Dr. Philipp Ekardt

Philipp Ekardt

Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät

eikones – Zentrum für die Theorie und Geschichte des Bildes


Rheinsprung 9/11
4051 Basel


Curriculum Vitae

Before joining EIKONES as a NOMIS Fellow, Philipp Ekardt held teaching and research positions at the Peter Szondi-Institute for Comparative Literature at Freie Universität Berlin, as a member of the Bilderfahrzeuge project at the University of London’s Warburg Institute, as well as serving as editor-in-chief of the journal Texte zur Kunst. His first monograph Toward Fewer Images. The Work of Alexander Kluge, partly based on his PhD dissertation at Yale University, has been published as an OCTOBER Book with MIT Press. He is currently completing his second book – to appear with Bloomsbury Academic – which reconstructs Walter Benjamin’s fashion theory, tracing its implications and manifest relations with the fashion criticism of its moment and the history of Paris couture, attending to its connections with sociological and morphological theories, proposing a reevaluation of the term elegance as an aesthetic concept, while also investigating the subject of fashion as an epistemic object that allowed Benjamin to reconsider fundamental questions such as time and material.

In recent years Philipp has also served as an outside thesis advisor at University College London’s Department of Classics, at the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies (NYC), as well as teaching in smaller capacities at UCL, and at EIKONES – where he co-organized a summer school seminar with former member Rahel Villinger. He has lectured internationally at universities and cultural institutions such as Cambridge, Central Saint Martins, the Courtauld Institute, Leiden, Museum Ludwig Cologne, Oxford, Princeton, UCL, the Warburg-Haus Hamburg, and the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin, among others.