidt, Kerber: Bielefeld 2007, pp. 71-74
  • 'Im Dienste der Architektur: Die Brücke und die Dresdner Raumkunst'. In: Die Brücke in Dresden. 1905-1911. Exhibition catalogue Galerie Neue Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (20.10.2001 – 06.01.2002), ed. Birgit Dalbajewa and Ulrich Bischoff, Cologne: König 2001, pp. 272-277
  • 'Ein Südseeinsulaner in Berlin'. In: Die Brücke in der Südsee – Exotik der Farbe. Exhibition catalogue Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken (22.10.2005 – 08.01.2006), ed. Ralph Melcher, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz 2005, pp. 71-83
  • 'Max Pechstein, "lider" de Brücke'. In: Aya Soika (ed.), Expresionismo Brücke, Symposium No. 4, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid 2005, pp. 73-95
  • 'Kandinsky. Chronicle'. In: Kandinsky: Watercolours and other Works on Paper. Exhibition catalogue Royal Academy of Arts, London, ed. Frank Whitford, London: Thames and Hudson 1999, pp. 209-215 (English and German edition)

Reviews and short articles (selection):
  • “Ernst Barlach on the 150th Anniversary of his Birth. Albertinum, Dresden 8th August 2020-10th January 2021” (Exhibition Review), in: The Burlington Magazine, no. 163, January 2021, pp. 70-72
  • “Emil Nolde im Nationalsozialismus: eine kurze Übersicht der Forschungsergebnisse” (mit Bernhard Fulda)
  • “Im Fokus. Schluss mit Lustig?” Interview zwischen Norbert Bisky, Gabriele Knapstein und Aya Soika (Fragen von Gesine Bahr und Ingolf Kern), SPK Jahresbericht der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz 2019, pp. 16-27, forthcoming, soon available online
  • “Zur Situation der Brücke-Künstler im Nationalsozialismus”
  • “Emil Nolde” (up to date biography)
  • „Nolde: Briefe aus Neuguinea (1914)“, kommentiert von Aya Soika, in: Translocations. Anthologie: Eine Sammlung kommentierter Quellentexte zu Kulturgutverlagerungen seit der Antike
  • “Max Pechstein”. In: Astrid Becker, Emil Nolde als Sammler: Heckel, Jawlensky, Kirchner, Klee, Marc, Schmidt-Rottluff u.a, ed. Nolde Stiftung Seebüll, Munich/London/New York: Prestel Verlag 2018
  • “Die Brücke”. In: Lektüre - Bilder vom Lesen - Vom Lesen der Bilder, ed. Cathrin Klingsör-Leroy for Franz Marc Museum, Munich: Schirmer Mosel Verlag 2018
  • “Max Pechstein, Junge Frau mit rotem Barett, 1910”. In: Kunstmuseum Bern Meisterwerke, ed. Matthias Frehner and Valentina Locatelli, Kunstmuseum Bern, p. 219, illustration pp. 222-223
  • “Thema Fälschung. Hat die Kunstbranche aus dem Fall Beltracchi gelernt?” Interview with Restauro-Editor Friederike Voigt. In: Restauro, 3/2017, S. 42-45
  • “Der doppelte Heckel. Ein Hauptwerk des Brücke-Malers Erich Heckel kommt ins Dresdner Albertinum”. In: Arsprototo. Das Magazin der Kulturstiftung der Länder, 1/2017 (Title of edition: Kunst im Zwiespalt. Deutsche Moderne während der NS-Zeit), S. 32-35
  • 'Das Kunsthaus Dahlem: vom Staatsatelier Arno Brekers zum Ausstellungsraum'. In: Kunstchronik, 69, vol. 1, January 2016, pp. 41-46
  • 'Caravaggio aus der Asche. Kunst und Krieg ausgestellt: von einigen Werken blieben dem Berliner Bode-Museum nur noch verkohlte Reste'. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 24.03.2015, no. 70, p. 11
  • '"Mit herzlichstem Gruss Dein Max". Den Kunstsammlungen Zwickau gelingt mit dem Ankauf von Briefen und Postkarten Max Pechsteins eine kleine Wiedervereinigung'. In: Arsprototo. Das Magazin der Kulturstiftung der Länder, 1/2015, pp. 30-33
  • 'Emil Nolde im Netzwerk der Moderne'. In: Kunstchronik, 66, 6, June 2013, pp. 304-309
  • 'Schmidt-Rottluff's Woodblocks'. In: Print Quarterly, 30, 1, Jan. 2013, pp. 77-78
  • 'Übermaltes Pechstein-Werk: Mit Mikroskalpell und Lupenbrille'. In: DIE ZEIT, Nr. 5 / 2012, 31.01.2012
  • 'Otto Lange'. In: Print Quarterly, 29, 4, Dec. 2012, pp. 434-435
  • 'Feininger – The Loebermann Collection'. In: Print Quarterly, 25, 2, March 2008, S. 193-195
  • 'Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Das fotografische Werk'. In: The Burlington Magazine, vol. 149, no. 1253, 1/2007, p. 560
  • 'Max Beckmann in Amsterdam'. In: Print Quarterly, 24, 4, Dec. 2007, pp. 442-443
  • 'Utopia and Revolt'. In: Print Quarterly, 24, 3, March 2007, p. 300
  • 'Kirchner's Self Portraits'. In: Print Quarterly, 23, 3, March 2006, pp. 317-318
  • 'Brücke'. In: Print Quarterly, 23, 1, Jan. 2006, pp. 85-88
  • 'Beckmann'. In: Print Quarterly, 22, 4, Dec. 2005, pp. 478-479
  • 'Pechstein'. In: Print Quarterly, 21, 4, Dec. 2004, pp. 443-444
  • 'German Expressionist Prints'. In: Print Quarterly, 21, 3, June 2004, pp. 313-316
  • 'Kirchner'. In: Print Quarterly, 21, 2, June 2004, pp.195-199
  • 'Kollwitz'. In: Print Quarterly, 20, 2, June 2003, pp. 197-202
  • 'Münter'. In: Print Quarterly, 19, 2, June 2002, pp. 207-211
  • 'The German Woodcut'. In: Print Quarterly, 17, 4, Dec. 2000, pp. 209-211
  • 'Worpswede'. In: Print Quarterly, 17, 4, Dec. 2000, pp. 396-399
  • 'The Swiss Graphic Society'. In: Print Quarterly, 16, 4, Dec. 1999, pp. 380-381

Prof. Dr. Aya Soika
Art History
Phone: +49 30 43733 303
Email: a.soika[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Nina Tecklenburg

PhD in Theater Studies
Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Nina Tecklenburg is a performance maker and scholar of theater and performance. Since 2002, as a performer, co-director and dramaturge, she has realized a host of projects with diverse artists and performance groups, among others Interrobang (of which she is a founding member), She She Pop, Gob Squad, Lone Twin Theatre, Baktruppen, Rabih Mroué. Works she has (co-)created have been shown at the Public Theater NYC, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, The Barbican London, Wiener Festwochen, Esplanade Singapore, Heidelberger Stückemarkt, Kunsten Festival des Arts Brussels, Theatre de la Ville Paris, Sophiensaele Berlin, Volksbühne Berlin and many more.

From 2017-18 she was a guest professor at Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts Berlin. She has taught at the Freie Universität Berlin, University of Hildesheim, Bern University of the Arts, and Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). She received her PhD in Theater Studies at Freie Universität Berlin in 2012 and has published, among others, in The Drama Review, Theatre Research International, Performance Research. The English translation of her book about new narrative practices in contemporary theater (Performing Stories. Erzählen in Theater und Performance) will be published by Seagull Books in cooperation with Chicago University Press (forthcoming).

Research and Teaching Interests

Theory and history of performance art, postdramatic theater, performance and art practice as research, narrative theory, autobiography, applied theater, artistic approaches and methods in devised theater, theater after the postdramatic (new book project)

Publications (selected)

Performing Stories. Erzählen in Theater und Performance, Bielefeld (transcript) 2014.
English translation published by Seagull Books in cooperation with Chicago University Press, enactments series edited by Richard Schechner, forthcoming.

Die Aufführung. Diskurs – Macht – Analyse, co-edited with Adam Czirak, Erika Fischer-Lichte, Torsten Jost, Frank Richarz, Munich (Fink) 2012.

„Alles offen. Multioptionale Dramaturgien in den Arbeiten von Interrobang“, in: Postdramaturgien, ed. by Jan Deck, Sandra Umathum, submitted.

„Partizipative Games, Hypertext-Performances, immersive Theaterinstallationen. Neue Erzählformen im Theater und in Arbeiten von Interrobang“, in: Theater und Algorithmen, ed. by Ulf Otto, Berlin (Alexander Verlag), submitted.

„Biografisches Theater – überall. Kritik einer Bühnenpraxis“, in: Biografieren auf der Bühne, ed. by Melanie Hinz, Norma Köhler, Christoph Lutz-Scheurle, München (kopaed), submitted.

„’Zukunft als Erfahrung ermöglichen’ Ein Gespräch über Theorie und Praxis der (P)reenactments“, together with Doris Kolesch and Sven Lindholm, in: Performance zwischen den Zeiten. Reenactment und Preenactment in Kunst und Wissenschaft, ed. by Adam Czirak, Sophie Nikoleit and others, Bielefeld (transcript) 2019, p. 23-26.

„Zaczarowana rzeczywistość, zapośredniczony kontakt. Historia Gob Squad“, transl. Paweł Schreiber, in: Didaskalia, Nr. 115-116, 2013, S. 11-25.

“Everybody’s Life and Times. Zum autobiografischen Erzählen im Theater”, in: festival journal, Foreign Affairs of Berliner Festspiele, 2013, p. 20-23.

“Reality Enchanted, Contact Mediated: A Story of Gob Squad”, in: The Drama Review (TDR), Vol. 56, No. 2 (T214) 2012, p. 8-33.

“Mythos Ereignis – Mythos Aufführung. Künstlerische Reenactments als Entmythisierungsverfahren”, in: Theater als Zeitmaschine. Zur performativen Praxis des Reenactments, ed. by Ulf Otto, Jens Roselt, Bielefeld (transcript) 2012, p. 79-100.

“To the Stories! Thoughts on Narrative in Lone Twin Theatre”, Good Luck Everybody. Lone Twin. Journeys Performances Conversations, ed. by Carl Lavery and David Williams, Aberystwyth (Performance Research Books) 2011, p. 313-19.

“Entangled Within Stories: Towards a Narrative Theory of Performance”, in: Worlds in Words. Storytelling in Contemporary Theatre and Playwriting, ed. by Małgorzata Sugiera and Mateusz Borowski, Newcastle (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) 2010, p. 45-60.

“The Potential of the End(ing): Anticipated Nostalgia in To the Dogs by Lone Twin”, in: Theatre Research International, Vol. 34, No. 2, ed. by Freddy Rokem, 2009, p. 124-130.

“How to do Art with Shit. Ekel als ästhetische Erfahrung”, Auf der Schwelle. Kunst, Risiken und Nebenwirkungen, ed. by Erika Fischer-Lichte, Robert Sollich, Sandra Umathum, Matthias Warstat, Munich (Wilhelm Fink) 2006, p. 247-259.

“Die Versuchungen des Ekels. Über Aufmerksamkeitsdynamiken in Herriët van Reeks und Geerten Ten Boschs ‚Feminine Follies 2’”, in: Wege der Wahrnehmung. Authentizität, Reflexivität und Aufmerksamkeit im zeitgenössischen Theater, ed. by Erika Fischer-Lichte, Barbara Gonau, Sabine Schouten, Christel Weiler, Berlin (Theater der Zeit, Recherchen 33) 2006, p. 153-165.

Further links
Interrobang website

Prof. Dr. Nina Tecklenburg
Theater and Performance
Email: n.tecklenburg[at]berlin.bard.edu​​​

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Catherine Toal

PhD in English and American Literature
Harvard University

Prof. Dr. Catherine Toal is Dean of Bard College Berlin. She received her PhD from Harvard University, where her dissertation was awarded the University's prizes in Nineteenth-Century Literature and American Literature. She has held a Junior Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. Her research and teaching interests encompass nineteenth-century French, English, American and German literature, and literary and critical theory. In 2016, her book The Entrapments of Form: Cruelty and Modern Literature, was published by Fordham University Press, and received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Modern Language Initiative. Her work has also appeared in the journals Comparative Literature, Nineteenth-Century Literature and the Journal of European Studies.

Prof. Dr. Catherine Toal
Phone: +49 30 43733 216
Email: c.toal[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Asli Vatansever

PhD in Sociology
University of Hamburg
Aslı Vatansever (PhD University of Hamburg, 2010) is a sociologist of work and social stratification with a focus on precarious academic labor. After she was dismissed from her office as associate professor and got banned from public service in Turkey for having signed the Peace Petition of the Academics for Peace in 2016. She was hosted as a guest researcher at the Leibniz Zentrum Moderner Orient (October 2016-May 2017) and at the Centre Marc Bloch (June-July 2017); as a Scholar Rescue Fund Fellow at the Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies at the University of Padova (September 2017-August 2018); as a research associate at the Re:Work Institute of the Humboldt University, Berlin (September 2018-August 2020), and as a guest lecturer at the University of Padova (October-December 2020).

Her books include Ursprünge des Islamismus im Osmanischen Reich. Eine weltsystemanalytische Perspektive (Hamburg: Dr. Kovač, 2010), Ne Ders Olsa Veririz. Akademisyenin Vasıfsız İşçiye Dönüşümü (Ready to Teach Anything. The Transformation of the Academic into Unskilled Worker, Istanbul: İletişim, 2015 – co-authored with Meral Gezici-Yalçın), and At the Margins of Academia. Exile, Precariousness, and Subjectivity (Brill: 2020).

Dr. Aslı Vatansever
E-Mail: a.vatansever[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Hanan Toukan

PhD in Politics and International Studies
SOAS, University of London
Hanan Toukan is Professor of Middle East Studies. Her teaching and writings sit at the intersection of international politics, Middle East politics, postcolonial studies, visual cultures and cultural studies. Prior to joining Bard College Berlin, Toukan was Visiting Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Brown University and Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies of the Middle East at Bamberg University. She has also taught at Freie Universität Berlin and SOAS, University of London in Media and Film Studies, as well as Politics and International Studies. She is a recipient of several research awards including most recently from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for her current research project on migration and the visual politics of museums in Europe and the Middle East. Her book The Politics of Art: Dissent and Cultural Diplomacy in Palestine Lebanon and Jordan (2021) is published with Stanford University Press. The book is based on her PhD undertaken at SOAS, University of London which won the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) Malcolm H. Kerr Award for Best PhD in the Social Sciences in 2012.
Toukan’s work has been published in Cultural PoliticsArab Studies JournalInternational Journal of Cultural StudiesRadical PhilosophyJournal of Visual CultureJournal for Palestine StudiesReview of Middle East StudiesJerusalem QuarterlySCTIW Review,  Jadaliyya and Ibraaz amongst others. She has published chapters in Leila Farsakh (ed.) Rethinking Statehood in Palestine: Self-Determination and Decolonization Beyond Statehood (University of California Press, 2021),Viola Shafik (ed), Documentary Filmmaking in the Middle East and North Africa (Cairo University Press, 2021); Friederike Pannewick and Georges Khalil (eds.), Commitment and Beyond: Locating the Political in Arabic Literature since the 1940s (Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 2015); and Dina Matar and Zahera Harb (eds.), Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communication Practices in Lebanon and Palestine (IB Tauris, 2013). She is also Contributing Editor at the Jerusalem Quarterly and a member of the Editorial Collective of the Journal of Visual Culture.

Hanan Toukan is a Fellow at the Europe in the Middle East-Middle East in Europe (EUME) research program at the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien.

*On leave Fall Semester 2021

Prof. Dr. Hanan Toukan
Middle East Studies
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John von Bergen

BFA Degree with Honors
School of Visual Arts, NYC

John von Bergen (b. 1971, Connecticut, USA) earned his BFA Degree with Honors from School of Visual Arts in New York. Since moving to Berlin in 2003, his work has been exhibited in various international museums, galleries and institutions, including Halle 14 (Leipzig), Wilhelm-Hack Museum (Ludwigshafen), Pera Museum (Istanbul) and Smack Mellon (New York). In 2009 von Bergen received the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.

Recent installations include the group exhibition "Wände | Walls" at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, and an upcoming permanent commission for a new extension of The German Bundestag (expected completion in 2024). He is a 2020 recipient of a Recherchestipendium Bildende Kunst (Senatsverwaltung für Kultur, Berlin) and a 2021 recipient of the inaugural OSUN Faculty Research Grant in Human Rights and the Arts (Bard College, New York).

Courses taught at Bard College Berlin:
Advanced Sculpture: The Challenge of Form
Advanced Studio Practice
Concept Building, Problem Solving, and Logistics for Sculptors in Tomorrow's Artworld
Contemporary Materials and Techniques
Hands-On: Exploring Methods Towards a Personal Sculpting Practice
MORE Than A Thousand Words: Experimental Picture-Making
Research-Creation: New Approaches to the History of Forced Migration in Germany (with Marion Detjen)
The Sky Is The Limit: Scale Models For The Artist
Virtual Reality in The Artist’s Studio

Further links
Personal webpage

John von Bergen
Artist; Director of Studio Arts
Email: j.vonbergen[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Dorothea von Hantelmann

PhD in Art History
Freie Universität Berlin
Professor of Art and Society
A theorist, scholar, writer and curator whose work is at the forefront of new developments in contemporary art and exhibition culture, Dorothea von Hantelmann joins Bard College Berlin following her service as documenta Professor at the University of Kassel.

Dorothea von Hantelmann has held research positions at the Free University, Berlin and at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She has curated and co-curated exhibitions and interdisciplinary projects at the Vienna Festival; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; the International Venice Architecture Biennale; and Villa Empain, Brussels and has written and edited numerous publications including How to Do Things with Art – The Meaning of Art's Performativity; Die Ausstellung: Politik eines Rituals [The Exhibition: Politics of a Ritual]; and Notes on the Exhibition, in the "100 Notes - 100 Thoughts" series of documenta.

Prof. Dr. Dorothea von Hantelmann
Art and Society
Phone: +49 30 43733 234
Email: d.vonhantelmann[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Boris Vormann

PhD in Political Science 
Freie Universität Berlin
Professor of Politics, Director Politics Concentration
Boris Vormann is Professor of Politics and Director of the Politics Concentration at Bard College Berlin. He is also a principal investigator at the John-F.-Kennedy Institute's Graduate School of North American Studies (Freie Universität Berlin), on the editorial board of American Studies/Amerikastudien, A Quarterly, and associated researcher at the Chaire de Recherche du Canada en Études Québécoises et Canadiennes at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Grounded in political science, his research lies at the intersection of comparative politics and political economy, but is also informed by international relations (IR), macro-sociology and economic geography. It focuses on the role of the state in globalization and urbanization processes; nations and nationalism; and the crisis of democracy. Vormann has held visiting positions at the CUNY Graduate Center, Harvard University, Sciences Po Paris and New York University and was the first political scientist to receive the Fulbright American Studies Award from the German Fulbright Commission and the German Association for American Studies in 2015. His current research project examines the role of the state in building the urban infrastructures of expanding global trade networks.

Vormann is a regular commentator on public policy debates for different media outlets (incl. The Economist, Deutsche Welle, ARD Tagesschau, and Deutschlandfunk). His most recent books are the co-edited volume The Emergence of Illiberalism: Understanding a Global Phenomenon (Routledge 2020) and a handbook on politics and policy in the United States for a German-speaking audience (Handbuch Politik USA; Springer VS, 2020). Earlier publications include the monograph Democracy in Crisis: The Neoliberal Roots of Popular Unrest (with Christian Lammert, translated by Susan Gillespie, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), and the edited volume Contours of the Illiberal State (with Christian Lammert, Campus/The University of Chicago Press, 2019).

Vormann, Boris and Michael Weinman (eds.). 2020. The Emergence of Illiberalism: Understanding a Global Phenomenon. Routledge: New York, NY.

–––, Lammert, Christian and Markus Siewert (eds.). 2020. Handbuch Politik USA. Vollständig überarbeitete Neuauflage. Springer VS: Wiesbaden. ["Handbook of US Politics and Policy. Fully revised 2nd edition"]

–––, and Christian Lammert. (eds.). 2019. Contours of the Illiberal State: Governing Circulation in the Smart Economy. Campus/The University of Chicago Press: Frankfurt a. M./Chicago, IL.

–––, and Christian Lammert. 2017. Die Krise der Demokratie und wie wir sie überwinden. Aufbau Verlag: Berlin.
English translation by Susan Gillespie, published in 2019 as Democracy in Crisis: The Neoliberal Roots of Popular Unrest. University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia, PA.

–––, Lammert, Christian and Markus Siewert (eds.). 2016. Handbuch Politik USA. Springer VS: Wiesbaden. ["Handbook of US Politics and Policy"]

–––. 2015. Global Port Cities in North America: Urbanization Processes and Global Production Networks. Routledge: London and New York, NY.

–––. 2012. Zwischen Alter und Neuer Welt. Nationenbildung im transatlantischen Raum. Synchron Publishers: Heidelberg. [Engl.: "Between the Old and the New World. Nation-building in Transatlantic Space."]

–––, Kolboom, Ingo and Alain-G. Gagnon (eds.). 2011. Québec. Staat und Gesellschaft. Synchron Publishers: Heidelberg. ["Québec. State and Society"]

Further links
Personal website

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Ulrike Wagner

PhD in German and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Ulrike Wagner received her Ph.D. in German and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 2012. She holds an M.A. degree in North American Studies and German literature from the Free University of Berlin (2005) and was a visiting Fulbright scholar in the Department of Comparative Thought and Literature at Johns Hopkins University. Between 2009 and 2012 she was a member of the bi-national PhD-Net “Das Wissen der Literatur” at the Humboldt University and an associated member of the university’s collaborative research center “Transformationen der Antike.” Her research and teaching have been awarded with a Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Berlin State Library, an Elsa-Neumann Dissertation Fellowship, and a Trinity College Graduate Fellowship. At Bard College Berlin she is the director of the German Studies Program, has taught in the “Language and Thinking” program and developed courses on European and American Romanticism, Germany’s Jewish Enlightenment, literature and culture of the Weimar period in Berlin, the history of German literature through the lens of human-animal relationships, and current debates in the German public sphere.

Her current research interests concern two interrelated areas: The relation between religious criticism, education and culture in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century history of philology; and the relation between German Romanticism and American Transcendentalism in the context of religious debates, historicism, aesthetics, and the rise of the liberal arts model of education.

German Studies courses offered at Bard College Berlin
Comparative Perspectives on the Romantic Revolution (Fall 2013)
Poetry and Poetics (Spring 2014)
Enlightenment Media and the Rise of Berlin's Haskalah (Fall 2014)
Menschen-Tiere and Tier-Menschen: Creaturely Perspectives in German Literature and Culture (Fall 2016, in German)
Goldene Zwanziger/Roaring Twenties: Art and Culture in Weimar Berlin (Spring 2017, in German)
Jewish Berlin from the Enlightenment to the Present (Fall 2017, in German)
The German Public Sphere (Spring 2018, in German)
Social Change and the German Public Sphere (Fall 2018, in German) 
German for Reading Knowledge (Spring 2019)

Selected Publications

Book Manuscript (in progress)

  • Practicing Philology as Wissenschaft, Bildung, and Culture: Emerson, Germaine de Staël, and Herder

Edited Volume

  • Herder and Religion. Contributions from the 2010 Conference of the International Herder Society at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, eds. Staffan Bengtsson, Heinrich Clairmont, Robert E. Norton, Schmidt, Ulrike Wagner (Heidelberg: Synchron Publishers, 2016)

Articles/Book Chapters

  • “Fanny Lewald (1811 – 1889).” The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Women Philosophers in the
    German Tradition, eds. Kristin Gjesdal and Dalia Nassar, forthcoming with Oxford University Press (in progress)
  • “Baukunst und Satzbaukunst als Wissens- und Lebensdisziplin: Herder und Goethe im Dialog.” Herder und die Künste, ed. Stefan Greif (Heidelberg: Synchron Publishers), scheduled for 2020 (submitted)
  • “Everyday Aesthetics and the Practice of Historical Re-enactment: Revisiting Cavell’s Emerson.” Over and Over and Over Again: Re-Enactment Strategies in Contemporary Arts and Theory, ed. Cristina Baldacci et al., Cultural Inquiry (Berlin: ICI Berlin), scheduled for 2020 (submitted)
  • “Schleiermacher’s Geselligkeit, Henriette Herz, and the ‘Convivial Turn.’” Conviviality at the Crossroads: Poetics and Politics of Everyday Encounters, eds. Oscar Hemer, Maja Povrzanović Frykman, Per-Markku Ristilammi, 65-87 (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Open Access: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-030-28979-9
  • “Utopias of Purposelessness: Sacred and Secular Sociability around 1800.” Groups, Coteries, Circles and Guilds: Modernist Aesthetics and the Utopian Lure of Community, ed. Laura Scuriatti, 17-40 (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019).
  • "Herder und die Philologie. Fünf Thesen zu einer produktiven Beziehung. Am Beispiel des Volksliedprojekts," co-authored with Kaspar Renner, Herder Jahrbuch / Herder Yearbook 13 (2016): 13-41.
  • "Origin as Fiction and Contest: Herder's Reinvention of Religious Experience in Vom Geist der Ebräischen Poesie." Herder and Religion, Contributions from the 2010 Conference of the International Herder Society at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. ed. Staffan Bengtsson et al., 57-71 (Heidelberg: Synchron Publishers, 2016).
  • "Transcendentalism and the Power of Philology: Herder, Schleiermacher and the Transformation of Biblical Scholarship in New England." Amerikastudien / American Studies 57.3 (2012): 419-445.
  • "Herders Anthropologie und die Funktion einer Sprache der Liebe und Freundschaft." Liebe als Metapher. Übertragungskonzepte eines interpersonalen Verhältnisses, ed. Walter Delabar and Helga Meise, 121-150 (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2012).
  • "Der Mensch siehet nur, wie ein Mensch siehet: Modern Functions of Ancient Greek Literature in Light of Herder's Anthropological Thinking." Herder Jahrbuch / Herder Yearbook 11 (2012): 107-129.
  • "From Words to Worlds: De l'Allemagne and the Transnational Recasting of the Ancient Past." Germaine de Staël: Forging a Politics of Mediation, ed. Karyna Szmurlo, 247-262 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2011).
  • "The Aesthetics of bildende Nachahmung: A Transatlantic Dialogue between Karl Philipp Moritz and Ralph Waldo Emerson." Yearbook of German-American Studies 45 (2010), 33-59.
Dr. Ulrike Wagner
Director, German Studies Program
Phone: +49 30 43733 209
Email: u.wagner[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Israel Waichman

PhD in Economics
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Prof. Dr. Israel Waichman holds a PhD in Economics (Dr. sc. pol., 2009) from the University of Kiel. While engaged in his PhD studies, he also completed the advanced study program in International Economics Policy Research at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Before that he attained a European Master in Law and Economics (2004) and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Haifa, Israel. Prior to his appointment at Bard College Berlin, Israel Waichman was an assistant professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at the (Alfred-Weber-Institute) University of Heidelberg.

Prof. Dr. Waichman is a behavioral economist who is using controlled experiments to study issues mainly related to environmental economics and sustainability. In particular, his research focuses on institutions that could potentially overcome collective-action problems (such as sufficient provision of public goods and avoiding the tragedy of the commons) and also on experimental investigations of environmental policy instruments (such as emission permit trading schemes). Prof. Dr. Waichman publishes his research in internationally renowned journals among them Nature Communications, European Economic ReviewJournal of Environmental Economics and ManagementExperimental EconomicsEconomics LettersEconomic InquiryJournal of Economic Psychology, and Environmental & Resource Economics.

Finally, Prof. Dr. Waichman is also interested in the practical implementation of behavioral and experimental methods. He was the academic advisor to a European Commission project using behavioral experiment to investigate the merits of geographical indication regulation. He is also among the founding members of SINE, a berlin-based Think and Do Tank offering solutions for data sharing dilemmas.

Courses taught
Microeconomics for social science / economics
Mathematics for social science / economics
Cost Benefit Analysis
Experimental Economics
Environmental and Resource Economics

Publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • "Challenging the conventional wisdom: Experimental evidence on heterogeneity and coordination in avoiding a collective catastrophic event," in press, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (with Till Requate, Markus Karde, and Manfred Milinski)
  • "The effects of contemporaneous peer punishment on cooperation with the future", 2020, Nature Communications, 11, 1815 (with Joannes Lohse)
  • "Is there no "I" in "TEAM"? Interindividual-intergroup discontinuity effect in a Cournot competition experiment", 2020, Journal of Economic Psychology, 77, 102181 (with Korbinian von Blackenburg)
  • "Linking wealth and punishment effectiveness: Punishment and cooperation under congruent heterogeneities", 2020, Economic Inquiry, 58, 86-103
  • "Tell the truth or not? The Montero mechanism for emissions control at work", 2019 Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 95, 133-152 (with Till Requate, Eva Camacho Cuena, and Ch'ng Kean Siang)
  • "When punishment strikes late. The effect of a delay in punishment and punishment feedback on cooperation and efficiency", 2019, Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics, 12(1), 1-17 (with Lukas Stenzel)
  • "Payment procedure and generalizability of social dilemma experiments", 2016, Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics, 9(3-4), 200-216 (with Andreas Voss)
  • "Group size and the (in)efficiency of pure public good provision". 2016, European Economic Review, 85, 272–287 (with Johannes Diederich, and Timo Goeschl)
  • "Old age and prosocial behavior: Social preferences or experimental confounds?", 2016, Journal of Economic Psychology, 53, 118–130 (with Sara E. Kettner)
  • "Reciprocity in labor market relationships: Evidence from an experiment across high-income OECD countries", 2015, Games, 6, 473-494 (with Ch’ng Kean Siang, Till Requate, Aric Shafran, Eva Camacho-Cuena, Yoshio Iida, and Shosh Sharabani)
  • "Communication in Cournot competition: An experimental study", 2014, Journal of Economic Psychology, 42, 1-16 (with Ch’ng Kean Siang and Till Requate)
  • "Do short-term laboratory experiments provide valid descriptions of long-term economic  interactions? A study of Cournot Markets", 2014, Experimental Economics, 17(3), 371-390 (with Hans-Theo Normann and Till Requate)
  • "Equal split in the informal market for group train travel", 2013, Economics Letters, 118(2), 327-329 (with Till Requate, and Artem Korzhenevych)
  • "Investment incentives under emission trading: An experimental study", 2012, Environmental and Resource Economics, 53(2), 229-249 (with Eva Camacho-Cuena, and Till Requate)
  • "Farmers' performance and subject pool effect in decentralized bargaining markets", 2012, Economics Letters, 115(3), 366-368 (with Christiane Ness)
  • "On the role of social wage comparisons in gift-exchange", 2011, Economics Letters, 112(1), 75-78 (with Ch’ng Kean Siang, and Till Requate)
  • "“A profit table or a profit calculator?” A note on the design of Cournot oligopoly experiments", 2011, Experimental Economics, 14(1), 36-46 (with Till Requate)
  • "Managers and students playing Cournot - evidence from duopoly and triopoly experiments", 2011, Applied Economics Letters, 18(2), 115-120 (with Ch’ng kean Siang, and Till Requate)
  • "A comparison of bootstrap and Monte-Carlo testing approaches to Value-at-Risk diagnosis", 2010, Computational Statistics, 25(4), 725-732 (with Helmut Herwartz)
  • "A Cournot experiment with managers and students: Evidence from Germany and Malaysia", 2010, B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 10, Article 30 (with Ch’ng kean Siang, and Till Requate)
  • "Comercios de derechos de emisión, adopción de tecnología y heterogeneidad de industrias: un enfoque experimental", 2009, Cuadernos Económicos de I.C.E., 77, 69-94 (with Eva Camacho-Cuena, Till Requate, and Jose Luis Zofío, in Spanish)

Prof. Dr. Israel Waichman
Phone: +49 30 43733 232
Email: i.waichman[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Michael Weinman

PhD in Philosophy
The New School for Social Research
Michael Weinman is Professor of Philosophy at Bard College Berlin since 2013, after originally arriving as a Guest Professor in 2010. He is the author or editor of five books, most recently, Plato and the Moving Image (Brill, 2019), co-edited with Shai Biderman of Tel Aviv University. In 2018, he published The Parthenon and Liberal Education in the SUNY Series in Ancient Greek Philosophy from SUNY Press, an investigation of the Parthenon as an education in the liberal arts co-authored with Bard College Berlin faculty member Geoff Lehman. His earlier books address the role of pleasure in Aristotle's ethical thought and the relevance of Virginia Woolf's experimentation with narrative for debates about subjectivity in continental philosophy, respectively.

Michael also has published articles and book chapters on Ancient Greek science, especially mathematics, and its reception in 20th-century German philosophy and on themes in contemporary political philosophy. His current recent interests focus on Arendt’s heterodox understanding of power and political violence for contemporary debates about populism and the challenges facing the liberal international order today and on the changing perception of the entwinement of mind and world in nature writing and narrative fiction from Goethe through Woolf.

Classes Taught at Bard College Berlin:
Core Courses:
Early Modern Science
Forms of Love
Origins of Political Economy
Plato's Republic and Its Interlocutors

Foundational and Advanced Modules:
Freedom of Expression
Constitutions, Ancient and Modern
Truth in Action: Ethics and Practical Reason
The Calculus and the "Mathematization of Nature"
Aristotle's (so-called) Organon
Character in Aristotle's PoeticsPolitics, and Rhetoric
Michel de Montaigne: Essays
The Violence in and of Political Life

General Teaching Interests:
Ancient Greek philosophy; Ethics and political philosophy; Philosophy and literature; 20th century Continental philosophy


Books, authored or edited
  • Vormann, B. and M. Weinman, eds. 2020. Illiberalism: Understanding a Global Phenomenon. New York and London: Routledge.
  • Biderman, S. and Weinman, M, eds. 2019. Plato and the Moving Image, Leiden: Brill.
  • Lehman, G. and Weinman, M. 2018. The Parthenon and Liberal Education. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
  • Weinman, M. 2012. Language, Time and Identity in Woolf’s The Waves: The Subject in Empire’s Shadow. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Weinman, M. 2007. Pleasure in Aristotle’s Ethics. London: Continuum Books.

Peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters
  • Weinman, M. 2020. “Arendt and the Legitimate Leadership of Plural Persons: Hierarchy and the Limits of Horizontal Power Relations.” In: Maria Robaszkiewicz and Tobias Matzner, eds. Hannah Arendt: Challenges of Plurality, Dordrecht: Springer.
  • M. Weinman and B. Vormann. 2020. “From a Politics of No Alternative to a Politics of Fear: Illiberalism and Its Variants.” In Boris Vormann and Michael Weinman, eds. Illiberalism: Understanding a Global Phenomenon. New York and London: Routledge.
  • M. Weinman and B. Vormann. 2020. “The Good City in an Era of Planetary Urbanization.” In Gregor Fitzi, Jürgen Mackert und Brian S. Turner, eds. Successful Cities - Crises of Citizenship. New York and London: Routledge.
  • Weinman, M. 2020. “What, if any, mathematics might Thales or his contemporaries have learned from ‘the East’?” In: Hahn, Robert and Alex Herda, eds. Knowledge in Archaic Greece. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Weinman, M. 2019. “Arendt and the return of ethnonationalism.” In Demos vs. Polis: The New Populism Liberal Herald, Vol. 4.
  • Weinman, M. 2019. “The Myth of Er as Rationalizing Recording Device.” In Plato and the Moving Image, eds. Shai Biderman and Michael Weinman. Leiden: Brill, pp. 100-120.
  • Weinman, M. 2019. “Epic.” In Palgrave Handbook on Philosophy and Literature, eds. Michael Mack and Barry Stocker. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 185-202.
  • Reed, I. and Weinman, M. 2018. “Agency, Power, Modernity: A Manifesto for Social Theory.” European Journal for Cultural and Political Sociology (DOI: 10.1080/23254823.2018.1499434)
  • Weinman, M. 2018. Arendt and the Legitimate Expectation for Hospitality and Membership Today. Moral Philosophy and Politics (5:1), pp. 127-50. (DOI: 10.1515/mopp-2016-0043)
  • Weinman, M. 2018. “Misrepresentation, misrecognition and statue politics.” In: #Charlottesville: Before and Beyond. New York: Public Seminar Books.
  • Lehman, G. and Weinman, M. 2018. “Recursive knowledge procedures informing the design of the Parthenon.” In Revolutions and Continuity in Ancient Greek Mathematics, ed. Michalis Sialaros. Berlin: De Gruyter; pp. 235-70.
  • Weinman, M. 2017. Stanley Rosen’s Auseinandersetzung with Heidegger: On the occasion of Platonic Production (Andy German, ed., 2014). Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal (38:1).
  • Weinman, M. 2016. “Phronēsis after the post-metaphysical age: Aristotle and practical philosophy today.” In Thinking the Plural: Richard J. Bernstein’s Contributions to American Philosophy, eds. Marcia Morgan and Megan Craig. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield; pp. 3-20.
  • Weinman, M. 2016. “Living Well and the Promise of Cosmopolitan Identity: Aristotle’s ergon and Contemporary Civic Republicanism.” In Civic Republicanism: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics, eds. Geoffrey C. Kellow and Neven Leddy. Toronto: University Toronto; pp. 59-71.
  • Weinman, M. 2015. Doing the impossible: The trace of the other between eulogy and deconstruction: Rereading Derrida’s Work of Mourning. Philosophical Papers (44:2); 261-76. (DOI: 10.1080/05568641.2015.1056958)
  • Weinman, M. 2014. Metaphysics, Lam and the echo of Homer: First philosophy as a way of life. Philosophical Papers (43:1); 67-88. (DOI: 10.1080/05568641.2014.901695)
  • Weinman, M. 2013. “Education: The ethical-political energeia.” Bloomsbury Companion to Aristotle. London: Bloomsbury Books; pp. 263-76.
  • Weinman, M. 2011. Living well and sexual self-determination: Expanding human rights discourse about sex and sexuality. Law, Culture, and the Humanities 7:1; 101-20.
  • Weinman, M. 2009. Making ‘men see clearly’: Physical imperfection and mathematical order in Ptolemy’s Syntaxis. In: Ann Ward, ed. Matter and Form: From Natural Science to Political Philosophy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books; 57-70.
  • Weinman, M. 2006. State Speech vs. Hate Speech? What to Do about Words that Wound. Essays in Philosophy (7:1).
  • Weinman, M. 2001. Cultural Engendering and Points of Resistance: Foucault, Butler, and Sexual Subjectivities.  International Studies in Philosophy (33:1; 123-143).

Book reviews
  • Weinman, M. 2018. Winslow, R. Organism and Environment: Inheritance and Subjectivity in the Life Sciences (Lexington, 2017). Review of Metaphysics 72(1).
  • Weinman, M. 2016. Cairns, D. (Lester Embree, ed.), The Philosophy of Edmund Husserl (Springer 2013), for Phenomenological Reviews.
  • Weinman, M. 2014. Horky, P. S., Plato and Pythagoreanism (Oxford 2013). Archai (13); 165-169.

Other publications
Contributing Editor, Publicseminar.org, 2015 - Present. Details here.

Prof. Dr. Michael Weinman
Phone: +49 30 43733 222
Email: m.weinman[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Dominik Bartmanski

Dominik Bartmanski is a cultural sociologist and social theorist. He earned his PhD with distinction in sociology at Yale University. His doctoral thesis, devoted to the transformation of public space in Berlin after 1989, won the Marvin B. Sussman prize for the best sociological dissertation at Yale in 2012. The same year his article "How to become an iconic social thinker: the intellectual pursuits of Malinowski and Foucault" was awarded the junior theorist prize by the International Sociological Association (ISA). He co-edited the volume Iconic Power: Materiality and Meaning in Social Life (Palgrave Macmillan 2012) and is the co-author with Ian Woodward of the book monograph Vinyl: The Analogue Record in the Digital Age (Bloomsbury 2014). He does research and teaching in the areas of material culture, urban sociology, and sociology of consumption, knowledge, and music.

The full list of peer-reviewed publications can be found here.
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Bastian Becker 

Bastian Becker received his PhD (Political Science) from the Central European University, Budapest, in June 2017. During his doctoral studies, Bastian participated twice in the ICPSR summer program at the University of Michigan and spent a semester-long research stay at the University of Mannheim. Previously, he received two Master's degrees, in Public Policy from the University of Erfurt, and in Business Economics from Saarland University. He also worked as a researcher at the German Development Institute (DIE) in Bonn and for the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in the Philippines. Bastian's current research is situated at the intersection of comparative political economy and political behavior, with a focus on the political causes and consequences of economic inequality. His dissertation explores the effects of unequal labor market opportunities on preferences for redistribution in Western democracies, employing both statistical and experimental methods. Bastian's doctoral studies have been supported through scholarships by CEU and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); he also received ICPSR's Clogg Scholarship award as well as CEU's Award for Advanced Doctoral Students.
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Martin Binder

Habilitation in Economics
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Prof. Dr. habil. Martin Binder holds a Habilitation in Economics from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (habilitation project: “Wirtschaftlicher Wandel und menschliches Wohlergehen”, 2012), a PhD in Economics (2009), an M.A. in Philosophy (2004) and a M.Sc. in Business Administration (Dipl.-Kfm., 2003) from RWTH Aachen, and a B.Sc. in Economics (2002) from the Florida Atlantic University. His dissertation, which explores the normative consequences of measuring societal progress and development via measures of subjective well-being, has appeared as a monograph with Routledge in 2010 and won the „Deutscher Studienpreis 2010“ from the Körber-Stiftung. From 2004 to 2012, he was a Research Fellow and a Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, where he conducted research in the fields of behavioral and evolutionary economics. Subsequently, he held a research position at the University of Sussex. Since 2013, Prof. Dr. Binder has been a Visiting Professor for Normative Economics and Business Ethics at the University of Kassel. His research interests are focused on behavioral and normative economics, and especially subjective well-being (“happiness”) research. His research has appeared in internationally recognized journals such as the Journal of Economic Behavior & OrganizationSocial Science & MedicineJournal of Economic Psychology, and Small Business Economics. In 2009-2011, Prof. Dr. Binder received a grant from the European Commission to research knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship and social well-being. Prof. Dr. Binder does extensive refereeing and is a member of the Editorial Board of Social Indicators Research.
His research can be found at www.mbinder.net/publications.

Courses taught
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Ethics and Economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Principles of Economics
  • Mathematics for Economics

Selected Media Coverage
Further links
Prof. Dr. Martin Binder
Phone: +49 30 43733 231
Email: m.binder[at]berlin.bard.edu

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Bruno Besana

Bruno Besana studied philosophy at the Paris VIII University. He is a former Fellow of the ICI Berlin, and of the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (NL). He has taught philosophy at the Paris VIII University, and has published on ontology and aesthetics in contemporary philosophy, with a particular focus on the works of Gilles Deleuze, Alain Badiou, and Jacques Rancière. He is affiliated fellow of the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, and a member of the editorial team of S – Line of Beauty, journal of the CLIC, Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique.

He is a founding member of the Versus Laboratory research collective. The aim of the Versus Laboratory project, started in 2007, is to explore how philosophical concepts are produced at the points of adversity and tension with political, aesthetical and scientific practices; the idea is to approach philosophy not as a regulative practice that reflects upon other practices defining their fields of action, but as a battlefield whose interiority is fed by the dissensual relations that it maintains with them. Versus Laboratory has organized several conferences and seminars. Currently, together with Ozren Pupovac and Tzuchien Tho, Bruno Besana is leading a seminar – entitled Prolegomena to the Void – on the history of the concept of the void from early atomism to Hellenistic philosophy. The seminar will continue in 2014 by investigating the changes that the concept of the void undergoes in XVII century science and philosophy.

Bruno Besana is also currently working on two short books projects, the first on Gilles Deleuze's reading of Greek Stoicism, the second on some contemporary attempts to give a formal reading of the concept of the subject.
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Andreas Blank

Habilitation in Philosophy
Universität Paderborn
Andreas Blank specializes in early modern philosophy, especially the philosophy of Leibniz, early modern philosophy of the life sciences and early modern moral and political philosophy. He holds a Dr. phil. in philosophy from the University of Konstanz, Germany, has taught at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and is a faculty member at the University of Paderborn. He has been a visiting fellow at the Center of Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science at Tel Aviv University. For 2016-2017 he is Visiting Professor at Bard College Berlin.


Ontological Dependence and the Metaphysics of Individual Substances, 15401716. Munich: Philosophia, 2015, 267 pp. Biomedical

Ontology and the Metaphysics of Composite Substances, 1540
1670. Munich: Philosophia, 2010, 235 pp.

Leibniz: Metaphilosophy and Metaphysics, 16661686. Munich: Philosophia, 2005, 207 pp. Der logische Aufbau von Leibniz' Metaphysik.

[The Logical Structure of Leibniz's Metaphysics.] Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2001, 170 pp.

Refereed Journal Articles

"Zabarella and the Early Leibniz on the Diachronic Identity of Living Beings." Studia Leibnitiana 47 (2015): 86–102.

"Leibniz, Locke, and the Early Modern Controversy over Legal Maxims." History of European Ideas 41 (2015): 1080–1092.

"Domingo de Soto on Justice to the Poor." Intellectual History Review 25 (2015): 133–146.

"Mary Astell on Flattery and Self-Esteem." The Monist 98 (2015): 53–63.

"Domingo de Soto on Doubts, Presumptions, and Noncomparative Justice." History of Philosophy Quarterly 32 (2015): 1–18.

"Animals and Immortality in the Monadology." Magyar Filozófiai Szemle 59 (2015): 140–152.

"Wittgenstein on Aspect Blindness and Meaning Blindness" (with Ohad Nachtomy). Iyyun. The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly 64 (2015): 43–62.

"Nicolaus Taurellus on Forms and Elements." Science in Context 27 (2014): 659–682.

"Johannes von Felden on Usucaption, Justice, and the Society of States." Journal of the History of Ideas 74 (2013): 403–423.

"Henry More on Spirits, Light, and Immaterial Extension." British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (2013): 857–878.

"Fortunio Liceti on Mind, Light, and Immaterial Extension." Perspectives on Science 21 (2013): 358–378.

"Aquinas and Soto on Derogatory Judgment and Noncomparative Justice." History of Philosophy Quarterly 29 (2012): 411–427.

"Presumption, Torture, and the Controversy over Excepted Crimes, 1600–1632." Intellectual History Review 22 (2012): 131–145.

"Julius Caesar Scaliger on Plants, Species, and the Ordained Power of God." Science in Context 25 (2012): 503–523.

"Leibniz on Usucaption, Presumption, and International Justice." Studia Leibnitiana 43 (2011): 70–86.

Spanish translation: "Acerca de la 'usucapio', de la presunción y de la justicia internacional según Leibniz." (translated by Evelyn Vargas) Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad de Costa Rica 51 (2012): 357–365.

"Daniel Sennert on Poisons, Epilepsy, and Subordinate Forms." Perspectives on Science 19 (2011): 192–211.

"Wittgenstein on Verification and Seeing-As, 1930–1932." Inquiry 54 (2011): 614–632.

"Material Souls and Imagination in Late Aristotelian Embryology." Annals of Science 67 (2010): 187–204.

"Julius Caesar Scaliger on Plant Generation and the Question of Species Con-stancy." Early Science and Medicine 15 (2010): 266–286.

"Existential Dependence and the Question of Emanative Causation in Protestant Meta­physics, 1570–1620." Intellectual History Review 19 (2009): 1–13.

"Justice and the Eclecticism of Protestant Ethics, 1580–1610." Studia Leibnitiana 40 (2008): 223–238.

"Julius Caesar Scaliger on Corpuscles and the Vacuum." Perspectives on Science 16 (2008): 137–159.

"Wittgenstein on Colours and Logical Multiplicities, 1930–1932." Dialogue. Canadian Philosophical Review 47 (2008): 311–328.

"Composite Substance, Common Notions, and Kenelm Digby's Theory of Animal Generation." Science in Context 20 (2007): 1–20.

"Wittgenstein on Expectation, Action, and Internal Relations, 1930–1932." Inquiry 50 (2007): 270–287.

"Material Points and Formal Concepts in the Early Wittgenstein." Canadian Journal of Philosophy 37 (2007): 245–261.

"Leibniz and the Presumption of Justice." Studia Leibnitiana 38 (2006): 201–210.

"Leibniz on Justice as a Common Concept. A Rejoinder to Patrick Riley." Leibniz Review 16 (2006): 205–214.

"Internal Relations and the Descriptive Nature of Philosophy in the Early Wittgen-stein." Iyyun. The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly 54 (2005): 271–286.

"Definitions, Sorites Arguments, and Leibniz's Méditation sur la notion commune de la justice." Leibniz Review 14 (2004): 153–166.

"Incomplete Entities, Natural Non-separability, and Leibniz's Response to François Lamy's De la Connoissance de soi-même." Leibniz Review 13 (2003): 1–17.

"Leibniz's De Summa Rerum and the Panlogistic Interpretation of the Theory of Simple Substances." British Journal for the History of Philosophy 11 (2003): 261–269.

"Wittgenstein's Tractatus and the Problem of a Phenomenological Language." Philosophia 29 (2002): 327–341.

"Substance Monism and Substance Pluralism in Leibniz's Metaphysical Papers 1675–1676." Studia Leibnitiana 33 (2001): 216–223.

"Leibniz und die panpsychistische Deutung der Theorie der einfachen Substanzen." ["Leibniz and the Panpsychistic Interpretation of the Theory of Simple Substan-ces."] Studia Leibnitiana 32 (2000): 117–125.

"Die kategoriale Unbestimmtheit der Gegenstände in Wittgensteins Tractatus." ["The Categorial Indeterminacy of Objects in Wittgenstein's Tractatus."] Grazer Philosophische Studien 60 (2000): 197–215.

Book Chapters

"Leibniz and the Early Modern Controversy over the Right of International Medi-ation." In "Das Recht kann nicht ungerecht sein …" Beiträge zu Leibniz' Philo-sophie der Gerechtigkeit. Edited by Wenchao Li (Studia Leibnitiana Sonderheft 44). Stuttgart: Steiner, 2015, 117–135.

"Presumption and Leibniz's Metaphysics of Action." In Leibniz's Metaphysics and Adoption of Substantial Form. Edited by Adrian Nita (New Synthese Historical Library). Dordrecht: Springer, 2015, 89–106.

"Archibald Campbell über Gewissen und Kosmopolitismus." ["Archibald Campbell on Conscience and Cosmopolitism."] In Gewissen zwischen Gefühl und Vernunft. Edited by Simon Bunke and Katerina Mihaylova. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2015, 89–104.

"Material Causes and Incomplete Entities in Gallego de la Serna's Theory of Animal Generation." In The Life Sciences in Early Modern Philosophy. Edited by Ohad Nachtomy and Justin Smith. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, 117–136.

"Sennert and Leibniz on Animate Atoms." In Machines of Nature and Composite Substances in Leibniz. Edited by Justin E. H. Smith and Ohad Nachtomy (New Synthese Historical Library). Dordrecht: Springer, 2011, 115–130.

"On Interpreting Leibniz's Mill." In Interpretation. Ways of Thinking about the Sciences and the Arts. Edited by Peter Machamer and Gereon Wolters. Pitts-burgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010, 111–129.

"Leibniz vs. Lamy: How does Confused Perception Unite Soul and Body?" In The Practice of Reason: Leibniz and his Controversies. Edited by Marcelo Dascal. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2010, 169–186.

"Jean Fernel on Divine Immanence and the Origin of Simple Forms." In Nature et Surnaturel. Philosophies de la nature et métaphysique aux XVIeXVIIIe siècles. Edited by Vlad Alexandrescu and Robert Theis. Hildesheim: Olms, 2010, 9–21.

"The Analysis of Reflection and Leibniz's Early Response to Spinoza." In The Philosophy of the Young Leibniz. Edited by Mark Kulstad, Mogens Laerke and David Snyder (Studia Leibnitiana Sonderheft 34). Stuttgart: Steiner, 2009, 161–175.

"Ramus and Leibniz on Analysis." In Leibniz: What Kind of Rationalist? Edited by Marcelo Dascal (Logic, Epistemology and the Unity of Science 13). Dordrecht: Springer, 2008, 155–166.

"Dalgarno, Wilkins, Leibniz and the Descriptive Nature of Metaphysical Concepts." In Leibniz and the English Speaking World. Edited by Pauline Phemister and Stuart Brown (New Synthese Historical Library). Dordrecht: Springer, 2007, 51–61.

"Atoms and Minds in Walter Charleton's Theory of Animal Generation." In The Problem of Animal Generation in Modern Philosophy. Edited by Justin E. H. Smith. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006, 124–145.

"Twin-Consciousnesses and the Identity of Indiscernibles in Leibniz's Nouveaux Essais." In Leibniz selon les Nouveaux essais sur l'entendement humain. Edited by François Duchesneau and Jérémie Griard. Montréal: Bellarmin/ Paris: Vrin, 2006, 189–202.


Rezension von Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Mathematischer, naturwissenschaftlicher und technischer Briefwechsel. Siebenter Band: Juli 1696Dezember 1698 (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2011). Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 37 (2014): 170–171.

Review of Charles Bolyard and Rondo Keele (eds.), Later Medieval Metaphysics. Ontology, Language, and Logic. (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013). History and Philosophy of Logic 35 (2014): 211–213.

Review of Nicolaus Taurellus, Philosophiae triumphus, hoc est, Metaphysica philosophandi methodus (Stuttgart: Frommann-Holzboog, 2012). Renaissance Quarterly 66 (2013): 1052–1053. Review of Catherine Wilson, Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2010). HOPOS. The Journal of the Society for History of Philosophy of Science 2 (2012): 200–203.

Review of Martin Mulsow (ed.), Spätrenaissance-Philosophie in Deutschland 15701650 (Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2009). Early Science and Medicine 16 (2011): 260–262.

Review of Concetta Pennuto, Simpatia, fantasia e contagio. Il pensiero medico e il pensiero filosofico di Girolamo Fracastoro (Rome: Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 2008). Renaissance Quarterly 62 (2009): 996–998.

Review of Stuart Brown and N. J. Fox, Historical Dictionary of Leibniz's Philosophy (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2006). Philosophy in Review 27 (2007): 100–102.
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Pepetual Mforbe Chiangong

Pepetual Mforbe Chiangong was born and raised in Cameroon. Her areas of research and activism include intervention theater, African drama and theatre, theatre criticism, and postcolonial literatures and critical theory. Currently Assistant Professor of African Literatures and Cultures in the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin, she has taught at several German universities, including as guest professor of Theatre-for-Development in the Graduiertenkolleg "Alter(n) als Kulturelle Konzeption und Praxis" in the Department of Art History at Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf.

In 2013, she was awarded the first Faculty Prize for teaching excellence at Humboldt University. A DAAD scholarship enabled the completion of her Ph.D dissertation on Cameroonian Drama and Theatre at the University of Bayreuth in 2008. Her 2011 book, Rituals in Cameroon Drama: A Semiological Interpretation of the plays of Gilbert Doho, Bole Butake and Hansel Ndumbe Eyoh was published in the Bayreuth African Series. She is currently working on her Habilitation project, which focuses on the representation of old age in African drama/theatre.
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Deville Cohen

Deville Cohen is a visual artist living and working in Berlin and New York. A graduate of the Bard-Annandale MFA Program at the Milton Avery School of the Arts in 2010, he also studied at the Kunsthochschule Weissensee in Berlin.
Deville Cohen’s performance-based videos, sculptures and installations use black-and-white Xerox images as integral elements in their mise-en-scène. Sets, characters, and props become entangled in psychic dramas saturated with humor, desire, and anxiety. Cohen uses sculptural and theatrical techniques to create works that reflect on the immediate relationships we have to everyday objects and environment. His most recent project is underline, a collaboration with the composer Hugo Moral, which was commissioned by the Munich Biennale for new music theater and co-produced by the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. His class in the Spring Semester at Bard College Berlin draws on the multi-media and performance focus of his artistic practice and his previous teaching work at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington DC. 

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Irit Dekel

PhD in Sociology
The New School for Social Research
Irit Dekel earned her PhD in sociology at the New School for Social Research. She is a research fellow at the department of Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin where she leads an international research project in cooperation with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She studied political transformation at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin in 2005-6 with the support of DAAD research fellowships and with a Fritz Thyssen Foundation stipend.

Her book Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial was based on that research and was published in the summer of 2013 in the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies series.

Her research project financed by the German Israeli Foundation in 2014-2016 is titled Domesticating Cosmopolitanism: a Comparative Study of Historical Home Museums in Germany and Israel. It will ask how personal and history-forming stories intersect and inquire about their reception in historical home museums in Germany and Israel so as to shed light on the construction and circulation of cultural and intercultural knowledge in the public sphere, diaspora, ethnicity, diversity and change.

Classes taught at Bard College Berlin:
City for Citizens: Participation, Inequality and Social Change
The Sociology of Culture
Humanistic Social Research: Thinking Through Methods
Transformation of Public Space in Berlin After 1989 (co-taught with the TU Berlin)
City for Citizens: Urban Design and Social Change in the European Metropolis (co-taught with the TU Berlin)
Methods in Social Theory
Past in the Present
Introduction to Sociology

General Teaching Interests:
Sociological theory; cultural and political sociology; memory studies; museums and tourism; media

Research and Publications:

Dekel, Irit and Katriel, Tamar 2015. "Krieg dem Kriege: The Anti-War Museum in Berlin as a Multilayered Site of Memory" in Anna Reading and Tamar Katriel (eds.) Cultural Memories of Nonviolent Struggles Powerful Times. Palgrave Macmilllan.

Dekel, I. 2014. "Jews and Other Others at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin". Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, Volume 23, Issue 2

Dekel, I. 2013. Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial, Palgrave Macmillan.

Dekel, I. 2011. "Mediated Space, Mediated Memory: New Archives at the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin" in Motti Neiger, Oren Meyers and Eyal Zandberg (eds.) On Media Memory. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dekel, I. 2009. "Ways of Looking: Transcending Time and Space through Photography at the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin". Memory Studies 2:1, 71-86.

Dekel, I. 2009. "Pan-topia: Exposing the Palimpsest of Meanings at the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin" History and Theory: The Protocols Bezalel Academy of Art and Design 14.
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Dirk H. Ehnts

PhD in Economics
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Dr. rer. pol. Dirk H. Ehnts holds a PhD in economics from University of Oldenburg and a diploma in economics from University of Göttingen. He has worked at Affiliated Computer Services of Spain in Barcelona after completing his diploma degree. He then was awarded a PhD scholarship from Ev. Studienwerk Villigst e.V. and participated in the joint PhD program „Globalization and Employment" of the universities of Hohenheim and Oldenburg.

From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Ehnts worked as a research assistant at the University of Oldenburg's chair for international economics. He then switched to the Berlin School of Economics and Law, where he was working as a guest lecturer in monetary economics. Interrupted by a spell as visiting professor for Latin American macroeconomics at Free University's Latin American Institute during the summer semester 2014 he held this position until the end of 2014.

His research has appeared in international recognized journals. His latest book Geld und Kredit: eine €-päische Perspektive deals with the creation and destruction of money and credit in the euro zone. Dr. Ehnts is co-founder of the Samuel-Pufendorf Gesellschaft für politische Ökonomie which is a non-profit aiming at educating the public about the workings of money and finance. He also serves as the book review editor of the International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education.

Courses taught

Global Economics
Origins of Political Economy
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Beatrice Farkas

PhD in Economics
Louisiana State University
Beatrice Farkas received her PhD in Economics from Louisiana State University, U.S.A. in 2009. Before coming to Berlin, she was Assistant Professor of Economics at the Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York (SUNY). Between 2010 and 2015 she was a Research Associate at DIW Berlin. Beatrice Farkas is an applied macroeconomist whose research interests are macroeconomics, economic growth and development. Her research focuses on empirical work in economic development, primarily international total factor productivity differences and open economies. 

Courses taught at Bard College Berlin
  • Principles of Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Global Economics
Dr. Beatrice Farkas
Email: b.farkas[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Tania Espinoza

Tania Espinoza obtained her PhD from the Department of French at the University of Cambridge (2012). Her thesis was about the figure of negative space in Kantian philosophy, Lacanian psychoanalysis and Virginia Woolf's literature. She is a fellow at the École de Philosophie d'Épineuil-le-Fleuriel, and a member of the Société Internationale de Philosophie et Psychanalyse. Her research and teaching interests are in comparative literature, philosophy and psychoanalysis. She has taught at the Department of Literature of the Universidad Mayor de San Andres, in La Paz.
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Marius Fahrner

Marius Fahrner earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics in conjunction with a minor in philosophy at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz. His thesis in mathematics concerned itself with abstract algebra, while his papers in philosophy dealt with different philosophical concepts of time. Following a year as an Erasmus-student in Lyon, Fahrner earned a master's degree in mathematics with a minor in philosophy at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. In his master's thesis, Fahrner connected concepts of abstract algebra with aspects of quantum physics, while his philosophical papers explored the philosophy of law and anthropology.
After completing his master's thesis, Fahrner took a post as a lecturer at the Touro College in Berlin. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in statistics, finite maths, quantitative analysis and computer concepts.
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Sebastian Felten

Sebastian Felten is a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His current work is focused on environmental history, and the consequences of and possibilities for human agency in interaction with the environment. More specifically, he investigates how systematic note-taking in commerce, administration and science connected to eighteenth and nineteenth century mining created discrete environments that humans could act upon. The project builds on a study of historical accounting practices that he carried out as part of his PhD at King's College, London, on the topic of the monetisation in European rural society between 1700 and 1900. He has also worked for the German Historical Institute London as part of the digital edition project "Pauper Letters and Petitions for Poor Relief in Germany and Great Britain, 1770 – 1914", through which he developed a keen interest in Digital Humanities.
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Jaroslava Gajdosova

Jaroslava Gajdosova earned her PhD in Sociology from The New School for Social Research. She was a research fellow at Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität Greifswald, Humboldt Universität Berlin, and Columbia University, and has published on contemporary sociological theories and on German collective memory and identity.

Currently she is an external researcher at Justus-Liebig University in Giessen where she studies how film and literary narratives shape political and cultural identities of post-communist societies in Central-Eastern Europe. Her research has two foci: 1) relationship between cultural memory and political identity of post-communist societies, and 2) self-othering as a mode of post-communist feminine identity. Her theoretical interest lies in critical, poststructural, and phenomenological theories and their application to the qualitative research models.

Jaroslava has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in social theory, methods, collective identities, and gender in Prague and New York.
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Edit Gerelyes

MA, Lettres Modernes 
University of Paris III
Edit Gerelyes received her MA in Lettres Modernes from the University of Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle, specializing in 18th century French theater. In addition she completed a one-year programme in the Methodology and Pedagogy of Teaching Foreign Languages. As a translator from French into Hungarian, she has published several literary and anthropological works, among others, studies of Patrick Williams, Bernard Formoso (ed. Uj Mandatum, L'Harmattan 2000), historical novels by J-F Nahmias (ed. Aquila, 1999, 2000), as well as two plays by Marivaux: La Surprise de l'amour and L'Epreuve, the latter also having been produced on stage in Budapest [Sziget Festival, directed by Balazs Simon].

Edit joined Bard College Berlin in 2004, and taught at all levels, including the preparation courses for tests such as DELF, DALF and TCF, certifications of French-language abilities for non-native speakers administered by CIEP, International Centre of Pedagogical Studies for the French Ministry of Education. These examinations often feature among admissions requirement for non-native French speakers at higher education institutions or workplaces.

Besides the effective fostering of communication skills, language learning in a higher educational setting should also make itself felt as a cultural element, and prepare students for the study of primary texts and secondary literature in the original as a meaningful complement to the curriculum as a whole. In this light Edit co-taught the Concentration Seminar on Montesquieu's Persian Letters with Ewa Atanassow (2011). The Proust reading group (winter term, 2012) was offered to complement James Harker's seminar on Swann's Way, as well as the 2012 winter core course on Love.

Another forum for the study of original texts, as well as advanced translation work is the Atelier Français. This "reading club" formed on student initiative features texts chosen by the students, and all discussions take place in the French language.

In 2011 Edit also initiated an experimental project for A1/A2 French learners (beginners) with a playful title: "Read French without knowing French". The project approaches French on the model of extinct languages, with the exclusive goal of acquiring adequate reading skills.

Traditional events such as French dinners or a petanque party have become an important part of Bard College Berlin's community life. In March 2015 Edit was invited by the Hungarian Asssociation for the Professional Development of High-School Language Teachers to lead a day long workshop on the cards-based language learning activity method she developed between 2006-2012.
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Clare Griffin

Clare Griffin received her PhD from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, with a dissertation on medical knowledge at the seventeenth-century Russian palace. She was a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, before joining the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, in 2015. She is currently writing a book on medical drugs in the early modern Russian empire.

She is also the editor of H-EarlySlavic, an academic discussion list focused on Eastern European history before 1725.


"In Search of an Audience: Popular Pharmacies and the Limits of Literate Medicine in Late Seventeenth-and Early Eighteenth-Century Russia."Bulletin of the History of Medicine 89.4 (2015): 705-732.

"Russia and early modern European medicine." Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 12.4 (2011): 967-981. PERPETUAL MOTION? Transformation and Transition in Central and Eastern Europe & Russia, co-authored with Bhambry, T., Hjelm, J. T. O., Nicholson, C., & Voronina, O. G., (2011)
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Assaf Gruber

Assaf Gruber (Jerusalem, 1980) is a sculptor and filmmaker who lives and works in Berlin.  Both his time-based works and installations investigate the manner in which the political ideologies of subjects are intertwined with individual, personal stories, and the way in which they form social relations within private and public spheres.

Gruber is a graduate of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and of the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) in Ghent. His work has received funding from the Ostrovsky Family Fund, New York, the Berlin Senate, Outset Contemporary Art Fund, and the Rothschild Foundation, among others. Upon graduation in Paris he won the first prize of ‘Les amis des beaux-arts de Paris’. His future solo exhibitions include the Museum of Natural History, Berlin (2018) and the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2018). His films have been featured in festivals including the Berlinale Film Festival (2016), the Lo schermo dell'arte Film Festival (2016) in Florence, and the International Short film Festival of Oberhausen (2016).
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Claire Lehmann

Claire Lehmann is a New York–based artist, writer, and curator. A former editor at Cabinet magazine, she recently cocurated "Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She has contributed to projects at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair, and Andrew Roth Gallery/PPP Editions. Claire is a graduate of Harvard University's Visual and Environmental Studies department, where she also taught painting and drawing from 2005–2007.
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Simona Toroțcoi

PhD in Political Science
Central European University
Simona Toroțcoi received her PhD in Political Science from the Central European University (CEU) as a Yehuda Elkana Fellow. Her PhD dissertation titled “From International Commitments to Institutional Reality – The Case of Higher Education Policy in Europe" focuses on explaining the implementation gap of voluntary, commonly agreed social inclusion and quality policies within the European Higher Education Area.

Simona has been a visiting scholar at CIPES - Center for Research in Higher Education Policies in Portugal, and received her MA degree in Public Policy from CEU with a specialization in Higher Education Policy. Simona also holds a MSc. in Public Administration from Leiden University. 

Her main research interests include the study of public policies especially higher education, youth employment and political participation, and minority policies.

Simona is a Global Teaching Fellow at Bard College Berlin for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Dr. Simona Toroțcoi
Political Science
Email: s.torotcoi[at]berlin.bard.edu
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David Levine

MA in English Literature
Harvard University
David Levine is an artist based in New York, and Berlin, whose work encompasses theater, performance, video and photography. His performance and exhibition work have been presented by Creative Time, MoMA, Documenta XII, Mass MoCA, PS122, the Luminato Festival, the Watermill Center, The Luma Foundation, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Blum and Poe, and Untitled Gallery, among others. His work has been featured in ArtforumFrieze, and the New York Times, and his writing has appeared in ParkettMousseCabinet and Triple Canopy

He received a 2013 Village Voice OBIE award for his installation Habit, and was a 2013-14 Fellow in Visual Arts at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2015, he lectured on the work of Bruce Nauman for the DIA Art Foundation's Artists on Artists series, and will exhibit new video and performance work in a solo exhibition at Toronto's TPW Gallery, as well the group exhibition Hotel Theory at REDCAT in Los Angeles. He holds an MA in English Literature from Harvard University.

As Bard College Berlin aims to open dialogue between different academic disciplines, so does the Studio Component aim to open a theoretical and practical dialogue between visual, performing, and performance art, as well as between studio practice and critical thought.

Although the Studio Component does offer discrete courses in visual arts and theater, its aim is to create an environment where, through shared studio spaces and equipment, as well as guest talks, critiques, and  academic seminars, various artistic disciplines can engage with and influence on one another.


"You Had to Be There (Sorta)" in Parkett, vol. 95, 2015
"A Genuine Subversion" in Mousse, No.41 Dec. 2013
"Interview with Marina Abramovic" Mono-Kultur, #35, Nov. 2013
"Interview with Alexandre Singh" BOMB Online, 12 November 2013
"International Art English" Triple Canopy #16, 2012
"Matter of Rothko" Triple Canopy, #13, 2011
"Parking Plots" Cabinet Magazine, #41, 2011
"Unsolicited Submission," Cultural Politics 6:1, 2010
"I Like Your Work: Art & Etiquette", Paper Monument (pamphlet #1), 2009
"Hopefuls" [artist's project], Cabinet Magazine #31, 2008
"Sin City: The Art of Howard Chaykin", Nextbook, 2008
"Bauerntheater Production Diary" Theater, 28:2, 2008
"Bauerntheater" [catalogue], Biorama Projekt/Kulturstiftung des Bundes, 2007
"Interview with Michael Thalheimer", BOMB.com 2007
"Actors at Work," [artist's project], Cabinet Magazine, #25, 2007
"Bad Art & Objecthood," Art/US #13, May-June2006
"Re-Public," Theater, 2005
"Babylon is Everywhere," Theater, 2004

Articles and reviews (selected):

Anna Altman, "A Real-Life GIF in Central Park", The New Yorker (online), May 15, 2015
Steven Squibb, "Faux Pas: David Levine's WOW", Artforum, May, 2014
Mike Thomsen, "Together We are None" (interview with David Levine), The New Inquiry, January 30, 2014
Andrew Russeth, "Do Opera Singers Lip-Sync?", Gallerist NY/New York Observer, January 28, 2014
Dan Fox, "Act Natural", Frieze, May/June 2013
Ryan Anthony Hatch, "Performance Geometries, a Primer", PAJ 35.2, March 2013
Daniel Schreiber, "Wie sind wir zu solchen Versagern geworden?" in Theater Heute, October 2012
Michael H Miller, "Daily Housework: In 'Habit,' David Levine Makes Acting a Chore", New York Observer, October 2, 2012
Anna Altman, "Choose Your Own Adventure" [review], The New Yorker online, September 28, 2012
Ben Brantley, "You Have a Role in this Play: Peeping Tom," [review] New York Times, September 24, 2012
Gideon Lewis-Kraus, "The Next Big Former Thing," Modern Painters, March, 2012
Amy Holzapfel, "The Habit of Realism," Theater 42:1, Winter, 2011
Michael H. Miller, "The Straight Story of the Matter of Rothko," August 12, 2011
Murray Whyte, "David Levine's Habit", Toronto Star, June 15, 2011
Paul David Young, "Evolutions of the Performance Aesthetic", PAJ 98, Spring, 2011
Caitlin Berrigan, "Specters: David Levine", EMPAC Uncertain Spectators Blog, January, 2011
Nikki Columbus, "Double Play," Artforum.com, June 1, 2010
Michael Rush, "Interview with David Levine," Art International Radio, May 7, 2010
Ana Texeira Pinto, "Susan Boyle, C'est Moi" [review], Von Hundert 010, 2009
Naoko Kaltschmidt, "Hopeful" [review], Spike, Autumn 2009
Dominikus Mueller, "Hopeful" [review], Artforum, October 2009
Kari Rittenbach, "Keeping the Hope Alive", Art in America.com, July 8, 2009
Alexis Soloski, "Mr. High Concept", The Village Voice, March 17-24,2009
"Christian Hawkey in conversation with David Levine," The Believer, Winter, 2009
Astrid Mania, "Berlin Dispatches," Art Review #25, September, 2008.
Marvin Carlson, "David Levine's Bauerntheater: The Return of the Matrix" TDR, Fall, 2008, 52:3
Walter Robbins, "Art Opening as Theater in Berlin", Artnet, June 24, 2008
Wolfgang Behrens, "Wer Erntet die Dickste Kartoffeln?" Theater der Zeit, June 2007
Anja Quickert, "Das Kartoffel-Konzept" TheaterHeute, June, 2007
Daniel Volzke, "Ertragreich," Tagesspiegel , May 21, 2007
Sally McGrane, "An Actor Out Standing in his Field" The New York Times, May 20, 2007

In the Media:

A Real-Life GIF in Central Park
Anna Altman (The New Yorker)
May 15, 2015

Act Natural - Interview with David Levine
Dan Fox (Frieze)
May/June 2013

You Have a Role in This Play: Peeping Tom
The New York Times
September 23, 2012

David Levine: Hopeful (PDF)
Dominikus Müller (ArtForum)
October 2009

Keeping the Hope
Kari Rittenbach (Art in America)
July 8, 2009

Spring Guide: David Levine Messes with Imperfection in Venice Saved: A Seminar
Alexis Soloski (The Village Voice)
March 17, 2009

An Actor Outstanding in His Field
Sally McGrane (The New York Times)
May 20, 2007

David Levine: Hopeful (PDF - German)
Naoko Kaltschmidt (Spike Art Quarterly)
Autumn 2009

Personal website:
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Ana María Gómez López

Yale University
Ana María Gómez López creates durational works based on archival research related to the life sciences. Her projects use botanical specimens, prosthetic implants, lens-based media, and recorded sound to explore the shifting boundaries between humans and their natural environment. Ana María’s works have been exhibited recently at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (USA), the American University Museum (USA), the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (DE), and MU Art Space (NL). In 2015, she was the recipient of the Premio Nacional de Artes (National Award in the Arts) from the Universidad de Antioquia (CO). Her teaching experience includes the University of Pennsylvania (USA) and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (DE). She completed her MFA at the Yale University School of Art and has carried out artist residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Max Planck Institute for History of Science. She is currently a resident artist at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam.

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Bruno Macaes

PhD in Political Theory
Harvard University
Bruno Macaes is currently on leave while serving as State Secretary for European Affairs in the Government of Portugal.

Bruno Macaes received his PhD from Harvard University in 2006. His dissertation was awarded the Richard Herrnstein prize for the best dissertation in the social sciences by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Before coming to Berlin, he was Assistant Professor of International Studies at Underwood International College in South Korea. He is writing a book on the technological transformation of human nature. His first essay on the topic was recently published in The New Atlantis.

Classes Taught at Bard College Berlin:
  • Political Economy
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • The Age of World Literature
  • Wittgenstein on Culture and Value
  • The Crisis of Democracy
  • Evolution

Dr. Bruno Macaes
Political Theory
Email: b.macaes[at]berlin.bard.edu

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Sybille Luhmann

Sybille Luhmann studied political science and French at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she completed her Bachelor Degree in 2009. Shortly thereafter she enrolled in the Master of Philosophy Programme in Politics at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, graduating in 2011. Since then she has worked for the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany, and in 2013 she began her PhD project at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin with the support of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). Her main goal is to develop an app that measures conscious and subconscious levels of collective identity in Europe.

Research Interests
European integration; Emotions and Politics; Identity Politics; Integrative Processes in International Organisations
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Pia Marais

Pia Marais was born in South Africa in 1971. She studied sculpture and photography at art academies in London, Amsterdam and Düsseldorf, and then went on to study film at the Deutsche Film und Fernseh Akademie in Berlin, where she resides. Marais created four short films: Loop (1996), Deranged (1998), Tricky People (1999), and 17 (2003). After several engagements in film business as a casting director and assistant director, she directed The Unpolished, her first feature film, which has been screened at many international film festivals and has won various prizes, among them the Golden Tiger Award (Rotterdam 2007). Her second feature film, At Ellen's Age, was developed at the Residence of the Cannes Festival. Her latest film, Layla Fourie, was screened at the official competition of the Berlin Festival and won an honorary award.
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Adina Maricut

PhD in Political Science
Central European University, Budapest
Adina Maricut was a postdoctoral fellow at Bard College Berlin during the academic year 2016-17, teaching courses on comparative politics, policy analysis, and EU governance.

She earned an Erasmus Mundus Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of York and the Central European University (2012) and a PhD in Political Science from the Central European University (2016). Her research interests lie in the area of European Union (EU) politics and European public policy and governance. Her dissertation explored the evolution of institutional behavior in the EU's area of freedom, security and justice-covering contentious issues such as immigration, asylum, and counter-terrorism policy. Her postdoctoral research examines EU institutional responses to crisis situations in connection with the phenomenon of politicization. Additionally, Adina has expertise in comparative public administration and higher education in post-communist contexts. She has previously taught at the Central European University in the Roma Access Program and the School of Public Policy.

Classes taught at Bard College Berlin
Understanding Systems of Power: Foundations of Comparative Politics 
Participation, Deliberation, and Democracy: Policy Analysis and Engagement
Crises in the European Union 

Selected Publications

 'With and without Supranationalisation: The Post-Lisbon Roles of the European Council and the Council in Justice and Home Affairs Governance'. Journal of European Integration (in production).

(2015). 'Forms in Search of Substance: Quality and Evaluation in Romanian Universities'. European Educational Research Journal, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 113–125. (with Geven, K.)

(2015) 'A Merry-Go-Round of Evaluations: Moving From Administrative Burden to Reflection on Education and Research in Romania'. In Curaj, A., Matei, L., Pricopie, R., and Salmi, J. (eds) The European Higher Education Area: Between Critical Reflections and Future Policies. Springer International Publishing, pp. 665-684. (with Geven, K.)

(2015) 'Why Do Romanian Universities Fail to Internalize Quality Assurance?'. In Curaj, A., Deca, L., Egron-Polak, E., and Salmi, J. (eds) Higher Education Reforms in Romania: Between the Bologna Process and National Challenges. Springer International Publishing, pp. 43–61. (with Geven, K., Sabic, N., Santa, R. and Sârbu, O.)

Alex Martinis Roe

PhD in Fine Arts
Monash University, Australia
Alex Martinis Roe is an artist based in Berlin. Her current projects focus on feminist genealogies and seek to foster specific and productive relations between different generations as a way of participating in the construction of feminist histories and futures. She is currently completing her project To Become Two, which is a series of six film installations, workshops, performance-based events, and a book. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include Badischer Kunstverein, Germany (2017); The Showroom, London (2017); ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano (2017); Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2017); Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Amsterdam (2016); Rongwrong, Amsterdam (2014); Archive Kabinett, Berlin (2014); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2013). She was a fellow of the Graduate School for Arts and Sciences, University of the Arts, Berlin (2013-2016) and holds a PhD from Monash University, Australia (2011).
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Seraphine Maerz

PhD in Political Science
Central European University
Seraphine Maerz was a postdoctoral fellow at Bard College Berlin during the academic year 2018-19, teaching courses on statistics, advanced quantitative methods and research design. She received her PhD in Political Science from the Central European University, Budapest, in December 2017. Seraphine's research concentrates on the survival strategies of authoritarian regimes in Central Asia and beyond. She is particularly interested in how autocratic leaders use the Internet to justify and stabilize their rule. She is trained in qualitative and quantitative methods and works with set-theoretic approaches, quantitative text analysis, and other computational methods. For regular updates, please visit her personal homepage here.
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Christine M. Nilsson 

PhD in German Studies
Vanderbilt University

Christine received her PhD in German Studies at Vanderbilt University in 2017, and she also holds an M.A. degree in Rhetorics and Cultural Studies from the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen. She worked as a full-time Lecturer at Vanderbilt’s German Department before being appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at Syracuse University in August 2018. In May 2019, she returned to Berlin. 

Christine has a professional background in theater. She served as a Dramaturg at Bremer Theater, Theater in der Fabrik (TIF) / Staatsschauspiel Dresden, and Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. In 2008 and 2010, she conceived and co-curated the American-German festivals Voices from Undergroundzero and Voices of Change at Theater Bielefeld. Between 2006 and 2014, she was an adjunct Lecturer of dramaturgy at Universität Bremen.

Currently, she is working on her book project "Dramatic Palimpsests: Critical Adaptations in Contemporary German and American Theater." Her interdisciplinary and comparative case studies examine how German and American playwrights at the beginning of the 21st century recontextualize canonical works within contemporary discourses on ethnicity, race, and gender. Her next project is informed by her work as a literary translator and focuses on contemporary migration narratives and the role of translation and multilingual authorship in constituting transcultural identities. Her research and teaching have been awarded with a Graduate Fellowship and a Dissertation Enhancement Grant from Vanderbilt University; she also received travel grants from the American Friends of Marbach and DAAD, and a Teaching Assistant Fellowship from Stanford University.

Christine is an award-winning literary translator, and she has been granted residencies at Yaddo Artist’s Community and OMI International Arts Center. She translates drama, novels, and essays from American English, Swedish and Norwegian. Together with Bo Magnus Nilsson, she works on a new translation of classics by August Strindberg and Henrik Ibsen. In 2013, she was awarded the Internationaler Literaturpreis Haus der Kulturen der Welt for the German translation of Open City, a novel by Teju Cole. The award honors both an outstanding work of contemporary international literature as well as its German translation. 

Selected Publications 
  • “Scheitern an der monolingualen Hölle. Feridun Zaimoglus Überschreibung von Othello mit deutschem ‘Dreck’, in: The Rise and Fall of Monolingualism. Special Issue of German Studies Review, 41.3 (2018), eds. Bethany Wiggin and David Gramling
  • “Schändung, eine Übermalung. Botho Strauss’ theatralische Transformation einer Übersetzung”, in: Shakespeare as German Author. Reception, Translation Theory, and Cultural Transfer (IFAVL), ed. John A. McCarthy, Leiden/Boston: Brill Rodopi, 2018
  • “Ei Mensch, ei tierische Mensch und doch ei Vieh, ei bête…“: Der Fall Mensch oder die Dramaturgie des Diskurses in Woyzeck, in: Büchner Lektüren für Dieter Sevin, ed. Barbara Hahn, Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, 2012, 113-140
Edited Anthology
  • Voices from Undergroundzero –Neue Theaterstücke aus New York City, anthology with eight American plays in German translation, ed. Christine Richter-Nilsson and Paul Bargetto, Berlin: Theater der Zeit, 2008
Selected Translations 
  • Jeder Tag gehört dem Dieb (“Every Day is for the Thief”), German translation of a novel by ​​​​​Teju Cole, Berlin: Hanser, 2015
  • Schwarzer Körper (“Black Body: Rereading James Baldwin’s ‘Stranger in the Village’”), German co-translation of an essay by Teju Cole, Das Magazin 38 (2014), S. 10-17; originally published in: The New Yorker, August 19, 2014
  • Open City (“Open City”), a novel by Teju Cole, Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2012
  • Gloria (“Gloria”), a drama by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Berlin: Felix Bloch Erben, 2017

Dr. Christine M. Nilsson
German Language
Email: c.nilsson[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Elizabeth Merrill

Currently a Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin with a project on Artistic Knowledge in Renaissance Siena, Elizabeth Merrill received her PhD in Art History from the University of Virginia in 2015 with a project on Francesco di Giorgio and the Formation of the Renaissance Architect. She was previously a visiting lecturer at the University of Virginia in the School of Architecture, and a pre-doctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Berlin. She also held pre-doctoral research fellowships at the Morgan Library and Drawing Institute in New York and at Humboldt University Berlin. She has been an instructor in the University of Virginia's program in Vincenza, Italy, and in a number of courses in the university's McIntire department of Art. She joins Bard College Berlin to co-teach the core course on Renaissance Florence.
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Michaela Nocker

Michaela Nocker studied psychology, German literature, German as a Second Language and theater dramaturgy in Graz, Vienna and Delhi. She earned her M.A. in German Literature and Language at the Karl Franzens University Graz, with emphasis on modern theater adaptations.
For many years, she worked as a project assistant at the Literaturhaus Graz, on various theater productions in Austria, and in project management in cultural institutions abroad, such as the Goethe Institute in Sri Lanka and the Austrian cultural forums in Washington DC and New Delhi.
She has been teaching German as a foreign language at several institutions in Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin), India and Nepal, conducting workshops in improvisation theatre, and offering drama educational programs. As a founder and director of the performing artist collective UNVEILED in Kathmandu, she stages international theater productions and supports the female empowerment movement in Nepal.
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Marcela K. Perett

Czech Republic/USA
PhD in Medieval History
The University of Notre Dame
Marcela K. Perett earned a BA in English and Environmental Economics from Middlebury College in 1999, an MTS (Masters in Theological Studies) in Church History from the University of Notre Dame in 2003, and a PhD in Medieval History from the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame in 2009. Awards supporting her research include the Solmsen Fellowship from the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Edward Sorin Fellowship from the University of Notre Dame.

Research Interests

In every age and every society, there are people who consider the mainstream culture to be sick, corrupt and hopeless and who look for ways to disengage from it. Perett's research revolves around the writings of such people. She focuses on the late fourteenth and early fifteenth century Bohemia and England, a time when Christianity was a universal religion and dissent (social, political, cultural) took on religious dimensions. Her research poses questions about the ways in which ordinary people, for the most part with very little formal education, expressed religious dissent and what attracted them to radicalized modes of religion. She also studies propaganda (religious and other) and Christian radicalism and fundamentalism.

Perett has written articles/book chapters on the role of vernacular songs in religious propaganda of the Hussite movement, on the influence of John Wyclif's Eucharistic writings in Bohemia, and on the shift to writing theological treatises in the vernacular. She is currently preparing two articles, one about Jan Hus and his role as a public intellectual, and the second about the Eucharist in the Lollard and Hussite movements. She has recently finished a book-length study of the vernacular writings by Hussite reformers, entitled Vernacular Preachers, Fractious Partisans, and Rebellious Religion: The Historical Dynamics of the Hussite Movements in Late-medieval Prague.

A historian trained in the interdisciplinary context of Notre Dame's Medieval Institute and a close reader by instinct, Marcela Perett find herself continually interested in the ways in which methodologies from other disciplines might illumine her work, both as a writer and as a teacher.


At Bard College Berlin, she has taught a variety of courses. Since her coming to Bard College Berlin, she has served as the coordinator of the first year Core Class called "The Forms of Love," which introduces students to the literature and culture of the medieval period through writings about love. She has also taught a number of seminars, on "Imperialism: Ancient and Modern," "Christianity and the Church," and "Islam and the West." She regularly supervises students' senior theses, most recently on John of Damascus and icons, and has taught the Senior Research Colloquium for thesis-writers.
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David Martínez Perucha

PhD in Romance Languages 
Free University of Berlin
David Martínez Perucha received a PhD in Romance Languages from the Free University of Berlin (FU), an MA in Philosophy from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and another MA in Philosophy and Romance Languages from the FU in Berlin, where he has taught literature of the Spanish Golden Age. He has published translations from German and English into Spanish.

At Bard College Berlin he teaches the introductory course Language and Thinking (L&T), and Spanish at all levels, including the preparation courses for the official Spanish language exam (DELE). The language class work is based on a communicative teaching approach aimed at developing students' oral and writing skills through interaction and the introduction of authentic language in form of text, film or music. A great deal of importance is also given to students' personal experiences as a contributing element to the learning process, as well as to linking classroom language learning with the language activities in everyday life situations.

Recent publications
  • Erika Fischer-Lichte, Ästhetik des Performativen, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt 2004; Estética de lo performativo, Abada, Madrid 2011 (translation)

  • La traducción del orden natural al ámbito humano. El pensamiento político de Tommaso Campanella, Peter Lang, Frankfurt 2014.

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Jaya Remond

Jaya Remond received her PhD in 2014 from the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled The Kunstbüchlein: creating and transmitting artistic know-how in Renaissance Germany, deals with printed artists' manuals of the sixteenth century. Concentrating on the function and strategy of these training books, her study examines the authors' goals, the specificity of their pedagogical mission, and the ways in which artistic knowledge (including basic geometry, the mastery of perspective and human proportions) is selected, framed, and presented. Jaya's research interests focus on Northern European art 1400 -1700, artistic theory and practice in the early modern period, print culture, and the migration of artists and objects. Her work has been supported by research grants from the Graduate School of Art and Science at Harvard University where she was a presidential scholar, from the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, the Kress Foundation, and the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte.
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Thomas Rommel

Habilitation in English philology
University of Tübingen
Rector and Provost August 2012 - June 2015
Professor of Literature

Research Interests

His research interests focus on 18th-century literature and the history of ideas, Romanticism, literature and economics, and literary theory in the context of digital humanities. He is now working on Liberal Arts education in the context of the Bologna process.

University Education

Thomas Rommel became a Professor of Literature in 2001. He was educated at the University of Tübingen where he received his Ph.D. in 1995 and the Habilitation (venia legendi in English philology) in 2000.

Before joining Bard College Berlin, he held positions at Jacobs University, Northern Arizona University (USA), and Joensuu University (Finland; Socrates Vierailera professori). He was a visiting scholar at Columbia University and Rice University in the United States.

Fellowships and Awards

In 2002 Rommel was the first recipient of the Krupp College Teaching Award.
In 2003 he was awarded the "Bremer Kooperationspreis" for innovative cooperative projects in the area of postcolonial and transcultural studies, with Bremen University (INPUTS).


Grundbegriffe der Literatur. Münster. LIT, 2012.
Plagiate - Gefahr für die Wissenschaft? Eine internationale Bestandsaufnahme. Münster: LIT, 2011.
50 Klassiker der Weltliteratur. Bücher lesen und verstehen. Hamburg: merus verlag, 2006; reprint Contumax GmbH & Co. KG, 2013 Literaturspalten. Bücher lesen und verstehen. Hamburg: merus verlag, 2006.
Das Selbstinteresse von Mandeville bis Smith. Ökonomisches Denken in ausgewählten Texten des 18. Jahrhunderts. Heidelberg: Winter, 2006.
Mapping Uncertain Territories. Space and Place in Contemporary Theatre and Drama. (Contemporary Drama in English; 13). Ed., with Mark Schreiber. Trier: WVT, 2006.
Studium Literaturwissenschaft. Arbeitstechniken und Neue Medien. With Hans-Werner Ludwig. Tübingen: A. Francke Verlag (UTB), 2003.
Adam Smith für Anfänger. Der Wohlstand der Nationen. Eine Lese-Einführung von Helen Winter und Thomas Rommel. (Philosophie für Anfänger; 30708). With Helen Winter. München, DTV, 1999. Third edition July 2006.
Italian translation: La riccezza delle nazioni. Guida e commento. Gli elefanti, Garzanti, 2001.
"Anglistik im Internet". Proceedings of the 1996 Erfurt Conference on Computing in the Humanities. Ed., with Doris Feldmann and Fritz-Wilhelm Neumann. Heidelberg: Carl Winter, 1997.
"And trace it in this poem every line" Methoden und Verfahren computerunterstützter Textanalyse am Beispiel von Lord Byrons Don Juan. (Tübinger Beiträge zur Anglistik; 15). Tübingen: Narr, 1995.

Other Professional Activities

Thomas Rommel was a member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, ALLC.
He is one of the co-founders of Prolepsis. The Heidelberg Review of English Studies. Together with Peter Paul Schnierer (University of Heidelberg) and Richard Utz (University of Northern Iowa, USA) he is on the editorial board of Prolepsis.
He is on the board of administrators of the "Stiftung Post-Stipendium von 1742."
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Martin Rosefeldt

Martin Rosefeldt studied literature and political sciences in Munich and Paris before joining the International Filmschool in Cologne to study screenplay writing.

As an editor and dramatic advisor, Martin Rosefeldt has been working for film production companies (Constantin, Senator, Rommel Film), TV stations (ZDF; ARTE), and film institutions (BKM). He has also been active as a screenwriting teacher at Humboldt University in Berlin and the Goethe Institute in Santiago, Chile.

Martin Rosefeldt has co-operated with directors such as Romuald Karmakar, Valeska Grisebach, Tomy Wigand and Pia Marais, with whom he is currently working on a drama for Eikon Film and a fiction film for Pandora Film. 
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Frank Ruda


2011- Visiting Lecturer at Bard College Berlin (Germany)

2010 - Visiting Lecturer at the Institute of Philosophy, Scientific Research Centre in Ljubljana (Slovenia)

2008 - Researcher at the Collaborative Research Project (SFB) 626 in philosophy with Prof. Dr. Georg W. Bertram

2008 - Doctorate at the University of Potsdam with Prof. Dr. Christoph Menke and Prof. Dr. Manfred Schneider

2005-2008 - Scholarship at the doctoral program „Forms of Life and the Know how of Living" at the University of Potsdam and the Europe-University Viadrina (Frankfurt / Oder)

1998-2005 - Study of Philosophy and German Literature at the Ruhr-University Bochum and the École pratique des Hautes Études (Paris)

Classes taught at Bard College Berlin:
Continental Philosophy Today
Hegel's Philosophy of Right
Introduction to Psychoanalysis
Hegel: Contemporary Actualizations

Research Interests
German Idealism, esp. Kant and Hegel
Contemporary French Philosophy, esp. Badiou, Deleuze, Rancière
Political Theory, esp. Marxism and Post-Marxism

Further Affiliations
Co-Editor of the book series morale provisoire at Merve-publishing, Berlin. 
Member of the Centre for Studies in German Idealism (Pristina)
Member of the Editorial Board: Crisis and Critique (Journal)
Member of the Editorial Board: Insolubilia (Book series)



The Dash: Vicissitudes of Absolute Knowing, together with Rebecca Comay, (in preparation; with MIT-Press).

Abolishing Freedom: A Plea for the Contemporary Use of Fatalism, Lincoln 2015: Nebraska University Press (forthcoming).

For Badiou: Idealism without Idealism, Evanston 2015: Northwestern University Press (forthcoming).

Hegel's Rabble: An Investigation into Hegel's Philosophy of Right. With a Preface by Slavoj Žižek, London / New York 2011: Continuum.

Hegels Pöbel. Eine Untersuchung der "Grundlinien der Philosophie des Recht. Mit einem Vorwort von Slavoj Žižek, Konstanz 2011: Konstanz University Press.

Reviews of Hegel’s Rabble:

Review by Adrian Johnston at Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews:

Review by Jacob Blumfeldt in Hegel Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain (Volume 34 / Issue 02 / October 2013, pp 280-285):

Review by Jason Smith in Radical Philosophy

Review by Matt S. Whit in Theory and Event 15.4 (2012):

In the German daily newspaper Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ, 2011)

PW Portal

Review by Patrick Eiden-Offe in the Merkur Heft 06 / Juni 2012 (S.510-522) :

Review by Thomas Telios and David Remer in Neue Politische Literatur, Jg. 57 (2012), 158-159.

In Diàlogo Filosófico, Ano 28, Septiembre / Diciembre III, 174-176.





Edited Books

History, Reason and Thought: Contemporary Readings of Kant and Hegel, ed. together with Daniel Martin Feige (in preparation, under consideration by Routledge).

Slavoj Žižek and Dialectical Materialism, ed. with Agon Hamza, London: Palgrave 2015 (in preparation).

Generische Formen in den Künsten, ed. together with Kirsten Maar and Jan Völker, Munich:Fink 2015 (forthcoming).

Art and Contemporaneity, ed. together with Jan Völker, Zurich: diaphanous 2015 (forthcoming).

Die Sinnlichkeit der Künste: Beiträge zur ästhetischen Reflexivität, ed. together with Georg W. Bertram and Daniel M. Feige, Zurich: diaphanes 2014 (under contract, forthcoming).

Chiesa, Lorenzo, Der Möglichkeitspunkt der Freiheit. (Morale Provisoire # 4), ed. together with Jan Völker, Berlin: Merve 2014 (forthcoming).

Catherine Malabou, Die Ontologie des Unfalls. (Morale Provisoire # 3), ed. together with Jan Völker, Berlin: Merve 2011.

Beyond Potentialities? Politics Between the Possible and the Impossible, ed. together with Mark Potocnik / Jan Völker, Berlin: diaphanes 2011

Translated Books

Zupančič, Alenka, Der Geist der Komödie: The Odd One In. (Morale Provisoire # 5), ed. and translated together with Jan Völker, Berlin: Merve 2014.

Badiou, Alain: Die Kommunistische Hypothese. (Morale Provisoire #2), ed. and translated together with Jan Völker, Berlin: Merve 2011.

Badiou, Alain: Ist Politik denkbar? (Morale provisoire #1), ed. and translated together with Jan Völker, Berlin: Merve 2010.

Rancière, Jacques: Ist Kunst widerständig?, ed. and translated together with Jan Völker Berlin: Merve 2008.

Badiou, Alain: Dritter Entwurf eines Manifests für den Affirmationismus, ed. together with Jan Völker, Berlin: Merve 2007.

Edited Journal Issues

Idealism, Art, Politics, and Ideology, Special issue of “Stasis”, ed. together with Jan Völker, Moscow 2015. (forthcoming)

Crisis and Critique: “Politics and Religion Today”, ed. together with Agon Hamza, Prishtina: 2015 [http://www.crisiscritique.org/].

Crisis and Critique: “Critique Today”, ed. together with Agon Hamza, Prishtina: 2014 [http://materializmidialektik.org/category/revistajournal/ ].

Science and Thought. Special International Issue of Filozofski Vestnik, ed. together with Jan Völker, Ljubljana 2012.

Schwerpunkt: Reflexivität in den Künsten. Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft, ed. together with Georg W. Bertram and Simone Mahrenholz, Hamburg 2010.

Articles / Book Chapters


“Hegel, Rabble, and Consequences”, in: The Cambridge Guide to Hegel's Philosophy of Right, ed. by David James, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2015. (in preparation)

“Hegel and Predestination”, in: Slavoj Žižek and Dialectical Materialism, ed. by Frank Ruda and Agon Hamza (in preparation).

“Inheritance and Genius. On A Possible Link Between Freud And Hegel”, in: Inheritance, ed. by Tim Dean, Durham: Duke University Press 2015 (in preparation).

“Life at the End. On Hegel, Life and Living”, in: Logos, Moscow 2015 (forthcoming).

“Generisch, Spekulativ” [Generic, Speculative], in: Generische Formen, by Kirsten Maar, Frank Ruda, and Jan Völker, München: Fink 2015. (forthcoming)

“First as ‘Politics’, then as ‘Art’”, in: Idealism, Art, Politics, and Ideology, special issue of “Stasis”, ed. together with Jan Völker, Moscow 2015. (forthcoming)

“Die Eumeniden schlafen, aber... Rächende und strafende Gerechtigkeit bei Hegel” [The Eumenides sleep, but… Avenging and Punishing Justice in Hegel], in: Affekt und Urteil, ed. by Michael Lüthy, Berlin: transcript 2015. (forthcoming)

“Dawn of the Dead, Dawn of the Mad. Politik der Untoten” [Politics of the Undead] (with Mark Potocnik), in: Suspensionen: Zur Epistemologie des Untoten, ed. by Carolin Blumenberg, Alexandra Heimes, Erica Weitzmann, Sophie Witt, München: Fink 2015. (forthcoming)

“We are All Hot Girls in a Mental Asylum. The 'Hollywood Left' and Contemporary Democracy”, in: Art and Contemporaneity, ed. by Frank Ruda und Jan Völker, Berlin: diaphanes 2015. (forthcoming)

“Allgemeinheit ohne Einheit vs. Einheit ohne Allgemeinheit. Eine Grundsatzdebatte” [Universality without Unity vs. Unity without Universality. A Fundamental Debate], in: Die Sinnlichkeit der Künste: Beiträge zur ästhetischen Reflexivität, ed together with Georg W. Bertram and Daniel M. Feige, Zürich: diaphanes 2015. (forthcoming)

"Die Formel der unendlichen Entbindung, mit einer Antwort auf Zdravko Kovbe" [The Formula of Infinite Unbinding, with an Answer to Zdravko Kovbe] (Slovene Translation), in: Problemi Ljubljana 2015. (forthcoming)

"Less than Nothing, More than Thought", in: More Than A Lot, ed. by Bruno Besana and Ozren Pupovac, Sydney: re-press 2015. (forthcoming)

"For a Platonism of the Not-All”, in: Repeating Žižek, ed. by Agon Hamza, Durham: Duke University Press 2015. (forthcoming)

“Who Thinks Reductively? Capitalism's Animals”, in: theory@buffalo, issue 15, Buffalo 2015. (forthcoming)

“What is to be Judged? On Infinitely Infinite Judgments and Their Consequences”, in: Žižek and Law, ed. by Laurent de Sutter, London / New York: Routledge 2015. (forthcoming)

“The Immanence of Truths: Badiou with Hegel”, in: Hegel and Badiou, ed. Jim Vernon / Antonio Calcagno 2015. (forthcoming)


"Dichtung und Wirklichkeit. Dreieinhalb Paradigmen" [Poetry and Reality. Three and a Half Paradigms], in: Kunst und Wirklichkeit, ed. by Michael Lüthy, Berlin: transcript 2014, 47-64.

“Die Geburt der Komödie aus dem Geist der Komödie” [The Birth of Comedy From the Spirit of Comedy] (with Jan Völker), in: Zupančič, Alenka, Der Geist der Komödie. The Odd One In. Morale Provisoire # 5, ed. and translated together with Jan Völker, Berlin: Merve 2014 258-264.

“Recht ohne Recht. Hegel als Theoretiker universaler Empörung” [Right Without Right. Hegel as Theorist of Universal Indignation], in: Zur Architektonik praktischer Vernunft – Hegel in Transformation, ed. by Hartmut Rosa and Klaus Vieweg, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 2014, 47-64.

“How to Think What One Cannot Think? Inaesthetics of the Flesh”, in: Aesthetics of the Flesh, ed. Felix Ensslin, Berlin: Sternberg Press 2014, 303-320.Uc “Introduction”, in: Crisis and Critique, Vol. 1. No. 3, 2014 (with Agon Hamza), 4-11 [http://materializmidialektik.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/intro.pdf].

“How to Act as if One Were Not Free. A Contemporary Defense of Fatalism”, in: Crisis and Critique, Vol. 1. No. 3, 2014, 174-199 [http://materializmidialektik.org/wpcontent/uploads/2014/07/rud.pdf].

“Kakšna je tvoja dialektika? Badioujeva in Žižkova predelava negacije” [What is your Dialectic? Badiou and Zizek on Negation], in: Problemi, Ljubljana, Vol. 3, No. 14 /14, 107-142.

“Gelungene Kommunikation” [Functioning Communication], in: Texte zur Kunst, Berlin, Juni 2014, 24. Jahrgang, Heft 94, 108-113.

“Idealism without Idealism. Badiou's Materialist Renaissance”, in: Angelaki. The Journal for Theoretical Humanities, London: Taylor & Francis 2014, 85-98.

“Entlassen. Remarks on Hegel, Sacrifice, and Liberation”, in: Crisis and Critique. Special Issue, ed. by Acheronta Movebo, 111-128 [http://materializmidialektik.org/wpcontent/uploads/2014/06/CC-2-Entlassen.pdf].

"Conditioning Communism: Badiou, Plato and Philosophy as Meta-Critical Anamnesis", in: Badiou and the Political Condition, hg. von Marios Constantinou, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2014, 56-75.

"The Indignant of the Earth", in: Crisis and Critique, Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2014, 67-88.[http://materializmidialektik.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Ruda_Indignant.pdf].


“The Necessary Critique of Divine Violence” (with Jan Völker), in: Agamben and the Coming Politics: Legal, Political and Philosophical Perspectives, ed. by Tom Frost, London / New York: Routledge 2013, 75-96.

“Père-Versionen des Passiven” [Père-Versions of the Passive], in: Theorien der Passivität, ed. by Kathrin Busch and Helmut Draxler, München: Fink 2013, 258-275.

“Heglove prve beside” [Hegel's First Words] (Slovene Translation), in: Problemi, Ljubljana, 2013, 29-82.

"Was ist eine geschichtliche Sequenz? Zur philosophischen Analyse von Prozessen der Veränderung" [What is a Historical Sequence? On the Philosophical Analysis of Processes of Change], Können wir der Geschichte entkommen?, ed. by Christian Schmidt, Frankfurt (Main) / New York: Campus 2013, 219-240.

“Die Notwendigkeit des unmöglichen Ganzen: Brechts ‘Jahrhunderttext’”(with Eva Marlene Heubach) [The Necessity of the Impossible Whole: Brecht's ‘Text of the Century’], Fatzer Jahrbücher, 2013, 18-33.

“Remembering the Impossible. For A Meta-Critical Anamnesis of Communism”, in: The Idea of Communism 2: The New York Conference, ed. Slavoj Žižek, London / New York: Verso 2013, 137-165.

“An Army of Me. Review of ‘Badiou and Philosophy’”, in: Notre Dame Philosophical Review, on: http://ndpr.nd.edu/recent-reviews/.

“Thinking Politics Concretely: Negation, Affirmation and the Dialectics of Dialectics and Non-Dialectics”, in: Thinking - Resisting - Reading the Political, ed. by Stephen Packard et.al., Zurich: diaphanes 2013, 137-154.


“Iz gozda na plan” [Out of the Woods], in: Filozofski vestnik, Vol. XXXIII, No. 2/2012, Ljubljana 2012, 169-190.

“Antworten zur Philosophie A. Badious” [Answers on the Philosophy of A. Badiou], in: Information Philosophie, 2012.

“The Speculative Family, or: Critique of the Critical Critique of Critique”, in: Science and Thought. Filozofski Vestnik, Vol. XXXIII, No. 2, Ljubljana 2012, 53-76.

“How to Do Things With Faith? A Review of Simon Crichtley's Faith of the Faithless”, http://marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/reviews/2012/593.

“Remembering, Repeating, Working Through Marx: Badiou and Žižek and the Re-Actualizations of Marxism”, in: Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 3-2012, Vol. 66, No. 261, Brussels: 2012, 293-320.

“Die Spekulative Familie” [The Speculative Family], in: Texte zur Kunst, Berlin, Juni 2012, 22. Jahrgang, Heft 86, 172-176.

“A Politics of Aesthetic Indetermination: An Interview of Jacques Rancière” (with Jan Völker), in: Everything is in Everything. Jacques Rancière Between Intellectual Emancipation and Aesthetic Education, ed. by Jason E. Smith / Annette Weisser, Zurich: JRP Ringier Kunstverlag 2012, 10-33.


“The Event of Language as Force of Life: Agamben's Linguistic Vitalism” (with Lorenzo Chiesa), Angelaki. The Journal for Theoretical Humanities, London / New York: Verso 2011, 163-180 [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2011.621233].

“Was tun mit der Wissenschaft?” [What should we do with science?) (with Jan Völker), in: Catherine Malabou, Die Ontologie des Unfalls (Morale Provisoire # 3), Berlin: Merve 2011, 97-104.

(Translation) Maximilien Robespierre, “Entwurf einer Erklärung der Rechte” [Sketch of a Declaration of Rights], in: Die Revolution der Menschenrechte: Grundlegende Texte zu einem neuen Begriff des Politischen, ed. by Francesca Raimondi and Christoph Menke, Frankfurt / Main: Suhrkamp 2011.

(Translation) Etienne Balibar, “Bürger-Subjekt. Antwort auf die Frage Jean-Luc Nancys: Wer kommt nach dem Subjekt?” [Citizen-Subject. Answer to Jean-Luc Nancy’s Question: Who Comes After the Subject)], in: Die Revolution der Menschenrechte: Grundlegende Texte zu einem neuen Begriff des Politischen, ed. by Francesca Raimondi and Christoph Menge, Frankfurt / Main: Suhrkamp 2011.

“Wie sich im Scheitern orientieren?” [How to orient oneself in failure?] (with Jan Völker), in: Alain Badiou, Die Kommunistische Hypothese, (Morale provisoire #2), Berlin: Merve 2011, 175-185.

“Thèses sur une morale provisoire communiste” [Thesis on a Communist morale provisoire] (with Jan Völker), in: L’idée du Communisme 2., ed. by Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek, Paris 2011: Lignes, 215-237.

“Back to the Factory. A Plea for a Renewal of Concrete Analysis of Concrete Situations”, in: Beyond Potentialities? Politics between the Possible and the Impossible, ed. by Frank Ruda, Mark Potocnik and Jan Völker, Berlin: diaphanes 2011, 39-54.


“Radikale Reflexion – Phänomenologie der Kunst bei Merleau-Ponty” [Radical Reflection – Phenomenology of Art in Merleau-Ponty], in: (eds.) Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft, Heft 55, 2 Jahrgang, 2010, ed. by Maria Moog-Grünewald and Joseph Früchtl, Hamburg: Meiner, 275-287.

“Was ist das Reale des zeitgenössischen Realismus? Canetti, Jameson, Badiou” [What is the Real of Contemporary Realism? Canetti, Jameson, Badiou], in: Realismus in den Künsten der Gegenwart, ed. by Dirk Linck, Michael Lüthy, Brigitte Obermayr, and Martin Vöhler, Berlin: Diaphanes 2010, 159-174.

"Was es heißt, ein Marxist in der Philosophie zu sein?" [What does it mean to be a Marxist in Philosophy?] (with Jan Völker), in: Badiou, Alain: Ist Politik denkbar? (Morale provisoire #1), Berlin: Merve 2010: 135-165.

“Lenin und das Glück” [Lenin and Happiness], in: Happy Days: Lebenswissen nach Cavell, ed. by Kathrin Thiele and Katrin Trüstedt, München: Fink 2010, 100-106.

"Proletarischer Aristokratismus und das Gattungswesen Mensch. Marx mit Badiou" [Proletarian Aristocratism and the Human Species Being. Marx with Badiou] in: Der sich selbst entfremdete und wiedergefundene Marx, ed. by , Helmut Lethen, Falko Schmieder, and Birte Löschenkohl, München: Fink 2010, 277-292.


“Zmoremo, torej moramo” [We can, so we must], in: Filozofski Vestnik, Ljubljana, Vol. XXX, No. 3 / 2009, 61-74.

“Humanism Reconsidered, or: Life living Life”, in: Filozosfki Vestnik, Ljubljana, Vol. XXX, No. 2, 2009, 175-197.[http://filozofskivestnikonline.com/index.php/journal/article/viewFile/79/94]

“Verhältnislos. Zur Kompossibilität von Politik und Kunst” [Without Relation. On the Compossibility of Politics and Art] (with Jan Völker), in: Inästhetik Nr.2, ed. by Tobias Huber and Marcus Steinweg, Berlin: diaphanes 2009, 113-120.

“Politique de l'indétermination estéthique” [Politics of Aesthetic Indetermination] (with Jacques Rancière and Jan Völker), in: Jacques Rancière: Politique de l'esthétique, ed. by Jérôme Gâme, Aliocha Wald Lasowski, Paris: Archives Contemporaines 2009, 157-175.

“Was ist ein Marxist? Lenins Wiederherstellung der Wahrheit des Namens” [What is a Marxist? Lenin’s Reconstitution of the Truth of the Name], in: Namen. Benennung, Verehrung, Wirkung (1850-1930), ed. by Tatjana Petzer, Sylvia Sasse, Franziska Thun-Hohenstein and Sandro Zanetti:, Berlin: Kadmos 2009, 225-242.


“Alles verpöbelt sich zusehends! Namenlosigkeit und generische Inklusion” [Everything is visibly becoming mobized! Namelessness and Generic Inclusion], in: Soziale Systeme 14 (2008), Hb. 2, ed. by Sina Farzin, Sven Opitz, Urs Stäheli, Stuttgart: Lucius & Lucius 2008, 210-228.

“Von der Treue als subtraktiver Institution” [Of Fidelity as Subtractive Institution], in: Ereignis und Institution. Anknüpfungen an Alain Badiou, ed. by Gernot Kamecke, and Henning Teschke, Tübingen: Narr 2008, 69-96.

“Nachwort” [Afterword] (with Jan Völker), in: Rancière, Jacques: Ist Kunst widerständig?, Berlin: Merve 2008, 91-109.


“Wir müssen das affirmative Begehren hüten” [We have to protect the affirmative desire] (with Alain Badiou and Jan Völker), in: Badiou, Alain: Dritter Entwurf eines Manifests für den Affirmationismus, Berlin: Merve 2007, 37-54.

“Namenlosigkeit, von nichts zu Nichts oder Vom Pöbel zum Proletariat” [Namelessness, from nothing to Nothing or from the Rabble to the Proletariat], in: Latenz. 40 Annäherungen an einen Begriff, ed. by Stefanie Diekmann and Thomas Khurana, Berlin: Kadmos 2007, 158-163

Smaller Works

Entries on: “Communism”, “Factory”, “Nature”, “Prescription”, “Saturation”, “Subtraction”, in: The Badiou Dictionary, ed. by Steve Corcoran, Edinburgh 2014: Edinburgh University Presp. (forthcoming)

“Philosophieren heißt leben zu lernen. Rezension zu A. Sell”, in: DZPhil 62 (2014) 1, 164-171.

Entries on: “Thomas Hobbes: Naturzustand”, “René Descartes: Genius Malignum”, “Immanuel Kant: Volk von Teufeln” in: Gedankenexperimente, ed. by Georg W. Bertram, Stuttgart 2012: Reclam.

Review: “Heideggerscher Vitalismus” [Heideggerian Vitalism. Review of Three Books by G. Agamben], Rezension zu G. Agamben, in: DZPhil 59 (2011) 3, 18-23.

“Unvereinbarkeit macht Dinge klar” [Irreconcilability Clarifies] (Interview with Jan Völker), in: Formate der Unsicherheit, ed. by Goethe Institut, Munich 2011, 9-11.

(Translation) Alain Badiou, “Das Reale dieses Krisenspektakels” [The Real of This Crisis Spectacle], in: TAZ, 13.11.2008.

“Ideology” (with Lars Bullmann), in: Encyclopedia of Social Theory, ed. by Austin Harrington, Barbara L. Marshall and Hans-Peter Müller, New York 2006: Verso, 264-267

Conference Papers / Lectures

“Wider das Soziale. Für eine Politik des A-Sozialen”, Hagen, March 2015.

“Organization, Free Association and Immanent Critique”, Berlin, January 2015.

“Freiheit und Indifferenz”, Berlin, January 2015.

“Für eine Politik der Flüchtlinge”, Weimar, December 2014.

“How Can Something Be Present and Yet Not Exist?” Weimar, December 2014.

“Für eine Politik der Flüchtlinge”, Weimar, December 2014.

“Contemporary Usages of Predestination”, Saint Petersburg 2014.

“On the Emancipatory Power of the End (of History, Art and All Related Matters)”, Saint Petersburg, November 2014.

“Inhumanism. A Manifesto”, Moscow, November 2014.

“For A Comic Fatalism”, Prague, October 2014.

“What is to be Done (With Hegel's Monarch)?”, Cambridge, September 2014.

“First as ‘Politics", then as ‘Art’”, Berlin, July 2014.

“Hegel, Resistance and Release”, Dublin, June 2014.

“Generisch-Spekulativ”, Berlin, Mai 2014.

“The Un-Animal. Marx and the Nature of Capitalism”, Montréal 2014.

“The Impossible In-sight. Or: How to Screen What Cannot be Seen?”, New York 2014.

“Contemporary Platonism”, Ljubljana 2014.

“Who Thinks Reductively? Marx and the Nature of Capitalism”, Ljubljana 2014.

“Entlassen. Rethinking Externalization with Hegel”, Ljubljana 2014.

“Hollywoods Linke. Oder: Warum und wie man filmisch Demokratiekritik betreibt”, Offenbach 2014.

“Elements of An Emancipatory Theory of Sacrifice”, Berlin 2013.

“Elements of An Emancipatory Theory of Sacrifice”, Canterbury 2013.

“German-French Fatalism. Descartes, Schmid, Diderot, Hegel”, Zagreb 2013.

“Einleitung” (with Daniel M. Feige) to the conference “Der Wert der Kunst”, Berlin, September 2013.

“The Ontico-Ontological Indifference”, Berlin 2013.

“The Real is the Plastic, The Plastic is the Real (isn't it?)”, Frankfurt am Main 2013.

“Empörte Welt, Welt der Empörung. Hegel und der politische Affekt”, Flensburg 2013.

“The Dash: Working Through Absolute Knowing”, Birkbeck, London 2013 [http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2013/05/the-actuality-of-the-absolute-hegel-our-untimelycontemporary/]

“Introduction”, to Lorenzo Chiesa “Psychoanalysis, Religion, Love”, ECLA 2013.

“Mirror, Mirage, Image. Lacan and the Ego as Surface”, ECLA, Berlin 2013.

“A Yet Unknown Hegel (with Badiou)”, Ljubljana 2013.

“A Defence of Fatalism”, Ljubljana 2013.

“Identifying with Loss. Old Problems With New Phenomena”, Helsinki 2012.

“At the End? Gegenstoß!”, Telos and Totality, Maastricht 2012.

“Acting as if one is not free”, Kingston University, London 2012.

“Fighting Irresolution”, Institute for Philosophy, Bristol 2012.

“Die Eumeniden schlafen, aber... Rächende und strafende Gerechtigkeit bei Hegel”, Berlin 2012.

“Indecision. A Problem of and for Philosophy”, Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow 2012.

“Everday Life and Modern Science”, Berlin 2012.

“The State and History, or: History against the State?” ECLA, Berlin 2012.

“Teleology and Mechanism in the Real World”, ECLA, Berlin 2012.

“Fatalismus als Befreiung. Descartes wider die Unentschiedenheit”, Frankfurt 2012.

“Von der unmittelbaren zur wirklichen Revolte”, Salon Polarkreis, Berlin 2012.

“Die Notwendigkeit des unmöglichen Ganzen” (with Eva Heubach), Fatzer Tage, Mülheim 2012.

“Warum man das Undenkbare denken muss. Eine materialistische Antwort”, What is Thinking?, Seminar: documenta, Kassel 2012.

“Dialectics, Contradiction, Iteration. Learning by Dividing (Hegel)”, The Actuality of German Idealism, Berlin 2012.

“Recht ohne Recht. Hegel als Theoretiker universaler Empörung”, Hegel in Transformation, Jena 2012.

“Marx and Human Property”, ECLA, Berlin 2012.

“Who thinks abstractly? Hegel and the Properties of Philosophical Practice”, ECLA, Berlin 2012.

“Descartes / Badiou”, Ljubljana 2012.

“More Void than Void. Descartes' Subtractive Adventure”, Ljubljana 2012.

“Vagabunden der Leere. Pynchons Gegen den Tag”, Abschiedskolloquium für Manfred Schneider, Gerlewe 2012.

“Pöbel oben, Pöbel unten. Hegel, Paris, London und die Zeit der Revolte”, Helle Panne, Berlin 2012.

“Transindividuelle Bürgerschaft und Vervielfältigung des Klassenkampfes. Balibars Spinozismus”, Luxemburg 2012.

“Man hat immer Recht, gegen Reaktionäre zu revoltieren. Beitrag zu einem Streitgespräch mit Micha Brumlik”, Communitas, Commune, Communismus, Essen 2012.

“Was ist eine geschichtliche Sequenz? Zur philosophischen Analyse von Prozessen der Veränderung”, Leipzig 2012.

“Einleitung” [Introduction] (with Jan Völker) to the lecture and discussion with Udi Aloni, morale provisoire, Berlin 2011.

“On (the Impossible Necessity of) Philosophical Forcing”, Revolution, Democracy, Philosophy, Istanbul 2011.

“Denken, was man nicht denken kann. Descartes über das Andere im Subjekt”, Ästhetik des Fleisches / Aesthetics of the Flesh, Stuttgart 2011.

“Hegel's Rabble”, Historical Materialism, London 2011.

“Chinese Dialectics. Hegel in the Far East”, Historical Materialism, London 2011.

“The Rabble to the Monarch. Hegelian Thoughts on Communism”, Columbia University, New York 2011.

“Remembering the Impossible. For a Meta-Critical Anamnesis of Communism”, Idea of Communism III, New York, October 2011.

“Lacans vier Diskurse, Badious vier Affekte”, Lacanian Summer, Bochum 2011.

“Introduction and Response” (with Jan Völker), to the lecture and discussion with Alain

Badiou: “For a Contemporary Conception of the Absolute”, morale provisoire at the Volksbühne, Berlin 2011.

“Was kommt?”, response to Eric Santner, Salon Populaire, Berlin 2011.

“Can Animals be Political? A Question of Philosophy and Indifference”, The Human Animal in Politics, Science and Psychoanalysis, Maastricht 2011.

“For a Society of Materialist Friends of Hegel's Dialectics”, Book launch of Hegels Pöbel with Slavoj Žižek, Berlin 2011.

“Agamben's Linguistic Vitalism” (with Lorenzo Chiesa), Agamben & The Future of Law, Politics and Philosophy, Newcastle 2011.

“Liebe und Wissenschaft” (with JanVölker), Goethe Institut, Essen 2010.

“Negating the Negative. Response to Ray Brassier”, Cutting the Not. Negativity and Reflexivity, Maastricht 2010.

“Conditions of a morale provisoire. Introduction to Philosophy under Conditions”, Philosophy under Conditions, ICI, Berlin 2010.

“Einleitung” (with Jan Völker) to the lecture and discussion with Lorenzo Chiesa unter dem Titel “The Partisan's Morale Provisoire”, morale provisoire, Berlin 2010.

“Thinking Politics Concretely: Negation, Affirmation and the Dialectics of Dialetics and Non-Dialectics”, Thinking - Resisting - Reading The Political, Gießen 2010

“Einleitung” (with Jan Völker) to the lecture and discussion with Jelica Sumic-Riha:“The 21st Century has not yet begun”, morale provisoire, Berlin 2010.

“Einleitung” (with Jan Völker) to the lecture and discussion with Alberto Toscano: “A Scalpel and a Compass: Morale Provisoire and Cognitive Mapping”, morale provisoire, Berlin 2010.

“Thesen zu einer kommunistischen morale provisoire” (with Jan Völker), Die Idee des Kommunismus, Berlin 2010.

“Einleitung” (with Jan Völker) to the lecture and discussion with Christoph Menke: “Wie frei urteilen?”, morale provisoire, Berlin 2010.

“Einleitung” (with Jan Völker) to the lecture and discussion with Rado Riha: “Die Idee ale Denken der Politik”, morale provisoire, Berlin 2010.

“Marx und das Ereignis. Zur wirklich kommunistischen Aktion beim frühen Marx”, Vortrag bei der philosophischen Gesellschaft, Basel 2010.

“Badiou's Fundamentals. Introducing Badiou”, Versus Laboratory, Berlin 2010.

“Idealism without Idealism. For a Renewed Materialist Reading of the 11th Thesis”, Eternity and Change, Ljubljana 2009.

“Marx's Whitman? Response to J. Rancière”, SFB 626 Workshop with Jacques Rancière, Berlin 2009.

“We can, so we must: Be Communists”, Book launch Of an Obscure Disaster, Amsterdam 2009.

“The Will and its Double. Hegel, Marx, Badiou. Answering P. Hallward”, Historical Materialism, London 2009.

“Retroactively Contemporaneous. Introduction to the Conference Art and Contemporaneity”, Art and Contemporaneity, Paris 2009.

“Experience et surgissements imprévisibles. Réponse a F. Heidenreich”, Colloque Hans Blumenberg, Paris 2009.

“Realismen”, Introduction to Section 3 of the annual conference of the CRC 626, Berlin 2009.

“Badiou's Renaissance: Living with or without an Idea”, Towards a Philosophy of Life, Liverpool 2009.

“Thinking De-Liaison between Hegel and Marx: From the Rabble to the Proletariat (and back)”, Politics and Thought, Maastricht 2008.

“We don't Love the War, but We are not afraid of it. Introducing Badiou”, Introduction to Alain Badiou at the KW, Berlin 2008.

“In-Different Multiplicities. A Response to B. Besana”, More than a Lot. Displacements in Ontology, Maastricht 2008.

“Proletarischer Aristokratismus und das Gattungswesen Mensch. Marx mit Badiou”, Der von sich selbst entfremdete und wiedergefundene Marx, Frankfurt / Oder 2008.

“Namen der Wahrheit. Lenin und Badiou”, Journée d'études 'Signes', Paris 2008.

“Treue als subtraktive Institution”, Romanistentag, Vienna 2007.

“Generische Inklusion. Hegel und der Pöbel”, Inklusion / Exklusion. Theoretische Perspektiven, Basel 2007.

“Theater and Philosophy. A Response to O. Feltham”, Workshop with O. Feltham und C. Fynsk, Berlin 2007

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Taiye Selasi

Taiye Selasi is an author, photographer and screenwriter. She holds a BA in American Studies from Yale and an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford. In 2005 she published the seminal essay "Bye-Bye, Babar (Or: What is an Afropolitan?)," offering an alternative vision of African identity for a transnational generation. In 2011 she made her fiction debut with the short story "The Sex Lives of African Girls," selected for Best American Short Stories 2012. In 2013 Selasi's first novel, the New York Times bestseller Ghana Must Go (Penguin Press), was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by The Wall Street Journal and The Economist. With director Teddy Goitom of Stocktown Films, Selasi is Executive Producer of AFRIPEDIA, a 6-part documentary about African creatives. For producers Fernando Meirelles and Hank Levine (CITY OF GOD) Selasi narrated EXODUS, a feature documentary about global migration. Released in 2015 her TED talk "Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local" has become required viewing for a multicultural generation. Selasi lives in Berlin.

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Agatha Siwale

PhD in Public Policy 
Central European University
Agatha Siwale is a Global Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow in Public Policy and Policy Analysis for the 2018/2019 academic year. Her research interests are in international development policy, natural resource governance, collective action and citizen participation, and institutions. Her doctoral thesis analyses artisanal and small-scale mining in the Zambian context and seeks to understand why resources have failed to trigger rural development in these communities. Prior to beginning her PhD at the Central European University (CEU), she served as head of research at the Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC), a Zambian think tank. She has tutored at the University of Zambia and also lectured at Northrise University in Zambia. She completed her doctoral studies in Public Policy at the CEU, and holds an MSc in Applied Development Studies from the University of Reading, UK and a BA in Development Studies and Public Administration from the University of Zambia. 

Dr. Agatha Siwale
Public Policy
Email: a.siwale[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Daniel Seiple

Daniel Seiple is an American artist whose work emerges in the interdisciplinary space of art and social practice. He employs an array of media in projects that explore urbanity, spatial politics and site-based poetics. He is a founding member of the artist collective eteam (2000-2002), creator of the residential exhibition space Homie (2005-2009), and co-founder of the group KUNSTrePUBLIK in which he worked as curator, artist, researcher and activist at Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum (2006-2011) and in other public art contexts. 

Seiple’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and public places worldwide including the 5th Berlin Biennial, Musée du Château des ducs de Wurtemberg in Montbéliard, France and Bronx Museum of Art, New York. His projects have received numerous grants including from the Berlin Senate, German Federal Cultural Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. He has attended residencies around the world including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, LMCC World Views, New York, ARCUS, Japan and Vasl Arts, Pakistan. In 2013, Seiple was awarded the Watson Visiting Fellowship at Syracuse University, New York.

A comprehensive monograph of his work, Organized Excursions, was published by Distanz Verlag in 2014, and he co-edited the book, Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum, published by Walther König Verlag in 2010. His most recent solo show opened at Adamski Gallery, Berlin in 2015.
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Helene Strauss

Professor in the Department of English at the University of the Free State, South Africa
Research Associate at Bard College Berlin, Fall 2019

Helene Strauss is Professor in the Department of English at the University of the Free State, South Africa, where she served as departmental chair from 2012 until June 2019. She earned her PhD from the University of Western Ontario in 2006, and subsequently joined the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, Canada, as Assistant Professor. Her academic awards include a Canadian Governor General’s Gold Medal for her doctoral research; a Standard Research Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2009-2012); and two consecutive ratings from the South African National Research Foundation (2013-2024). She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Association for Cultural Studies as the Organisational Secretary (2016-2022), as well as on the Editorial Boards of journals such as Ariel: A Review of International English Literature and English in Africa. She has supervised and examined a combined total of 44 MA, PhD and Postdoctoral students (36 completed).

Her research and teaching interests span topics such as Southern African, African and African diasporic literature and (visual) culture; feminist and queer aesthetic activisms; protest cultures; materialisms old and new; mining; and documentary film. Recent major publications and research collaborations include co-edited special issues of the journals Interventions and Critical Arts; a book titled Contemporary African Mediations of Affect and Access, co-edited with Jessie Forsyth and Sarah Olutola (Routledge, 2017); participation in the ‘Affective Archives’ project convened since early 2017 by Derek Hook (Duquesne U, Pittsburgh, US) and Margarita Palacios (Birkbeck, London); an invitation by Homi Bhabha, Director of the Mahindra Humanities Centre, Harvard University, to participate in the “Global Humanities Curriculum Workshop” (December 10-11, 2018); and an invitation by Peter Vale and Ronit Frenkel from the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Studies to participate in a colloquium on “Thinking SA post-2012” (January 2017). She has published numerous book chapters and articles in venues such as Subjectivity; a/b: Auto/Biography Studies; Social Dynamics; Journal of African Cinemas; Wasafiri; Safundi and English Academy Review. She is currently finalising a monograph titled Wayward Feeling in Contemporary South African Visual Culture.
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Mareike Stoll

PhD in German Studies
Princeton University
Mareike Stoll holds a PhD from Princeton University and has been teaching German as a Second Language to college students for more than 8 years by now. She has contributed to a new online coursebook for learning German, developed in Princeton by James Rankin and defended her dissertation on German photobooks of the 1920s and 1930s in October 2015. She stayed in Princeton and worked as a full-time Lecturer in the German Department until June 2016 before returning to Berlin.  

Mareike earned her M.A. in Comparative Literature at Freie Universität Berlin and in Art History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2005, and holds a Princeton M.A. in German Studies (2011). She further earned a certificate in Princeton's Program of Media and Modernity. Between 2005 and 2008 she worked as a full-time gallery assistant at a gallery specializing in photography, Kicken Berlin, earning hands-on experience in handling art-works, creating image constellations and helping to curate exhibitions.

Her book entitled ABC der Photographie. Photobücher der Weimarer Republik—for which she was awarded a research and publication grant by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh)—was published with Walther König in January 2018. 

Mareike’s research interest is the reading of images and texts, and any combination thereof. Mareike has published articles on a variety of topics, such as the notion of guilt as connected to capitalism in the writings of Walter Benjamin, on cityscapes in German post-war photobooks by photographers like Abisag Tüllmann and Jitka Hanzlová, on the correspondence between Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, as well as most recently on metaphors of collective memory in Uwe Johnson’s Jahrestage and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me.

Dr. Mareike Stoll
German Language
Email: m.stoll[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Elena B. Stavrevska

PhD in Political Science
Central European University
Elena B. Stavrevska holds a Masters degree in International Relations and European Studies and a PhD in Political Science from the Central European University. In her research and publications, she has focused on (post-)conflict governance, European Union's approach to peacebuilding, and interpretive methodologies in peace and conflict studies. Her dissertation analyzed the different conceptions of peace in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina and their impact on people's agency, existing systems of inequality and inclusion/exclusion from peace processes. Elena has worked on a number of international research projects involving conflict governance in Europe, specifically Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Georgia, and Cyprus. She has previously taught at the Department of International Relations at the Central European University.
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Yvonne Toepfer

Yvonne Toepfer received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon in 2014 and was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow there until 2015. Before joining Bard College Berlin, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Montana State University in Bozeman. She has taught a variety of lower and upper division courses in German language (A1-C1), world and German literature, film, literary theory, as well as research/capstone both in English and German, and both in the traditional and online learning environment at Montana State University and the University of Oregon. Between 2015-2017 she actively served as the German Faculty adviser for the German Klub at MSU. She also holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon (2006) and a transfer certificate (2003) from Foothill College, Los Altos Hills in California.

Her research interests have extended to the art, philosophy, literature and their intersections, resulting in a comparative and interactive approach in her teaching, and include early 19th century German literature, fairy tale studies, folklore, narrative studies, feminist and gender studies, and film studies (e.g. afterlife of the literary and traditional tales in the 20th and 21st century and the modern representation of the villain character as a reiteration of the Byronic hero) and also explore the concepts of the sublime, the fantastic and absolute chaos. She has presented on these topics in several public forums (e.g. at both American Comparative Literature Association and the German Studies Association conferences).

Recently published article:

“Hoffmann et les Contemporains: A Mosaïque Mouvante du “Marchand de Sable.”” Transl. Victoire Feullebois. Otrante No. 39 (2016): 15-27.
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Caleb Waldorf

Caleb Waldorf is an artist currently living in Berlin. His practice operates at the intersection of publication, pedagogy and technology with a focus on developing on/offline collaborative platforms. In 2007 he co-founded and is currently the creative director of the magazine, Triple Canopy. Since 2008 he has served on the committee for The Public School, an open framework for self-organized learning initiated in Los Angeles by Telic Arts Exchange. He is the co-editor of a journal for short-form writing and media work called Version and is part of the editorial collective, Occupy Everything. His latest collaboration was with The Museum of Modern Art's C-MAP initiative on a platform called post, launched in early 2013.
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Cecelia A. Watson

Cecelia Watson received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College, her M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D from the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago.

Her research interests include the history and philosophy of science; scientific rhetoric and style; the connections between the arts and sciences; and the humanities and the history of ideas more generally.

Most recently she was an ACLS New Faculty Fellow at Yale University, where she was jointly appointed in both Philosophy and Humanities. Prior to that she held academic positions at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the European College of Liberal Arts, and the University of Chicago. She has held fellowships from the Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and the American Council of Learned Societies; and she was the recipient of the John C. Burnham Early Career Award in the history of the human sciences.


"The Sphere," Textures of the Anthropocene: Grain Vapor Ray (Cambridge: The MIT Press), October 2014.

"Points of Contention: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Punctuation," Critical Inquiry, Vol.38 No. 3 (Spring 2012).

"The Sartorial Self: William James's Philosophy of Dress," History of Psychology, Vol.7 No. 3 (August 2004).
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Till Weber

Till Weber holds a Ph.D. in political science from the European University Institute in Florence (2011) and a Master's degree from the Free University of Berlin (2006). His research centers on electoral behavior, party competition, legislative politics, coalition government and public administration. Most of his work is comparative with a focus on Europe (both Western and Eastern) and the United States. Methodologically he has specialized in advanced quantitative analysis with more recent interests in mixed-method studies, experimental approaches and formal modeling. He teaches research methods, political behavior and comparative institutions.


“Understanding Politics through Statistics”
Spring term 2013, ECLA of Bard

“Electoral Politics: Models of Voters, Parties, and Governments”
Summer term 2012, Humboldt University of Berlin

“Colloquium on Political Behavior”
Fall 2007 - Summer 2010, European University Institute, Florence

“Political Competition in Europe”
Summer term 2007, Free University of Berlin


Journal Articles

2012. Party Systems and Government Stability in Central and Eastern Europe. World Politics, 64(4), pp. 699-740 (with Florian Grotz).

2011. A Bottleneck Model of E-voting: Why Technology Fails to Boost Turnout. New Media & Society, 13(8), pp. 1336-1354 (with Kristjan Vassil).

2011. Exit, Voice, and Cyclicality: A Micro-Logic of Midterm Effects in European Parliament Elections. American Journal of Political Science, 55(4), pp. 907-922.

2011. Cross-Cutting Issues and Party Strategy in the European Union. Comparative Political Studies, 44(4), pp. 383-411 (with Craig A. Parsons).

2009. When the Cat Is Away the Mice Will Play: Why Elections to the European Parliament Are About Europe After All. Politique Européenne, 28, pp. 53-71.

2007. Campaign Effects and Second-Order Cycles: A Top-Down Approach to European Parliament Elections. European Union Politics. 8(4), pp. 509-536.

Book Chapters

2013. Government Participation of New Parties in Central and Eastern Europe [Die Regierungsbeteiligung neuer Parteien in Mittel- und Osteuropa]. In Die deutsche Koalitionsdemokratie vor der Bundestagswahl 2013, ed. Frank Decker and Eckhard Jesse. Baden-Baden: Nomos, forthcoming (with Florian Grotz).

2011. Government Coalitions: Formation and Durability [Regierungskoalitionen: Bildung und Dauerhaftigkeit]. In Regierungssysteme in Mittel- und Osteuropa: Die neuen EU-Staaten im Vergleich, ed. Florian Grotz and Ferdinand Müller-Rommel. Wiesbaden: VS, pp. 194-216 (with Florian Grotz).

2010. American Electoral Practices in Comparative Perspective. In The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior, ed. Jan E. Leighley. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 667-684 (with Mark N. Franklin).

2010. Coalition Structures and Coalition Stability in Central and Eastern Europe: An International Comparison [Koalitionsstrukturen und Koalitionsstabilität in Mittel- und Osteuropa: Ein internationaler Vergleich]. In Analyse demokratischer Regierungssysteme, ed. Klemens Schrenk and Markus Soldner. Wiesbaden: VS, pp. 525-543 (with Florian Grotz).

2009. Mode Effects and Sample Bias. In European Election Study 2004. Design, Data Description and Documentation, 2nd ed., ed. Hermann Schmitt, Matthew Loveless, Sascha Adam and Daniela Braun. Mannheim: MZES, pp. 10-13.

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Berit Ebert

Berit Ebert specializes in European Union law with a focus on gender equality, European Integration, and theories of justice. She received her master’s (2006) and doctoral degrees (2012) in political science from Aachen University, and a master’s degree in European studies (2007) from Vienna University. Her doctoral thesis was published as Gleichstellung und Gender in der Jurisdiktion des Gerichtshofes der Europäischen Union (Equality and Gender in the Jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. An Analysis Considering Contemporary Theories of Justice) in 2012. Her book about the influence of EU citizens and transnationality on EU gender equality law was published in 2021. Currently, she focuses on gender equality and the judicial reform in Poland. Her research interests also include  women's and human rights in the 19th century.

In addition, Berit is the Vice President of Programs at the American Academy in Berlin, where she oversees the institution’s academic and public programming. Prior, she was affiliated with the UNESCO in South Africa and the Committee for Foreign Affairs at the Deutsche Bundestag. She spent her childhood years in Russia.

Ebert, Berit / Fradinger, Moira: Gender Dissidence in the 21st Century, The Berlin Journal, No. 34, October 2020: 78-83.

Ja, Nein, Vielleicht, oder doch vielleicht nicht? … Trans* im Recht der Europäischen Union. (Yes, No, Maybe, or maybe not? ... Trans* in the Laws of the European Union) History | Sexuality | Law. 2020 ​​​

Wie Europa Zeus bändigte: Transnationalität im Gleichstellungsrecht der Europäischen Union. (How Europe Tamed Zeus: Transnationality in European Union Gender Equality Law). Tectum Verlag 2021.

Gleichstellung und Gender in der Jurisdiktion des Gerichtshofes der Europäischen Union. Eine Analyse unter Berücksichtigung kontemporärer Gerechtigkeitstheorien. (Equality and Gender in the Jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. An Analysis Considering Contemporary Theories of Justice). Logos Verlag Berlin, 2012.

Die neue Weltordnung als Strategiefrage. Sicherheitspolitische Divergenzen zwischen EU und USA (The World Order as a Question of Strategy. Divergences of the Security Policies in the EU and the USA). Tectum Verlag, 2008.

Dr. Berit Ebert
Political Science
Email: b.ebert[at]berlin.bard.edu

Vanessa de Senarclens

PhD in French Studies / Habilitation in French Literature and Cultural Sciences
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Vanessa de Senarclens is a specialist of the Enlightenment. While she mostly worked on French authors (PhD on Montesquieu, publications among others on Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot), she dedicated her more recent research to the cultural transfer from France to Prussia in the 18th century as well as the influence of English philosophy and theatre on French authors. She taught French Literature in Berlin, Wuppertal and Augsburg. Her current research relates to the notion of “bibliomigrancy” and, more specifically, on the history of a library founded in the 18th century in East Pomerania, which was decimated in the aftermath of World War II. Using a cultural studies approach, she follows the paths which the books took through East and West Germany, Poland and the Soviet Union after March 1945 and explores their status and political significance today. 

She is a member of the board of the German Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Publications (selection)

  • Montesquieu, historien de Rome. Un tournant pour la réflexion sur le statut de l’histoire au XVIIIe siècle, Genève (Droz / Bibliothèque des Lumières), 2003

Edited Volumes
  • (with Markus Messling, Cornelia Ruhe, Lena Seauve), Mathias Énard et l’érudition du roman, Brill/Rodopi (Faux titre), Amsterdam, New York, 2020 
  • (with Lena Seauve), Grenzen des Zumutbaren, Frankfurt am Main (Peter Lang) 2019
  • (with Elisabeth Décultot, Helmut Pfeiffer), Genuss bei Rousseau, Würzburg (Königshausen & Neumann), 2014
  • (with Jürgen Overhoff), Friedrich der Große, Œuvres du Philosophe de Sans-Souci, Potsdamer Ausgabe, Band VII, Berlin (Akademie Verlag), 2012
  • (with Jürgen Overhoff), An meinen Geist: Friedrich der Große in seiner Dichtung. Eine Anthologie, Paderborn (Schöningh), 2011
  • (with Veit Elm, Günther Lottes), Erfundene Antike? Vom Umgang mit den antiken Quellen im Europa des 18. Jahrhunderts, Hannover (Wehrhahn), 2009

Journal Articles (recent)
  • “Excerpts in a Time of Untruth or Voltaire’s Practice of Excerpting and the Rehabilitation of Justice”, in: Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte/ History of Sciences and Humanities, 2/ 2020
  • “Spinoza in Hinterpommern: Ein wiederaufgetauchter Bibliothekskatalog von 1756 in kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive”, in: Das Achtzehntes Jahrhundert, Göttingen (Wallstein) Nr. 44/1
  • „Verlegt, verwahrt und vergessen. Die Bücher aus den ehemaligen deutschen Bibliotheken in Polen“, in: Merkur. Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken, Nr. 74, Oktober 2020, S. 77-84 
  • “Päpstlicher Segen für eine Tragödie der Aufklärung? Voltaires Le Fanatisme ou Mahomet, le Prophète (1742) und die katholische Kirche”, in: Katholische Aufklärung in Europa und Nordamerika”, ed. by Jürgen Overhoff, (collection: Supplementa. Das Achtzehnte Jahrhundert), Göttingen (Wallstein Verlag), 2019
  • “Um die Teile einer verstreuten Büchersammlung aus dem 18. Jahrhundert: Die Bibliothek Schloss Plathe und ihre Benutzer”, in: Unbekannte Schätze. Germanica des 16. Jahrhunderts in der Universitätsbibliothek Lodz, ed. by Cora Dietl, Malgorzata Kubisiak, Lodz (Universität Verlag), 2018 (Price of the Université de Lodz)
  • “Du ronflement des furies : Pierre Brumoy et la tragédie antique au 18e siècle” in : Fabula-LhT, n° 19 / 2017, Les conditions du théâtre. Le théâtralisable et le théâtralisé. Numéro dirigé par Romain Bionda (Université de Lausanne), http://www.fabula.org/lht/19/senarclens.html
  • “Moses im postrevolutionären Frankreich: Der Prophet des Alten Testaments als Erinnerungsfigur im apologetischen, erzählerischen und dramatischen Werk Chateaubriands”, in: Romanische Forschungen, Nr. 1/2018
  • “Zwischen Gelehrsamkeit und Philosophie. Montesquieus Geschichtsschreibung”, in: Die Vielfalt der Sattelzeit, ed. by Elisabeth Décultot, Daniel Fulda, (collection: “Hallesche Beiträge zur Europäischen Aufklärung”) Berlin (De Gruyter), 2016
  • “L’exception de la tragédie antique grecque dans la Lettre à d'Alembert sur les Spectacles de 1758”, in: Rousseau et le spectacle, ed. by Jacques Berchtold, Christophe Martin, Yannick Séité, Paris (Armand Colin), 2014
  • “Au donjon du château. Im Turm des Schlosses: die Poesie Friedrichs des Großen”, in: Dichter und Lenker. Die Literatur der Staatsmänner, Päpste und Despoten vom 16. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart, ed. by Patrick Ramponi, Saskia Wiedner, Wien/ Köln/ Weimar (Böhlau), 2014

Dr. habil. Vanessa de Senarcles
French Literature and Cultural Studies

Vanessa de Senarclens

PhD in French Studies / Habilitation in French Literature and Cultural Sciences
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Vanessa de Senarclens is a specialist of the Enlightenment. While she mostly worked on French authors (PhD on Montesquieu, publications among others on Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot), she dedicated her more recent research to the cultural transfer from France to Prussia in the 18th century as well as the influence of English philosophy and theatre on French authors. She taught French Literature in Berlin, Wuppertal and Augsburg. Her current research relates to the notion of “bibliomigrancy” and, more specifically, on the history of a library founded in the 18th century in East Pomerania, which was decimated in the aftermath of World War II. Using a cultural studies approach, she follows the paths which the books took through East and West Germany, Poland and the Soviet Union after March 1945 and explores their status and political significance today. 

She is a member of the board of the German Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Publications (selection)

  • Montesquieu, historien de Rome. Un tournant pour la réflexion sur le statut de l’histoire au XVIIIe siècle, Genève (Droz / Bibliothèque des Lumières), 2003

Edited Volumes
  • (with Markus Messling, Cornelia Ruhe, Lena Seauve), Mathias Énard et l’érudition du roman, Brill/Rodopi (Faux titre), Amsterdam, New York, 2020 
  • (with Lena Seauve), Grenzen des Zumutbaren, Frankfurt am Main (Peter Lang) 2019
  • (with Elisabeth Décultot, Helmut Pfeiffer), Genuss bei Rousseau, Würzburg (Königshausen & Neumann), 2014
  • (with Jürgen Overhoff), Friedrich der Große, Œuvres du Philosophe de Sans-Souci, Potsdamer Ausgabe, Band VII, Berlin (Akademie Verlag), 2012
  • (with Jürgen Overhoff), An meinen Geist: Friedrich der Große in seiner Dichtung. Eine Anthologie, Paderborn (Schöningh), 2011
  • (with Veit Elm, Günther Lottes), Erfundene Antike? Vom Umgang mit den antiken Quellen im Europa des 18. Jahrhunderts, Hannover (Wehrhahn), 2009

Journal Articles (recent)
  • “Excerpts in a Time of Untruth or Voltaire’s Practice of Excerpting and the Rehabilitation of Justice”, in: Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte/ History of Sciences and Humanities, 2/ 2020
  • “Spinoza in Hinterpommern: Ein wiederaufgetauchter Bibliothekskatalog von 1756 in kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive”, in: Das Achtzehntes Jahrhundert, Göttingen (Wallstein) Nr. 44/1
  • „Verlegt, verwahrt und vergessen. Die Bücher aus den ehemaligen deutschen Bibliotheken in Polen“, in: Merkur. Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken, Nr. 74, Oktober 2020, S. 77-84 
  • “Päpstlicher Segen für eine Tragödie der Aufklärung? Voltaires Le Fanatisme ou Mahomet, le Prophète (1742) und die katholische Kirche”, in: Katholische Aufklärung in Europa und Nordamerika”, ed. by Jürgen Overhoff, (collection: Supplementa. Das Achtzehnte Jahrhundert), Göttingen (Wallstein Verlag), 2019
  • “Um die Teile einer verstreuten Büchersammlung aus dem 18. Jahrhundert: Die Bibliothek Schloss Plathe und ihre Benutzer”, in: Unbekannte Schätze. Germanica des 16. Jahrhunderts in der Universitätsbibliothek Lodz, ed. by Cora Dietl, Malgorzata Kubisiak, Lodz (Universität Verlag), 2018 (Price of the Université de Lodz)
  • “Du ronflement des furies : Pierre Brumoy et la tragédie antique au 18e siècle” in : Fabula-LhT, n° 19 / 2017, Les conditions du théâtre. Le théâtralisable et le théâtralisé. Numéro dirigé par Romain Bionda (Université de Lausanne), http://www.fabula.org/lht/19/senarclens.html
  • “Moses im postrevolutionären Frankreich: Der Prophet des Alten Testaments als Erinnerungsfigur im apologetischen, erzählerischen und dramatischen Werk Chateaubriands”, in: Romanische Forschungen, Nr. 1/2018
  • “Zwischen Gelehrsamkeit und Philosophie. Montesquieus Geschichtsschreibung”, in: Die Vielfalt der Sattelzeit, ed. by Elisabeth Décultot, Daniel Fulda, (collection: “Hallesche Beiträge zur Europäischen Aufklärung”) Berlin (De Gruyter), 2016
  • “L’exception de la tragédie antique grecque dans la Lettre à d'Alembert sur les Spectacles de 1758”, in: Rousseau et le spectacle, ed. by Jacques Berchtold, Christophe Martin, Yannick Séité, Paris (Armand Colin), 2014
  • “Au donjon du château. Im Turm des Schlosses: die Poesie Friedrichs des Großen”, in: Dichter und Lenker. Die Literatur der Staatsmänner, Päpste und Despoten vom 16. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart, ed. by Patrick Ramponi, Saskia Wiedner, Wien/ Köln/ Weimar (Böhlau), 2014

Dr. habil. Vanessa de Senarcles
French Literature and Cultural Studies
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Fatin Abbas

PhD in Comparative Literature
Harvard University

Fatin Abbas is a writer and scholar whose work lies at the intersection of African and Middle Eastern studies, literature, migration, gender and visual studies. She completed her PhD in Comparative Literature at Harvard University and her MFA in Creative Writing at the City University of New York. Her research addresses histories of the African diaspora, gender in African and Arabic literature, post-independence state power, as well as colonialism and globalization as themes in African and Middle Eastern literature and film.

She has been a Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholar (UK), a Writer-in-Residence at the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature (Switzerland), a James Baldwin St. Paul de Vence Writer-in-Residence (France), as well as an Austrian Federal Chancellery/KulturKontakt Artist-in-Residence (Austria). Her first book, Ghost Season: A Novel is forthcoming from W. W. Norton & Co.

Dr. Fatin Abbas
Comparative Literature
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Heba Amin

University of Minnesota
Heba Y. Amin is an Egyptian visual artist and scholar whose work is embedded in extensive research addressing the convergence of politics, technology, and urbanism. She is particularly interested in tactics of subversion and techniques used to undermine systems as well as topics surrounding critical spatial practice and critical geography. Amin received her MFA at the University of Minnesota and is a DAAD grant recipient (2010-2012), a Rhizome Commissions grant winner (2009) and a recent short-listed artist for the Artraker prize (2014). She is currently the curator of visual art for MIZNA journal (US), curator for the biennial residency program DEFAULT with Ramdom Association (IT) and co-founder of the Black Athena Collective. She is also one of the artists behind the subversive action on the set of the television series Homeland which received worldwide media attention and led to the making of the short film Homeland is not a Series produced by Field of Vision (The Intercept).

Amin’s artistic work has been shown worldwide with recent exhibitions at Dak’Art 2016 Biennale, the Marrakech Biennale 2016 Parallel Projects, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the Kunstverein Hamburg, Berlin Berlinale Forum Expanded (2014, 2016), and the IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. She also has an extensive repertoire in public speaking and performance lectures at various conferences and events. More information on her work can be found at www.hebaamin.com.

Amin is currently represented by Galeri Zilberman in Istanbul.

Heba Amin
Visual Artist
Email: h.amin[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Maria Avxentevskaya

PhD, Freie Universität Berlin
The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Maria Avxentevskaya is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Her main research interests concern the ways in which early modern knowledge "performed" itself through linguistic tropes, signature gestures, and defining rules and frameworks for scientific and philosophical discourse. She received her doctoral degree from the Freie Universität Berlin, and her research has been supported by Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and Klassik Stiftung Weimar. Her current work concerns the early modern practices of knowledge networking through the genre of alba amicorum - collected volumes of manuscripts, drawings, and prints, often protected by elaborate leather cases, which were kept by physicians and medical students during their peregrinationes academicae across Europe and beyond. These albums distributed the heuristic values of an ingenious experimental enquiry, and became the Bilderfahrzeuge, in the terms of Aby Warburg, for cultivating the expert collective perception of significant details in knowledge historia. The study involves an extensive use of cutting-edge tools for digital network analysis and visualization.

Dr. Maria Avxentevskaya
History of Science
Email: m.avxentevskaya@berlin.bard.edu
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Edna Bonhomme

PhD in History of Science
Princeton University

Edna Bonhomme is a Haitian American scholar, writer, and former biologist. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science where she is working on her book manuscript Ports and Pestilence in Alexandria, Tripoli, and Tunis which addresses the convergence of sanitary imperialism and traditional medicine during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In addition to her book project, she is collaborating with Berlin –based artists and writers who are using decolonial methodologies and diachronic practices in order to upend uneven power dynamics in archives, pedagogy, and science.

She completed her PhD in history/history of Science at Princeton University in 2017. Using a historical materialist approach, her dissertation, “Plagued Bodies and Spaces: Medicine, Trade, and Death in Ottoman Egypt, 1705-1830 CE,” examined the commercial and geopolitical trajectory of plague and as its direct links to commercial, provincial, and imperial policies in several North African port cities. In addition to her historical training, she studied biology at Reed College (BA) and public health practitioner at Columbia University (MPH).

In addition to her academic interests, she writes for publications including but not limited to Africa is a Country, Contretemps, Der Freitag, Jacobin Magazine, Mada Masr, and Viewpoint Magazine. She has previously taught for the Princeton Prison Initiative (2012), Drexel University (2016, 2017), and Humboldt University (2018).

More information about her can be found at www.ednabonhomme.com.
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Sladja Blažan

PhD American Literature and Culture
Humboldt University
Sladja Blažan received her Ph.D. from Humboldt University Berlin in 2005. Until February 2021 she was an Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Würzburg. She has previously taught at New York University, Free University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, University College Dublin and Bard College in New York. Her areas of research include speculative fiction, critical posthumanism, environmental humanities, critical refugee studies and migration as a literary topic. In addition to her academic career, she has worked as a theater director, dramaturge and translator.

  • Ghosts and Their Hosts: Race and Nature in Early U.S. American Literature and Culture (in progress)
  • American Fictionary: Postsozialistische Migration in der U.S. amerikanischen Literatur. Heidelberg: Winter, 2006.

Edited Volumes:
  • Haunted Nature: Entanglements of the Human and the Nonhuman. Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. 
  • with Nigel Hatton. Refugees and / in Literature. Special Issue Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht. 2/3, Königshausen & Neumann, 2018. 
  • with Avital Ronell. What Was I Thinking: A Critical Autobiography and Spectral Colloquy. Hauptstadtkulturfonds, 2011.
  • Ghost Stories and Alternative Histories. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.

Articles / Book Chapters (selection):
  • “‘Something Beyond Pain’: Gender, Violence, and Hyperempathy in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.” Gender Forum. Special Issue on Gender, Violence, and the State in Contemporary Speculative Fiction. Fall 2021 (in print)
  • “Haunting and Nature: An Introduction” Haunted Nature: Entanglements of the Human and the Nonhuman, edited by Sladja Blazan, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. (in print)
  • “Vegetomorphism: Exploring the Material within the Aesthetics of the Ecogothic in Stranger Things and Annihilation.” Haunted Nature: Entanglements of the Human and the Nonhuman, edited by Sladja Blazan, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. (in print)
  • “Lithic Corporeality: Elemental Philosophy in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Short Stories.” Revisiting Hawthorne’s Short Stories. Special Issue Nathaniel Hawhtorne Review, edited by Monika Elbert and Laura Laffrado, Penn State University Press, 2021. (in print)
  • “Von Hannah Arendts 'We Refugees' to Viet Thanh Nguyens The Refugees: Re-Evaluierung der Flüchtlingsdesignation im gegenwärtigen nordamerikanischen Roman.” Non-Persons: Grenzen des Humanen und des Humanitären in Literatur, Kultur und Medien, edited by Stephanie Catani and Stephanie Waldow, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2020, pp. 131-145.
  • “Literature and the Agency of the Refugee: An Analysis of Narrative Structures Employed in Elfriede Jelinek’s Die Schutzbefohlenen and Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees.” Special Issue Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht, edited by Sladja Blazan and Nigel Hatton, vol. 2, nb. 3, Königshausen & Neumann, 2018. 

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Dr. Sladja Blazan
American Literature and Culture
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Stefania Animento

MA in Social Sciences
Humboldt University, Berlin
Stefania Animento studied International Relations (BA) and Social Sciences (MA) in Italy and Germany. She graduated in 2014 with a thesis on the concept of social mix in disadvantaged neighborhoods of Berlin. Since then, she has been enrolled as a Phd Candidate in Urban Studies at the University of Milan-Bicocca and at the Humboldt University of Berlin. In her work, she focuses on the urban as a privileged setting to analyze social life and social inequalities. More specifically, she investigates how young migrants interact with processes of urban restructuring related to the housing and labor market, by focusing on the case study of young Italian migrants in Berlin.

In the past years, she has taught courses in Sociology at the Humboldt University and at the Evangelische Hochschule in Berlin. She is currently based at the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies in Berlin, where she has co-founded a research group on “Global Urban Youth.” As a lecturer, she is particularly interested in developing participative ways of teaching, such as research-based learning.

Stefania Animento (PhD candidate)
Urban Studies
Email: s.animento@berlin.bard.edu
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Yossi Bartal

Gender Studies and Musicology
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Yossi Bartal is a researcher, journalist and political activist. Born and raised in West Jerusalem, he worked within joint Palestinian-Israeli initiatives and human rights organizations before moving to Berlin in 2006 to study Gender Studies and Musicology at Humboldt University. He graduated with a Master's thesis on flamenco and the economic crisis in southern Spain. From 2015 to 2021, he worked as a strategic consultant and editor for the Tel-Aviv office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and began writing for renowned German-language newspapers such as Berliner Zeitungtaz - die tageszeitung, and Freitag on subjects ranging from German-Israeli relations and queer politics to history and religion. 

A short selection of his writings in English:

"German - Anti-German – Syn-German? The Afterlife of the Pro-Israeli Left in Germany"
In the Left Berlin >>

"Rewriting the History of Chanukka and Intifadas"
In +972 Magazine >>

"Flamenco’s Repression and Resistance in Southern Spain"
In Truthout >>

"Cultural Independence - Why I Resigned From Berlin’s Jewish Museum"
In Haaretz >>

Yossi Bartal
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Josefin Arnell

MA in Dirty Art, Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
With video operating as the primary medium, visual artist Josefin Arnell's work extends to performance, installation, objects, poetry or printed media. Floating between aspects of documentary and fiction she methodically navigates the space between exuberance and self-exploitation. By choosing to work with non-actors, she is capturing a rawness that reflects an emotional landscape exploring unattainable desires, perfectionism and control. The teenage girl, the horse and the mother are recurring characters alongside clumsy allegories in conflicts of human conditions or environmental catastrophes.

In addition to her solo work, Josefin is involved in multiple collaborations and self initiatives focusing on feminism practices. These include performance productions or critical and supportive conversation events for cultural practitioners. One of the most notable collaborations is HellFun aka Josefin Arnell & Max Göran. HellFun makes video and performances and "prefers to be brave and pathetic rather than drowning in shame." Together with artist Natasja Loutchko, Josefin runs HorseGirl, a production platform exploring intimacy and sisterhood. In 2018 HorseGirl started developing their first feature film. 

Arnell's work has been shown at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Kunsthalle Münster (Münster), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Beursschouwburg (Brussels), Contemporary Art Center Vilnius (Vilnius), Moscow International Biennale for Young Art 2018 (Moscow). She was awarded the first prize in the frame of the Theodora Niemeijer Prijs 2018 at Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven for emerging women artists in the Netherlands. In 2015/2016 she participated in the two-year residency program Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Amsterdam). She holds an MA in Dirty Art from Sandberg Instituut (Amsterdam).

Josefin Arnell, M.A.
Visual Art
Email: j.arnell[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Wulf Walter Böttger

Diploma in Architecture / Dipl.-Ing. Arch.
Technische Universität Berlin
Wulf Walter Böttger (Dipl. Ing. Architektur) holds the position of Visiting-Professor in Architecture at the Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK) teaching the collaborative Master's program at the department of architecture at the Chinese German Academy of Arts (CDK) in Hangzhou, China. He also teaches interdisciplinary architecture and fine arts classes in the Studium Generale section of UdK Berlin. He has given lectures at the University of California Los Angeles and Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna. Before establishing his own architecture practice in Berlin he worked for internationally renowned architects such as Peter Eisenman in New York and Jun Aoki in Tokyo. With his research project on the relationship between architecture and the human body he received the Rudolph M. Schindler research and residency award from the MAK center for art and architecture in Los Angeles and the Museum für angewandte Kunst Wien. As a curator focused on architecture and urbanism he contributed to major exhibitions at Akademie der Künste Berlin, KW-Kunstwerke Berlin and several galleries in Berlin and LA.

Wulf Walter Böttger
Email: w.boettger@berlin.bard.edu
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Eva Burghardt

MA in Theater
Hochschule der Künste Bern
Eva Burghardt is a freelance dancer/performer and choreographer, based in Berlin. She holds an MA in Theater "Scenic Arts Practice" from the Hochschule der Künste, Bern, Switzerland (2010), for which she received the Beatrice and Otto Tschumi scholarship for Masterstudies in Tanztheater. She also studied Theater Studies and Art History at the Freie Universität Berlin (2008) and received a diploma in contemporary dance and choreography at SEAD/Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (2005). In 2005 she did a residency in New York, studying at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Since 2010 she has worked in a range of different fields including solo performances, opera productions and interdisciplinary collaborations. Her solo Shut Up and Love Me toured Switzerland and Germany and was invited to the 20th Tanztage Berlin/Sophiensaele. With Jim Spastics & Hans Gender, a Berlin Performance Collective, and the Melbourne based Triage Live Art Collective she began working in interdisciplinary performance formats encompassing dance, theatre, visual arts and social live art events.

She has performed in the opera productions Salome, directed by Michael Simon at Staatstheater Braunschweig, Eugen Onegin, with the Staatsoper at Schiller Theater Berlin and Verdi's Messa da Requiem at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, both directed by Achim Freyer. 

Since 2002 Eva has been giving classes and workshops in contemporary dance, ballet and improvisation. For the last 6 years she has co-led "Reflexions," a tri-national art project hosted in Niedermiròw, Poland. She has been a guest teacher at Bard College Berlin and at the Pädagogische Hochschule Zentralschweiz, Luzern. She also gives regular classes at TATWERK, a school for theatre, dance and performance in Berlin/Neukölln.

Eva Burghardt, M.A.
Dance Instructor
Email: e.burghardt[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Ayse Cavdar

PhD in Cultural Anthropology
European University of Viadrina
Ayşe Çavdar completed her BA degree in Journalism at Ankara University and received her MA in History at Boğaziçi University in Turkey. She completed her doctoral thesis titled "The Loss of Modesty: The Adventure of Muslim Family from Neighborhood to Gated Community" at the European University of Viadrina in 2014 (supported by Global Prayers Project initiated by MetroZones). In 2017, she started her postdoctoral fellowship position at Käte Hamburger Kolleg - Center for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg. Then, she continued her work as a visiting scholar at the Philipps University in Marburg for two and a half years.
Alongside her academic career, Çavdar has also been a journalist for three decades, working on diverse political, cultural, and social issues. She participated and worked for different NGOs in Turkey professionally and as a volunteer. Her current academic interests include urban and religious studies focusing particularly on middle-class living spaces and religious performativities. Recently, her work centered on two new topics. The first one is the nationalist and religious symbolization of the state as an idea(l) and affect. Second, is the focus on the new secularities rising among the youths in Turkey. These research interests are linked closely with current political manifestations and youth movements, mainly established in the religious and nationalist social milieu.

Selection of recent academic publications: 
  • "Never walk alone: The politics of unveiling in 'New Turkey'" in The Politics of Culture in 'New Turkey' edited by Kaya Akyıldız, Ivo Furman and Pierre Hecker, Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming in 2021.
  • "The Sufi Rhetoric in Contemporary Turkey: Find Peace in My Hegemony!" in Sufism: a theoretical intervention in global international relations edited by Deepshika Shahi, Rowman & Littlefield, 2020. 
  • Kutsal hırsın beton gölgesi: Istanbul'da İslam için bir yok yer (The concrete shadow of holy greed: A non-place for Islam in Istanbul) in Otoriter Neoliberalizmin Gölgesinde: Kent, Mekan, İnsan (Under the Shadow of Authoritarian Neoliberalism: City, Space, People) edited by Şerife Geniş, Nika Publishing House, 2020.
  • "Sıkışmak, sıkılmak, sığınmak, sığışmak, savaşmak: ...ama bir türlü esneyememek" (Being jammed, bored, harboured, squeezed, contended: …but unable to yawn), in Sıkıntı Var (Boredom Exists) edited by Aylin Kuryel, İletişim Publishing House, 2020.
  • “The state (of mind) of Dumrul: How did a nation lose the plot?," Freie Assoziation - Zeitchrift für psychoanalytisce Sozialpsyhcologie, 2/2018, (released in August 2019)
  • "As If They Will Never Die: Islamism's Dream of Capital 15 Accumulation," South Atlantic Quarterly, 2019, 118 (1): 23-40. 
  • Media in "New Turkey": Old Diseases vs. New Energies in Media, Freedom of Speech, and Democracy in the EU and Beyond, edited by Angelos Giannakopoulos, The S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies, Tel Aviv University, 2019.
  • “The radicalizing effect of the contest between similars” in Nach dem Putsch: 16 Anmerkungen zur »neuen« Türkei edited by Ilker Ataç, Michael Fanizadeh, Volkan Ağar, Mandelbaum Verlag, 2018.

Other notable publications:
  • She co-edited two books: With Volkan Aytar, Media and Security Sector Oversight, Limits and Possibilities, TESEV, 2009; With Pelin Tan, The State of Exception in an Exceptional City, Sel Yayınlari, 2013.
  • In 2010, her interview with sociologist Nilufer Gole was published as a book by Hayy Kitap. 
  • In 2011, she edited the Neo-Islamism issue of Express magazine.

Dr. Ayşe Çavdar
Cultural Anthropology
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Jacalyn Carley

BA in Dance Education
George Washington University, Washington DC

Cofounder Tanzfabrik Berlin
Jacalyn Carley is a Berliner-by-choice with an American passport. She studied dance with Prof. Maida Withers (GWU) and with the founders of Motion Berlin dance company — all Mary Wigman students with a focus on improvisation and performance. She cofounded Tanzfabrik Berlin. As choreographer, educator, and social-activist for the Free Scene, she helped shape modern and post-modern dance in West Berlin and onwards. Her evening-length choreographies, a blending of literature and dance, toured extensively throughout Europe and the US for over two decades, sponsored by both the Goethe Institute and the Berlin Ministry of Arts. She has been the recipient of various stipends and residencies.

After ending her active career as performer and choreographer, Jacalyn Carley authored four books and edited the English version of Dance Techniques/Tanzplan Germany (an authoritative tomb on all modern dance styles) published simultaneously in German and English by Tanzplan Deutschland/Henschel Verlag. Her focus shifted to Community Dance as coauthor for Royston Maldoom’s autobiograhy Dance for Your Life (S. Fischer Verlag) and as author of A Community Dance Handbook on Maldoom’s methods (Henschel Verlag).  

Jacalyn’s personal interests delve into the topic, “From Political Revolutionaries to Cultural Missionaries: Modern Dancers in Germany 1900 - 2020,” – a course she taught for Sarah Lawrence College and lectures given elsewhere. 

She has been On-site Director for 'Summer Arts in Berlin,' a Sarah Lawrence College study abroad program, since 2011. 

For videos and publications see:  jacalyn-carley.com

Jacalyn Carley
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Jean-Rémi Carbonneau

PhD in Political Science
Université du Québec à Montréal

Research areas:
Language and minority policies, nationalism, federalism, Canadian, German and Spanish politics.


Edited Volumes and Special Issues:
  • (2021, forthcoming). With Juan Jiménez-Salcedo. ‘Bilingüisme de sentit únic: els obstacles a la revitalització de les llengües perifèriques de l’Estat espanyol / One-Way Bilingualism: Obstacles to the Revitalization of Spains’ Peripheral Languages [Special isssue]. Revista de Llengua i Dret / Journal of Language and Law, (76).
  • (2021). With Fabian Jacobs, and Ines Keller. Dimensions of Cultural Security for National and Linguistic Minorities. Brussels: Peter Lang (Series: Diversitas), 512 pp.
  • (2017). With Andreas Gruschke, Fabian Jacobs, Ines Keller and Sonja Wölke. ‘Dimensionen kultureller Sicherheit bei ethnischen und sprachlichen Minderheiten’ [Special issue]. Lětopis, 64(2), Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag, 360 pp.

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters (Selection):
  • (2021). ‘A Multidisciplinary Approach to Cultural Security in Minority Studies.’ With Andreas Gruschke, Fabian Jacobs, and Ines Keller. In Jean-Rémi Carbonneau, Fabian Jacobs, and Ines Keller, Dimensions of Cultural Security for National and Linguistic Minorities (pp. 35-58). Brussels: Peter Lang.
  • (2021). ‘Between Spanish and Catalan Nation-Building. The Pursuit of Cultural Security in the Valencian Country.’ In Jean-Rémi Carbonneau, Fabian Jacobs, and Ines Keller, Dimensions of Cultural Security for National and Linguistic Minorities (pp. 357-391). Brussels: Peter Lang.
  • (2020). ‘La normalisation du catalan vue par les partis pan-espagnols’ [Catalan Normalization as Seen by Spanish Political Parties]. Revue internationale de politique comparée, 27(4), 7-45.
  • (2020). ‘Le catalan: l’idiome mal aimé de l’Aragon’ [Catalan: Aragon’s Unloved Language]. Mémoire(s), identité(s), marginalité(s) dans le monde occidental contemporain. Cahiers du MIMMOC, (23).
  • (2020). ‘Langue et identité nationale aux Îles Baléares: la catalanité contestée’ [Language and Identity in the Balearic Islands: Challenged Catalanity]. In Juan Jiménez-Salcedo, Christine Hélot, and Antoinette Camilleri-Grima (Eds.), Small is Multilingual: Languages and Identities in Micro-Territories (pp. 69-89). Berlin: Peter Lang (Series: Sprache, Mehrsprachigkeit und sozialer Wandel).
  • (2019). ‘German Mononational Federalism and the Sorbian Quest for Territorial Autonomy.’ European Journal of Minority Studies/Europäisches Journal für Minderheitenfragen12(1-2), 26-53. 
  • (2017). With Mélissa Desrochers, ‘Médias et Printemps étudiant au Québec en 2012’ [The Media during the 2012 Quebec Student Protests]. Recherches internationales, (111), 111-132. 
  • (2017). ‘La complétude institutionnelle des Sorabes de Lusace depuis l’unification des États allemands’ [The Institutional Completeness of Lusatian Sorbs since the Unification of the German States]. Politique et Sociétés36(3), 15-45. 

Book Reviews:
  • (2020). Jean Tournon. (2018). Une saga canayenne. Grenoble: Recherche sur Ethnicisme et Sociation. In Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 26(2), 214-216.
  • (2019). Anne Pauwels. (2016). Language Maintenance and Shift. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. In Lětopis, 66(1), 149-151.
  • (2015). Stephen May. (2012). Language and Minority Rights. Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Politics of Language (2nd ed.). London: Routledge. In Editorial Afers, 29(79), 851-855.
  • (2015). Nenad Stojanović. (2013). Dialogue sur les quotas: penser la représentation dans une démocratie multiculturelle. Paris: Presses de Sciences Po. In Linguistic Minorities and Society, (5), 241-244.
  • (2014). Alain Noël, and Jean-Philipe Thérien. (2010). La gauche et la droite. Un débat sans frontières. Montreal: Presses de l’Université de Montréal. In Politique et Sociétés, 33(1), 107-110.
  • (2014). Alain Beaulieu, Stéphan Gervais, and Martin Papillon (Eds.). (2013). Les Autochtones et le Québec. Des premiers contacts au Plan Nord. Montreal: Presses de l’Université de Montréal. In Canadian Political Science Review, 47(1), 208-210.

Conference Papers:
  • (2019, September). ‘The Institutionalization of Sorbian Minority Rights in German before and After 1989.’ Summer Scholl of the European Center for Minority Issues (ECMI), Bautzen, Germany.
  • (2019, June). ‘The Territorial Niches of Catalan in the State of Autonomies: Progress and Limitations’. Conference of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • (2019, April). ‘La politisation de la question linguistique dans les Pays catalans’ [The Politicization of the Language Issue in the Catalan Countries]. International Workshop entitled Revitalisation linguistique: pour qui? Pour quoi? Idéologies et stratégies à l’œuvre dans les processus de redynamisation des langues minoritaires de l’Union européenne [Language Revitalization: for Whom? For what? Ideologies and Strategies Involved in the Reinvigoration of Minority Languages of the European Union], Université de Poitiers, France.
  • (2019, March). ‘Les politiques d’innovation dans les systèmes fédéraux: la dynamique d’émulation linguistique dans les Pays catalans’ [Innovation Policies in Federal Systems: The Dynamics of Linguistic Emulation in the Catalan Countries]. Junior Scholars Seminar 2019 of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Diversity and Democracy (CRIDAQ), Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.
  • (2018, May). ‘La tradition étatique espagnole et la décolonisation inachevée de la périphérie (pan) catalane’ [Spanish State Tradition and the Unfinished Decolonization of the (Pan)Catalan Periphery]. Annual Conference of the Société québécoise de science politique (SQSP), University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Jean-Rémi Carbonneau
Political Science
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Jeffrey Champlin

PhD in German Studies
New York University
Jeffrey Champlin received his PhD from New York University and has taught at NYU, Middlebury, and Bard's campuses in New York, Berlin, and Palestine. His teaching and research focuses on connections between literature, writing, the fine arts, philosophy, and political theory. Jeffrey's book, The Making of a Terrorist: On Classic German Rogues, turns to Goethe, Schiller, and Kleist for surprising responses to political violence from voices on the margins of society. His current project, Romantic Revivalism, traces the epistemological and political effects of imagined acts of rebirth in Pietism, German Idealism, Romantic literature, and Hannah Arendt's philosophy of natality. He also teaches in Bard's Language and Thinking Program and at the Barenboim-Said Academy.



The Making of a Terrorist: On Classic German Rogues. Preface by Avital Ronell (Northwestern University Press, 2015).

Edited Volumes
The Technological Introject: Friedrich Kittler Between Implementation and the Incalculable (New York: Fordham University Press, 2018). Editor, with Antje Pfannkuchen.

Terror and the Roots of Poetics (New York and Dresden: Atropos Press, 2013).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Rights, Revolution, Representation: Thinking Through the Language of the French Revolution,” Teaching Representations of the French Revolution, ed. Julia Douthwaite (Modern Language Association Book Publications Program). Forthcoming, 2018.

“The Clara Complex: Kittler on ‘The Sandman.’” The Technological Introject: Friedrich Kittler Between Implementation and the Incalculable (New York: Fordham University Press, 2018).

“‘We shall be monsters’: Body Structuralism and Earth Narrative.” Studien zur Englischen Romantik 19 (2017).

“‘Poetry or Body Politic:’ Notes on Natality.” Reading Arendt’s Denktagebuch, ed. Roger Berkowitz (New York: Fordham University Press, 2017).

“Brother, Sister, Monster: Resonance and the Body of the Voice in Antigone and The Metamorphosis.” Modern Language Notes 130.5 (2015).

“Born Again: Arendt’s Natality as Figure and Concept.” Germanic Review, 88 (2013).

“LOOK AWAY FROM ME: Apotrope als Beichte und die Zukunft von Sarah Kanes 4.48 Psychosis.” Ökonomie des Opfers. Literatur im Zeichen des Suizides (Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink, 2013 ) [“LOOK AWAY FROM ME: Apotrope as Confession and the Future of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis.”

“Reader Beware: Wild Right in Eichendorff and Kleist.” Heinrich von Kleist: Artistic and Political Legacies, ed. Jeff High (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013).

“Art in Ruin: Rilke’s Ekphrastic Turn.” Terror and the Roots of Poetics, ed. Jeffrey Champlin (New York and Dresden: Atropos Press, 2013).

“Reading Terrorism in Kleist: The Violence and Mandates of Michael Kohlhaas.” German Quarterly, 85.4 (2012).

“Hegel’s Faust.” Goethe Yearbook 18.1 (2011).

“Bombenpost 2011: Zur Rezeption von Kleists Briefen.” Kleist Jahrbuch (2010).

“Authority in a Time of War: 21st Century Kleist Scholarship.” Germanic Review 85, 1 (2010).

Dr. Jeffrey Champlin
German Studies
Email: j.champlin[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Rasha Chatta

PhD in Comparative Literature
SOAS, University of London
Rasha Chatta earned her PhD in Comparative Literature from SOAS, University of London, with a dissertation entitled “Marginality and Individuation: A Theoretical Approach to Abla Farhoud and Arab Migrant Literature”. She holds an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS and a BA in History of the Middle East and North Africa from Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I) and “Classes préparatoires” in Humanities.

At SOAS, Rasha taught courses on Arab women’s literature, Arab cinema, and the Arabic language. In 2009, she was Community Outreach Director at the Cairo-based Resettlement Legal Aid Project. Rasha’s research interests include visual aesthetics and memory, approaches to world literature, migrant and diasporic literatures, and war literature with a focus on Lebanon and Syria. Since 2017, she is Research Fellow at the EUME - Forum Transregionale Studien where she is carrying out research on migration in Arab comics. 

Dr. Rasha Chatta
Comparative Literature; Near Eastern Studies
Email: r.chatta@berlin.bard.edu
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Vanessa de Senarclens

PhD in French Studies / Habilitation in French Literature and Cultural Studies
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Vanessa de Senarclens is a specialist of the Enlightenment. While she mostly worked on French authors (PhD on Montesquieu, publications among others on Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot), she dedicated her more recent research to the cultural transfer from France to Prussia in the 18th century as well as the influence of English philosophy and theatre on French authors. She has taught French Literature in Berlin, Wuppertal, and Augsburg. Her current research relates to the notion of “bibliomigrancy” and, more specifically, to the history of a library founded in the 18th century in East Pomerania, which was decimated in the aftermath of World War II. Using a cultural studies approach, she follows the paths which the books took through East and West Germany, Poland, and the Soviet Union after March 1945 and explores their status and political significance today. 

She is a member of the board of the German Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Publications (selection)

  • Montesquieu, historien de Rome. Un tournant pour la réflexion sur le statut de l’histoire au XVIIIe siècle, Genève (Droz / Bibliothèque des Lumières), 2003

Edited Volumes
  • (with Markus Messling, Cornelia Ruhe, Lena Seauve), Mathias Énard et l’érudition du roman, Brill/Rodopi (Faux titre), Amsterdam, New York, 2020 
  • (with Lena Seauve), Grenzen des Zumutbaren, Frankfurt am Main (Peter Lang) 2019
  • (with Elisabeth Décultot, Helmut Pfeiffer), Genuss bei Rousseau, Würzburg (Königshausen & Neumann), 2014
  • (with Jürgen Overhoff), Friedrich der Große, Œuvres du Philosophe de Sans-Souci, Potsdamer Ausgabe, Band VII, Berlin (Akademie Verlag), 2012
  • (with Jürgen Overhoff), An meinen Geist: Friedrich der Große in seiner Dichtung. Eine Anthologie, Paderborn (Schöningh), 2011
  • (with Veit Elm, Günther Lottes), Erfundene Antike? Vom Umgang mit den antiken Quellen im Europa des 18. Jahrhunderts, Hannover (Wehrhahn), 2009

Journal Articles (recent)
  • “Excerpts in a Time of Untruth or Voltaire’s Practice of Excerpting and the Rehabilitation of Justice”, in: Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte/ History of Sciences and Humanities, 2/ 2020
  • “Spinoza in Hinterpommern: Ein wiederaufgetauchter Bibliothekskatalog von 1756 in kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive”, in: Das Achtzehntes Jahrhundert, Göttingen (Wallstein) Nr. 44/1
  • „Verlegt, verwahrt und vergessen. Die Bücher aus den ehemaligen deutschen Bibliotheken in Polen“, in: Merkur. Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken, Nr. 74, Oktober 2020, S. 77-84 
  • “Päpstlicher Segen für eine Tragödie der Aufklärung? Voltaires Le Fanatisme ou Mahomet, le Prophète (1742) und die katholische Kirche”, in: Katholische Aufklärung in Europa und Nordamerika”, ed. by Jürgen Overhoff, (collection: Supplementa. Das Achtzehnte Jahrhundert), Göttingen (Wallstein Verlag), 2019
  • “Um die Teile einer verstreuten Büchersammlung aus dem 18. Jahrhundert: Die Bibliothek Schloss Plathe und ihre Benutzer”, in: Unbekannte Schätze. Germanica des 16. Jahrhunderts in der Universitätsbibliothek Lodz, ed. by Cora Dietl, Malgorzata Kubisiak, Lodz (Universität Verlag), 2018 (Price of the Université de Lodz)
  • “Du ronflement des furies : Pierre Brumoy et la tragédie antique au 18e siècle” in : Fabula-LhT, n° 19 / 2017, Les conditions du théâtre. Le théâtralisable et le théâtralisé. Numéro dirigé par Romain Bionda (Université de Lausanne), http://www.fabula.org/lht/19/senarclens.html
  • “Moses im postrevolutionären Frankreich: Der Prophet des Alten Testaments als Erinnerungsfigur im apologetischen, erzählerischen und dramatischen Werk Chateaubriands”, in: Romanische Forschungen, Nr. 1/2018
  • “Zwischen Gelehrsamkeit und Philosophie. Montesquieus Geschichtsschreibung”, in: Die Vielfalt der Sattelzeit, ed. by Elisabeth Décultot, Daniel Fulda, (collection: “Hallesche Beiträge zur Europäischen Aufklärung”) Berlin (De Gruyter), 2016
  • “L’exception de la tragédie antique grecque dans la Lettre à d'Alembert sur les Spectacles de 1758”, in: Rousseau et le spectacle, ed. by Jacques Berchtold, Christophe Martin, Yannick Séité, Paris (Armand Colin), 2014
  • “Au donjon du château. Im Turm des Schlosses: die Poesie Friedrichs des Großen”, in: Dichter und Lenker. Die Literatur der Staatsmänner, Päpste und Despoten vom 16. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart, ed. by Patrick Ramponi, Saskia Wiedner, Wien/ Köln/ Weimar (Böhlau), 2014

Dr. habil. Vanessa de Senarclens
French Literature and Cultural Studies

Jenny Dirksen

MA in Art History
The University of Cologne
Jenny Dirksen is currently the academic project manager and part of the curatorial team of Hello World: Revising a Collection, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Previously she worked as a curator and researcher in the context of Videoarchiv, a research project at the Ludwig Forum in Aachen, and in the realisation of documenta 13 in Kassel, whose final phase she oversaw as head of project management. She studied art history, classical archaeology and English philology at the University of Cologne.

Jenny Dirksen, M.A.
Email: j.dirksen@berlin.bard.edu

Tom Drury

MA in English/Creative Writing
Brown University

Tom Drury is an American writer living in New York and Berlin. He received a BA from the University of Iowa in Journalism (1980) and an MA from Brown University in English/Creative Writing (1987). His short stories have been published in Harper's Magazine, the North American Review, and The New Yorker.

Drury has served as a writing instructor at Wesleyan University, and has taught as a visiting writer at Florida State University, La Salle University, and Yale University. He has worked as journalist or editor for publications such as Providence Journal, St. Petersburg Times, the Litchfield County Times, the Mississippi Review, and The New York Times Magazine.

Drury’s novels include The End of Vandalism (1994), The Black Brook (1998), Hunts in Dreams (2001), The Driftless Area (2006), and Pacific (2013). He was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 1996 and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000-2001.

Tom Drury, M.A.
Email: t.drury@berlin.bard.edu
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Florian Duijsens

MA in Arts and Science; Liberal Studies
Maastricht University; The New School for Social Research
Born in the Netherlands, Florian Duijsens attended Maastricht University, where he received an M.A. in Arts & Sciences with a thesis about the politics of contemporary superheroes. With the support of a Fulbright Graduate Study Grant, Florian then attended the New School for Social Research in New York, graduating with honors and receiving an M.A. in Liberal Studies with a thesis about sentimentality as a rhetorical strategy in popular music, literature, and film.

Living in Berlin since 2007, he works as an editor, translator, and writer, and also teaches in the Language & Thinking program at Bard College in the US. Together with Katy Derbyshire, he founded and co-hosts the international event and podcast series, the Dead Ladies Show. Formerly the senior editor of Asymptote and the longtime fiction editor of SAND Journal, he is currently an editor at biannual art magazine BLAU International, and has also edited literary translations for Suhrkamp, Insel Verlag, V&Q Books, and World Editions. His own work has appeared in The Guardian and Daddy, among other publications, and he has translated the award-winning likes of Hanna Bervoets and Anne Vegter.

Florian Duijsens, M.A.
Liberal Studies
Interim Academic Director of the Internship Program
Email: f.duijsens[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Cassandra Ellerbe

PhD in Anthropology / Comparative Cultural Studies
Universiteit Gent

Cassandra Ellerbe completed in 2006 a PhD in Comparative Cultural Studies/Anthropology at the University of Ghent, Belgium. She has worked as a researcher in various cross-border EU funded projects, and was appointed by the University of Southampton, U.K. as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (2007-2010) for the EU Sixth Framework Project: SeFoNE. “Searching for Neighbours: The Dynamics of Mental and Physical Border in the New Europe” where she researched African diasporic networks in German-speaking countries. Her current research focuses on cultural studies, Black European studies, gender, intersectional theory, social justice/diversity, social innovation, refugees and migration studies.

Cassandra is a certified diversity/social justice and specializes in empowerment trainings for Black, migrant and refugee women of color. From 2011-2019 she served as a board member of Eine Welt der Vielfalt e.V. Berlin (Anti-Defamation League - A World of Difference ®). She was an academic Fellow at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (2013-2014) and a network member of the Black Diaspora in Germany Scholars Project funded by the German Research Foundation (2010-2014). From January 2016-May 2019 she worked with the refugee team of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit - Team-180 Flucht & Asyl (Federal Employment Agency). 

In May 2019 she accepted the post as a Senior Researcher at the Berlin University of Technology in the Interreg Central Europe research project SIforREF: “Integrating Refugees in Society and The Labour Market Through Social Innovation.”

Cassandra is currently Officer for Diversity & Inclusivity at the University of Bremen in the  EU project titled: YUFE (Young Universities for the Future of Europe).

Most recent publications:

Ellerbe, C. (2018). "Black German Women, the Matrilineal Diaspora and Audre Lorde" in Black Diaspora in Germany. Edition Assemblage: Münster

Ellerbe, C. (2018) "‘Ich bin stolz ein Deutscher zu sein’" in Black German Males and National Pride. Edition Assemblage: Münster

Ellerbe-Dück, C. & Wekker, G.) “Naming Ourselves as Black Women in Europe – An African American & Afro-Dutch Conversation” in (co-editors- Bolacki & Broeck) Audre Lorde’s Transnational Legacies 2015.

Ellerbe-Dück, C. & Dzajic-Weber, A. 2016. "Die Diversity Dimension Ethnische Herkunft und Hautfarbe: einsichten und Überlegungen aus der Sensibiliserungsarbeit" in Petia Genkova and Tobias Ringeisen (Hrsg) Handbuch Diversity Kompetenz Band 2 Gegenstandsbereiche, Springer Verlag: Berlin

Ellerbe-Dück, C. & Dzajic-Weber, A. 2016. "Hautfarbe und Alltagsrassismus" in punktum. Juni 2016, s. 8-10.


Dr. Cassandra Ellerbe
Email: c.ellerbe[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Walid El-Houri

PhD in Media Studies
University of Amsterdam
Walid El-Houri is a researcher, journalist, and filmmaker based between Berlin and Beirut. He is lead editor of openDemocracy’s  North Africa West Asia (NAWA) section and an affiliated fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin.

He completed his PhD in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam in 2012 exploring the transformation of Hezbollah’s media strategies and the articulation of the notion of “resistance” as a political identity in Lebanon. He studied filmmaking at the Saint Joseph University in Beirut, and holds an MA in Journalism from the Lebanese University and the Paris II University, and an MA in Film Studies from the University of Amsterdam. He has taught media studies and political communication at the American University of Beirut (2013) and the University of Balamand in Lebanon (2009) before moving to Berlin in 2013 as a postdoctoral fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studienand later at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry.

His current research explores protest movements, the politics of failure, and the new geographies of war and protest in the Middle East. 

Dr. Walid El-Houri
Journalist & filmmaker
Email: w.elhouri@berlin.bard.edu

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Paul Festa

Advanced Certificate
The Juilliard School
Paul Festa is a multidisciplinary artist working at the intersection of film, fiction, music, and criticism.
His films include the widely acclaimed experimental documentaries Apparition of the Eternal Church, about the music of Olivier Messiaen, and Tie It Into My Hand, a series of violin lessons given to the filmmaker by noted non-violinists including Harold Bloom, Alan Cumming, Margaret Cho, and Robert Pinsky. In The Glitter Emergency, an award-winning silent-film comedy, Festa performs the Tchaikovsky violin concerto opposite members of the San Francisco Ballet and The Cockettes while chasing a peg-leg ballerina up and down the hills of San Francisco.
He produced, wrote and edited, with director Austin Forbord, the Emmy-nominated documentary Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco. His video performance Night of a Thousand Agneses opened MIX NYC 2014, was nominated for the 2015 Berlin Arts Prize, and was banned from the Berlinale Panorama reception.
Performances as violinist and actor include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and the Center for Performance Research (NYC); Dock 11 and the Alter St.-Matthäus Kirchhof Kapelle (Berlin); Teatro Arriaga (Bilbao); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and North Bay Shakespeare (SF), and MacDowell Downtown (Peterborough, NH). With various collaborators, he gave premieres of Messiaen’s “Fantaisie” for violin and piano throughout the US, including at the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress, on the “Betts” Stradivarius.  
He is the author of OH MY GOD: Messiaen in the Ear of the Unbeliever, based on Apparition of the Eternal Church, as well as voluminous unpublished works of fiction. His essays appear in publications and anthologies including Salon, The Daily Beast, Nerve: The First Ten Years; three editions of the Best Sex Writing anthology, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The New York Times Book Review.
Following scholarship studies at The Juilliard School with Robert Mann, he graduated with distinction in English, honors, and prizes from Yale College. Residencies include Yaddo, MacDowell, ODC Theater, and Centre des Récollets. At BCB he has taught courses in literature, philosophy, film production, fiction writing, and music history.

Paul Festa
Email: p.festa[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Richard Frater

New Zealand
Glasgow School of Art
Richard Frater (b. 1984, Wellington, NZ) lives and works in Berlin. He received an MFA from Glasgow School of Art, UK, in 2012. In 2016, he was a participant in the Berlin Program for Artists, and has continued on the program as a guest mentor.

He has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Oracle, Berlin. Recent exhibitions include: Compound series, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Resisting Images, Heidelberger Kunstverein, curated by Boaz Levin,“Farewell Photography, Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie”, Produktion: Made in Germany Drei, Hannover Kunstverein, Hannover, Earth League Symposium 2017, exhibitor and discussant, PIK-Potsdam Institute for Climate Research, Potsdam, Living Cities 2011-, Adam Art Gallery, curated by Laura Preston, Wellington, NZ, 2015 (solo); New 15, ACCA, Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, AUS, 2015 (group); ‘Let’s Destroy the Earth but Keep Humans’, curated by Matthew Richardson, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zürich (2014).

Richard Frater, MFA
Email: r.frater@berlin.bard.edu

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Rocco Gaudenzi

PhD in Physics
Technical University of Delft
After a High School degree in Classics, Gaudenzi earned a Master of Science degree in Physics at the ETH Zurich and a doctorate from the Technical University of Delft. After the PhD, he fulfilled his original desire to go past the science in favor of the inquiry on its historical-epistemological dimension and conceptual dynamics, and was awarded a two-year Rubicon grant to pursue research at the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science. There he investigates the conceptual connections between condensed matter and elementary particle physics, paying particular attention to the methods and heuristic thought processes entailed in the cross-disciplinary knowledge transfer, and focusing on the role played in it by analogical and metaphorical thinking. 
Alongside research, he has devoted himself to teaching and dissemination, experimenting with various formats including theater and broad audience lectures; he annually co-organizes an event that strives to integrate the scientific discourses with reflections on humanities and society. 

Dr. Rocco Gaudenzi
Email: r.gaudenzi[at]berlin.bard.edu
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April Gertler 

MFA in Photography
Bard College
April Gertler received her BFA (1997) at the California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA and her MFA (2002) at Bard College, New York. After studying at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 2003, April moved to Berlin where she has been based since 2005. April is the Founding Director of PICTURE BERLIN which she started in 2009. 

April’s work ranges from collage, drawing, photography, performance, and social practice. Her work has been exhibited internationally and most recently in France, Germany, New York, and Denmark. April regularly brings people and ideas together from various places and sources to create something new. This can be seen through examples of various projects: In 2012 April and the artist Adrian Schiesser started Sonntag, which uses a domestic space to present works by Berlin based artists; April and Adrian make the exhibiting artist's favorite cake which is served along with coffee and tea. The event is usually the third Sunday of the month in Berlin, but April and Adrian have brought the project to Copenhagen, Paris, New York, London, and in May they will be taking it to Amsterdam.

April has recently developed a new format of performance by marrying the concepts of a Baking Show with Lecture Performance. While performing the project titled TAKE THE CAKE, she bakes a cake live while she speaks about feminist discourse that highlights elements of capitalistic desire. The performance has been performed multiple times. 

April’s biggest ongoing project is PICTURE BERLIN - a hybrid residency art academy based in Berlin which engages the international residents in an ongoing dialogue on photography and contemporary art through walks, exhibitions, one on one meetings, and discussions. The program is currently in its 6th edition in 2015.

April Gertler
Email: a.gertler[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Dorothe Gonska

BA Business Administration
Saxion University of Applied Sciences
Dorothe Gonska holds a BA in Business Administration from the Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Enschede, Netherlands (2011).
She also holds several teaching certificates from the Goethe Institute like the study program “Methodik und Didaktik des Fremdsprachlichen Deutschunterrichts” (2017) and the “Grünes Diplom” (2021).

From 2015 until 2021, she was living in Iran and teaching German as a Foreign Language from A1 to C1 at the German Language Institute DSIT in Teheran,  which is part of the German Embassy and connected to the Goethe Institute.

Besides teaching at Bard College Berlin, she works as an online teacher trainer (DLL – Deutsch Lehren Lernen) for the Goethe Institutes in the South Asia region and is a Goethe Institute examiner for the Goethe-Zertifikate A1 – B2.

Dorothe Gonska
German Language and Literature
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Manuel Gebhardt

MA in Philosophy, OttoFriedrich-Universität, Barmberg
MA in Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
After completing his M.A. in Philosophy, Religion and Political Sciences with a thesis on the principles of “Sustainability and Global Justice” at the University of Bamberg, Manuel joined Harvard’s German PhD Program to pursue his dissertation, analyzing the potential of “Aesthetic Education in times of ecological crisis”, drawing on concepts from German Idealism (Schiller, Fichte) and linking them to a new reading of aesthetics in the light of French Theory (J-L Nancy, Bruno Latour).
Manuel has been teaching several seminars on philosophy (most recently: “A critical Theory of Love”) and academic writing in Bamberg, as well as language classes at Harvard and in Berlin. After finishing his dissertation, Manuel intends to dedicate himself to his true vocation: teaching liberal arts and languages!

Manuel Gebhardt
German Language and Literature
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Benjamin Hochman

The Juilliard School, Graduate Diploma, Orchestral Conducting
Mannes School of Music, Master of Music, Piano
The Curtis Institute of Music, Bachelor of Music, Piano

The New York Times wrote of pianist and conductor Benjamin Hochman “classical music doesn’t get better than this”. Winner of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant, he has performed as piano soloist with the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Israel, and Prague Philharmonic Orchestras. His recitals and chamber music appearances include Carnegie Hall, the Louvre, Suntory Hall, and the Lucerne Festival.

Hochman’s debut album as conductor and concerto soloist was released on Avie Records in 2019: Mozart Piano Concertos No. 17 and No. 24 with the English Chamber Orchestra. The New York Times remarked: “The stylistic insight, elegance and sparkle of Mr. Hochman’s pianism are beautifully matched by the playing of the orchestra.”

Hochman’s previous recording for Avie, “Variations”, included works by Oliver Knussen, Luciano Berio, George Benjamin, Peter Lieberson, and Johannes Brahms. It was selected by the New York Times as one of the Ten Best Classical Recordings of 2015.

A graduate of The Juilliard School’s conducting program where he studied with Alan Gilbert and was the recipient of the Bruno Walter Scholarship and Charles Schiff Award, Hochman served as musical assistant to Louis Langrée at the 2016 Mostly Mozart Festival, and participated in the 2018 Tanglewood Conducting Seminar. Recent and forthcoming conducting engagements include Santa Fe Pro Musica, Orlando Philharmonic, and The Orchestra Now. At the recommendation of the Solti Foundation US, he served as cover conductor to Rafael Payare and Bramwell Tovey at San Diego Symphony in the 2019-20 season.

He is a Steinway Artist and serves on the piano faculty of Bard College Conservatory of Music.


Benjamin Hochman

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Laura Gemsemer

PhD in Comparative Literature/Religious Studies
Freie Universität Berlin
Laura Gemsemer obtained her PhD at Freie Universität Berlin in 2018. A doctoral fellow of the excellence cluster 264 Topoi and a student at Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies, her thesis formed part of the research group (C-2) “Space and Metaphor in Cognition, Language, and Texts.“
Prior to her PhD degree, she studied History of Arts (BA), Comparative Literature (BA and MA) and Religious Studies (MA) at Freie Universität Berlin.
Subsequent to her doctorate, Laura Gemsemer became a self-employed language teacher and founded her own language institute Sprachraum Berlin-Schöneberg. In addition to her teaching at Bard College Berlin, she also works as a freelance teacher for different language schools and as an editor.
Her research focuses on the interdependency of language and reality and, more specifically, on metaphorical speech as a powerful tool to shape reality.

Selected Publications:
  • „Etikettenschwindel in der Wüste“. In: Macht. Kritische Ausgabe – Zeitschrift für Literatur im Dialog 36 (2019), 57-63.
  • „Vom Vermessen der Liebe im italienischen Spätmittelalter am Übergang zur Frühen Neuzeit. Eine topologische Analyse“. In: Julia Grillmayr/Andrea Sibylle Kreuter (ed.): Raumirritationen – Wieso nach dem Raum fragen? Wien: danzig & unfried, 2019, S. 118-157.
  • „All'acqua all'acqua, ché il foco s'accende! Versprachlichung von Liebe, Begehren und Koitus in Boccaccios Ninfale fiesolano“. In: Lea Braun/Felix Florian Müller (ed.): Unsagbarkeit. Sprachen der Liebe in der Literatur der Vormoderne. Berlin: De Gruyter (=Transformationen der Antike), 2019, 119-142.
  • „Du bis(s)t, was du isst. Diätetik und Identität im zeitgenössischen (Jugend-)Vampirroman“. In: Elisabeth Hollerweger/Anna Stemmann (ed.): Narrative Delikatessen. Kulturelle Dimensionen von Ernährung. Siegen: universi 2015, S. 123-140.
  • „Matriarchale Freizügigkeit und mormonische Abstinenz. Religiöse Elemente in P.C. und Kristin Casts House of Night Novels und in Stephenie Meyers Twilight-Saga“. In: Tim Lörke/Robert Walter-Jochum (ed.): Religion und Literatur im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert. Motive, Sprechweisen, Medien. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2015, S. 181-202.

Dr. Laura Gemsemer
German Language and Literature
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Ulrike Harnisch

MA in English and American Literature
Technische Universität Berlin 
Ulrike Harnisch holds an M.A. degree in English and American Literature from the Berlin Technical University and in Israeli Politics and Literature from the Berlin Humboldt University (1998). She has taught German language classes at all levels. As a translator from Hebrew and English into German she has published several books, among others Mel Gussow’s book about Samuel Beckett, as well as modern Israeli plays of Edna Mazya, Gilad Evron, and Roni Kuban. Moreover she has translated essays for the exhibition catalogues of the Israeli photographers Boris Carmi and Micha Bar-Am. She also does subtitles for Israeli movies.

Ulrike Harnisch, M.A.
German Language and Literature
Email: u.harnisch[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Julia Hart

BA in German Literature and Theater Studies, Yale University
BA in Theater Directing, Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg 
Julia Hart is an American theater director living in Hamburg. After graduating from Yale University in 2003 with a B.A. in German Literature and Theater Studies, Julia directed her first shows in the former East Germany with a fellowship from the Robert Bosch Foundation. She spent a year working on Off-Broadway theater productions as a choreographer and assistant director until she was awarded a Fulbright Grant in 2005 to research theater post-reunification. After working at the Theatertreffen Festival, Maxim Gorki Theater, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Julia began the directing program at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater in 2008. Since then she has directed plays in English and German, ranging from contemporary American playwrights to the German classics and has received three scholarships from the DAAD for her achievements. Her work has been shown at Kampnagel, Schauspielhaus Hamburg Malersaal and Rangfoyer, Stadttheater Bremerhaven, and the Lichthof Theater Hamburg.

Since 2013 Julia has been developing performances and plays based on documentary material. She has been awarded grants from the Hamburg Kulturbehörde to create three original productions at the Lichthof Theater in Hamburg. Her work has also been shown at the Hamburg’s festival for the independent arts’ sector Hauptsache Frei. 

Julia has also been working with Greenpeace Germany since the fall of 2017 to develop performances in the public space to bring attention to the air pollution in Germany caused by the auto industry. 

Her upcoming show “DER HAMBURGER KODEX” (May 2018) is an interdisciplinary performance investigating how to stage philosophical thoughts while exploring ways of interacting with audiences of all ages.

Further links
Personal website

Julia Hart
Theatre Studies
Email: j.hart[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Martin Kenner 

PhD in History
Columbia University

Martin Kenner earned a PhD in History from Columbia University with a dissertation on The Decline and Fall of the British Financial Empire.

His field is economic history with a focus on imperialism and globalization. His current research is centered on a survey of the new literature on income and wealth inequality. 

Dr. Martin Kenner
Email: m.kenner@berlin.bard.edu
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John Kleckner 

BFA in Painting
University of Iowa
John Kleckner is an American artist living in Berlin, Germany. His artwork is featured in several prominent public & private collections including The Judith Rothschild Foundation Drawings Collection at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Magasin 3 Konsthalle in Stockholm, the Deste Foundation / Dakis Joannou Collection in Athens, and the Charles Saatchi Collection in London.

Kleckner’s drawings and collages have been exhibited internationally at museums and institutions such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Centre d'Arts Plastiques Contemporains (CAPC) in Bordeaux, and the 1st Athens Biennial, Athens, Greece.

In the last few years Kleckner has had solo exhibitions at galleries in Berlin, Los Angeles, Stockholm, Athens, Palermo, Melbourne, and Rio de Janeiro.

John Kleckner
Email: j.kleckner[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Sergey Lagodinsky

PhD in Law
Humboldt University, Berlin
Dr. Sergey Lagodinsky is head of the EU/North America Department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin. He is an attorney and author, also working as a consultant on strategy and leadership. His areas of expertise include transatlantic relations, global security and international law.

Dr. Sergey Lagodinsky is head of the EU/North America Department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin. He is an attorney and author, also working as a consultant on strategy and leadership. His areas of expertise include transatlantic relations, global security and international law.

Lagodinsky is a regular contributor to major German and international media outlets, like the BBC World Service, Deutschlandradio, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Tagesspiegel, and the international Russian-speaking TV network RTVi. He is a member of the Assembly of Representatives of the Jewish Community in Berlin. His recent book, Kontexte des Antisemitismus [Contexts of Antisemitism] (Metropol Publishing, 2013), explores the relationship between freedom of speech and protection against anti-Semitism in German and international law. 

Dr. Sergey Lagodinsky
Law and International Relations
Email: s.lagodinsky@berlin.bard.edu

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Ian Lawson

New Zealand
PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science 
University of Sydney
Ian Lawson has a PhD in the history of science from the University of Sydney, and an MA in philosophy from Otago University in New Zealand. His research focuses on early modern natural philosophy, especially ideas of vision, optics, and the use of optical instruments. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and is currently a fellow of the Bild Wissen Gestaltung Excellence Cluster at Humboldt University. He is working on a book about the way Robert Hooke's use of the microscope changed ideas about knowledge and the place of natural philosophy in English society.

Dr. Ian Lawson
History of Science
Email: i.lawson[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Annette Loeseke

PhD in Art History
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Annette Loeseke is an art historian with a research focus on museum studies and curatorial studies. Her research interests include critical museum studies; curatorial ecosystems; empirical visitor/stakeholder studies; and cultural-political activism. Her current research deals with curatorial experiments about mining colonial photographic archives and exhibiting agency, protest and resistance. She was a Scholar-in-Residence at Cornell University's Institute for Comparative Modernities in Ithaca, NY, and a Senior Visiting Fellow at University College London (UCL) in Qatar. As a lecturer in museum studies at New York University (NYU) Berlin, she co-convened the conference Rethinking Museums Politically at Technical University Berlin in 2017 and the panel discussion Decolonize Mitte! Berlin's Humboldt Forum, Museum Island and the Palace at NYU Berlin, in collaboration with Humboldt University in Berlin, in 2018.
Recent publications include the chapters Challenging the Framing of 'Asia' and the Role of the KVVAK (Royal Dutch Asian Art Society): The Asian Pavilion at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (in Kunsttexte, special issues, ed. by Iside Carbone and Helen Wang, in print), Transhistoricism: Using the Past to Critique the Present (in Simon Knell, The Contemporary Museum, 2019) and Experimental Exhibition Models (in Suzanne MacLeod et al, The Future of Museum and Gallery Design, 2018).

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Betsy Leimbigler

PhD in Political Science 
Freie Universität Berlin
Betsy Leimbigler received her Ph.D. in political science at Freie Universität Berlin, and her Master’s and Undergraduate degrees from the University of Ottawa, Canada. She is a Research Associate at Freie Universitat Berlin, where she works on projects concerning the politics of health. She teaches courses at the John F. Kennedy Institute of Freie Universität Berlin as well as Bard College Berlin on power, globalization and health policy, and policy analysis. Her dissertation engaged with presidential power, institutional theories and discourse/framing. She has previously worked with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and in various roles on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. 

Dr. Betsy Leimbigler
Political Science
Email: b.leimbigler[at] berlin.bard.edu
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Elaine Leong

PhD in Art History (Freie Universität Berlin)
Technische Universität Berlin
Elaine Leong is currently the Minerva Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. She gained her doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford in 2006. She was a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick. In 2006 and 2007, she held short-term fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Huntington Library.

Elaine Leong's research is centered upon medical and scientific knowledge transfer and production. Her interdisciplinary projects use theories and methods in the history of the book and the history of reading to elucidate practical knowledge and quotidian activities within the domestic sphere.

She is currently working on two book-length projects. The first, Treasuries for Health: Making Recipe Knowledge in the Early Modern Household, is the first major study of informal "science" and medicine in early modern English Households. The second, Reading Rivière in Early Modern England, uses the story of Lazare Rivière's bestselling Praxis medica/The Practice of Physick to explore the production, transfer and codification of vernacular medical knowledge in early modern Europe. With Alisha Rankin (Tufts University), Leong edited Secrets and Knowledge: Medicine, Science and Commerce 1500-1800 (Ashgate Publishing, 2011).

Her article "Making Medicines in the Early Modern Household," (82, 2008) was awarded the 2009 J. Worth Estes Prize by the American Association for the History of Medicine and the 2010 Jerry Stannard Award.

Dr. Elaine Leong
Email: e.leong@berlin.bard.edu
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Noa Levin

Israel, France
PhD in Philosophy
Kingston University
Currently an associated researcher at Centre Marc Bloch Berlin, Noa Levin recently completed her PhD in philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. Levin’s doctoral thesis, ‘Expression and Perspectivism in Benjamin and Deleuze after Leibniz', interrogated the baroque origins of Walter Benjamin and Gilles Deleuze’s conceptions of modernity and philosophies of film. She contributed a book chapter to the volume Material und Begriff. Arbeitsverfahren und theoretische Beziehungen Walter Benjamins, Hamburg: Argument Verlag (2019). 

Her wider research interests include the philosophy and histories of technology and science, critical theory, aesthetics and political theory, explored through links between Early Modern and Twentieth Century French and German European Philosophy. 

Dr. Noa Levin
Email: n.levin[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Peter Laki

PhD in Music
University of Pennsylvania
Peter Laki was born in Budapest, Hungary, where he studied musicology at the Franz Liszt Conservatory (currently University) of Music. After further studies in Paris, he moved to the United States where he received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Among others, he has worked as Program Annotator and Lecturer for the Cleveland Orchestra, and has taught at Case Western Reserve University and Oberlin College. Since 2007 he has served as Visiting Associate Professor at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Laki is the editor of Bartók and His World (Princeton University Press, 1995). He has published numerous articles, mostly-though not exclusively-on Bartók and other Hungarian composers, and presented papers at international conferences in the United States, Canada, Hungary, Germany, France, and Italy.

Dr. Peter Laki
Email: p.laki@berlin.bard.edu
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Timo Lochocki

PhD in Comparative Politics
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Timo Lochocki is a transatlantic fellow with the Europe program at the German Marshall Fund, where he directs research activities on European diversity and party politics. He studied social psychology and international politics in Germany, Norway, and the United States and holds a PhD in comparative politics from the Humboldt University Berlin.

His research focuses on the intersection between international policy challenges (migration and matters of European Integration, in particular) and European party politics. Lochocki's GMF Europe policy paper "The Unstoppable Far Right? How established parties' communication strategies and media reporting of European affairs affect the advances of right-wing populist parties" won the award for the best paper at the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) Conference 2015. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the varying electoral advances of right-wing populist parties in Europe over the last 30 years.

Timo Lochocki regularly comments European and German party politics for national and international news outlets as Der Tagesspiegel, The Economist, Politico Europe or The London Times and is a lecturer for European Politics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In addition to his native German, Lochocki speaks fluent English and Norwegian, and has a working knowledge of French and Swedish.


Dr. Timo Lochocki
Political Science
Email: t.lochocki[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Susanne Märtens

PhD in Art History
Freie Universität Berlin
Susanne Märtens received her PhD from the Free University of Berlin. Her dissertation focused on the relation of high and low art in 18th century British culture, concentrating on the grotesque body in caricature and capriccio. She held a research position at the Forschungszentrum für Europäische Aufklärung (FEA) in Potsdam, working on 18th century German periodicals. She held teaching appointments at Humbold University (Berlin), the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden, the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK), and is currently holding a research and teaching position at the Academy of Fine Arts Kassel. Her teaching and research interests include 18th and 20th century, as well as contemporary art and aesthetics. Her current work focuses on the writings of the German-Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig, especially on his theory of the Baroque (1908/9).

Dr. Susanne Märtens
Art History
Email: s.maertens[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Stefania Maffeis

Habilitation in Philosophy
Freie Universität Berlin
Stefania Maffeis is assistant professor (Privatdozentin) at the Philosophy Department of the Freie Universität Berlin. Her teaching and research interests are based in political and social philosophy, with a special focus on the transnational circulation and social history of political thought, on theories of migration and postcoloniality, on practice and critique theories, on transnational democracy and citizenship. 

Stefania Maffeis has just finished a habilitation project and long-term research study on the transnational circulation of the idea of politics in the work and in the reception of Hannah Arendt between the US-American and the German cultural fields, which will be published in December 2018 by Campus Verlag (Transnationale Politische Philosophie. Hannah Arendt in Werk und Rezeption - Deutschland/USA, 1941-2010). The research project was carried out between 2010 and 2017 on a DFG-Position (Eigene Stelle) at the Philosophy Department of the Freie Universität Berlin. During this time, Stefania Maffeis also taught several courses in Practical and Political Philosophy. 2013 she was DAAD research fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities of Bard College (in Annandale-on-Hudson). 

Stefania Maffeis studied Philosophy and the Humanities in Parma, Italy and in Berlin, graduating with a work on the philosophical hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer and the social hermeneutics of Pierre Bourdieu. In 2001, she moved to Berlin, where she achieved a PhD in philosophy with a study on the history and the social conditions of philosophy in the former GDR and in Germany after the Unification, focusing on the reception of Friedrich Nietzsche (Zwischen Wissenschaft und Politik. Transformationen der DDR-Philosophie 1945-1993, Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus, 2007). After her PhD and before 2010, Stefania Maffeis worked several years as a translator and language teacher (Italian and German), and was a guest instructor for Philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin. 

Dr. Habil. Stefania Maffeis
Email: s.maffeis@berlin.bard.edu
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Lina Majdalanie

PhD in Theatre and Performing Arts
Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III
Lina Majdalanie is a Lebanese actress, director and playwright. Her works include: Do I Know You?(2017), A Drop of Sweat (2015), 33 rpm and a few seconds (2012), Photo-Romance (2009), Appendice(2007), I Had A Dream, Mom (video, 2006), Biokhraphia (2002), and others.

Among the projects she curated are Relatively Universal (HAU-Berlin 2017), Beyond Beirut (Mousonturm-Frankfurt, 2016), Vues (Kunsthalle-Mulhouse, 2015) and Motion-Less (Tanzquartier-Vienna, 2009).

She taught at HEAD (Geneva, 2008-2013), DasArts (Amsterdam, 2012) and Goethe University (Frankfurt, 2016). In 2010-2014, she was a member of the Home Workspace Curricular Committee Ashkal Alwan in Beirut. In 2009-2010 she was a fellow of the International Research Center "Interweaving Performance Cultures" of Freie Universität, Berlin.

She opted for the pseudonym "Lina Majdalanie" in April 2015.

Dr. Lina Majdalanie
Email: l.majdalanie@berlin.bard.edu
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Dafna Maimon

The Sandberg Institute 
Dafna Maimon is an artist based in Berlin, whose practice includes short films, performance, online TV shows, texts, sculptures and interventions. In her work she explores and engages with human narratives that challenge stereotypical constructions in order to question the unclear limits of identity, the self and the body. Her projects showcase the economy of affect-based ties as well as materialize through them, casting value on community and collaboration on a grassroots level. 

Dafna Maimon has shown her work in institutions and art spaces such as Kunst-Werke (Berlin), PS1 Moma (New York), Centre for Contemporary Arts Uzajdowski Castle (Warsaw), Lilith Performance Studio (Malmö), Based in Berlin, Crikoteka, Tadeusz Kantor Center (Krakau), HAU 2 (Berlin), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, W139 (Amsterdam), 1646 (The Hague), Project Native Informant (London) New Orleans Film Society with Deltaworkers (New Orleans) and Le Magasin (Grenoble). 

She is a 2015 artist resident at Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin). In 2014 The Swedish Arts Council granted her a 6-month residency at IASPIS Stockholm. Other residencies include Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council New York.

Maimon is a founding member of the artist collective Baby Darwin, who was commissioned by ARTE Creative to create the 18-episode online TV show Fitness For Artists TV 2013-2015. Her video-installation The Unbearable Presence Of Roots won the Workspace Zaal 5 Video Art prize from Film House, The Hague in 2010. She has been awarded grants from The Mondriaan Foundation Netherlands, The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, The Finnish Arts Promotion Center and The Finnish Cultural Foundation. 

She has lectured and taught at the Royal Institute of Art Stockholm, The European Exchange Academy, Beelitz Heilstätten and New School, New York, Advanced Projects Class.

Maimon studied in Amsterdam and holds a BA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and an MFA from The Sandberg Institute.

Dafna Maimon
Email: d.maimon[at]berlin.bard.edu

Andrea Meyer

PhD in Art History (Freie Universität Berlin)
Technische Universität Berlin

Andrea Meyer is a lecturer at the Art History department of the Technische Universität Berlin. Her area of interest lies in the field of modernism, museum and collection history, art criticism and transatlantic cultural transfer. Since 2014 Andrea has been teaching a series of joint seminars with Bard College Berlin (Art Production in the modern Age, Art and the First World War, Art and National Socialism, Cultures of Display, Collecting Curating Critiquing).



The Museum is Open. Towards a Transnational History of Museums 1750-1940, hrsg. v. Andrea Meyer u. Bénédicte Savoy, Berlin/Boston 2014.

Museumsgeschichte. Kommentierte Quellentexte 1750-1950, hrsg. von Kristina Kratz-Kessemeier, Andrea Meyer u. Bénédicte Savoy, Berlin 2010

Deutschland und Millet. Zugl.: Berlin, Freie Univ., Diss., 2007, Berlin/München 2009.

Französische Kunst – Deutsche Perspektiven 1870 – 1945. Quellen und Kommentare zur Kunstkritik, hrsg. von Andreas Holleczek u. Andrea Meyer unter Mitarbeit von Friederike Kitschen u. Knut Helms, Berlin 2004 (teils in französischer Übersetzung erschienen in: Perspectives croisées. La critique d'art franco-allemande 1870-1945, hrsg. von Thomas W. Gaehtgens, Mathilde Arnoux u. Friederike Kitschen, Paris 2009).

In guter Gesellschaft. Der Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie Berlin von 1929 bis heute, Berlin 1998.

Articles (Selection)

The Journal Museumskunde – "Another Link between the Museums of the World," in: The Museum is Open. Towards a Transnational History of Museums 1750-1940, hg. v. Andrea Meyer u. Bénédicte Savoy, Berlin/Boston 2014, S. 179-190.

with B. Savoy: "Towards a Transnational History of Museums – An Introduction," in: The Museum is Open. Towards a Transnational History of Museums 1750-1940, hg. v.Andrea Meyer u. Bénédicte Savoy, Berlin/Boston 2014, S. 1-16.

with B. Savoy: "Transnationale Museumswissenschaften," in: Experimentierfeld Museum. Internationale Perspektiven auf Museum, Islam und Inklusion, hg. v. Susan Kamel u. Christine Gerbich, Bielefeld 2014, S. 117-131.

with B. Savoy: "Wie national sind Nationalgalerien? Einige Überlegungen zum weltweiten Museumsboom seit 1800," in: Die Gründung der Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Der Stifter Wagener und seine Bilder, hrsg. v. Birgit Verwiebe u. Angelika Wesenberg, Köln/Weimar/Wien: Böhlau 2013, S. 221-235.

"Museumswandel / Museums in Transition," in: A-Z. Begriffe des Ausstellens/Terms of Exhibiting, hrsg. v. Petra Reichensperger, Berlin 2013, S. 261-2, S. 294-5.

"Notre maître à tous nous." Liebermann and Millet, in: Max Liebermann and International Modernism. An Artist's Career from Empire to Third Reich, hrsg. von Marion Deshmukh, Françoise Forster-Hahn u. Barbara Gaehtgens, New York/Oxford 2011, S. 63-77.

Dr. Andrea Meyer
Art History
Email: a.meyer[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Eva Meyer-Keller

Dance and Choreography 
Amsterdam School for New Development (SNDO)
Eva Meyer-Keller (1972) lives and works in Berlin.

She works at the interface of performance and visual art. Before graduating from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam she studied photography and visual art in Berlin (HdK) and London (Central St. Martins and Kings College).

Her artwork is distinctive due to its meticulous attention to detail. Eva often uses everyday objects from her immediate surroundings, things that she finds at home, in the supermarket or in the tool shed. This inevitably lends the work an obsessive, domestic aesthetic. Her working method is marked by a constructive disregard for the imposition of any boundary between visual and performing arts.
Her works include the performances DEATH IS CERTAIN (2002 performed in more than 200 venues around the world), PULLING STRINGS (KunstenFestivaldesArts, Brussels, 2013), the installations VOLKSBALLONS (2004 Palast der Republik, 2013 Centre Pompidou-Metz) und HANDMADE (NGBK Berlin, Bonniers Konsthall Stockholm, Palais de Tokyo Paris).

Eva develops projects alone and in collaboration with other artists, such as Uta Eisenreich, Sybille Müller and Kate McIntosh. She also lends herself as a devisor and performer to other choreographers and works as a dramaturgical advisor/ mentor.
She has worked with Baktruppen, Jérôme Bel, Christine De Smedt/ les Ballets C de la B (9x9), Juan Dominguez, Kate McIntosh and Agnes Meyer-Brandis.

Since 2010 she has ongoing teaching positions at several degree programs across Europe. HZT/UdK in Berlin, DOCH (Dans och Circus Högskolan) and the MA course 'The Autonimous Actor' in Stockholm, ZHdk in Zürich. For the winter semester 2013/14 she was guest professor at the university of Hildesheim.

Eva Meyer-Keller
Email: e.meyerkeller[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Gavin McCrea

PhD in Creative and Critical Writing
University of East Anglia
Gavin McCrea holds a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia. His first novel, Mrs Engels (Scribe, 2015) was shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize and the Walter Scott Prize, and longlisted for the Guardian First Book AwardHis second novel, The Sisters Mao, is forthcoming in September 2021. During quarantine, Gavin completed his first work of non-fiction, a memoir about his relationship with his mother; entitled Cells, this will be published by Scribe in 2022. Most recently, he was commissioned by John Murray/Hachette to write a collection of essays on Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Gavin's articles have appeared in the Paris Review, the Guardian, the Irish Times, Catapult and Lithub.

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Dr. Gavin McCrea
Creative and Critical Writing

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Ramona Mosse

PhD in English and Comparative Literature 
Columbia University
Ramona Mosse received an M.A. (Honours) in English Literature from Edinburgh University, where she studied classics, literature, and philosophy. She earned a PhD (with distinction) in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University with a dissertation on tragedy and utopia in Cold War culture.

Ramona has taught at Columbia University, at Barnard College, and at the Freie Universität Berlin. Previously, she was a Fellow at the International Research Center for Interweaving Performance Cultures at the Freie Universität Berlin and, more recently, a Principles of Cultural Dynamics Fellow at the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University.

Her work has been published in AngliaTheater JournalTHEWISPerformance Philosophy Journal and The Baffler, among others. Ramona is also a Core Convenor of the Performance Philosophy Network. Her research interests include: modernity and tragedy, cultural politics of the Cold War, the posthuman and non-human in performance, aurality in theatre/sound studies, the environmental humanities. She is currently writing a monograph on theatrical performance in the Anthropocene and is editing, with Anna Street, a volume on genre in performance and philosophy. Ramona also works as a dramaturg and translator.

Dr. Ramona Mosse
English and Comparative Literature
Email: r.mosse[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Sophia New & Dan Belasco Rogers (plan b)

Plan B are the British artists Sophia New and Daniel Belasco Rogers who have been working together and based in Berlin since 2001. The work is both site specific and relationship specific and often takes personal daily data as the main material to be made public through a practice than spans visual art, new media, performance, installation and socially engaged practice. It has been shown in festivals, exhibitions, theaters and on the streets of many different cities. They both regularly teach on a variety of arts courses in Germany and abroad.

Further links
plan b website

Sophia New, MA
Email: s.new[at]berlin.bard.edu

Dan Belasco Rogers, BA
Email: d.rogers[at]berlin.bard.edu

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Andrea Ottone

PhD in History 
University of Naples 'Federico II'
Andrea Ottone earned a Bachelor in Philosophy from the Sapienza University of Rome and a PhD in History from the University of Naples ‘Federico II.’ He is currently a member of the EMoBookTrade project for which he explores the economic and legal background of early modern printing press technology. In 2018 he was Ahmanson fellow at UCLA, and since 2019 he has been a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. His research moves within the scope of the Italian Renaissance, resulting in publications mainly on topics related to book history, censorship, religious and intellectual history. He recently coedited the volume, Privilegi librari nell'Italia del Rinascimento (Milano: FrancoAngeli, 2019), and his coedited volume, Publishing Sacrobosco’s ‘De sphaera’ in Early Modern Europe. Modes of Material and Scientific Exchange, is under contract with Springer.

Dr. Andrea Ottone
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Özlem Savas

PhD in Cultural Studies
Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien
Özlem Savaş earned a Dr.Phil in Cultural Studies from the University of Applied Arts Vienna (2008). She worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Design at Bilkent University (2008-2018) and as a research fellow at the Berlin Institute of Integration and Migration Research (BIM) at Humboldt University (2018-2021). She also held visiting fellowships at The Brandenburg Center for Media Studies (ZeM) and the University of Konstanz as well as a teaching appointment at Berlin University of Arts. 

Özlem has carried out ethnographic research projects that intersect migration studies, media studies, and cultural studies with a particular focus on everyday practices. Her current research interests focus on migration and exile; affect, feeling, and emotion; and digital cultures. She has published on collective and political feelings of migration, affective digital media practices, diasporic aesthetics and material cultures of the everyday, and visual culture in political Islam. Her current ethnographic research addresses contemporary exilic atmospheres in Berlin with a special focus on affective culture of new migration from Turkey and explores collective, public, and political potentials of emotions and affects.

Selected academic publications:
  • “Rakı Table Conversations of New Migration from Turkey: Emotion, Intimacy and Politics,” in Material Culture and Forced Migration: Materializing the Transient. Eds. F. Yi-Neumann , A. Lauser, A. Fuhse and P. J. Bräunlein. London: UCL Press, forthcoming in 2021. 
  • “Affective Digital Media of New Migration from Turkey: Feelings, Affinities, and Politics,” International Journal of Communication 13, 2019, pp. 5405-26. 
  • “Migrant Journeys of Loss, Uncertainty, and Hope,” Paragrana: International Journal of Historical Anthropology 28(2), 2019, pp. 95-100. 
  • “Facebook Communities About Nostalgic Photos of Turkey: Creative Practices of Remembering and Representing the Past,” Digital Creativity 28(1), 2017, pp. 48-57. 
  • “Taste Diaspora: The Aesthetic and Material Practice of Belonging,” Journal of Material Culture 19(2), 2014, pp. 185-208. 
  • “The Muslim “Crying Boy” in Turkey: Aestheticization and Politicization of Suffering in Islamic Imagination,” in Rhetoric of the Image: Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East. Eds. C. Gruber and S. Haugbolle. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013, pp. 103-126.  
  • “The Collective Turkish home in Vienna: Aesthetic Narratives of Migration and Belonging,” Home cultures 7(3), 2010, pp. 313-340. 

Dr. Özlem Savaş
Cultural Studies
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Dina Ramadan

PhD in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies 
Columbia University
Dina A. Ramadan has been Assistant Professor of Arabic in the Division of Languages and Literature at Bard College Annandale since 2010. Dina is visiting professor at Bard College Berlin for fall 2018.

Dina holds a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University, and a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from the American University in Cairo. Her teaching interests include twentieth-century Arabic literature, the Arabic language, Middle Eastern cultural production (particularly film and visual arts), Arab intellectual thought, nationalism, and postcolonial theory. Dina’s current book project focuses on the development of the category of modern art and the relationship between aesthetics, education, and middle class subjectivity in early twentieth-century Egypt. She is also conducting research on cultural and artistic initiatives during the early years of the Nasserist regime. Dina has served as senior editor of the Arab Studies Journal since 2010, and guest edited a themed issued on the visual arts (Spring 2010). She is a founding member of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA). Articles, book chapters, and reviews published or forthcoming in Arab Studies Journal, Art Journal, Journal of Visual Culture, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art and others. Dina has been invited to lecture on the cultural politics of the region at a number of museums and academic institutions including the New Museum, the Tate Britain and Modern, SOAS University of London, European University Institute and the American Research Center in Egypt. For the academic year 2013-14 she was a EUME post doctoral fellow at the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien.

Dr. Dina Ramadan
Arabic Literature and Culture
Email: d.ramadan@berlin.bard.edu

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Asad Raza

MA at New York University
Asad Raza combines experiences, human and non-human beings, and objects in his work.  Often exploring dialogical exchanges and rejecting disciplinary boundaries, Raza conceives of art as a metabolic, active experience. Absorption, in which a group of cultivators create over 300 tons of "neosoil," was shown as the 34th Kaldor Public Art Project in Sydney in 2019, and at the Gropius Bau, Berlin in 2020. For Untitled (plot for dialogue), in 2017, he installed a tennis-like game in a deconsecrated sixteenth-century church in Milan. Root sequence. Mother tongue—first exhibited at the 2017 Whitney Biennial--combines twenty-six trees, caretakers and objects. Schema for a school was an experimental school at the 2015 Ljubljana Graphic Art Biennial. Raza premiered Minor History, a filmed dialogue with his 91 year old uncle, at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2019. 
Raza’s projects often inhabit intimate settings such as The Bedroom, at the 2018 Lahore Biennale. For home show (2015), which took place at his apartment in New York, Raza asked artists and friends to intervene in his life, while Life to come (2019) at Metro Pictures featured participatory works and Shaker dance. Raza was artistic director of the Villa Empain in Brussels in 2016-7. With Hans Ulrich Obrist, he curates a series of exhibitions on Édouard Glissant, including Mondialité, Trembling Thinking at the Americas Society in New York, and Where the Oceans Meet at MDC Museum of Art and Design, Miami.
Raza's collaborative practice includes serving as a dramaturge for group exhibitions such as 2014’s A stroll through a fun palace in the Venice Architecture Biennale, and Solaris Chronicles for LUMA Arles. He served as dramaturge for a series of exhibitions by the artist Philippe Parreno. From 2009-2013, he served as producer and director for Tino Sehgal’s exhibitions, including presentations at the Guggenheim Museum and Tate Modern and the Roman Agora of Athens, Greece. From 2003-2007, he was active as a political activist, teacher and organizer in New York. Of Pakistani background, Raza studied literature and filmmaking at Johns Hopkins and New York University, where he helped organize a labor strike in 2006. He has written for Jan Mot Newspaper, Kaleidoscope, Frieze, modern matter, n+1, NERO, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Spike, and Tennis magazine. 

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Dorothea Schöne

PhD in Art History
University of Hamburg
Dr. Dorothea Schöne is an art historian, curator, writer, and the director of the Kunsthaus Dahlem in Berlin. She studied art history, political science, sociology, and philosophy at the Leipzig University and received a Fulbright grant to conduct research at the University of California, Riverside. In 2015 she obtained a PhD in art history with a dissertation on postwar modernism in Berlin (summa cum laude). Her current research concentrates on postwar modernism, artists groups and networks in the late 19th and early 20th century, exhibition exports as a tool of foreign policy and geo-strategy, exile and migration and its impact on art.

In 2006-2009 Schöne was as curatorial assistant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), where she worked for the exhibition Art of Two Germanys: Cold War Cultures in 2009, which also traveled to Nuremberg and Berlin in 2010. She subsequently worked as a freelance curator and art historian, and as the program director of the art television station ikonoTV.

Schöne is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Program, the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C., the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto/CA and the Getty Research Institute. Her publications focus on German postwar art (including the history of the Städelmuseum after 1945), on art criticism and the history of the reception of German postwar art in the United States, and on contemporary art from the Middle East. 

In June 2017, an exhibition on exile and remigration after 1945 prepared by Schöne opened at the Kunsthaus Dahlem.

Dr. Dorothea Schöne
Art History
Email: d.schoene@berlin.bard.edu
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Ariane Simard

MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction
University of California, Irvine
Ariane Simard holds a BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction from the University of California, Irvine. 

She has studied formally with the writers Leonard Michaels, Grace Paley, Mary Gaitskill, Bharati Mukherjee and Jim Krusoe.

Ariane teaches her students how to discover their own writing voice through the process of critical inquiry, on topics ranging from art and literature to social justice.

Ariane Simard
ESL Writing
Email: a.simard[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Chris Scherer

BA in Dance Performance, Advanced Diploma in Acting
AC Arts, Adelaide
Chris Scherer is an Australian born cross-disciplinary artist living in Germany. He is working across fields of performance and ceramics.

With 6 years of full time education, Chris obtained a Bachelor of Dance Performance and a Advanced Diploma in Acting from ACArts, graduating in 2009. He has devised and performed work in various mediums with it having been presented in numerous festivals throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and America. Chris makes accessible, topical, image based work using collision and fusion processes of performance and presentation. He is a rule-breaker who rejects the boundaries of traditional art forms, ensuring his audiences have memorable, personal and unique experiences.

As a performer and collaborator, Chris is working internationally as a freelancer in diverse artistic mediums. Since 2012, Chris has worked closely with visual artist Tino Sehgal as an interpreter and manager. He has worked with a variety of independent artists in the Berlin dance scene (including Dragana Bulut, Laurie Young and Johanna Lemke) and with the dance theatre company Total Brutal/ Nir de Volff. He was a guest artist at Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz between 2014-2017 and is currently a guest artist at Schauspielhaus Hamburg in the production of Lazarus by David Bowie and Enda Walsh (directed by Falk Richter).

To balance a career that is heavily orientated around bodily practices, he was drawn to ceramics. Working with stoneware, he is interested in the production of functional homewares which enrich daily rituals.


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Chris Scherer
Ceramics Instructor
Email: c.scherer[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Isabell Spengler

MFA in Film and Video / Meisterschülerin Experimental Film
California Institute of the Arts / Universität der Künste Berlin
Isabell Spengler (Berlin) is an artist working in the field of Expanded Cinema. Her films, video installations and live-film performances are connecting various forms of experimental film and performance practice. In her works she examines social and media-technological changes, gender constructions and power relations in everyday situations. Inhabiting a world of self-designed costumes, props, language, logic and time-structure, her fantastic looking protagonists struggle to fit in, appropriate, transform or just live in the real environments they encounter. Since 2006 Isabell Spengler has created a series of conceptual films and installations, analyzing and mediating the construction of imaginary worlds in dialogues with choreographers, musicians and film colleagues.

She was a founding member of the performance group Ex Machinis, the film collective Holiday Movies initiative, and is currently part of the feminist art collective Maternal Fantasies. Further collaborations as (co-)director, performer and writer - often involving a project-based rotation of theses roles - with Antonia Baehr (make up productions), Jule Flierl, Neo Hülcker, Steffi Weismann (Die Maulwerker), Lucile Desamory, Daniel Adams, Alice Könitz and Corinna Schnitt.

Her works have been presented worldwide at festivals and in exhibitions since 1998, including solo exhibitions in Berlin, Toronto, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv; and festival presentations at the Festival Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal/CAN, the MIX New York Film Festival/USA and at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007). For her work she received grants and awards from the Senat for Culture and Europe Berlin, Arthur Boskamp-Foundation, ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, EMARE - European Media Artists in Residence Exchange, Künstlerinnenprogramm Berlin, Hauptstadtkulturfonds, DAAD, Kodak Eastman Scholarship and most recently the Bremen Award for Videoart for her installation Voice Elevator, which will be exhibited at the GAK - Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Summer 2021.

She has taught experimental film, media art and performance at the Berlin University of the Arts as a lecturer and as a guest professor from 2004-2014; at the Novia Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, Canada (2017); at the Universität Potsdam (2017) and at the Amsterdam University of the Arts (2018-2019). In 2022 she is invited to teach as a guest professor for film and performance at the Justus-Liebig-Universität in Gießen.

Films/installations (selection):
Die Hörposaune (with Antonia Baehr and Jule Flierl, 2021), Voice Elevator (with Neo Hülcker, 2021), Suspended Time (with maternal fantasies, 2020), Echo Chamber (2017), Jurmala (2016), Two Days at the Falls (2015), Vivianne Starlight (2014), Father, Mother, what should I film today? (2012), Osmosis of the Unicorn (2009), LINT LENT LAND (2009), The Pitch (2008), Telepathy Experiment I (2007), Syncpoint (2007), Lantouy (2006), Permanent Residents (2005), The Natural Life of Mermaids (2004), Transformation in the Land of Enchantment (2003), Psychic Tequila Tarot (1998).



Isabell Spengler
Film and Video

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Markus Schultze-Kraft

Germany/El Salvador
PhD in Political Science
University of Oxford

Markus Schultze-Kraft is a political scientist with extensive experience in interdisciplinary research, policy analysis and university teaching in/on the global South (International Crisis Group, Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, Universidad Icesi in Cali/Colombia). His research, teaching and advisory work focuses on transnational organized crime, crimilegality and crimilegal governance, peacebuilding, violent conflict transformation, peace education and historical memory, inclusive development and security, and hybrid political orders in Latin America, West Africa and the Western Balkans. Markus holds an MA (Diplom) in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin, an MPhil in Latin American Studies and DPhil in Political Science from the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College). Among his recent publications is the monograph Crimilegal Orders, Governance and Armed Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

Dr. Markus Schultze-Kraft
Political Science
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Hans Stauffacher

MA in Philosophy
Freie Universität Berlin
Hans Stauffacher received his MA in philosophy from Freie Universität Berlin and is about to submit his PhD thesis on F.W.J. Schelling’s System of Transcendental Idealism. He was research associate at the Collaborative Research Centre "Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits" where he worked on concepts of genius in 19th century philosophy, and is now teaching at the Institute for the Study of Religion at FU Berlin.

His research and teaching interests encompass 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, concepts of inspiration, genius, the unconscious, creativity and experimentation, self-conceptions of philosophy after the “end of metaphysics” and the possibilities and limits of non-universalist philosophy, as well as the genealogy and potential of notions of emancipation and critique. He is working on a book preliminarily titled (Im)Possibilities of Critique and Emancipation: On Theory as Liberating Practice.


(Ed. with Marie-Christin Wilm) Wahnsinn und Methode: Zur Funktion von Geniefiguren in Literatur und Philosophie. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2016 [in press].

"'Kein Genie hat ein 'um zu':' Kierkegaards Umwertung des Genies und die Ablehnung der Philosophie als l'art pour l'art". In Hans Stauffacher and Marie-Christin Wilm (eds.), Wahnsinn und Methode: Zur Funktion von Geniefiguren in Literatur und Philosophie. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2016 [in press].

"Yes we can! Über utopische Ungründe des Politischen und die kommende Demokratie". In Juliane Schiffers and Markus Rautzen­berg (eds.), Ungründe. Potenziale prekärer Fundierung. Paderborn: Fink, 2016, pp. 127-141.

"'No genius has an 'in order to':' Kierkegaard's Reevaluation of Genius and the Rejection of Philosophy as l'art pour l'art". In Armen Avanessian and Sophie Wennerscheid (eds.), Kierkegaard and Political Theory: Religion, Aesthetics, Politics and the Intervention of the Single Individual. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum, 2014, pp. 41-61.

"Punk's not dead! Über Philosophie". Sublin/mes: Philosophieren von unten, 2 (2013), pp. 59-64 

"Die Appropriation von Kants Geniekonzept in Schellings System des transzendentalen Idealismus". In Fabian Geier, Andreas Spahn and Christan Spahn (eds.), Perspektiven philosophischer Forschung, vol. 2. Essen: Oldib, 2013, pp. 165-180.

"Enthusiasmus! Der Arabische Frühling als Geschichtszeichen"Sic et Non: Zeitschrift für Philo­sophie und Kultur, 13.1 (2012) 

"Schellings Unbewusstes und das Andere der Vernunft". In Elisabeth Johanna Koehn, Daniela Schmidt, Johannes-Georg Schülein, Johannes Weiß and Paula Wojcik (eds.), Andersheit um 1800: Figuren – Theorien – Darstellungsformen. München: Fink, 2011, pp. 191-204.

"Dichtungsvermögen: Schellings Poetik des transzendentalen Philosophierens". In Tobias Dangel, Cem Kömürcü and Stephan Zimmermann (eds.), Dichten und Denken: Perspektiven zur Ästhetik. Heidelberg: Winter, 2011, pp. 237-267.

"Von der 'seltenen Erscheinung' zum 'ganz allgemeinen Ausdruck': Die Systemstelle des Genies im Deutschen Idealismus". Philotheos: International Journal for Philosophy and Theology, 10 (2010), pp. 195-204.

"Erfahrung des Unaussprechlichen: Einige Überlegungen zum Mystischen in der gegenwärtigen Ästhetik". In Cornelia Temesvári and Roberto Sanchiño Martínez (eds.), "Wovon man nicht sprechen kann..." Ästhetik und Mystik im 20. Jahrhundert: Philosophie – Literatur – Visuelle Medien. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2010, pp.13-27.

(Ed. with Armen Avanessian, Franck Hofmann and Susanne Leeb), Form: Zwischen Ästhetik und künstlerischer Praxis. Zürich/Berlin: Diaphanes, 2009.

(With Armen Avanessian and Mario Horta), "'Kants Ästhetik, denke ich, eröffnet eine Möglichkeit noch die Experimente der zeitgenössischen Kunst zu beurteilen': Gespräch mit Rodolphe Gasché". In Armen Avanessian, Franck Hofmann, Susanne Leeb and Hans Stauffacher (eds.), Form: Zwischen Ästhetik und künstlerischer Praxis. Zürich/Berlin: Diaphanes, 2009, pp. 285-303.

"Die Überwindung der Metaphysik als Selbstüberwindung der Philosophie: Implikationen einer Ge­dankenfigur bei Rudolf Carnap und Martin Heidegger". Philotheos: International Journal for Philo­sophy and Theology, 7 (2007), pp. 381-428.

Hans Stauffacher, M.A.
Email: h.stauffacher[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Marianna Szczygielska

PhD in Comparative Gender Studies
Central European University
Marianna Szczygielska received her PhD in Comparative Gender Studies at the Central European University in Budapest. Her work engages human-animal studies, queer theory, and feminist science and technology studies to examine the history of zoos and animal collections from an intersectional perspective. She was awarded the Feminist Animal Studies Fellowship in honor of Marti Kheel at the Wesleyan University (CT). She has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Science and CEFRES French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences in Prague within the Bewildering Boar project. Between 2018 and 2022 Marianna has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin. Her latest research project explores the history of keeping elephants in captivity in Eastern Europe with a focus on the trajectories of colonial trades in zoo specimens and ivory. Marianna is an Associate Editor of the Humanimalia journal. She is currently working on her monograph titled Captive Sexualities: Species, Race, and Zoos

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Dr. Marianna Szczygielska
Comparative Gender Studies
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Kathy-Ann Tan

Habilitation and PhD in North American Literatures and Cultures
Curator, Writer and Independent Scholar
Kathy-Ann Tan is a Berlin-based curator, writer and independent scholar of the visual arts and performance, postcolonial and decolonial theory, critical diversity studies and gender/queer studies. She is interested in alternative models of art dissemination, exhibition-making and institution-building that are attuned to issues of social- and transformative justice. Her ongoing project www.decolonialartarchives.com aims to collaboratively build an online and offline forum for artists and curators to develop ways of interrogating colonial narratives and countering neo-colonial forms of domination and control. As a former full-time academic, she has extensive experience in teaching, research, publishing and public speaking. Kathy-Ann also teaches courses at the Node Center for Curatorial Studies, and recently completed an MA Curatorial Practice at University of Bergen, Norway.
Kathy-Ann Tan
Curator, Writer and Independent Scholar

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Magdalena Taube

PhD in Modern German Literature
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Magdalena Taube is a Berlin based journalist and researcher. She earned a PhD in modern German Literature at Humboldt University Berlin with a research focus on digital journalism. Her doctoral research won several research grants from various German foundations. Magdalena is managing editor of the online magazine berlinergazette.de which won several media and journalism awards being one of the few digital publications in Germany that focus on civic journalism. Since 2010 Magdalena has been teaching digital literacy and journalism at Humboldt University Berlin, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Hochschule Hannover and Hokkaido University Sapporo.

Magdalena Taube
Digital Journalism
Email: m.taube[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Till Luge

Ph.D. Candidate in South Asia Studies 
University of Pennsylvania
Till Luge received his MA in Religious Studies, Ottoman History, and Indology at Heidelberg University and is currently finishing his doctorate in the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a research fellow in the ANR-DFG research project “New Religiosities in Turkey: Reenchantment in a Secularized Muslim Country?” at the Orient-Institut Istanbul and a visiting researcher at the Max-Weber-Kolleg in Erfurt. Till Luge’s research focuses on religions in the cultural continuum of the Turkic, Persianate, and Indic worlds. It fuses ethnographic and textual approaches, while concentrating on the encounter between Islam and Indian religions in South Asia from the late medieval to the modern periods as well as Islam and new spiritualities in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey during modernity.
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David C. Terry

MFA in Sculpture
University of Pennsylvania
David C. Terry is an artist, independent curator and cultural producer as well as the Director and Curator of Grants and Exhibitions at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) where he oversees the Fellowships, Curatorial/Exhibition, Residency and Alumni Programs. Prior to coming to NYFA, Mr. Terry was Assistant Director at the Pelham Art Center, where he directed the exhibition, educational and outreach programs. Born and raised in Washington, D.C. and a New York City resident for 21 years, Mr. Terry's professional career covers a wide range of curatorial, artistic, administrative and academic experience. He has taught a variety of classes including objective and figurative drawing, abstract and figurative sculpture, portraiture and environmental and site-‐specific sculpture to students of all age ranges. He earned his BA at the College of William and Mary, and while earning his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Terry began his administrative, curatorial and teaching career at the Philadelphia Arts League. Mr. Terry is a working artist, a curator with over 100 exhibitions and curatorial productions and experiences to his name, as well as a juror, and a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural affairs, Bronx Council on the Arts, Westchester Biennale and the Westchester Arts Council's '50 for 50' Festival, the Alexander Rutsch Award in Painting, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program, Lumen Arts Festival, and a member of the GIA Support for Individual Artists Group Steering Committee as well as Board Member of the College Art Association and the Executive Member of the Fine Arts Federation. Mr. Terry's awards include Artists in the Marketplace Program, The Bronx Museum of the Arts; BRIO, Bronx Council on the Arts; The Puffin Foundation; New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, the Arts and Business Council's Arts Leadership Institute Award and the Elizabeth Foundation's Residency Grant and the Node Center for Curatorial Studies' Innovators Grant.
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Aaron Tugendhaft

PhD in Hebrew and Judaic Studies 
New York University
Aaron Tugendhaft is a scholar of the ancient Middle East and a dedicated humanities teacher focusing on religion, political philosophy, and the arts. He received his PhD from the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University in 2012 and also holds degrees in Art History and Social Thought from the University of Chicago. Before coming to Bard College Berlin, Aaron was a Harper Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago. He has also held postdoctoral fellowships at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, the W. F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. In 2013, he received the Jonas Greenfield Prize for Younger Semitists from the American Oriental Society. He is the editor, with Josh Ellenbogen, of Idol Anxiety (Stanford 2011) and the author of Baal and the Politics of Poetry (Routledge 2018). His most recent book, The Idols of ISIS: From Assyria to the Internet (University of Chicago Press, 2020) explores the political power of images and the significance of their destruction.


Dr. Aaron Tugendhaft
Near Eastern Studies
Email: a.tugendhaft[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Jan Völker

PhD in Philosophy
Universität Potsdam
Jan Völker studied general and comparative literature, philosophy and cultural studies in Leipzig, Berlin and Paris. He earned his PhD in Philosophy in 2009 with the doctoral thesis “Ästhetik der Lebendigkeit,” on Kant’s critique of the power of judgment. His areas of interest are ontology, aesthetics, art and politics, and psychoanalysis. Jan Völker also teaches at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Ljubljana. His current projects focus on the question of ideology in contemporary times, on Badiou’s concept of art, and on the restitution of German idealism after Marx and Lacan.

Dr. Jan Völker
Email: j.voelker[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Andreas Weber

Dipl. Biol. Dr. phil. Marine Biology and Culture Studies 
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Andreas Weber is a biologist, philosopher, and nature writer. He has degrees in Marine Biology and Cultural Studies, having collaborated with theoretical biologist Francisco Varela in Paris. Andreas' work is focusing on a re-evaluation of our understanding of the living. He is proposing to understand organisms as subjects and hence the biosphere as a meaning-creating and poetic reality. Accordingly, Andreas holds that an economy inspired by nature should not be designed as a mechanistic optimization machine, but rather as an ecosystem which transforms mutual sharing of matter and energy in a deepened meaning. Andreas has put forth his ideas in several books and is contributing to major German magazines and journals, such as GEO, National Geographic, Die Zeit and Greenpeace Magazine. His latest books are Enlivenment. Toward a Poetics for the Anthropocene (MIT Press, 2019) and Sharing Life: The Ecopolitics of Reciprocity (Boell Foundation, 2020). He teaches at the University of the Arts, Berlin and at the Università delle Scienze Gastronomiche in Pollenzo, Italy. Andreas lives in Berlin and Italy. For more information visit biologyofwonder.org.

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Cultural Studies
Dr. Andreas Weber
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Andreas Martin Widmann

PhD in German Literature
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz
Andreas Martin Widmann received a PhD in Modern German Literature from the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz. He has taught in the German Departments of Royal Holloway College and University College London, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a faculty member of the summer school program of Middlebury College, VT. His research interests include historical fiction, literature and ecology, literature of exile and creative writing. He is the author of one academic monograph (Kontrafaktische Geschichtsdarstellung, 2009), as well as of various articles and essays on 20th century literature, film and popular culture in journals and edited volumes, and the editor of the first academic study on the life and work of Hans Keilson. He has written two novels (Die Glücksparade, 2012 and Messias, 2018) and is currently working on a third one.

Dr. Andreas Martin Widmann
German Language
Email: m.widmann[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Clare Wigfall

Great Britain
MA in Creative Writing
University of East Anglia
British author Clare Wigfall received her bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature from the University of Manchester, and holds an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, for which she was awarded the Curtis Brown Award in 2000. Her debut short story collection The Loudest Sound and Nothing (Faber & Faber) was published in 2007 to critical acclaim. The following year she won the BBC National Short Story Award and was later nominated by William Trevor for an E.M. Forster Award. She was also the 2010 recipient of the K. Blundell Trust Award for a young writer whose work contributes to the greater understanding of existing social and economic organisation. In 2017 she was awarded a literature fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude.
Clare has taught writing workshops throughout Europe, including for the Arvon Foundation and the Bard College Berlin “Language and Thinking” program, and has reviewed books for the Observer. She is currently working to complete her second story collection for Faber & Faber, after which she is under commission to write a novel set in colonial-era British Malaya, which will be loosely based on the experiences of her grandmother and great grandmother and which will explore themes of motherhood, childhood vulnerability, and the inter-generational impact of family secrets.

Clare Wigfall, MA
Fiction Writing
Email: c.wigfall[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Christian Woehst

PhD in Politics
Dresden University
Christian Woehst is a research associate at the Mercator Forum Migration and Democracy, an interdisciplinary think-tank that encourages a European discourse about issues of migration and integration. He also teaches political theory and the history of ideas at Dresden University and New York University Berlin. Christian holds a PhD in politics from Dresden University, a MSc in political theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a MA in politics, history and German literature from the University of Munich. His research focuses on modern theories of democracy, constitutionalism and migration.

Dr. Christian Woehst
Email: c.woehst[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Caroline Wolf

Diploma in Architecture / Dipl.-Ing. 
Technische Universität Berlin
Caroline Wolf studied architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Delft University of Technology, in The Netherlands. After graduating in 2003 she worked for numerous clients in Berlin and The Netherlands in the fields of cultural production and mediation with a focus on architecture, art and urbanism. She conceived and designed several publications on art and urbanism, including the exhibition catalogue The Making of Alex. Berlin Alexanderplatz. Urban Art Stories (2005). She is the winner of the 1st DoCoMo Architecture Competition, Japan (2005), and the Geest + Grond/Soul + Soil Competition, The Netherlands (2004). Since 2007 Caroline has worked for Sauerbruch Hutton Architects, Berlin. From 2011-13 she was Associated Curator of Kultur:Stadt/Culture:City, an international architecture exhibition at the Akademie der Künste Berlin exploring the relationship between cultural buildings and cities before and after the "Bilbao-Effect."

Caroline Wolf
Email: c.wolf@berlin.bard.edu

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Frank Wolff

Habilitation in Modern History and Migration Studies
Bielefeld University
PD Dr. Frank Wolff teaches modern history and migration studies at Osnabrück University. 2021 he will join Bard College Berlin as a Visiting Lecturer and Research Associate. His teaching and research interests include racism and antisemitism studies, migration research and social history. He received his PhD in History and Sociology from Bielefeld University (summa cum laude) in 2011 and holds a Habilitation in Modern and Contemporary History from Osnabrück University (2019).
In 2010/11 he held a DFG-Visiting Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. In 2016 he was a Visiting Teaching Professor at the Leo Baeck Summer University (Humboldt University Berlin) and 2016/17 the Max Kade Visiting Professor in German Studies at Notre Dame University, IN. He appears in public media as an expert on migration studies and German history. His prize-winning books include the transnational history of the Jewish Labor Bund (Böhlau 2014, in English: Brill 2021 and Haymarket Books 2022, forthcoming) and Die Mauergesellschaft, a study of migration and the border in divided Germany (Suhrkamp 2019). In 2019 he received the Mühlenhoff Award for Outstanding Teaching from Osnabrück University. Currently he is finishing a book on homosexuality in postwar Germany and has started writing on the intellectual history of “border”. 

Select public engagements:
"Die 'Mauer in den Köpfen' wird gerade wieder gebaut". Interview with Frank Wolff in Cicero Magazine. (February 13, 2019)
"Das Comeback der Grenze". Article in the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung, (July 17, 2018)

PD Dr. habil. Frank Wolff
Modern History and Migration Studies
E-mail: f.wolff[at]berlin.bard.edu

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Krystian Woznicki

Krystian Woznicki is a critic and photographer. Fugitive Belonging, his most recent book, published by Diamondpaper in 2018, blends criticism and photography. He is also the author of A Field Guide to the Snowden Files (with Magdalena Taube), After the Planes (with Brian Massumi), and Wer hat Angst vor Gemeinschaft? (with Jean-Luc Nancy), also published by Diamondpaper. His first book Abschalten. Paradiesproduktion, Massentourismus und Globalisierung was published by Kadmos. He is co-founder of the Berliner Gazette.

He has held lectures and seminars at universities and cultural institutions such as Documenta X, Mediamatik, Goethe Institut Belgrade, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Kunst Werke, Städelschule, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Media Lab Prado, Gorki Theater, Uni Leipzig, Medienturm, Public Netbase, Hokkaido University.

Krystian Woznicki
Journalism and Photography
Email: k.woznicki[at]berlin.bard.edu
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PhD in History
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
YANG Qiao 楊巧 is a postdoctoral fellow at Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. She works on experts and institutions of knowledge in China and the Islamic world, with a special focus on the Mongol Empire (13th–14th centuries). Her current book project, Heavenly Knowledge, World Empire, examines how Chinese and West Asian astronomers encountered the Mongol world rulers and each other in the 13th-14th centuries. Qiao is leading the working group “Ability and Authority” at MPIWG, where she develops a project on diviners in Yuan (1271–1368) China. Qiao’s research interests include history of astronomy/astrology, history of divination, social and cultural history of the Mongol Empire, and cross-cultural contact between premodern China and the Islamic world.

Dr. YANG Qiao
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Siegmar Zacharias

MA in Performance Art
DasArts Amsterdam
Siegmar works in theory and practice in the field of performance. She explores the politics of alienation & intimacy in embodied thinking/being with matter and in collaboration with humans and non-humans.

Her work has been shown internationally in theaters, galleries and experimental spaces. Siegmar develops formats of performances, installations, discursive encounters and curation/invitation dealing with questions of agency, ecology of artistic practice, modes of visceral rationalities, and production and distribution of forces among humans and non-humans. Learning from uncontrollable materials like smoke, slime, swamps, earthquakes, the nervous system, she is working  towards a posthuman feminist poet(h)ics.

Recent works include: Slime Dynamics; The Cloud: a cosmochoreography made by animals, vegetables, minerals, humans, concepts and emotions; Dirty thinking; invasive hospitality; Dirty Talk; The Other Thing 12-24hrs immersive research (#1 liquefied encounters, #2 intimacy with death).

She is part of the think & movement tank Elsewhere & Otherwise at PAF (Performing Arts Forum) that investigates and experiments with the analytics and practices of being together otherwise.

Siegmar studied philosophy and comparative literature in Berlin (FU) and London (UCL) and Performance Art at DasArts Amsterdam. She has received grants and project funding from Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Amsterdam University of the Arts, European Cultural Foundation, Bundeskulturstiftung, NRW Kunststiftung, Hauptstadtkultur Fonds, Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Goethe Institut.

She teaches internationally and is a regular guest lecturer at DOCH / Uniarts Stockholm, HZT /UdK Berlin, DAS Theatre/ DAS Graduate School Amsterdam.

Since 1993 she has been teaching non-violent communication strategies to workers representatives.

Siegmar Zacharias, M.A.
Performance Art
Email: s.zacharias[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Sandra Schäfer

PhD in Art
Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg

Sandra Schäfer deals in her artistic work with the production of urban and trans-geographical spaces, history and visual politics. She is interested in the margins, gaps and discontinuities of our perception of history, political struggles, urban and geopolitical spaces. She works with film and video installations including stills/photography. Therein she puts a particular focus on the role of the camera and the visual regimes that are implicated in these visual technologies as well as their social role. Her PhD in Art at HfbK Hamburg focuses on situated militancy in visual and spatial politics. Her works were shown worldwide with recent exhibitions at the Berlin Berlinale Forum Expanded (2016, 2017); Depo, Istanbul; La Virreina, Barcelona; National Gallery of Art, Vilnius; Camera Austria, Graz; House of World Cultures, Berlin; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin; Center for Art and Media (ZKM), Karlsruhe; etc. Furthermore, she is an associated member of the feminist film distributor Cinenova in London. She also has an extensive repertoire in public speaking at various conferences and events.

More information on her work can be found at www.mazefilm.de

Dr. Sandra Schäfer
Visual Art
Email: s.schaefer@berlin.bard.edu
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Rebecca Rukeyser

MFA in Fiction
Iowa Writers' Workshop, University of Iowa

Rebecca Rukeyser is a fiction writer and the recipient of the inaugural Berlin Senat grant for non-German literature. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa and Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf. Her debut novel, The Seaplane on Final Approach, is forthcoming from Doubleday, Granta Books in 2022.

Rebecca Rukeyser, MFA
Fiction Writing
Email: r.rukeyser@berlin.bard.edu
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Valentina Azarova  

PhD in Law
National University of Ireland, Galway

Dr. Valentina Azarova is an international legal academic and practitioner, who teaches and writes on foreign territorial control, the law of (third) state responsibility, and the international legal practice of non-governmental organizations.  She is Visiting Academic at the Manchester International Law Centre (MILC), University of Manchester, where she co-teaches a project course on 'Transnational Public Interest Lawyering', and Legal and Strategic Advisor to the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN).  She is also Associate Editor of the Oxford Reports on International Human Rights Law and United Nations Treaty Bodies, and a member of the International Law Association’s Committee on Recognition/Non-Recognition.

Valentina has over a decade of experience documenting and engaging in legal actions and advocacy to challenge processes of structural violence of armed conflict, occupation, and economic exploitation with a focus on third party complicity. She has worked with and regularly advises UN bodies and fact-finding missions, states and non-governmental organizations. Valentina co-founded and taught in the BA program in Human Rights and International Law at Al-Quds Bard College, Al-Quds University. She held lecturing positions at Birzeit University and the University of the Holy Spirit of Kaslik in Lebanon, and research positions at Central European University and Koç University's Centre for Global Public Law in Istanbul.

Dr. Valentina Azarova
Email: v.azarova@berlin.bard.edu
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Alessio Castellacci 

BA in Developmental Psychology, University La Sapienza/Rome
BA in Experimental Choreography, Dance Maker Department, Artez Institute/Arnhem

Alessio Castellacci is a performer, teacher and sound composer based in Berlin.

He has a BA in Developmental Psychology from the University La Sapienza/Rome and a BA in experimental choreography from the Dance Maker Department, Artez Institute/Arnhem. His artistic research focuses on voice embodiment, improvised performance and sound design. As a self taught electronic music composer, he found himself always swinging between the polarities of sound and movement disciplines: feeling the lack of physicality in most of traditional music studies, and the lack of sensitivity toward sound and breath nuances in most of dance techniques. Out of tension, ten years ago he started connecting the two worlds, developing a pedagogical approach for voice & movement improvisation based on principles of somatic work, sound design, breath work and synesthetic perception.

Alessio is currently focusing on the research of pedagogic methodologies, working as well as a sound composer for dance shows and as a coordinator of educational and performance formats in Berlin. From 2012 to 2017 he has curated and organized the SMASH Berlin program, since 2014 the educational program The World is Sound dedicated to voice & movement performance, and has recently launched the new intensive dance program ROAR Berlin. In 2017 he has initiated with choreographer Jule Flierl From Breath to Matter, a performance series in Berlin in which different artists are invited to share work around the topic of vocal dance and the political implications of voicing. As a performer, sound composer and voice coach Alessio has collaborated with (a.o.) Dani Brown, M.F. Scaroni, H.Min Kim, Sasha Waltz Kinder Tanz Company, Peter Pleyer, Jeremy Wade, Jule Flierl, Irena Tomažin, Moss Beynon Juckes, Tino Sehgal, Morgan Nardi, Piccoli Production, Fingersix Collective, Kareth Schaffer, Davide Sportelli, Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, Ru Chen/Cloud Gate Company. He is part of the sound art duo Morphield with ambient composer Kryshe, and produces in his spare time downtempo music under the moniker Gaia Waves.


Alessio Castellacci, BA
Email: a.castellacci[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Aysuda Kölemen

PhD in Political Science
University of Georgia, Athens, USA

Aysuda Kölemen received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Georgia, Athens, USA in 2010. Her research interests include public opinion and discourses on redistribution, politics of new religiosities, and democratic backsliding. She is currently working on authoritarianization and civil resistance in Turkey. 

Dr. Kölemen coordinates the Threatened Scholars Integration Initiative at Bard College Berlin.

Dr. Aysuda Kölemen
Political Science
Email: a.kolemen@berlin.bard.edu
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Thomas Hilgers

PhD in Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania

Thomas Hilgers is a research associate at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (the Academy of Fine Arts Düsseldorf) and at the Priority Program 1688, which is organized and funded by the German Research Foundation. He studied philosophy and film studies at the Free University Berlin and the University of Pennsylvania, and received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in December 2010. His main fields of research are aesthetics, philosophy of film, philosophy of technology, metaphysics, and the history of German philosophy since Kant. His book Aesthetic Disinterestedness: Art, Experience, and the Self was published by Routledge in 2017. Currently, he is working on a new book project. The objective of this project is to arrive at a temporal understanding of digital technologies.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
  • Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
  • Philosophy of Film and Media Theory
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Metaphysics (Theories of Subjectivity, Selfhood, and Freedom, Theories of Time)
  • History of German Philosophy (especially Kant, Schopenhauer, Heidegger, and Adorno)

Selected Recent and Forthcoming Publications
  • Aesthetic Disinterestedness: Art, Experience, and the Self. New York and London: Routledge, 2017.
  • Perspective and Fiction. (German: Perspektive und Fiktion.) Ed. Thomas Hilgers and Gertrud Koch, Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink, 2017.
  • “Intentionality, Mediality, and Technology.“ (German: “Intentionalität, Medialität und Technik“). Online publication of the German Society for Media Studies, 2018.
  • “Heroes, Freaks, and Dark Knights: Batman in Hollywood.“ (G: “Helden, Freaks und dunkle Ritter: Batman in Hollywood.“) In: Hollywood: In between Conformity and Critique of the Contemporary. (G: Hollywood: Zwischen Angepasstheit und kritischer Zeitgenossenschaft.) Ed. Sebastian Lederle et al., Bielefeld: transcript, forthcoming 2019.
  • “Boredom.“ (G: “Langeweile.) In: Handbook of Aesthetic Times. (G: Wörterbuch der ästhetischen Eigenzeiten.) Ed. SPP 1688. Hanover: Werhahn Verlag, forthcoming 2019.

Dr. Thomas Hilgers
Email: t.hilgers[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Joel Mu

Joel Mu is an Australian curator. He has worked with artists, writers, theorists, DJs, dancers and choreographers to present new work in galleries and theatres, as well as site-specific events and online publications. In 2015, he started Berlin’s M.I/mi1glissé (M.I), an independent curatorial programme and gallery space. M.I’s event-oriented artist-projects have been hosted in Berlin and Paris with respective solo and group-exhibitions by Christophe de Rohan Chabot, Eleanor Weber, Esben Weile Kjær, Anne Sofie Madsen, Adam Fearon, Anna Zett, Garrett Nelson, Guillaume Maraud, Anne Fellner & Burkhard Beschow, HellFun, i.Ruuu, Alley Catss, Julian Weber, Aurora Sanders, Nuri Koerfer, Mark Soo, Julian Stalbohm, Yves Scherer, Spyros Rennt, Tommy Camero and others.


Joel Mu
Email: j.mu@berlin.bard.edu
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Christoph Schaub

PhD in Germanic Languages
Columbia University

Christoph Schaub holds a PhD in Germanic Languages from Columbia University (2015) and a M.A. in Comparative Literature, Modern German Literature, and Philosophy from FU Berlin (2009). Most recently, he was a faculty member at Columbia University (2015-17) and Duke University (2017-18), teaching classes on German language and literature, the European literary canon, and popular music cultures. His research focuses on literary and cultural globalization, urban studies, and popular music studies, and his first monograph Proletarische Welten. Internationalistische Weltliteratur in der Weimarer Republik is currently under review. The first of his two new projects examines the relationship between globalization, world-knowledge, and small prose forms in contemporary German-language literature, while the second investigates transnational collaborations in afro-diasporic popular music (rap, reggae/dancehall, techno) between Germany, Jamaica, and the U.S.

Publications (selected):
  • “Internationalist Montages: World-Making in Interwar Germany’s Labor Movement Literature,” in Composing Modernist Connections in China and Europe. Ed. Chunjie Zhang. New York, London: Routledge 2019, 50-69.
  • “Labor-Movement Modernism: Proletarian Collectives between Kuhle Wampe and Working-class Performance Culture,” in Modernism/modernity 25.2 (2018), 327-348.
  • „Re-Imagining the World in an Era of Globalization: Christoph Ransmayr’s Atlas eines ängstlichen Mannes“, in Monatshefte 110.1 (2018), 93-109.
  • „Verhinderte Selbsterforschung und Ethnographie des Urbanen in der Weimarer Republik. Karl Grünbergs »Brennende Ruhr« und Klaus Neukrantz’ »Barrikaden am Wedding«“, in Weimarer Beiträge 62.4 (2016), 561-583.
  • „Internationalistische Weltliteratur. Die Buchgemeinschaft Universum-Bücherei für Alle und Kurt Kläbers Passagiere der III. Klasse“, in Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur (IASL) 41.2 (2016), 215-241.
  • „Aesthetics, Masses, Gender: Anna Seghers’s Revolt of the Fishermen of St. Barbara“, in New German Critique 124 (2015), 163-188.
  • „Brooklyn Cosmopolitanisms: Situated Imaginations of Metropolitan Cultures in Paul Auster’s The Brooklyn Follies and Mos Def’s Black on Both Sides“, in Amerikastudien / American Studies 56.3 (2011), 381-401.
  • „Beyond the Hood? Detroit Techno, Underground Resistance, and African American Metropolitan Identity Politics“, in fiar: forum for inter-american research 2.2 (2009), www.interamerica.de.
  • Mauer durchs Herz. Inszenierungen von Zeitzeug/innen-Wissen im erinnerungspolitischen Diskurs der Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen“, in NachBilder der Wende. Ed. Inge Stephan und Alexandra Tacke. Köln, Weimar, Wien, Böhlau Verlag, 2008, 319-329 (with Florian Kappeler).

Dr. Christoph Schaub
German Language and Literature
Email: c.schaub@berlin.bard.edu
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Robert Martin

PhD in Philosophy, Yale University
Cellist and Philosopher

Robert Martin stepped down in July 2019 from his administrative duties at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York) as Vice President for Policy and Planning, and Director of the Bard College Conservatory of Music. He continues as Professor of Philosophy at Bard, teaching currently at Bard College Berlin.  

At Bard since 1994, Martin became Founding Director of the Conservatory of Music in 2005. He was Dean of Graduate Studies from 1994 to 2005, Associate Dean of the College from 1994 to 2001, Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2001 to 2014, and Artistic Co-director of the Bard Music Festival from 1994 to 2017. 

Martin studied cello at the Curtis Institute of Music with Leonard Rose and Orlando Cole, and liberal arts at Haverford College. He made his New York recital debut, with pianist Richard Goode, in the Young Concert Artist Series. During his doctoral studies in philosophy at Yale University he was principal cellist of the New Haven Symphony and cellist of the Group for Contemporary Music, then at Columbia University.

After receiving his Ph.D. he pursued a dual career in music and in philosophy, holding joint appointments at SUNY/Buffalo and Rutgers University. He was cellist of the Sequoia String Quartet from 1975 to 1985, during which time the ensemble made many recordings and toured internationally. He was Assistant Dean of Humanities at UCLA, and also founded and produced the Los Angeles chamber music series "Music for Mischa." He produced and performed in the series “Music for the Exhibitions: Musicians from the Bard Festival” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He was cellist of the Bard Festival String Quartet, and served from 1999 to 2004 as president of Chamber Music America. He is editor of and contributor to many books and articles on philosophy and music.

Dr. Robert Martin
Music and Philosophy
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hannah goldstein 

BA in Photography and Human Rights, Bard College, NY, USA
Master class, Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin, Germany

hannah goldstein lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She has been working as an artist for the past 15 years with her main medium being photography and collage. One of her main themes is feminism and female histories. She moves freely in the realms of self-documentary, narrative portraits and dealing with archives. She also works with installation and video. goldstein has a B.A in photography and human rights from Bard College, New York. She spent one year in residency at the Royal Collage of Art in Stockholm, as well as doing a one-year Master class with Arno Fischer at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin. Her work has been exhibited in various countries, most recently in France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany. In 2013 goldstein self-published her book family business. She is part of the feminist art collective Die bösen Mösen with Thérèse Kristiansson. goldstein is also the co-founder of Kaetha, a curatorial collaboration with Katja Haustein. She has been teaching photography since 2010.

hannah goldstein is represented by Jacob Hoerner Galleries Melbourne, Australia.

hannah goldstein 
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Carla Åhlander

Performance- and theatre studies, Commedia School (Copenhagen)
Photography studies at Fatamorgana Fotoskole (Copenhagen), SACI (Florence), Lund University

Carla Åhlander is a Swedish-Italian artist based in Berlin. She mainly works with photography and deals with themes moving between memory and history. The immediate situations Åhlander documents in her photographs are rather subtle appearances of power relations and systems of order – in all shades and from the vocabulary of everyday life – situations where something is about to happen or could happen, taken from a multiple of contexts, often with no beginning or end in narrative terms. Her solo presentations include The Idea of a Mountain, Skepparholmen (2016), Noteringar: tillstånd, platser, Fotogalleriet Format, Malmö, (2014), and the public billboard piece Perspektiven (2013–2016) for nGbK, Berlin, installed in the subway station Schwartzkopffstraße in Berlin. Group exhibitions include Police the Police, Biennial for Young Art, Bucharest (2010), Boredom, Essays & Observations, Berlin (2012), Interkontinental, Belmacz, London (2016), The 9th Scandinavian Sculpture Biennial, Vigeland-museet, Oslo (2017), BONE Performance Festival, Bern (2018). She has taught classes at the UdK, Berlin, Summer University of the UdK, Berlin, Kunsthochschule Kassel, among other institutions.

Personal website

Carla Åhlander
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Louis Cameron

MFA in Painting
Temple University, Tyler School of Art

Louis Cameron is an American artist that lives and works in Berlin, Germany.  He earned a BFA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia.

Cameron's diverse painting and photography practices engage in the creation of pictorial spaces based on his encounters with the city environment, while other bodies of work probe the limits of privacy in actual and virtual spaces. Additionally, Cameron collaborates with other artists by organizing poster portfolios that are distributed via the internet.
Cameron has had solo exhibitions and projects at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; The Kitchen, New York; The Armory Show, New York; and the Saint Louis Art Museum. He has also participated in group exhibitions in the United States and abroad at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Contemporary Art Museum Houston; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom; and the Dakar Biennial, Senegal. Cameron has participated in the Artist-in-Residence program at The Studio Museum in Harlem and been a Fellow in Painting with the New York Foundation for the Arts.  His work is in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the International Center of Photography, New York; and the Saint Louis Art Museum.  
Cameron has taught at Princeton University, Yale University, and Brooklyn College, among other institutions.

Louis Cameron, MFA
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Regina Knapp

PhD in Anthropology
Australian National University, Canberra

Regina Knapp received her MA from the Freie Universität Berlin where she studied anthropology and media studies. In 2011 she earned her PhD in anthropology at the Australian National University, Canberra. Her regional focus lies in the South-Pacific, particularly in Papua New Guinea. Her methodological approach grounds on her interest in visual anthropology and in the audiovisual documentation of cultural heritage and cultural change. She has extensive research experience and has worked on topics such as cultural conceptualisations of gender, time and temporality, person, exchange and culture change. Between 2012 and 2015 she was employed at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig and conducted an ethno-linguistic research project on the documentation of Bena Bena language in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Currently she works as visual anthropologist on a project hosted by the University of Regina, Canada, on the value of shell-money and gift-exchange in the island region of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea. She has produced a number of ethnographic films and compiled short film sequences. Her recent book on culture change and exchange, published by Berghahn press (2017), is a rich contribution to current anthropological debates and an outstanding ethnographic work on a Papua New Guinea Highland culture.

Dr. Regina Knapp
Email: r.knapp[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Alwin Franke

MA and MPhil
Columbia University

Alwin Franke received his Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Freie Universität Berlin and his MA and MPhil from Columbia University, where is is currently a doctoral candidate. 

Informed by critical theory, media archeology, and the history of science, Alwin is interested in the intersection of literature, anthropology, and the sciences. His further interests include the history of Marxist and psychoanalytical thought, theories of cognitive-cultural capitalism, and postcolonial studies.

In his dissertation, tentatively titled “Back Behind the Origin: Symbolic Logic, Financial Capital, and Literary Modernism,” Alwin explores the entangled histories of modern symbolic logic, the sign-logic of financial capitalism, and an ‘epochal’ fascination with grounds and origins in the literary and critical prose of Robert Musil, Hermann Broch, Carl Einstein, Alfred Sohn-Rethel, and Theodor W. Adorno.

Alwin has translated essays by Gayatri Spivak, Maurizio Lazzarato, Tom Holert, and Joseph Vogl. In addition to his academic projects, he has worked as editor for Tribes Magazine and as assistant to filmmaker Hito Steyerl.

Alwin has been awarded fellowships by the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Fulbright, and DAAD.

Alwin Franke (PhD candidate)
German Language and Literature
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Francesco Giusti

PhD in Comparative Literature
Sapienza University of Rome and the Italian Institute of Human Sciences

Francesco Giusti is currently affiliated with the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, where he was a 2016-2018 Fellow within the frame of the Core Project ERRANS, in Time. After completing his PhD in Comparative Literature at Sapienza University of Rome and the Italian Institute of Human Sciences, he pursued his research on the history and theory of the lyric at the University of York and the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. He is a member of the Centre for Research in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis Après-coup at the University of L’Aquila.

He has published two books devoted respectively to the ethics of mourning and to creative desire in lyric poetry, Canzonieri in morte: Per un’etica poetica del lutto (2015) and Il desiderio della lirica: Poesia, creazione, conoscenza (2016), and co-edited, with Christine Ott and Damiano Frasca, the volume Poesia e nuovi media (2018). His work has appeared in Modern Language Notes, The Italianist, Italian Studies, Intersezioni, Strumenti criticiBetween, Critica letteraria, California Italian Studies, and in many other Italian and international journals.

Dr. Francesco Giusti
Comparative Literature
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Mònica Colominas Aparicio

PhD in Religious Studies
University of Amsterdam

Born in Barcelona, Mònica Colominas Aparicio obtained her BA Degree and MA Degree (cum laude) in Arabic Language and Culture, and her diploma in Classical Guitar at the University and Conservatorium of Amsterdam. She holds a doctorate from the Department of Religious Studies (University of Amsterdam, 2016). Since May 2016 she was, first, a postdoc and, currently, a research scholar at the Department I of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and a core member of the Max-Planck inter-institutional project Convivencia: Iberian to Global Dynamics, 500-1750. She was a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and recently held a teaching fellowship at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas (University of Tel Aviv).

Her work focuses on the identity discourses of the Muslim minority communities living under Christian rule—the Mudejars—in their works of religious polemics with the Christians and the Jews written in Arabic and in aljamiado (Spanish in Arabic characters). She received the 2015-2016 Dissertation Award of the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH). Her book The Religious Polemics of the Muslims of Late Medieval Iberia. Identity and Religious Authority in Mudejar Islam has appeared in 2018 in the Brill’s Series "The Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World," volume 64.

Dr. Mònica Colominas Aparicio
Religious Studies
Email: m.colominasaparicio[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Helge Wendt

PhD in History
University of Mannheim

Helge Wendt studied Latin American Cultural Anthropology and History at Freie Universität Berlin from 1998 to 2004. He received his PhD from the University of Mannheim in 2009 with a transnational, trans-confessional, and diachronic study on Christian colonial mission enterprises in different parts of the world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He further developed this thesis in the book Die missionarische Gesellschaft published with Franz Steiner (2011), which discusses how missionaries conceived a social and territorial order in different colonial contexts from a cultural history perspective.

Since Wendt started working at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in 2011, the role and the future of historiography of Europe in the context of globalized historiographical discourse have become an important aspect of his research: in publications he continues to elaborate his ideas to reassess local and inter-local histories in a globalized world (most recently: Geschichte des mestizischen Europas, Springer 2019). One of Wendt’s MPIWG projects is "Convivencia. From Iberian to Global Dynamics (500–1750)," through which he investigates encounters between members of indigenous communities and Catholic missionaries.

Wendt’s main research project deals with mineral coal and the transformation of energy systems in history. He studies changes in knowledge, politics, economy, and society during the period between 1700 and 1900. Coal is the main agent of energy and resource transformations in the industrialization process and shaped patterns of energy provision, consumption and long-term pollution of the past 300 years—this is why Wendt explores how coal mining and the use of coal developed during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Further information at https://mpiwg-berlin-mpg.academia.edu/HelgeWendt

Dr. Helge Wendt
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Michael Thomas Taylor

Canada / USA
PhD in German
Princeton University 
Michael Thomas Taylor works as a translator and editor in Berlin. From 2007 to 20012, he taught at the University of Calgary as assistant professor of German, and from 2012 to 2017 as assistant, then associate professor of German and humanities at Reed College. Recent translations include History, Space, and Place by Susanne Rau (Routledge, 2019) and Building Berlin: Developers Who Shaped the Emerging Metropolis by Wolfgang Schäche et al. (Jovis Verlag, 2019). His research publications include Not Straight from Germany: Sexual Publics and Sexual Citizenship since Magnus Hirschfeld (with Annette F. Timm and Rainer Herrn, University of Michigan Press, 2017) and Vor der Familie: Grenzbedingungen einer modernen Institution (with Albrecht Koschorke et al., Konstanz University Press, 2010). He has also co-curated exhibitions combining histories of sexuality with contemporary art; the exhibition TransTrans on transatlantic transgender histories and photography will be shown this fall at the Schwules Museum in Berlin. He holds a PhD in German from Princeton University (2007).

Dr. Michael Thomas Taylor
German Language and Literature
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Tamara Kolaric

PhD in Political Science
Central European University

Tamara Kolarić received her BA in Political Science from the University of Zagreb (2008), with a focus on domestic politics. She received her MA in Political Science from the Central European University in Budapest (2009) and has recently completed her PhD in Political Science also with the Central European University (2019). Her PhD dissertation, Hidden Dialogues with the Past: Cinema and Memory of the ‘Homeland War’, explores the strategies feature fiction films in contemporary Croatia use to negotiate the official, political memory of the ‘Homeland War’, the armed conflict that took place in the country between 1991-1995 following the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Her research interests include qualitative methods and research design, collective memory, Croatian cinema, as well as post-Yugoslav cinema and politics. She is currently working on turning her PhD dissertation into publications.

At Bard College Berlin she is a Global Teaching Fellow for the 2019/2020 academic year.

Dr. Tamara Kolarić
Political Science
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Laura López Paniagua

PhD in Contemporary Art
Universidad Complutense de Madrid & Freie Universität, Berlin
Laura López Paniagua completed her PhD thesis Memory in the Work of Mike Kelley” (2015), holding both DAAD and Mutua Madrileña scholarships for doctoral studies in Germany (Freie Universität, Berlin, and Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Doctor Europeus). Since 2015, López Paniagua has taught on the subjects of contemporary art, cultures of remembrance, education, philosophy, and psychology of art at Bard College Berlin, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, and the Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg. She lectures internationally, with interventions at institutions such as Barnard College (Columbia University), NYU, MOCAD, and 21er Haus. As an art critic and historian, she frequently collaborates with art journals such as DARDO, and Mousse magazine, and publishes regularly at Eikasia, Revista de filosofía. She often works with artists, art galleries, and institutions such as the Schinkel Pavillon and the Venice Biennale. She has recently published her first monograph, Mike Kelley: Materialist Aesthetics and Memory Illusions (Mousse Publishing, 2020), and is currently working on initiatives that bind sustainability and contemporary art.

Courses taught at Bard College Berlin:
  • Contemporary Art and the Anthropocene: Creating Alternative Ways of Conceptualizing and Inhabiting the Planet
  • Exceeding the Frame: Approaches to the Contemporary Sublime in Art
  • Introduction to Twentieth-Century Art: From Van Gogh’s Starry Night to Jeff Koons’ Made in Heaven
  • Academic Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences

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Dr. Laura López Paniagua
Contemporary Art
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Ross Shields

PhD in German Studies and Comparative Literature
Columbia University
Ross Shields is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Research, Berlin. His current project argues that Goethe’s morphology develops through a critical reading of Kant’s Critique of Judgment, and that the concept of the “nexus” developed through this reading anticipates the aesthetic program of early twentieth century modernism. He received his PhD in German Studies and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 2019. His research interests include literary modernism, aesthetics, pictorial and musical theories of form, literary theory, the philosophy of language, and the history of science.

Dr. Ross Shields
German Studies and Comparative Literature
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Behzad Azarhoushang

PhD in Political Economy
University of Kassel
Behzad Azarhoushang earned a PhD in Political Economy from the University of Kassel in 2017, with a research project on the effects of foreign direct investment in the industrial sector on regional inequality in China. Since 2014, he has lectured on strategic management, business administration, international economics & finance, macroeconomics, and German & EU economy at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, CIEE Berlin, and at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin. Between 2015-2017 he worked for the Institute for International Political Economy Berlin, where he created a database for investigating foreign direct investment and regional trade, and carried out research on Sino-German trade and for the Iran Chamber of Commerce. He has published analyses on foreign direct investment in China, global value chains and multinational companies, and industrial policies.  

Dr. Behzad Azarhoushang
Political Economy
Email: b.azarhoushang[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Daniela Crăciun

PhD in Political Science
Central European University

Daniela Crăciun earned a PhD in Political Science from Central European University (Hungary), an Erasmus Mundus MA in Global Studies from the University of Leipzig (Germany), Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) and Wroclaw University (Poland), and a BA in Marketing with Media and Cultural Studies from Canterbury Christ Church University (UK).

Daniela’s teaching and research interests lie in the area public policy, specifically higher education policy. Additionally, she is interested in issues of research design, conceptualization and content analysis. Her PhD dissertation analyzed national higher education internationalization strategies from around the world using computer assisted text analysis to lift empirical data to a conceptual level. 

Recently, Daniela has been a visiting scholar doing research or teaching at the University of Yangon (Myanmar), the Federal University of Sao Carlos (Brazil), and the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College (USA). Her postdoctoral research explores issues of graduate employability.

Dr. Daniela Crăciun
Political Science
Email: d.craciun[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Caitlin Berrigan

MS in Visual Art
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Caitlin Berrigan works across performance, video, sculpture, and text to engage with the intimate and embodied dimensions of power, politics, and capitalism. Her artist’s book Imaginary Explosions (Broken Dimanche Press, 2018) was the subject of solo exhibitions in Berlin and Schloss Solitude, and her book Unfinished State is forthcoming from Archive Books. Her current body of work, Imaginary Explosions, is a cosmology of science fiction videos that follows an affiliation of transfeminist geologists as they operate in communication with the desires of the mineral earth for radical, planetary transformation. Her work has shown at the Whitney Museum, Art in General, the Poetry Project, Harvard Carpenter Center, Storefront for Art & Architecture, Hammer Museum, Anthology Film Archives, LACMA, Henry Art Gallery, UnionDocs, and the deCordova Museum, among others. Berrigan has received grants and residencies from the Humboldt Foundation, Skowhegan, Graham Foundation, PROGRAM for Art & Architecture Berlin, and Akademie Schloss Solitude. She holds a Master's in visual art from MIT and a B.A. from Hampshire College. She is a researcher at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna PhD-in-Practice program, and an affiliate of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Technology, Culture and Society.

Caitlin Berrigan, MS
Email: c.berrigan[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Dave Braneck

MA in North American Studies
Freie Universität Berlin
Dave Braneck studied history and politics at George Washington University and Freie Universität, receiving an MA in North American Studies from Freie Universität in 2017. He contributed a book chapter on historic shifts in labor, globalization and the state for the recently published Contours of the Illiberal State (Campus 2019). Braneck is a Berlin-based journalist focusing on politics, labor and at times, their convergence with sports. His work most frequently appears in Deutsche Welle. In addition to having covered local politics and culture as a journalist in New Jersey for various outlets, he has first-hand experience working in electoral politics, non-profit administration and social services in the United States. 

Dave Braneck, MA
Email: d.braneck[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Caroline Patey

Chair of English Literature
University of Milan

Caroline Patey read humanities at the University of Paris III, graduating (Licence ès Lettres) in 1971 after a year abroad in Dublin as a student at UCD. She then moved to Milan, Italy, where she completed her studies (MA) with a final dissertation on the poetics of T.S. Eliot (1973). Since 1976, she has taught English Literature at the University of Milan. Since 2010, she has been the Chair of English Literature in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Milan. 


a. Modernist Studies 
Her principal research commitment has been dedicated to the art and work of James Joyce, a writer who has accompanied her scholarly life until quite recently and probably will do so for ever. In the early eighties, Caroline Patey started addressing the Renaissance, soon concentrating on the politics of the Shakespearean stage as well as the areas of visual arts and Anglo-Italian cultural circulation. Ever since, her research has oscillated between the two poles of Renaissance and Modernist Studies — which happily sometimes interact, as for instance in Ford Madox Ford’s Holbein writings or the Shakespearean subtext of avant-garde writers. In 2010 and 2011 Caroline Patey has co-chaired two modernist conferences in Milan: ‘Shakespeare and the Modernist Imagination’ and ‘Parallaxes. Joyce Meets Woolf ‘. The proceedings of the first one, co-edited with Giovanni Cianci, have been published in 2014, Will the Modernist. Shakespeare and the European Historical Avant-Gardes, Oxford/Bern/Berlin: Peter Lang. In September 2014, Caroline Patey has organized and co-chaired in Paris (Paris-Sorbonne 3) the international conference ‘Cosmopolis. Ford Madox Ford and the Cultures of Paris’; proceedings published by Rodopi in 2016. Also to be mentioned is the authored volume on Virginia Woolf, Gita al faro. Circumnavigazioni, Milano, Mimesis.

b. Transnational literatures and cultural transfer
In recent years, Caroline Patey’s research has become increasingly comparative in scope and methods, focusing on visual and textual modernity in Ford, Woolf and Conrad, following the trail of anthropology and literature, and also concentrating on urban culture and literature, in the works of Henry James, Conrad, Ford, and Isherwood. Together with Giovanni Cianci, she has promoted and coordinated the inter-university program on Anglo-American Modernity and the Mediterranean that has received state funding in 2003 for two years, as well as the inter-university research program ‘Transits. The Nomadic Geographies of Anglo-American Modernism’, state-funded for two years. Both research programs culminated in international conferences: Milan in October 2005 and Palazzo Feltrinelli, Gargnano, in October 2008. The proceedings of Anglo-American Modernity and the Mediterranean (2006) have been printed in English and attracted positive reviews and much attention. The proceedings of Transits. The Nomadic Geographies of Anglo-American Modernism have been published by Peter Lang, Oxford, June 2009.

c. Museum Studies
In the field of museum studies, Caroline Patey has co-chaired a double panel at ESSE 2006 in London on the museological practices of literature, with proceedings (co-edited with Laura Scuriatti) published in 2009, The Exhibit in the Text. The Museological Practices of Literature, Oxford, Peter Lang. Museological interests and research have then led her to work on Sir John Soane and to explore the impact of his architecture on British Literature. She has edited and introduced the first Italian translation of Soane’s Crude Hints for a History of My House for the Italian publisher Sellerio and communicated some of the results of her work at the British Academy Conference in Pisa (April 2008) with a paper entitled ‘The Poetry of Architecture: John Soane’s Passions and Appropriations’. She has also worked on the important and hereto unexplored relations between Henry James and the Wallace Collection. Patey’s interest for writers’ houses and the memory of places have led to the DVD Nowhere Home. Space and Place in British Modernism, written by her and directed by Giulia Ciniselli (47 minutes). The film has been presented at the Transits Conference in 2008 and invited in Berlin for a screening and at a Virginia Woolf Conference in Milan, May 2009. In November 2010, Caroline Patey has organized, together with Béatrice Laurent (then Université des Antilles et de la Guyane) and Nathalie Vanfasse (Université d’Aix en Provence), an international conference dedicated to ‘Provence and the British Imagination’. The proceedings have been published in print and digital form under the same title in Milan, 2013, Ledizioni.

Teaching assignments, administration, cultural initiatives
Caroline Patey’s teaching assignments are many, divided between BA and MA lectures. She is on the board of the Doctorate program in English Studies. She has been responsible for the International relations and Erasmus program of the Department of Modern Languages. For the department, she has promoted various study days and cultural initiatives
  • ‘Strangers in Paris — Literature and the arts, 1900-1930’ (1999) to
  • ‘Wilde at Heart. A Celebration of the Centenary’ (2000)
  • ‘Feeding on Words. Oralities between Food and Language’ (2002)
  • ‘Ulisse ha ottant’anni e li porta molto bene’, dedicated to the eightieth birthday of Joyce’s Ulysses; in collaboration with Libreria Einaudi
  • ‘Joyce in opera’, May 2006
  • Celebration of Samuel Beckett’s centenary in Milan, with the major conference ‘Tra le lingue, tra i linguaggi. Cent’anni di Samuel Beckett’, 30 November-1 December 2006, and a month-long Project of workshops, seminars and lectures (Progetto Beckett, November 2006) organized with the cooperation of Piccolo Teatro, Milano. The proceedings of the Conference have been published with the same title in December 2007.
  • 2011, Passione/traduzione. Un mestiere di oggi e domani tra schermo, parola e pagina. Quattro incontri ideati da Caroline Patey e co-coordinati da Alessandro Costazza, Edoardo Esposito e Caroline Patey
  • Autumn 2012/  Spring2013, Hamlet in viaggio. Traduzioni, riscritture, performance e incontri, in collaborazione con il Teatro Franco Parenti.
  • February/April 2015 il ciclo di otto incontri, ‘Appetiti in scena. Banchetti carestie, cannibalismi, feste e cerimonie nel teatro europeo’, in collaborazione con il Piccolo Teatro di Milano. Coordinato da Caroline Patey.
  • February/May 2016, Shakespeare Everywhere. Il drammaturgo elisabettiano al Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa, co-coordinated with Mariacristina Cavecchi
  • ‘William Hogarth in Time. Metamorphoses and Afterlives in European Literatures and Cultures’, An International Conference, Milan, January 2018, publication of Proceedings scheduled for January 2020.

Other Assignments
  • Member of the scientific board of the journal Letteratura/Letterature, directed by Dante della Terza and Edoardo Esposito. Journal indexed in SCOPUS. http://www.libraweb.net/riviste.php?chiave=98
  • 2014-2018, delegate for the Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Straniere in the scientific board of the journal ACME, Annali della Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia di Milano
  • Together with Alessandra Marzola (Università degli Studi di Bergamo), Caroline Patey directs a series of British and Anglophone Literary Studies, Prismi, Classici nel tempo,  Milano: Mimesis.
  • Memberships in Associazione Italiana di Anglistica/AIA, European Association of English Studies ESSE, Associazione Sigismondo Malatesta, James Joyce Italian Society, Ford Madox Ford Association, Società Italiana di Letteratura Comparata, Virginia Woolf Society in Italy

Recent  Visiting Fellowships:
Vassar College, March/May 2017
University of California, Berkeley, May/June 2017

Caroline Patey
English Literature
Email: c.patey[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Sinem Kilic

PhD Candidate in Philosophy
Freie Universität Berlin / Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Sinem Kılıç received her M.A. (Magistra Artium) in Philosophy, Musicology and Classics ("with distinction") from Johannes Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz (2014). Since 2015, she is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin with a dissertation project on Plato's Philosophy of Music and Its Echo in the Renaissance, affiliated to the Research Training Group "Philosophy, Science and the Sciences" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and funded by the DFG. Her research interests encompass philosophy of music, aesthetics, ethics, ancient and late ancient philosophy (Plato, Aristotle, Apuleius), Arabic philosophy, Renaissance philosophy, and 19th and 20th century philosophy (Kant, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Nietzsche, Adorno). 

Sinem Kılıç, PhD candidate
Email: s.kilic[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Janina Schabig

Film Studies at Freie Universität, Berlin
Film Production at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
Art Direction at Miami AD School Europe, Hamburg

Janina’s artistic work consists of experimental films, photography and sound design with a focus on psychology, visualizing the inner self and the subconscious. Janina also has a large portfolio of internationally awarded commercial work ranging from print ads to TV commercials, and has worked on several documentary productions.

She first studied Art Direction for Advertising at Miami AD School Europe in Hamburg and worked in the commercial industry for 4 years. Afterwards, her passion for experimental filmmaking took her to Canada to study Analog Film Production at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. During that time she started to focus on the technical dimensions behind filmmaking and began camera assisting and operating, as well as building her own cameras.

In 2012 Janina moved back to Germany to start her own small production studio and soon thereafter joined Bard College Berlin as Technical Consultant for Photography and Audiovisual Media. Since 2016 Janina has facilitated student productions and led workshops in photo, video and sound design at the college.

Janina Schabig
Technical Consultant for Photography and Audiovisual Equipment
Email: j.schabig[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Bill Martin

PhD candidate in Comparative Literature
University of Chicago

Bill Martin has taught Language and Thinking at Bard College in New York, Bard College Berlin, The University of Yangon, and Al-Quds Bard College in Palestine. Currently a professor of Literature and Society at Al-Quds Bard, with scholarly interests ranging from postwar film culture in Central Europe to global literary sociality during the Cold War, he has also lived in Berlin for a number of years and is a literary translator from German and Polish.  

Bill Martin, PhD candidate
Comparative Literature
Email: w.martin[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Dorine van Meel

MFA in Fine Art
Goldsmiths College

Dorine van Meel (1984) is a Dutch artist whose practice takes the form of video installations, performances, discursive projects and long-term collaborations. In her video work, digitally produced images are combined with composed soundtracks and texts read by the artist as well as other female narrators. Moving between diaristic observations, fragments of conversations, and reflections on news items and social media feeds, her work analyses the power relations permeating everyday life while searching for possible modes of resistance and alternative political imaginaries.

Van Meel’s solo work has been shown at the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, the South London Gallery, KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, W139 in Amsterdam, Transmediale in Berlin and Nottingham Contemporary. Her interest in collaborative practices and self-organised education is reflected in the collective projects she has initiated, such as A Farewell to progress at KW Institute for Contemporary Art and the South London Gallery, "The Southern Summer School" at BAK in Utrecht (with Nelmarie du Preez), "Decolonial Futures" at the Sandberg Instituut and Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (with Simangaliso Sibiya), and, together with Rianna Jade Parker, Gentle Dust, which took place amongst others at Jupiter Woods in London and the 10th Berlin Biennale. Since 2015, Van Meel has been teaching in the BA and MA programmes of the Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam.

Dorine van Meel, MFA
Email: d.vanmeel[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Clio Nicastro

PhD in Aesthetics and Theory of Arts
University of Palermo

Clio Nicastro is currently affiliated with ICI Berlin. She studied Philosophy at the University of Palermo (Italy) where she completed her PhD in Aesthetics and Theory of Arts with a thesis on the notion of Denkraum der Besonnenheit in Aby Warburg, which she is in the process of adapting into a book. In 2015 she moved to Berlin as a DAAD postdoctoral fellow working on the German filmmaker Harun Farocki. From 2016-2018 she was a postdoctoral fellow at ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry as part of the two-year program Errans in Time (2016-2018), where she carried out research on empathic temporality.  

She has published her work in academic volumes as well as in film and art journals. Amongst other topics, she has written on Harun Farocki, Philip Scheffner and Merle Kroeger, and Adelina Pintilie. In 2016, she co-founded together with Saima Akhtar and Rosa Barotsias the project In front of the Factory: Cinematic Spaces of Labour. From 2018 she has been co-curating together with Hannah Proctor and Nadine Hartmann the series of reading groups and screenings Spellbound (Diffrakt, Berlin), which aims to explore experiences of collective mental contagion such as fainting fits, possession, the mimetic aspects of both hysteria and eating disorders, the regimentation of gesture and trances.

Dr. Clio Nicastro
Cultural Theory
Email: c.nicastro[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Abed Azzam

PhD in Philosophy
Tel Aviv University

Abed Azzam is a writer, scholar and translator. His areas of research include Islamic philosophy, Continental Philosophy and Critical Theory. He received his PhD from Tel Aviv University and has lectured in Philosophy and Religious studies at various universities in Germany and the US, including the University of Marburg, the Free University in Berlin and Brown University. His book Nietzsche versus Paul was published by Columbia University Press in 2015. In addition to his scholarly work, Azzam has worked extensively on various community development, youth and adult education projects.

Dr. Abed Azzam
Email: a.azzam[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Damiano Sacco

PhD in Theoretical Physics
Kings College London
Damiano Sacco is an affiliated fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI) Berlin, where he also carried out his postdoctoral research from 2018 to 2020. After being awarded his PhD in theoretical physics (string theory) by King’s College London in 2017, his research turned to post-Kantian European philosophy. His current research lies primarily in modern and contemporary aspects of the continental philosophical tradition, focusing in particular on the works of Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Giorgio Agamben, and Emanuele Severino. He has published in both theoretical physics and philosophy in numerous international journals; at present, he is working on a book-length study of the relationship between the histories of physics and metaphysics in the Western tradition.

Dr. Damiano Sacco
Email: d.sacco[at] berlin.bard.edu

Maria Scaroni

Dance artist
MA in Italian Modern Literature
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
Maria F. Scaroni​ is a dance artist. She interprets choreographic works, creates dances and hosts dance workshops. Trained independently, moved to Berlin in 2004, where she works as a freelance dancer performing/creating with Jess Curtis, Jeremy Wade, Frank Willens, Tino Sehgal, Venia Rovisco, Hannah Hegenscheidt, Wilhelm Groener, (a.o.). Since 2011 Maria collaborates with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, (Until Our Hearts Stop, Sketches/Notebook, with its follow-up initiative Supernova, and Built To Last), sharing with her and part of the Berlin dance community the commitment to improvisation as a performance event (City Lights, Auf den Tisch!, Politics of Ecstasy). Scaroni’s choreographic works focus on the process of collaboration, play with durational experiences and are featured by a crossbreeding between performance, choreography and installation. Maria teaches in Berlin’s University HZT and is involved in developing independent training programs (in Berlin, P.O.R.C.H. and ROAR) researching the body as material. She holds a Masters degree in Italian Modern Literature, with a thesis on education and dance.

Read more: https://mariafscaroni.wordpress.com/about/

Maria F. Scaroni
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Nina Schallenberg

PhD in Art History
Freie Universität Berlin
Nina Schallenberg studied art history, philosophy and modern German literature in Berlin and Paris, and wrote her doctoral thesis at the Freie Universität Berlin on the mise en scène of the sculptures of Rodin, Rosso and Brancusi. After having served as curatorial assistant and curator at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne she has been head of collections at the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen from 2010 to 2017. In 2017 she has been appointed curator at the Nationalgalerie / Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. Apart from her museum career she has been engaged in research projects at the German Center for Art History in Paris and the DFG-network “Theory of Sculpture”. She had teaching positions at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, in 2016/2017 she was Chillida Visiting Professor at the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main. Her curatorial and research interests are focused on the history of sculpture, on European modernism and European and US-American art from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Dr. Nina Schallenberg
Art History
Email: n.schallenberg[at]berlin.bard.edu
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Nick Houde

MA in Philosophy, art, and critical theory (PACT)
European Graduate School
Nick Houde is a researcher, writer, and musician based in Berlin. For the last three years he has worked as a research associate and co-curator at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) for the Technosphere Project and the Anthropocene Curriculum. Amidst these broader research areas, he has also written a number of texts and given public talks concerning a mixture of philosophy, technology, and politics. Some of this research has also spilled into sound composition and electronic music, usually under the moniker of Soft Steps or in collaboration with others. 

He holds a BA in Urbanism/Geography from the University of Colorado at Denver and an MA in Philosophy, art, and critical theory (PACT) from the European Graduate School (EGS). He is also the co-founder of the Vertical Unions Working Group at Trust.

Personal website
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Riaz Partha Khan

PhD in Political Science
University of Chicago

Riaz Partha Khan received his PhD in political science from the University of Chicago in 2001. He has taught courses in history, politics, economics, literature, and philosophy at research universities, liberal arts colleges, and study-abroad sites in the US, Germany, South Africa, and Bangladesh. He held faculty positions at New York University, Asian University for Women, and BRAC University. His teaching interests are in political theory, philosophy, and global history. His current research explores the relation between legal violence and modern political institutions from a global-historical perspective. His findings focus on the effects of the rule of property, legal exceptions, and segregation at local, national, and transnational levels on the formation of post-imperial forms of territorial and constitutional nation-states.

Dr. Riaz Partha Khan
Political Science
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Ahmad Qais Sangarkhail

BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought (2023)
Email: ahmadqais.sangarkhail@berlin.bard.edu

Favorite quote and why? 

‘’A great mind becomes a great fortune.’’ - Seneca
I believe the result of every accomplishment comes from trying and putting your efforts into it. Hence, the consequence of cultivating the mind gives you lifetime happiness.

Why Bard College Berlin? 

Over the past two years before I joined Bard College Berlin, I have been working in different environments to try to find a relatable field for my higher education. I have realized that my interests and my mind are made for liberal arts studies. Therefore, I chose BCB.

How would you describe our community in a nutshell?

A community where you feel at home!

You favorite place to study on campus:

The Reading Room of K24 (the residence hall where I currently live).

Are you involved in any student clubs or organizations? 

As part of my involvement with LINGO 101, I teach Persian once a week. 

Your favorite thing to do in Berlin on the weekends? 

Playing ping-pong with friends and attending cultural events in diplomatic missions in Berlin.

What surprised you the most about BCB? 

The teaching methods and direct interactions between faculty and students.

Favorite book you read in a class? 

Democracy & Its Critics by Robert Dahl

Write briefly about one of your courses that left a lasting impression on you.

Introduction to Ethics - a very great way of learning about Western philosophers. Their ethical approaches, rationality and theories have made me rethink human life.

Plans after BCB? 

As education is very dear to me, I will pursue a Master’s degree and work for a year or two in Berlin after I graduate from BCB.

What does a liberal arts education mean to you?

Liberal arts education gives me the ability to think and demonstrate the principles of life and how to act upon them. Through liberal arts education, I can be a better version of myself.
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Armanda Serwah

BA in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought (2021)

Where are you from and which program are you enrolled in at Bard College Berlin?

My name is Amy, I’m from Germany and Ghana, and I’m enrolled in the Economics, Politics, and Social Thought (EPST) track at BCB.

What drew you to Bard College Berlin and why did you ultimately decide to enroll as a student?

In my last two years of high school my interest in economics and politics developed immensely, which is why I decided to further my newly-found interest at a place where I could not only expand on the countless concepts I had only heard about, but also learn about the overlaps between them. Since the size of Berlin can be a little overwhelming at times, I was looking for a place that will allow me to grow alongside different people while creating my own space. I enjoy studying in English as it allows you to communicate with a wider spread of people. Since BCB offers the EPST track and has such a vibrant student body and faculty, I knew there will always be new ideas and opinions to explore and discuss, so I decided to apply to BCB and enroll in the EPST program. 

What do you like about student life and the community at Bard College Berlin?

I respect our community’s ability to constantly grow and inspire each other as well as to welcome new ideas. Civic engagement, for instance, plays a strong role in our community: Whether it is about BCB Goes Green making our campus more environmentally-friendly, Pankumenta bringing an arts festival to our campus, or the BCB Sparrows teaching languages to people in Pankow, at BCB there are always people eager to make a change not only in our community but also in Berlin and even further.

What do you enjoy about living in Berlin?

Cycling! As you cycle across Berlin, pedaling from district to district, you will never fail to experience how incredible this city is. I’m simply amazed by how much history, parks and cafes I’ve already grown familiar to. Some call Berlin “pretty-ugly,” I just think it’s really pretty, including the not so polished parts. At times I go to the lakes close to Brandenburg to spend an entire day there, reading books or listening to music. Also I like that Berlin is not too fast-paced, everyone really seems to be taking their time with whatever they’re doing.

Once I decided to spend an entire week checking out as many start-ups as possible. All the ones I visited were very laid back, always welcoming and constantly encouraging creativity and innovation. Berlin has a great variety of start-ups ranging from tech firms to NGOs, and some of my peers chose to intern in a startup or organization during their time at BCB.

Write briefly about one of your courses that left a lasting impression on you.

The class Introduction to Policy Analysis with Agatha Siwale which I took in Fall 2018 definitely left a lasting impression on me. One of our most memorable classes was when the Zambian ambassador to several countries in Europe, including Germany, came to visit us together with his assistant. He talked about the government’s decision to build a new airport, a very expensive project, and discussed the benefits received and the costs incurred by a variety of stakeholders in Zambia and abroad. Agatha encouraged us to ask all of our questions, many of which have been inspired by our classes and readings on policy making. When the ambassador talked about the Sino-Zambian relationship, which is a topic I’ve been really interested in throughout the past years, I was happy to see how different all of our arguments were. To me personally it was very valuable to have the chance to learn about the thoughts of the ambassador and especially of my peers and professor, instead of limiting my perspective to yet another newspaper article or academic paper.

How do you think the education you receive at Bard College Berlin will help you in the future? What does a liberal arts education mean to you?

The value and meaning of the liberal arts are a crucial aspect that has been contemplated by many European students, myself included, who have stepped out of their traditional academic setting to pursue something different. Years ago, finding out what that “something” means drove some of the students to start an annual conference called Liberal Education Student Conference. After having been a part of the conference in Utrecht two years ago, in 2019 a couple of peers and I decided to host the conference on the BCB campus, inviting liberal arts students from all over Europe for 5 days into our community.

One argument we all seemed to agree upon is that the liberal arts acknowledge what many traditional colleges fail to see: you cannot understand a subject in isolation of another, everything is intertwined. I’m not sure how I could attempt to understand economics without looking at the political structures in place that either stimulated or sometimes even stifled any kind of market or financial system. So, by being a student at BCB, I hope to acquire the ability to consider and then understand the larger context of a problem which may then help me in the future.
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Aryana Arian Assl

Liberal Arts Berlin (LAB) Program

Favorite quote and why? 

“If you want the pearl, leave the inland desert, and wander by the sea. Even if you don’t find it, at least you’ve been near the water”  - Energetic Work by Sanai 

This quote shows me that no matter what, I have to at least try, because if I don’t, I would never know of the possibilities. It also fascinates me how a quote from a Persian poet from the 11th century can inspire me everyday.

Why Bard College Berlin? 

Bard College Berlin is a place that I chose for multiple reasons. Firstly, I always wanted my education to be in a small setting. This is apparent at BCB with the small classrooms which allow for a better understanding of the subjects, close teacher-student relationships allowing for more focus and attention to the tools you need in order to improve, great discussions that are not intimidating, and help everyone to feel safe to speak and express their opinions. Secondly, I liked how the core classes at BCB create a fascinating intersection between all the different disciplines that students study here. Core courses such as Origins of Political Economy and Plato’s Republic and Its Interlocutors are some of my favorite courses this year. Bringing together economists, philosophers, writers, and artists in a classroom discussing The Republic by Plato creates both interesting discussions and perspectives. It also expands everyone's views and allows for the contextualization of topics like art and economy.

How would you describe our community in a nutshell?

A close, supportive and active community. There are many students that are very involved and always doing things, whether it be civic engagement, art projects, community projects, etc. There’s always a lot to hear from everyone. 

You favorite place to study on campus.

My room in the residence halls and the Student Center.

Are you involved in any student clubs or organizations? 

I actually recently formed a new club here at BCB called ‘bardhaus’. We are an art club that aims to display student work throughout empty spaces on campus. One of the most exciting places we are planning on curating is Henry Koerner Hall that is a newly constructed residence hall on campus. We have so many talented students here, so my goal is to ensure their works are seen and maybe even give inspiration to others. 

Your favorite thing to do in Berlin on the weekends? 

I like to go out to the city, usually a concert/gallery with friends. There is so much to do in Berlin everyday, especially in art and culture. It’s also accessible and accepting for everyone. There are cultural events, free chamber music concerts at the Philharmonie, amazing brunches at local cafes, and jazz clubs where you can join in on some improv or just enjoy a drink and listen to great music. 

What surprised you the most about BCB? 

The intersectionality between the different subjects studied by the students. The core courses bring up questions and issues from different fields that are normally not discussed together, making the topics and discussions in class more interesting than I thought it would. It also surprised me how easy it is to start diving into your interests as the city has so much to offer. No matter what you study, the city always inspires you. As an art student, I was surprised by the overwhelming amount of museums and galleries, displaying numerous amounts of work from all around the globe, and this inspired me and my work in such a great way. 

Favorite book you read in a class? 

Art as Experience - John Dewey 

Write briefly about one of your courses that left a lasting impression on you.

The class Introduction to Aesthetics left a lasting impression on me as it was my first time exploring art through a philosophical lens. I was fascinated by all the theories and concepts revolving around art and how much more is needed to understand it completely. I began to see my own art differently and it made me question where my aesthetics came from and whether they are built in through myself or through others (or maybe both). This was a class that I still think of everyday when making art and always drives me to question all art that I will see and experience. Aesthetics is such a fascinating thing that surrounds us everyday, not only in art but also in nature and social interactions, so it is so significant to come to a better understanding of it and this class allowed me to do exactly so. 

Plans after BCB? 

I want to do a Master’s in a field close to the projects I made for the Art and Aesthetics concentration. I also might create an art collective/studio to enable me to create art that intersects politics, philosophy and other humanities disciplines. 

What does a liberal arts education mean to you?

A liberal arts education, in my view, is the ideal way to educate someone who has interests that coexist within different forms and spaces. Our minds are not designed to think in a one-directional sense but rather we require to think and communicate via different shapes, paths and forms. Liberal arts education allows this. It asks you to educate yourself through the understanding of various things beside your specialization and this allows for your specialization to blossom in a proper context. Whether that be a politician who understands art, thus understanding people’s struggles better, or an artist who understands politics to create art that speaks louder. Knowing about one thing and one thing only won’t lead to complete knowledge, as for example, without philosophy you wouldn’t be able to understand what knowing truly is before you begin to know in the first place.
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Hesham Moadamani

BA in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought (2021)
Where are you from and which program are you enrolled in at Bard College Berlin?

I am from Damascus, Syria. I am enrolled in the Economics, Politics, and Social Thought BA program.

What drew you to Bard College Berlin and why did you ultimately decide to enroll as a student?

I started a law degree back in Damascus in 2011, which I couldn’t continue because the Syrian revolution started during the first year of my degree. Then I became a war zone journalist and later a refugee to the countries neighboring Syria, looking for a place to continue my higher education again while working with several NGOs.

I moved to Germany in 2015. Here, I heard of Bard College Berlin through its unique program PIESC, which offers scholarships to students from areas of crisis. I wanted to apply for the Economics and Politics BA program, since I believed gaining this degree would be the best thing to do outside Syria, especially that it would be something I could use to help in rebuilding the country once the war would be over. Additionally, the concept of liberal arts appealed to me and was a motive to apply. I wanted to test different subjects in order to discover my academic interests and combine them with the experience I’d gained through my work.
What do you like about campus life at Bard College Berlin?

One of the main things that attracts students to this small college in Berlin’s suburb, Pankow, is its small community. It allows you to know everyone from all years of study by name. As you start living on campus with the onset of the L&T program, when they hold daily activities on and off campus, you will be placed in every activity with a new group of people. By the end of the program, you will not only know those living with you in the same dorm or flat, but literally everyone, and you will get to hang out later, when regular classes start, with different people with different interests, which is pretty much fascinating for me. 

This can be said also about the faculty. I remember how in my first days at the college I went with the professor who is also my advisor to the cafeteria to have lunch and talk together. This is also one of the great advantages of living on campus: the cafeteria is the place where faculty and students have their meals together at the same table and also wait in the queue together. 

And of course SPOK, the sports center, where Bard College Berlin students have free access to all the facilities (sauna, tennis, ping-pong tables, fitness hall, etc) is my refuge from all stress. 

There are plenty of other advantages about campus life for one to discover. This gives me the sense of living with a community which I consider my family and it makes me appreciate having the opportunity to live on campus.   

What do you enjoy about living in Berlin?

Berlin from my own perspective is not just a city that I am living in until I finish my degree. As I am unable to go back to my country of origin due to the ongoing war there, Berlin is now also my second and only home. I crossed 15 countries in my journey fleeing Syria and I lived in hundreds of cities, in some for a couple of days and in other for over a year, but only Berlin settled in my heart and now I am in the process of calling it a home. It is the only place where I started to create a bond between myself and the city -- perhaps because of the many opportunities it offers, as one can always find things to do in Berlin, or maybe because it is a place where all cultures come together, which is visible through the spectrum of people walking in the streets, the variety of food, museums, etc., or maybe when I look at its history, the war, the destruction, the similarity to the situation in Syria now. When I see how in no time Berlin became this great place that it is today, I am hopeful that Syria will heal too and be like Berlin today. 

Write briefly about one of your courses that left a lasting impression on you.

One of the courses I had, which I can describe as demanding, informative, and mind enriching, was Globalization and International Relations. We discussed in this course different international theories and how they look at various events in the world. The material, examples and case studies we discussed during the class provided me with the tools that enabled me right away to have my own opinion and to analyze those current, ongoing or historical major events that changed or are changing our world. In this class I always felt that my efforts and pre-class reading would be realized through the exercises we had in class, in which one did not only get to present their ideas, but also hear their fellow students, learn from them and argue with them. 

How do you think the education you receive at Bard College Berlin will help you in the future? What does a liberal arts education mean to you?

As I am one of the very few, among the millions of Syrian refugees, who were displaced and still able to continue higher education, I am very appreciative of the education I am receiving at BCB. Being one of these very few, I feel responsibility towards my country and I am sure one day Syria will need me. Especially that I am in the Economics and Politics BA program, I feel these two disciplines are the very foundation for a country which is on the ground now. So I believe this education will help me in different ways to contribute something to the rebuilding process. 

Liberal arts is ideal for me now, as mentioned earlier, I had started a degree in law back in Damascus and I had many plans regarding the future, a master’s degree, a job, which I wrote down in my journal, but I never took into account that a war might break out all of a sudden and change everything. So I changed the way I think and the fact that I’m now studying liberal arts is allowing me to explore two different majors before I chose my concentration, as well as a variety of other courses, in order to discover more things and eventually find my passion. Who knows what I will read in a future class and what I will want to pursue as a career; all that matters to me now is to be productive on a daily basis and success will come. 
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Lejla Zjakic

Bosnia and Herzegovina
BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought

Where are you from and which program are you enrolled in at Bard College Berlin?

I come from a nice and small country named Bosnia and Herzegovina, and I am enrolled in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Thought program.

What drew you to Bard College Berlin and why did you ultimately decide to enroll as a student?

I was looking for a place that embodies the words vibrant, diverse, and liberal. Besides the open-minded and diverse dimension BCB offered, it was the only place that corresponded to my interest in a wide range of subjects which are not often found in one academic program. I am particularly interested in visual arts and art history, I have been studying visual arts throughout high school and I hoped to learn more about the practical aspect: different art techniques and mediums, but also theoretical: art movements and artists. I saw a chance to incorporate my interest for the art world with social and cultural studies. 

What do you like about student life and the community at Bard College Berlin?

I like how you learn a lot outside of the classroom context. The great side of being in an international environment is having the feeling that you are in touch with the entire world. Whether it is your Georgian roommate telling you about the political atmosphere or great food in their country, or reaching out to a student from Brazil to ask about the recent wildfires there, you get to learn and understand the matter through their eyes. Having such a small yet diverse community allows for great inputs of different thoughts, experiences, as well as knowledge: learning a language from your friend through Lingo 101, taking part in “BCB Goes Green” sustainable initiatives, or just playing badminton at the local gym, SPOK. I can say that I am growing in many aspects by being surrounded with such people. 

What do you enjoy about living in Berlin?

I enjoy the funky vibe of freedom and acceptance that Berlin has. The city is filled with people from all over the planet with different interests and worldviews, and yet everyone is feeling at home and allowed to be who they want to be, and that kind of corresponds to how diverse the city itself is: with its different districts and complex history. 

There is a place for everyone here. I particularly enjoy the art and music scene and how it is given a lot of importance. Culture is very much valued, and there is never a lack of inspiration. Life is also balanced and not fast-moving, and lying next to the Spree all day long is perfectly alright. Some of my favorite activities include visiting art galleries and museums, spending Sundays at flea markets, listening to live music and eating Döner Kebab.  

Write briefly about one of your courses that left a lasting impression on you.

Responding to Climate Change is a course I attended in my first semester, taught by faculty Ramona Mosse, and it truly left a lasting impression on me. It was mainly a literature-based class tackling the problem of climate change and prompting us to respond to it and take action. We visited the Federal Ministry for the Environment where we were given an interactive lecture about environmental issues by scientists and policy analysts. Our assignment was to respond to climate change through creating a podcast about different matters such as pollution, food waste, recycling etc. in order to raise awareness of those topics. My group was working on the issue of pollution and e-waste, and I got to reach out to people in Berlin - environmental activists and a computer repair technician, to talk to them about their views on pollution. I enjoyed being engaged outside of class and in that way to take action and learn. 

How do you think the education you receive at Bard College Berlin will help you in the future? What does a liberal arts education mean to you?

At this point I can’t say that I will pursue my career in the art field: and I think that is the liberty of the kind of education I am receiving. It allows me to search for myself in many different fields and widen my interests. A liberal arts education means going beyond the conventional way we think of academics as studying in a specific field in order to pursue a career focused only on that one field. What is important to me is to be aware, not only about a specific matter, but also about what this world has experienced and is experiencing. This forces us to think about matters that surround us: politics, philosophy, ethics, arts, culture, economics, and to realize how all of them are interconnected and crucial in shaping our lives. 

I believe that it is difficult or almost impossible to understand the entirety of the ever-changing world we live in, but by studying liberal arts I feel that I am closer to understanding it every day and capable of looking at it from a more critical perspective.
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Lucari Jordan

BA in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought (2021)

Where are you from and which program are you enrolled in at Bard College Berlin?

I come from New Mexico in the United States, a sparsely populated desert state west of Texas. I have lived all over the state, from the foothills of the Rockies in Las Vegas, to the desert peaks of Las Cruces, to the urban sprawl of Albuquerque. I am currently studying in the Economics, Politics, and Social Thought program at Bard College Berlin, and plan on double majoring. 

What drew you to Bard College Berlin and why did you ultimately decide to enroll as a student?

Bard College Berlin wasn’t even remotely on my radar when I started looking for colleges, and I would have never known about it if I had not stopped to look at a Common App poster hanging in the hallway of my high school. I looked it up out of sheer curiosity, and was amazed by the international community and degree program. I really felt like the courses would give me the freedom to not be bogged down in the minutiae of one specific subject, which would be to the detriment of any interdisciplinary aspirations, but that I could earn a broader and more versatile wealth of knowledge. I was familiar with the United World College IB program from my youth in Las Vegas, NM and this is a place I felt fostered the same perspective of the world, namely that it is vastly interconnected and even the most distant places are inseparable, and that we must work together to reach our full capacities as individuals and a society. Once I knew that, it was my 1st choice.

What do you like about student life and the community at Bard College Berlin?

I am a big fan of the way that our school as an institution but also as a community works to promote discussion and critical interaction with texts, professors, and the environment, instead of having us study some philosophy of science or art, and come to believe it as an axiom of the universe. This means we are encouraged to develop our own thoughts and academic interests, to interpolate different and often disparate ideas about, and approaches to, research and problem solving. Berlin itself has always been a haven for counterculture and subversive movements, and I think that fits well with the idea of critical engagement our school fosters, and also allows for us as a student body to be exposed to as many differences as we can in one city. 

Secondly I find our student body to be just the right amount of “chill”, and by this I mean we all tend to have a good sense of balance between school work and activities and developing an external adult life. For instance, I have found it is possible to keep up on school work, work in the Student Parliament, participate in the BCB Politics, Rhetoric and Debate Society, and also pursue my hobbies in the city such as bouldering, attending the theater, and following the contemporary music and art scene. I have also been able to partake in some of the events organized by the Civic Engagement programs on campus, such as attending some clowning workshops and being able to implement those skills while working with refugee children.

What do you enjoy about living in Berlin?

Berlin is such a rich city in its history, its culture (which is very different than any other European city I have visited), and in its personality. This is not a stressful city to live in, but nor is it boring. The city calls to mind the image of wet clay on a potter's wheel, waiting to be molded into something, then brought down and recreated if need be. Berlin has a place for everyone because everyone can make their own place in it, and never feel in want of something (unless what you want is mountains).

Write briefly about one of your courses that left a lasting impression on you.

I was most surprised by the 3rd semester core course “Renaissance Florence,” mostly because going in, I knew it was a course that would be largely focused on critical engagement with art. I had taken such art courses for many years in middle and high school, but never could understand the science behind the theory, movements and critique. The basics of aesthetics and technique I knew about, even if I did not possess them, but the theory always sounded contrived to me.

However, this class was not just artistic interpretation and criticism, in fact it included the history, philosophy, and politics of the Renaissance and early Baroque periods as a central component in the discussion, and it was like a thunderbolt in my brain. I understood the lens through which we were looking at the pieces, it was all a method of communication, not just a way of blinding the monotony of life with spectacular visions carefully crafted by masters. Through the lectures about the predominant scientific theories of the Renaissance, I could understand what was purposeful contortion of figures as part of a statement and what was err. The complexity and comprehensiveness of a course that I thought was just going to be art history completely turned my perspective on the course material inside out.

How do you think the education you receive at Bard College Berlin will help you in the future? What does a liberal arts education mean to you?

I think the type of education we receive at BCB makes us more resilient individuals when it comes to shocks and changes in our environment, intellectually and emotionally. The broad understanding of history and development of civilization will help us contextualize our own work in politics/art/economics/ethics/literature and so make it more powerful and successful than any more narrowly specialized and isolated version could be. Many of these benefits arise from the type of Liberal Arts implemented at BCB. Here the Liberal Arts are a process of creating versatile and empathetic individuals who are able to examine environments effectively and critically while remaining intensely focused on whatever goals they set forth. 
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Miksa Gáspár

BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought

Favorite quote and why?

“Man is the measure of all things.” (Protagoras) 

To be born as a human being is a privilege that is not about shaping the world according to our own desires but to change with the world. Since at Bard Berlin we are discussing the most crucial challenges of our age - which could seem way bigger than us - I find it very important to underline what Protagoras said, that these issues are in a way our personal challenges as well.

Why Bard College Berlin? 

Bard College Berlin seemed to me as a laboratory where I can explore my motivations and myself further. I spent a lot of my free time during high school participating in different activities; working with people on projects we are all very motivated about creates the greatest kind of community. I thought here at BCB I will find everything to develop new ideas or my current ones further: a colorful and open-minded community and place for experimenting. I chose BCB to challenge my ideas, and I am delighted to see that others are doing the same.

How would you describe our community in a nutshell?

BCB is a source of personal motivation for every student, but these sources differ greatly. What is very nice in our community is that, even though we are all strong individuals, we can channel our diverse motivations and opinions into discussions. For example for me lunchtime is not only about eating but sitting with other people, teaching and learning from each other even unintentionally by chatting over the food.

You favorite place to study on campus?

I love the garden behind our residence halls, as I can sit in nature surrounded by the chirping of birds and also hear people entering and leaving our buildings. It is a little bit like sitting at the border of two worlds.

Are you involved in any student clubs or organizations?

I am a member of the debate club as well as the Lingo 101 French class. I also participate occasionally in the meetings of StuPa and BCB Goes Green. I am running my own discussion circle since the beginning of the semester called Let’s Jew it.

Your favorite thing to do in Berlin on the weekends?

I love to wander around in the suburban areas of Berlin on my bike.

What surprised you the most about BCB?

The level of involvement in classes from both students’ and teachers’ side turned out to be a lot higher than I have ever thought. 

Favorite book you read in a class? 

Ahmed Saadawi’s book called Frankenstein in Baghdad.

Write briefly about one of your courses that left a lasting impression on you.

This semester I am taking a course called Introduction to Critical and Cultural Theory that I nearly dropped at the beginning of the semester because I barely understood a word from it. We are reading challenging essays and studies related to the history and the philosophy of art beside many other topics, which I found too complex for me to understand with the background knowledge I had. When I went to my teacher, she encouraged me to read the scientific texts in a personal way, which gave me the key to understanding every text - if not in their full complexity, but at a certain level. I got back to some of the articles during midterms and surprisingly I understood them a lot better than before. This course showed me that just by becoming a more experienced reader, my understanding will develop as well.

Plans after BCB?

I would like to find a grad school where I can continue learning the theory and practice of arts simultaneously, as I do it now at BCB. In this very moment, I can imagine myself as one of 21th century’s new writers, who is not just writing but is also actively involved in the issues surrounding him/her. On an even longer term, I would like to go back to Hungary and try to urge (political) changes by motivating people through the arts to participate more actively, for example in politics.

What does a liberal arts education mean to you?

I cannot define it in one sentence. Liberal arts education is on the one hand a broad scale of opportunities in a variety of fields and in a variety of topics, and on the other hand a way of studying in which you have to personally get involved. A liberal arts education is a process of constantly pairing up one’s opportunities with one’s interests. However, a liberal arts education is not only about living with these opportunities but also about creating ones for others. In contrast to the world today, liberal education is based on giving, on surpassing what we receive and not on reserving knowledge for ourselves.
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Vala Schriefer

BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought (2023)
Favorite quote and why? 

Journeys are the midwives of thought. --Alain de Botton 
I love to take walks and to travel. Movement is incredibly conducive to deep reflection.

Why Bard College Berlin? 

Bard College Berlin has the balance I was looking for: a small school in a big city. I wanted the feeling of a close-knit community, a place where you recognize faces as you pass them, as well as the resources of a vibrant city. The small discussion-based classes at BCB allow you to take the ideas from the classroom and immediately put them into practice by interacting with the city.  

How would you describe our community in a nutshell?

Multicultural, involved, inquisitive.

Your favorite place to study on campus?

The room in the library that has all the books on film and art and overlooks a quiet street.

Are you involved in any student clubs or organizations? 

I have participated in the film club and life drawing club. I also write for BCB’s blog

Your favorite thing to do in Berlin on weekends? 

Go to the movies or wander in the city. 

What surprised you the most about BCB? 

How little separation there is between students in different years. 

Favorite book you read in a class? 

Walter Benjamin’s essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Production” for German film class.

Write briefly about one of your courses that left a lasting impression on you.

I am currently taking an art history course on German art of the twentieth century as well as a film course on German film. There is a wonderful crossover between the two courses in the ways we discuss German history as well as theories of understanding and analyzing art. Examining the country through art and film, these courses have given me a greater understanding of the forces and ideas that make up Germany and the German identity. They have been a wonderful crash course in German culture which I feel is essential to learn about when living in a new country. 

Plans after BCB? 

Wherever I’ll end up, I hope to be writing and making art.

What does a liberal arts education mean to you?

I have many interests and a liberal arts education allows me to explore different ideas without the ultimacy of an immediate specialty. I get to engage with my education in a multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary way, in the classroom and independently.  

Staying in touch with the alumni/ae community

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Staying in touch with the college

Alumni News

  • Geoff Lehman appears on the podcast On the Green Track
  • BCB alumnus Sam Zamrik curates workshop series at Haus der Kulturen der Welt
  • BCB Alumna Maheen Atif publishes article about the Hazara minority in Zeit Online
  • BCB alumna Wafa Mustafa is interviewed in the Guardian
  • BCB alumnus Ahmad Mobayed participates in Nobel Prize Summit
Margarethe Hattingh

Margarethe Hattingh

South Africa
BA in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought '19
Currently: Master's in Banking and Finance, University of Vienna 

"At BCB there is no escaping the opportunity to think independently. It’s required in virtually every class, and it’s what makes the entire program so enriching."
Michal Stroka

Michal Stroka

Czech Republic
BA in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought '18
Currently: Project Manager in business development

"The liberal arts approach broadened my understanding and awareness of where and how economics fits within our societies. "
Nathan French

Nathan French

BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought '18

Currently: European Master's of French and Francophone Studies, Humboldt University Berlin

"Bard College Berlin helped me gain the confidence to think and speak for myself. I ask myself what I value and what I don’t value, instead of being a victim of popular opinion."
Hana Khalaf

Hana Khalaf

BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought '18
Currently: MA in North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

"The individual and friendly interaction with the faculty members made the whole experience very enriching and enjoyable."
Philip Euteneuer

Philip Euteneuer

BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought '17
Currently: works in cultural mediation at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin

"Studying at BCB also meant starting to learn how to live, grow up and be a responsible, well-adjusted citizen."
David Kretz

David Kretz

BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought '16
Currently: PhD student in Germanic Studies and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago

"It's been a transformative experience on many levels."
Aya Ibrahim

Aya Ibrahim

BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought '15
Currently: Reporter in the flagship English language news department of Deutsche Welle, Berlin

"The thinking beyond the obvious and literal that this kind of education instills in you is an absolute advantage in today's world."
Maria Khan

Maria Khan

BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought '15
Currently: Assistant Professor - Department of Literature, Bard High School Early College

"As demanding as it might have been, writing essays helped me understand myself better and develop a way for expressing my thoughts."
Aurelia Cojocaru 

Aurelia Cojocaru 

BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought '14
Currently PhD student, University of California, Berkeley

"Many of us came with an idea or a goal and saw it growing or going in new directions during the program—this is the reason why diversity has always been a key feature."
Denise Kripper

Denise Kripper

AY ’08/09, ISU ’09
Currently: Assistant Professor at Lake Forest College, Chicago

"From the deans and professors, to the staff and students, we all formed a tight-knit community where students' interests were fostered and their critical viewpoints challenged."
Cristina Groeger

Cristina Groeger

PY '08/09
Assistant Professor of History, Lake Forest College, Illinois, USA

"Aided by the small size and the young age of the program, Bard College Berlin is an institution in which every individual matters and has a great deal of influence in shaping the learning environment."
Hannes Klöpper

Hannes Klöpper

AY '06/07
Currently CEO of HelloBetter

"[A liberal arts education] offers you the opportunity to engage some of the big questions in life. As a person, and as a member of society, you do encounter these questions time and again, throughout the rest of your life."
Natalia Irina Roman

Natalia Irina Roman

PY ‘06/07 & installation year ‘07/08
Currently: German & Romanian Installation Artist, City Researcher and Curator

"ECLA* was for me a place for imagination and self-discovery. A place both in Berlin and an oasis of its own, both school and community of people, both challenge and room for own initiative."
Yana Zabanova

Yana Zabanova

AY '05/06
Currently Research Analyst at the European Stability Initiative

"I loved how saturated with new experiences and discoveries my life at ECLA* was. I also enjoyed being part of the tight-knit, diverse community."


ECLA was the historical name of Bard College Berlin until November 2013
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