Professor of American Studies, Democracy, and Aesthetics
at Goethe-University Frankfurt
Topic of his lecture at the Night of Philosophy in Israel 2021:
"Democratic Vistas" Group
Do Democracies Need the Non-Political?
With Sophie Loidolt, Martin Saar, Aliénor Ballangé
Johannes Voelz is Heisenberg Professor of American Studies, Democracy, and Aesthetics at Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany. His research focuses on American literary culture from the 19th century to the present as well as on political aesthetics and contemporary populism.
He is the author of Transcendental Resistance: The New Americanists and Emerson's Challenge (University Press of New England, 2010) as well as The Poetics of Insecurity: American Fiction and the Uses of Threat (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
He is also a board member of Goethe University's Center for Advanced Study, The Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften Bad Homburg, where he has recently launched a new research focus titled "Democratic Vistas: Reflections on the Atlantic World."