Andrea Gyenge

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Andrea Gyenge is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersections between continental philosophy, film studies and the critical humanities. Her research focuses on the history and theory of aesthetic philosophy in the German and French traditions, from the eighteenth to twenty-first centuries, and the history and theory of experimental, avant-garde and documentary cinema in the United States and Europe. She is currently working on a co-authored book manuscript (with Cesare Casarino) on HIV/AIDS documentary cinema, biopolitical philosophy and queer theory. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Cultural Critique, New German Critique and Free Associations.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. : Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society, Minors: French and English, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2018.
  • B.A. Honours: Cultural Studies (Specialization in Film and Media) and Women's Studies, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, 2007.


  • continental philosophy
  • critical theory
  • deconstruction
  • 18th century German aesthetics
  • psychoanalysis
  • theories of orality and the mouth
  • philosophy of cinema and media
  • experimental, avant-garde and documentary cinemas
Courses Taught
  • CSCL 3212: Documentary Cinema: History & Politics
  • CSCL 3176 :Oppositional Cinemas
  • CSCL 1301: Reading Culture (Topic: What is an Image?)
  • CSCL 1401-Reading Literature
  • CSCL 1501-Reading History
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • "Don Draper Isn't Afraid of Heights or The Cultural Logic of the Fall"-Paper Presentation- SCMS 2016 (Atlanta)
  • "Writing with Bloodshot Eyes: On Jean-Luc Nancy's Ekphrasis of Cinema": Paper Presentation, SCMS 2014 (Seattle)
  • "Territories, Images, Bodies: The Figural in the Wake of Deleuze": Paper Presentation: 6th Annual Deleuze Studies Conference 2013 (Lisbon)
  • "Art History as Montage: Reading the Cinematic In Georges Didi--Huberman": Paper Presentation: SCMS 2013 (Chicago)
  • "Walter Benjamin, Revolutionary Interpretation and the Time of the Text.“-Paper Presentation: ACLA 2011 (Vancouver)
  • Assistant Editor (Cultural Critique): August 2012 - May 2015
  • Cultural Studies Graduate Colloquium: Co-Chair , 2011 - 2012
  • 2nd Annual Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Conference at the University of Minnesota: Co-Organizer October 2011
  • Member: Society for Cinema and Media Studies


  • The Life-Image: An Essay in Biopolitical Resistance (book manuscript, co-authored with Cesare Casarino): In-Progress


  • Film Juror (Documentary Cinema): Twin Cities Arab Film Festival (2018),
  • Gyenge, Andrea. "Laocoön's Scream or Lessing Redux." New German Critique (Forthcoming ):
  • Gyenge, Andrea. ""Between the Toy and the Theatre: Reading Aesthetics in Beyond the Pleasure Principle"." Free Associations (Forthcoming)
  • Gyenge, Andrea. ""Gucci Dans Les Rues' or May '68 as Political Kitsch ." Cultural Critique (Special Issue: "1968: Then and Now"). Forthcoming
  • Gyenge, Andrea. "Reading the Sick Critic: Death, Disease and Revolution in Eric Cazdyn's The Already Dead: The New Time of Culture, Politics and Illness (Duke UP, 2012)." Cultural Critique 88 (Fall 2014):
  • Balsassi Institute Summer University Program Scholarship in Hungarian Language and Hungarian Studies, Summer 2015
  • Harold Leonard Memorial Film Fellowship, 2013- - 2014
  • Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship in European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, University of Minnesota, Summer 2013
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada-Doctoral Fellowship, 2010 - 2012
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program, Summer 2010
  • Edward W Said Memorial Summer Language Fellowship (French) , Summer 2009