Margareta Ingrid Christian

Assistant Professor of Germanic Studies; Director of Undergraduate Studies

Margareta Ingrid Christian joined the department in autumn 2014. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2012 and completed her tenure as a Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University before coming to Chicago. She is working on a book, with the tentative title Horror Vacui: A Cultural History of Air around 1900. This book draws on literature, dance, art historical writings, and occult photography to analyze air as an aesthetic, medial, and epistemic object. Her research and teaching interests include German literary and cultural history from the 19th century to the present, with emphasis on the interfaces between literature, history of art, and history of science. She is the co-translator of a facsimile edition of the journal “G: An Avant-Garde Journal of Art, Architecture, Design, and Film, 1923-1926” (Getty Research Press, 2010). Her article “Aer, Aurae, Venti: Philology and Physiology in Aby Warburg’s Dissertation on Botticelli” was published in PMLA (May 2014). Her research has been funded by the DAAD, the Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

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