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Andreas Michel

Professor of German
Dr. Andreas Michel teaches German, with specialties in 20th-century intellectual history, postmodernism, literary theory, cultural studies, and Weimar culture. He is former president of the German-based Carl-Einstein-Society, and helped maintain the organizations website for several years. Dr. Michel advises the international studies major course of study and Stuggart Summer University program, and often leads student groups to tours throughout Germany.

Teaching Interests

  • German language, history, and culture
  • German and European studies
  • European Intellectual history

Research Experiences

  • Modern/postmodernism
  • Historical Avantgardes
  • Carl Einstein
  • Gianni Vattimo

Publications & Presentations

  • “Die Autorität der Schwäche: Gianni Vattimos anti-autoritäres Autoritätsprinzip,” Autorität in der Krise, 2017
  • Baumgartner, M., Michel, A., Sorg, R., Historiografie der Moderne: Carl Einstein, Paul Klee, Robert Walser und die wechselseitige Erhellung der Künste, Wilhelm Fink, 2016
  • “Archaik und Moderne in Carl Einsteins Georges Braque,” Conference of European Network of Avantgarde and Modernism Studies, Rennes, France, 2016
  • “Andrew Feenberg and Gianni Vattimo: A Meeting of the Minds?,” Humanities and Technology Conference, Newport, Rhode Island, 2015
  • “The Notion of Authority in the Work of Gianni Vattimo,” Authority in Crisis after 1945 Conference, Center for Advanced Studies, Cologne, Germany, 2015
  • “Cubism into African Art: Translation as Cultural Politics in Carl Einstein’s Negerplastik,” Cultural Mediators, 1750-1950 Conference, Louvain, Belgium, 2014
  •  “Overcoming Disenchantment: ‘Primitive religion’ in Carl Einstein,” Historiography of Modernity Symposium, Berne, Switzerland, 2013
  • “The Strength of Weakness: Vattimo and Gauchet on Secularization,” Radical Secularization?, 67-82, 2015
  • “Intercultural Encounter? Carl Einstein’s Negerplastik,Intercultural Encounters in German Studies, 37-52, 2014
  • “Postmodernity, Transhumanism, and the Spirit of the Enlightenment,“ Humanities & Technology Review, 32, 1-28, 2013

Academic Degrees

  • MA, University of Freiburg, Germany, 1984
  • PhD, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1991