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Prof. Dr. Hans-Christian von Herrmann


Hans-Christian von Herrmann is head of the literary studies group at the TU Berlin. In research and teaching, he is dedicated to the change in literary culture in the age of cybernetization and digitization. On the one hand, this means an occupation with literature and other arts from the middle of the 20th century to the present day, on the other hand, the development of historical and theoretical perspectives that shed light on the relationship between art, technology and science across epochs and cultures. His work focuses in particular on the dispute between the 'two cultures' since the 18th century and its criticism, the relationship between art and automation since the early 20th century, and the effects of planetarization associated with modern technology.

He is a member of the Berlin International Graduate School in Model and Simulation Based Research at the TU Berlin (BIMoS) and a member of the board of the Society of Friends of the TU Berlin.

Academic CV


Magister Artium, Germanistik, Freie Universität Berlin (1990) („sehr gut“), Betreuer: Prof. Dr. Klaus Laermann

Promotion: Neugermanistik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (1995) („summa cum laude“), Betreuer: Prof. Dr. Friedrich Kittler

Habilitation: Theaterwissenschaft, Universität Leipzig (2003)


Professional and Academic Experience

1996-2000 research assistant, Institute for Theater Studies, Universität Leipzig

2000-2002 research assistant, Zentrum für Literatur- Kulturforschung Berlin

2002-2003 substitute professor for communication theory and audiovisual media, Department of Art and Design, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Campus Essen

2004-2008 substitute professor for media studies and theories of digital media, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

2008-2011 lecturer for media technology and media art, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

since 2011 Professor (W 3) for Literature and Science at Technische Universität Berlin

2017-2019 Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities


Awards, Fellowships, Visiting Professorships

1995 dissertation award, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

2007 visiting assistant professor, Princeton University, Department of German

2008 visiting assistant professor, New York University, Department of German

2008/2009, 2009/2010 substitute professor at the Institute of Theatre Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

2010/2011 substitute professor for cultural theory and methods in cultural studies, Cluster of Excellence „Cultural Founcations of Social Integration”, Universität Konstanz

2013, 2014 visiting professor, Department of German der New York University

2015/16 senior research fellow, Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (IKKM), Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

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Essays (in English)

  • Scenes of Writing: The Florentine Uffizi as Kunstkammer, Laboratory, and Stage. In: Collection – Laboratory – Theater / ed. Helmar Schramm, Ludger Schwarte, Jan Lazardzig. – Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2005, p. 103-121.
  • Museum Meltdown. Tactile Reception in the Digital Age. In: Architektur der medialen Räume / Architecture of the Medial Spaces / ed. Joachim Krausse, Stephan Pinkau. – Dessau: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, 2008, p. 54-61.
  • At the End of the Mechanical Age: Jean Tinguely's Machines. In. Tinguely. Super Meta Maxi. Exhibition Catalogue Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (germ./engl./nl.). - Köln: Walther König, 2016, p. 217-220.
  • Media Culture: 'Bildung' in the Information Age. In: The Technological Introject. Friedrich Kittler between Implementation and the Incalculable / ed. Jeffrey Champlin, Antje Pfannkuchen. - New York: Fordham University Press, 2018, S. 183-192.
  • Odyssey without Nostos, or, From Globe to Planet. In: Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung 9 (2018), no. 1, p. 147-156.

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"A Theater of the Scientific Age – Brecht’s Concept of Artistic Modelling"

Lecture at the IKKM Weimar, Dec 2, 2015

"Bildung in the Age of Information"

Lecture at the conference "The Sirens Go Silent: A Commemorative Colloquium for Friedrich Kittler", organized by Avital Ronell and Arne Höcker,

Deutsches Haus at NYU, March 14-16, 2013



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