Senior Fellow from October 2010 - March 2011.
Michael Diers studied art history, literature and philosophy in Münster and Hamburg. In 1990, he defended his PhD thesis on Aby Warburg at the University of Hamburg, where he completed his habilitation in 1994. Michael Diers was a lecturer at the Department of Art History at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (1994 to 1999) and at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (1999 to 2004). Since 2004, he is Professor for Art history and History of the Image at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg and associate Professor for Art History at Humboldt-Universität. From 1991 to 2002, he was (co-)editor of the series "kunststück" (Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag). He is co-editor of the critical edition »Aby Warburg, Gesammelte Schriften« (Akademie Verlag Berlin, 1999ff.). Furthermore, he works as a freelance journalist, writing for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Fields of research
Renaissance art, modern and contemporary art; art theory and aesthetics; political iconography and the iconography of everyday life; history of the image; photography and new media, history of science. Current research projects: Critical edition of the writings of Aby Warburg; book projects on Edouard Manet and the rhetoric of the body and the image; on art and new media.