The Team


Marc Berdet

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Currently based in South America, Marc Berdet is developing his postdoctoral researches in two directions: on the one hand, he is analysing the social interactions into commercial spaces that stand for public spaces (Brazil); on the other hand, he is studying the socio-genesis of the Latino aesthetic of the tropical “gothic” or “baroque” in cinema and litterature (Colombia, Chile, Brazil). He published in 2013 Fantasmagories du capital. L’invention de la ville-marchandise, Paris, La Découverte (coll. Zones); in 2014 Walter Benjamin. La passion dialectique, Paris, Armand Colin; in 2014 (with Thomas Ebke)  Anthropologischer Materialismus und Materialismus der Begegnung. Vermessungen der Gegenwart im Ausgang von Walter Benjamin und Louis Althusser, Berlin, Xenomoi Verlag; and in 2015 Le chiffonnier de Paris. Walter Benjamin et les fantasmagories, Paris, Vrin (coll. Matière étrangère). He received a PhD in France from the University of Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne (2003-2009) and was a Marie Curie Fellow in Germany at the University of Potsdam (2010-2013).

He is also the chief-editor of the website, and of the journal of social research Anthropology & Materialism. A Journal of Social Research.



Sébastien Broca

Sébastien Broca is a sociologist, assistant professor at the Cemticritic, Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint Denis. He works on the digital commons (free software, Creative Commons) in a perspective influenced by critical theory. He has published Utopie du logiciel libre in 2013. He is also a member of the editorial board of Anthropology & Materialism. A Journal of Social Research.


Paola Ferruta

Research Fellow, university of Bielefeld, Germany, and CIERA, France
Doctor of history, university of Bielefeld / EHESS
Doctoral thesis on La construction saint-simonienne du féminin entre 1829 et 1845. Une Histoire croisée des réseaux familiaux en rapport avec la Haskala berlinoise [“The Saint-Simonian Construction of the Feminine Between 1829 and 1845. A Crossed Story of Familial Networks in Connection to the Berliner Haskala”]

Dennis Johannßen

M. A., Kulturwissenschaften, Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany.
Current research: Critical theory and philosophical anthropology; history of        anthropological materialism; fetishism and technology.

Sami Khatib

Researcher at the theory department of the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht/Netherlands; current research project on “‘Psychotheology’ and its Vicissitudes: Messianicity, Creatureliness, and Death Drive”.

Ph.D. candidate at Freie Universität Berlin (2006-12), doctoral thesis on “‘Teleologie ohne Endzweck’ – Walter Benjamins Ent-stellung des Messianischen” [“‘Teleology without end’ – Walter Benjamin’s dislocation of the messianic“]; studied Media and Communication Studies, Philosophy (M.A.) and Sociology and Political Science (undergraduate) at Freie Universität Berlin and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

Joanna Kusiak

Fulbright Advanced Research Fellow at The Graduate Center, City University of New York

PhD Candidate at University of Warsaw and Darmstadt University of Technology (co-tutelle)

Current research: Revolution of Cities. Materialist Analysis of Post-Socialist Transformation of Cities. Warsaw, Tirana, Berlin.

Christos Lynteris

Christos Lynteris is a social anthropologist.

He received his PhD from the University of St Andrews for research on epidemics and epidemiology in modern China.

He is currently a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge’s CRASSH and Principal Investigator for the European Reserch Council funded project Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic.


Carlos Perez Lopez

PhD candidate, LLCP, University of Paris 8
In charge of the seminar “Les Dialogues Philosophiques”Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris, and of the seminar for PhD students “Work in progress”, LLCP, University of Paris 8.
Doctoral thesis on Les fondements philosophiques de la violence. Le problème de la grève dans le lien entre Walter Benjamin et Georges Sorel [“Philosophical Grounds of Violence. The Problem of Strike in the Connection between Walter Benjamin and Georges Sorel”]


Aukje Van Rooden

Research fellow, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Actual research: Political Engagement and Autonomy of European Literature
Doctor of Philosophy and Literature
Doctoral thesis on L’Intrigue dénouée. Politique et littérature dans une communauté sans mythes [The Unravelled Plot. Politics and Literature in a Community Without Myths].


Meike Schmidt-Gleim

She is currently Director of the research project “Atlas of Arcadia” at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Master of Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna

Actual research: “Atlas of Arcadia”, Translating Walter Benjamin’s practice of “The Arcades Project” into a visual research on urban transformations of the late 20th Century.


Jan Sieber

Research/ Teaching Assistant and PhD candidate at University of the Arts, Berlin/ Germany

M.A. in cultural studies, cultural theory and art theory, Leuphana University, Lüneburg/ Germany (2011)

Studied cultural theory, philosophy and art theory at Middlesex University, London/ UK, Leuphana University, Lüneburg/ Germany and University of Bremen/ Germany

He is also co-editor of the journal Anthropology and Materialism

Current research: Critical Theory and psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic theories of Freud and Lacan, history of aesthetic theory

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