Samuel Weber Former Senior Fellow

Samuel Weber
April - September 2011


Samuel Weber, born 1940, has been Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities at Northwestern University since 2001, co-chair of the Northwestern Paris Program in Critical Theory since 2006, as well as Professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland since 2003. Weber graduated from Cornell University in 1960, and then pursued his graduate education at the universities of Yale (with René Wellek), Cornell (with Paul de Man), and Frankfurt am Main (with Theodor W. Adorno). He received his PhD in Comparative Literature at Cornell University in 1971 and completed his habilitation in Comparative and Modern French Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1973. Weber has taught at a number of American and European universities, including the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humanities Center of Johns Hopkins, the Institut de Philosophie at Université de Strasbourg, the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris, and at UCLA. In 2005 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2009 he was made Chevalier des Palmes Académiques.

Dated from 2011

Fields of research

Critical Theory; Media Theory; Psychoanalysis.

IKKM Research Project

The Singularity of Place

The notion of "singularity" coupled with that of the "event" occupies an ever-greater place in contemporary thought and criticism. Symptomatic of a change in the sense of "place", "site" and "situation", I propose to explore certain aspects of this problem in contemporary thought (Badiou, Derrida) and in poetry (Hölderlin).



Targets of Opportunity: On the Militarization of Thinking. New York: Fordham University Press 2005.
Theatricality as Medium. New York: Fordham University Press 2004.
Mass Mediauras: Form, Technics, Media. Stanford: Stanford University Press 1996.
Institution and Interpretation. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 1987. Rückkehr zu Freud: Jacques Lacans Ent-stellung der Psychoanalyse. Berlin/Wien: Ullstein 1978.


"Drawing – The Single Trait". In: H. Blumentrath (ed.): Techniken der Übereinkunft: Zur Medialität des Politischen. Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos 2009, p. 79-89.
"Between Part and Whole: Benjamin and the Single Trait". In: Paragraph, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Nov 2009), p. 382-399.
"Reading over a Globalized World". In: Textual practice, Bd. 21 (2007), 2, p. 267- 278.
"Medium, Reflexivity and the Economy of the Self". In: Revue d'Études Culturelles, No. 4, Winter 2008, p. 33-48.
"Europe and Its Others: Some Preliminary Reflections on the Relation of Reflexivity and Violence in Rodolphe Gasché's Europe, or the Infinite Task". In: CR: The New Centennial Review, Volume 8, Number 3 (Winter 2008), p. 71-83.
"Theater als Exponierung: Walter Benjamin". In: Bettine Menke and Christoph Menke (eds.): Tragödie - Trauerspiel - Spektakel. Berlin: Theater der Zeit 2007, p. 258-277.
"Medium als Störung: Theater und Sprache bei Kierkegaard und Benjamin". In: MLN (German Issue), Vol. 120, No. 3 (April 2005), p. 590-603.
"The Virtuality of Medium". In: Sites. 4/2 ‚(Fall 2000), p. 297-319.
"Vor Ort: Theater im Zeitalter der Medien". In: G. Brandstetter, Helga Finter, Markus Wessendorf (eds.): Grenzgänge: Das Theater und die anderen Künste. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag 1998, p. 31-49.