Christoph Holzhey PhD, PhD
Physics, German Literature
Christoph F.E. Holzhey is the founding director of the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, which he has directed since 2006. He read physics at Oxford (B.A. 1988) and received a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Princeton University in 1993 with a dissertation on the entropy and information loss of black holes. At Columbia University, he studied German Literature (MA 1994, MPhil 1996) and wrote a dissertation on paradoxical pleasures in aesthetics (PhD 2001). Returning to Germany, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (2001-03) and in the project "Mystik und Moderne" at the Universität Siegen (2003-06).
His research interests include German Literature since the 18th century; pleasure and pain in aesthetics; constructions of identity, gender and sexuality; science and aesthetics; self-organization and emergence in complex systems.
- Situiertes Wissen und regionale Epistemologie. Zur Aktualität Georges Canguilhems und Donna J. Haraways, co-ed. with Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky, Wien/Berlin: Turia + Kant, 2013
- The Scandal of Self-Contradiction. Pasolini's Multistable Subjectivities, Traditions, Geographies, co-ed. with Luca Di Blasi and Manuele Gragnolati, Wien/Berlin: Turia + Kant, 2012
- Tension/Spannung, ed., Wien/Berlin: Turia + Kant, 2010
- Der Einsatz des Lebens. Lebenswissen, Medialisierung, Geschlecht, co-edited with Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky and Anja Michaelsen, Berlin: b_books, 2009
- Biomystik: Natur - Gehirn - Geist, ed., München: Fink, 2007