Laurence A. Rickels
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December 2, 1954 |
Cherokee, Iowa, USA
|Awards||Sterling Morton Prize, 2nd place
|Era||20th- / 21st-century philosophy|
|School||Psychoanalysis · Frankfurt School · Deconstruction|
|German Literature · Science Fiction · Nazi Germany · Mass media · Cultural Studies · Media Theory · Vampirism · Occult · Mourning|
Laurence Arthur Rickels (born December 2, 1954) is an American literary and media theorist, whose most significant works have continued the Frankfurt School's efforts to apply psychoanalytic insights to analysis and criticism of modern mass media culture. Some of his best known works include The Case of California, The Vampire Lectures, and the three volume work Nazi Psychoanalysis. After 30 years at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Rickels followed the Ruf ("call" or appointment) as successor to Klaus Theweleit in April 2011 to the Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, where he is currently professor of Art and Theory. In the summers, Rickels serves as the Sigmund Freud Professor of Media and Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Laurence Rickels was born in Cherokee, Iowa on December 2, 1954. He currently resides and works in Karlsruhe and Berlin.
Rickels’s research has been supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Austrian Government, the Center for German and European Studies (UC Berkeley), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (UC Santa Barbara), and the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin, among other institutions, agencies, and offices. At New York University he presented the 2007 Otto and Ilse Mainzer Lecture and, in 2011, en route to his new position in Germany, the Undergraduate Major’s Choice Lecture of the Comparative Literature Department.
- Laurence A. Rickels Profile at European Graduate School, Department of Media & Communications
- Profile by UCSB Department of Germanic, Slavic and Semitic Studies
- Profile by the Fine Arts Academy of Karlsruhe