Andrea Gyenge

Andrea Gyenge is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersections between philosophy, visual studies and the critical humanities. Her research focuses on themes of orality and the mouth in continental philosophy, the history and legacy of post-war French philosophy, and theories of the image in visual culture (film, photography and television). Her dissertation, "Res Oralis: Mouths of Philosophy," is a study of the mouth in modern aesthetics. She is currently working on two book projects. The first revises her doctoral research into a study of the mouth in film culture and philosophy. Her second project, co-authored with Cesare Casarino, is on HIV/AIDS documentary cinema, biopolitical philosophy and queer theory. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Cultural Critique, Angelaki, New German Critique, and Free Associations. She teaches in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota and in the Department of Liberal Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. : Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society, Minors: French and English, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, May 31, 2018.
  • B.A. Honours: Cultural Studies (Specialization in Film and Media) and Women's Studies, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, 2007.

Curriculum Vitae


  • theories of orality and the mouth
  • continental philosophy
  • critical theory
  • deconstruction
  • visual culture
  • philosophies of cinema and media
  • psychoanalysis
Courses Taught
  • CSCL 3412w: "Psychoanalysis"
  • CSCL 3352: Queer Aesthetics, Queer Critique
  • CSCL 3212: Documentary Cinema: History & Politics
  • CSCL 3176 :Oppositional Cinemas
  • CSCL 1301: Reading Culture (Topic: What is an Image?)
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),
  • Member : Bentson Critical Group ,
  • Goethe Institute: Configurations of Film : Editorial Board Member , 2019
  • Gyenge, Andrea. "Digestion and the Infinity of Labor ." Angelaki: A Journal of the Theoretical Humanites (Forthcoming)
  • 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 March 2019 Link
  • Gyenge, Andrea. ""Gucci Dans Les Rues' or May '68 as Political Kitsch ." Cultural Critique (Special Issue: "1968: Then and Now"). 103 (Spring 2019): Link
  • 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