Sonja A.J. Neef

Cultural Analysis and History of Media, Weimar
Fellowship: 01.10.2010–30.09.2011


Sonja Neef studied Dutch and German Literature and Philosophy in Cologne and Utrecht. She gained her PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 2000 as a fellow of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. Her Post-Doc project on handwriting as a cultural practice in the age of new media was awarded with the ›veni‹-grant (Innovational Research Incentives) from the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO) in 2002. She was Junior Professor of European Media and Culture at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, from 2003 until 2010. In her Morphomata research-project »The Stars and the West,« she investigates the impact of Occidental astronomy on ideas of cosmopolitanism as articulated in media and arts. Sonja Neef died on April 6th, 2013.


Fields of Research

  • Astro-culture
  • Writing and writing culture in grammatological and media-historical respect
  • Mccented cultures (mosaic, creol, difference, translation, nomadism)
  • Cultural memory (museum, archive)
  • Technologies of citation (looping, recycling, remediation)
  • Gender


Publications (Selection)

  • In print: Imprint and Trace, Handwriting in the Age of Technology, transl. by Anthony Matthews (translation of Abdruck und Spur). London: Reaktion Books (2011).
  • »Badiou von Rabat über Paulus von Tarsus: Universalismus, Kosmopolitismus und das Denken des Planetarischen«, in: Jens Knipp und Frank Meier (eds.), Treue zur Wahrheit. Die Begründung der Philosophie Alain Badious, S. 119-140. Münster 2010: Unrast.
  • An Bord der Bauhaus. Zur Heimatlosigkeit der Moderne, ed. by Sonja Neef. Bielefeld 2009: Transcript (=Kultur und Medientheorie).
  • Abdruck und Spur. Handschrift im Zeitalter ihrer technischen Reproduzierbarkeit. Berlin 2008: Kadmos Kulturverlag.
  • Sign Here! Handwriting in the Age of New Media, ed. by Sonja Neef, José van Dijck and Eric Ketelaar. Amsterdam 2006: Amsterdam University Press.
  • Bal, Mieke. Essays zur Kulturanalyse, ed. by Thomas Fechner-Smarsly and Sonja Neef. Frankfurt am Main 2002: Suhrkamp (2nd edition as stw, 2006).
  • Travelling Concepts: Text, Subjectivity, Hybridity, ed. by Joyce Goggin and Sonja Neef. Amsterdam 2001: ASCA.
  • Kalligramme. Zur Medialität einer Schrift. Amsterdam 2000: ASCA 2000.