Thomas Mann Fellows | 2019

Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Dr. Armen Avanessian | Philosopher

Armen Avanessian | Foto: Dirk Skiba
Armen Avanessian | Foto: Dirk Skiba

Armen Avanessian studied philosophy and political science in Vienna and Paris. After earning his Ph.D. in literature, he worked as a freelance journalist, editor, and on staff for various publishers in Paris and London.  From 2007·2014, he taught at the Free University Berlin. In 2011 and 2012, Avanessian was Visiting Fellow at the German Departments of Columbia University and Yale University, respectively. In recent years, he taught as guest professor at art academies in Europe and the US (CalArts). Avanessian is the founder of the bilingual research platform Spekulative Poetik ( and of the Bureau of Cultural Strategies (, as well as editor and publisher of a book series at MERVE Verlag. He also coordinates a weekly series on philosophical theory at the Volksbühne. His books and anthologies have been translated into various languages.

English Monographies

  • Irony and the Logic of Modernity. DeGruyter, 2015.
  • Speculative Drawing. (together with Andreas Töpfer) Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2014.
  • Present Tense. A Poetics. (together with Anke Hennig), Bloomsbury 2015.
  • Metanoia. A Speculative Ontology of Language, Thinking, and the Brain. (together with Anke Hennig) Bloomsbury 2017).
  • Overwrite. Ethics of Knowledge – Poetics of Existence. Berlin: Sternberg Press 2017.
  • Miamification. Sternberg Press 2017