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Tobias Wilke joined the department in 2009, after a year as a post-doctoral fellow in the Cluster of Excellence Languages of Emotion at the Freie Universitšt Berlin. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and his Dr. phil from Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen in 2008. In his research and teaching, he focuses particularly on the history of German literature and culture from the mid-19th century onwards, with a strong emphasis on the broader contexts of European modernism, the history of media and media theory, and the relations between aesthetics and empirical psychology. He is the author of two books: Medien der Unmittelbarkeit. Dingkonzepte und Wahrnehmungstechniken 1918-1939 (Munich: Fink, 2010) ["Media of Immediacy: Concepts of Thingness and Technologies of Perception, 1918-39"], and Einführung in die Literatur der Jahrhundertwende (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2nd edition 2010 co-authored with Dorothee Kimmich). He is also the co-editor, together with Michael Jennings, of a special issue of Grey Room on "Walter Benjamin's Media Tactics" (Spring 2010). He is currently working on two new research projects: a book-length essay on the relationship between metaphors of empathy and concepts of abstraction in the historical avant-garde, and a large-scale interdisciplinary project on experimental and psychological aesthetics around 1900. The latter project, conducted together with Jutta Müller-Tamm (Freie Universität Berlin) and Henning Schmidgen (Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin), will be funded through the Languages of Emotions Cluster for the period of 2009-2011.
For further information, including a complete list of publications, please visit Tobias Wilke's website at: www.tobiaswilke.de.
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