Tobias Wilke, literary and media historian, completed a bi-national doctorate (co-tutelle) at Princeton University (Ph.D.) and the University of Tübingen (Dr.phil.) in 2008. Subsequently, he was postdoctoral fellow (2008-2009) and project leader (2009-2012) in the research cluster “Languages of Emotion” at the Freie Universität Berlin, as well as assistant professor of German literature at Columbia University, New York (2009-2018). His research focuses on the literature of European modernism, the history of media and media theory from the 19th through the 21st century, intersections between literary history and the history of science, the history of emotions, and sound studies. He is the author of Medien der Unmittelbarkeit: Dingkonzepte und Wahrnehmungstechniken 1918-1939 (Wilhelm Fink, 2010) and Einführung in die Literatur der Jahrhundertwende (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 3rd ed. 2016; together with Dorothee Kimmich), as well as co-editor of Dada 1916/2016 (Special Issue of The Germanic Review, 2016), Gefühl und Genauigkeit: Empirische Ästhetik um 1900 (Wilhelm Fink, 2014), and Walter Benjamin’s Media Tactics: Optics, Perception, and the Work of Art (Special Issue of Grey Room, 2010).
As a NOMIS fellow, Tobias Wilke will be completing a new book manuscript titled Sound Writing: Experimental Modernism and the Poetics of Speech. This book examines the history of the notion of linguistic “articulation” at the intersection of graphic recording technologies, scientific cultures of experimentation, and poetic practices of the avant-garde, ca. 1870-1970.