DENNIS JOHANNSSEN joined the German Studies department as a graduate student in the Fall of 2012. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, and received his M.A. in Cultural Studies (Angewandte Kulturwissenschaften) from Leuphana University, Lueneburg in 2011. From 2006 until 2007, he worked as a research assistant in the philosophy department at the University of Lueneburg, and in 2007 and 2008 he studied history of philosophy and political theory as a visiting student researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. His Master’s thesis entitled Die moralische Mobilmachung der Natur. Annäherungen an Walter Benjamins Idee eines anthropologischen Materialismus unfolded the theoretical and historical implications of a neglected tradition of 19th- and 20th-century materialist philosophy.
During his studies, he worked on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, German Idealism, Western Marxism, French poststructuralism, and on the literary works of authors like Fjodor Dostoevsky, Arno Holz, Bertolt Brecht, Franz Kafka, Albert Camus, and Heiner Müller. His current research interests include the relation between philosophical anthropology and critical theory, and the political imaginary in the literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He has published in the Zeitschrift für kritische Theorie and is a member of the multidisciplinary research group Anthropology+Materialism.
2011, M.A. in Angewandte Kulturwissenschaften (cultural theory and German literature)
2006, Full scholarship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
2007, Study abroad grant, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
“The Constellation of Negative Anthropology: Between Critical Theory and Philosophical Anthropology,” in Anthropology+Materialism. A Journal of Social Research 1, (forthcoming).
Reviews and Interviews
“Utopie und Differenz. Martin Jay im Gespräch mit Dennis Johannßen,” in Zeitschrift für kritische Theorie 30/31, 171-192.
“Jenseits von Aura und Erlebnis. Zu vier aktuellen Beiträgen der US-amerikanischen Walter-Benjamin-Forschung,” in Zeitschrift für kritische Theorie 34/35, 235-253.
“Leibhafte Politik. Zum psychophysischen Problem im Zusammenhang des anthropologischen Materialismus,” German-French Summer School, “Anthropological Materialism and Materialism of the Encounter,” University of Potsdam, Germany, July 2012.
Co-organizer of the German-French Summer School, “Anthropological Materialism and Materialism of the Encounter: Re-evaluating our Present in the Wake of Walter Benjamin and Louis Althusser” (funded by the Deutsch-Französische Hochschule), a cooperation of the University of Potsdam and the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), July 16-20, 2012.