Geoffrey Winthrop-Young Ehem. Senior Fellow

Geoffrey Winthrop-Young
November 2016


Geoffrey Winthrop-Young has been Professor and Head of the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia since 2010. Having studied German, English and Modern History at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany, he graduated in 1985. He received his Ph.D. in German Studies at the University of British Columbia in 1991 with a dissertation that was awarded by the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German. In 1995 he was appointed Assistant Professor for Germanic Studies at the University of British Columbia. Winthrop-Young has been Visiting Fellow and Assistant Professor at several institutions, e.g. at the University of Manitoba (1991/92), at the University of Waterloo (1994/95), at the Institute for German Studies, Cornell University (1999/00) and at the Department of German, University of Chicago (2002). Geoffrey Winthrop-Young is co-editor of the book series “Recursions: Theories of Media, Materiality and Cultural Techniques”, published by Amsterdam University Press, as well as a member of the advisory board of the journals “Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft” and “Cultural Politics”. He is also a member of the editorial board of the collected works of Friedrich Kittler “Gesammelte Werke: Schriften, Stimmen, Hard- und Software” and a renowned translator of Kittler’s writings.

Dated from 2016

Fields of research

German media theory; Friedrich Kittler; cultural techniques; cultural politics, animal studies, media history.

Selected Publications


Kittler and the Media. Cambridge MA: Polity Press 2011.
Friedrich Kittler zur Einführung. Hamburg: Junius 2005.

Edited Books

with Ilinca Iurascu and Jussi Parikka (eds.): Theory, Culture and Society 30/6, Special Issue on Cultural Techniques. London: Sage 2013.
with Larson Paul (eds.): Cultural Politics 8/3, Special Commemorative Issue on Friedrich Kittler. Durham: Duke University Press 2012.
with Michael Wutz (eds.): Configurations 10/1, Special Issue on Media, Materiality, Memory: Aspects of Intermediality. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press 2002.


“Incipit nova interpretatio: On the Recursive Innovation and Fertile Disintegration of a Media Theory”. In: Jeffrey Champlain and Antje Pfannkuchen (eds.): The Sirens are Silent. New York: Fordham University Press forthcoming 2016.
“Discourse, Media, Cultural Techniques: Kittler’s Complexity”. In: Modern Language Notes 130/2, 2015, pp. 447-465
“Conceptual Inertia, Ontic Operations and the Materiality of Deconstruction: The Kultur of Cultural Techniques”. In: Cultural Politics 10/3, 2014, pp. 373-388.
“Friedrich Kittler: Kultur als Datenverarbeitungsgestell”. In: Stephan Moebius and Dirk Quadflieg (eds.): Kultur. Theorien der Gegenwart. Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2010, pp. 572-579.
“Hardware/Software/Wetware”. In: W.J.T. Mitchell and Mark B. Hansen (eds.): Critical Terms for Media Studies. Chicago: University of Chicago Press 2010, pp. 186-198.
“Mensch, Medien, Körper, Kehre: Zum posthumanistischen Immerschon”. In: Philosophische Rundschau 56/1, 2009, pp. 1-16.
“Von gelobten und verfluchten Medienländern. Kanadischer Gesprächsvorschlag zu einem deutschen Theoriephänomen”. In: Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften 2, 2008, pp. 113-128.