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Ulrich Baer

Professor of German , Comparative Literature , English ; Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities, & Diversity

Ph.D. 1995 (Comparative Literature), Yale; B.A. 1991 (Literature), Harvard

Office Address: 

19 University Place, Room 326

Office Hours: 

By appointment



Areas of Research/Interest: 

Poetry; photography; literary theory; continental philosophy; visual culture; new media; trauma and testimony in all media in history, and culture; literature as a mode of knowing; globalization; environmentalism; texts and images of social justice

Affiliated with other departments or programs:

Affiliated faculty member in the Departments of Photography and Imaging, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and The John W. Draper Program in Interdisciplinary Studies

External Affiliations:

Modern Language Association; Narrative Society; College Art Association; American Comparative Literature Association; German Studies Association


John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship 2006 - 2007; Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellowship 2007 - 2008; Golden Dozen Teaching Award 2004; Getty Research Fellowship, 2001 - 2002; Remarque Institute Faculty Fellow, Spring 1999; DAAD Research Fellowship 1998; Golden Dozen Teaching Award 1998

Du mußt Dein Leben ändern: Über das Leben. Berlin: Insel, 2014.

Ed. Amir Eshel with contributions by Stephan Braese, Barbara Hahn, Christine Ivanovic, Martin Klebes, Vivian Liska, Fred Moten, Sigrid Weigel, Liliane Weissberg, and Thomas Wild. Hannah Arendt zwischen den Disziplinen. Göttingen: Eshel Wallstein Verlag, 2014.

The Rilke Alphabet. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014.

Beggar's Chicken: Stories From Shanghai. Hong Kong: Earnshaw Publishers, 2013.

Denn Bleiben ist nirgends: Über Alter und Verlust
. Frankfurt: Insel, 2008.

Die Verwandlung der Welt ins Herrliche. Über das Glück. Frankfurt: Insel, 2008.

Es gibt nur – die Liebe
. Frankfurt: Insel, 2008.

Ed. with Emily Sun and Eyal Peretz. The Claims of Reading: The Shoshana Felman Reader. New York: Fordham University Press, 2007.

Das Rilke Alphabet. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2006.

Letters on Life: The Wisdom of Rainer Maria Rilke. New York: Random House/Modern Library, 2005.

110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11. New York: NYU Press, 2002. Editor of literary anthology of New York-based writers' and poets' responses to the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Spectral Evidence: The Photography of Trauma. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002.

Traumadeutung: Erfahrung der Moderne bei Charles Baudelaire und Paul Celan. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2002.

Translation of "Remnants of Song." Remnants of Song: Trauma and the Experience of Modernity in Charles Baudelaire and Paul Celan. Stanford University Press, 2000.

Niemand zeugt für den Zeugen: Zeugenschaft und historische Verantwortung nach der Shoah. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1999.


"Ernest Cole's House of Bondage: The Photography of Witnessing." Grey Art Gallery Gazette 15.1 (fall 2014).

"To Give Memory a Place," in The Spectralities Reader. Ghosts and Haunting in Contemporary Cultural Theory, eds. María del Pilar Blanco and Esther Peeren (London: Bloomsbury, 2013).

"Seeing in the Future in an Image from the Past: Hannah Arendt, Garry Winogrand, and Photographing the World," Yearbook of Comparative Literature, 2009 (volume 55).

"Bring the Outside In: On Diti Almog," in Studio 173, May-June 2008, Tel Aviv.

"The Reluctant Modernism of Thomas Struth," in "Struth," Madre Museum, Naples, 2008, 85-97.

"End of a World: On Thomas Demand's Photographs," in: L'Esprit d'escalier," IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), Dublin, Ireland and Walter Koenig, Cologne: 2007. 82-112.

"Paul Celan's Stars: Teaching 'Todesfuge' as a Canonical Holocaust Poem," in Marianne Hirsch and Irene Kacandes, eds. Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust, New York: MLA, 2005.

"'Learning to Speak Like a Victim': Media and Authenticity in Marcel Beyer's Flughunde" in Gegenwartsliteratur. Contemporary Holocaust Images. South Atlantic Quarterly. 1997.

"Sign and History in Baudelaire." Semiotics. 1995.

"Photography and Hysteria: Toward a Poetics of the Flash." The Yale Journal of Criticism. 1994.

Talks and Presentations:
Invited Panel Discussion, "Globalizing Today's University: The Case of New York University," Joint Conference, Max Weber Foundation and German Historians' Association, Geisteswissenschaften International, Hamburg, Germany. July 16, 2015.

Invited Lecture: "What is American About American Higher Education," National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. April 17, 2015.

"Remembering the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Alexander Osang and Ulrich Baer," Deutsches Haus, NYU, October 30, 2014.

"Berlin Now: A Reading and Conversation with Peter Schneider and Ulrich Baer," Deutsches Haus, NYU, October 13, 2014.

Keynote Address: "The Image of Globalization: Photography and New Media," "Vision": 13th Annual Graduate Conference at SUNY Albany, NY. March 27-28, 2014.
Updated on 07/21/2016