Armen Avanessian

Armen Avanessian (b. 1973, Vienna, Austria) is a philosopher and literary theorist living in Vienna. He studied philosophy and political science in Vienna and Paris. After completing his dissertation in literature, he worked at the Free University Berlin from 2007 to 2014. He has previously been a Visiting Fellow at the German Departments of Columbia and Yale Universities; visiting professor at various art academies in Europe and the US, and fellow at the Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles. In Berlin, he is editor-at-large of Merve Verlag and in charge of a SprechDenkTheater theory programme at Volksbühne. He is co-founder of the bilingual research platform Spekulative Poetik ( and the Berlin based graduate school His work has been translated into many languages.

English Monographs:

Irony and the Logic of Modernity, DeGruyter, 2015, Speculative Drawing (with Andreas Töpfer), Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2014, Present Tense: A Poetics (with Anke Hennig), Bloomsbury, 2015, Metanoia: A Speculative Ontology of Language, Thinking, and the Brain (with Anke Hennig), Bloomsbury 2017, Overwrite: Ethics of Knowledge – Poetics of Existence, Berlin: Sternberg Press 2017, Miamification, Sternberg Press 2017 and Future Metaphysics, Polity 2019.