Prof. Georges Didi-Huberman

Honorary member of the ZfL, Maître de Conférences at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris


Georges Didi-Huberman is a philosopher and art historian at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris). He has taught as a visiting professor around the world, including at Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern, University of Tokyo, Berkeley, The Courtauld, and the Freie Universität Berlin. He has conducted research in Rome (Académie de France), Florence (Villa I Tatti-Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), and London (Institute of Advanced Study, Warburg Institute) and has organized numerous exhibits, including »L’Empreinte« at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, 1997), »Fables du lieu« at the Studio national des arts contemporains (Tourcoing, 2001), and »Atlas« at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, 2010). Didi-Huberman’s work has also received much recognition, such as honors from the Paris Académie des Beaux-Arts, the Hans-Reimer-Prize granted by the Aby Warburg Foundation (Hamburg), the Premio Napoli (Naples), and the International Research Grant Prize awarded by the Max Weber Foundation in 2014. He has been an honorary member of the ZfL since 2006 and was awarded the 60,000 Euro Humboldt Research Prize in 2007 upon his nomination by the ZfL. In 2015, he received the Thedor W. Adorno award.

Photo © Amélie Losier

Research Interests

As the intellectual descendant of such cultural theorists as Aby Warburg and Walter Benjamin and as a student of Louis Marin, Didi-Huberman holds a central position in the dialogue between the fields of art history, cultural studies, and image studies. His research interests include the history and theory of images, anthropology, and psychoanalysis. His work cuts a swath through history from the Renaissance to contemporary art and examines, just to name one focal point, the science of iconography in the 19th century and its impact on 20th-century artistic movements.


Publications (selection of German titles):

  • Schlagwetter : der Geruch der Katastroph, Konstanz 2016
  • Atlas oder die unruhige Fröhliche Wissenschaft, Paderborn 2016
  • Der Kubus und das Gesicht. Im Umkreis einer Skulptur von Alberto Giacometti, Berlin/Zürich 2015
  • Das Auge der Geschichte / 2. Remontagen der erlittenen Zeit, Paderborn 2014
  • Borken, Paderborn 2012
  • Das Auge der Geschichte / 1. Wenn die Bilder Position beziehen, Paderborn 2011
  • Das Nachleben der Bilder. Kunstgeschichte und Phantomzeit nach Aby Warburg, Berlin 2010
  • Formlose Ähnlichkeit. Oder die Fröhliche Wissenschaft des Visuellen nach Georges Bataille, München 2010
  • Der Mensch, der in der Farbe ging, Zürich 2009
  • Schädel sein, Zürich/Berlin 2008
  • Das Archiv brennt, Berlin 2007
  • Bilder trotz allem, München 2007
  • Ninfa moderna. Über den Fall des Faltenwurfs, Zürich/Berlin 2006
  • Venus öffnen. Nacktheit, Traum, Grausamkeit, Zürich/Berlin 2004
  • Die Leibhaftige Malerei, München 2002

Georges Didi-Huberman's publications with the ZfL: