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Dr. Pierre-Héli Monot

Principal Investigator, ERC Starting Grant “The Arts of Autonomy: Pamphleteering, Popular Philology, and the Public Sphere, 1988-2018”

Main Research Fields:

  • Aesthetics, Democracy, and Political Autonomy
  • Social Movements in the United States and Europe
  • Political Theory
  • Digital Humanities and Popular Literacy
  • History of Technology and Automation
  • German and American Romanticism, European and American Modernism
  • History of the University


  • Since 2020: Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • 2019 - 2020: Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy (Ethics and Aesthetics), University of Potsdam, Germany
  • 2019: Winner of an ERC Starting Grant for the project "The Arts of Autonomy: Pamphleteering, Popular Philology and the Public Sphere, 1988-2018"
  • 2016 - 2019: Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the German Research Foundation (“Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft”), Comparative Literature, Research Training Group “Literature and Globalization”, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
  • 2018 - 2019: King’s College London, Department of Comparative Literature, Visiting Research Fellow on a Fellowship from the Excellence Initiative of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • 2018 - 2019: Fellow of the Excellence Initiative of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • 2017: University of Oxford, Faculty of English, Visiting Scholar
  • Since 2016: Junior Member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature (“Junge Akademie”), Mainz, Germany
  • 2015/2016: Assistant Professor, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 2014: Fulbright American Studies Institute, San Francisco State University
  • 2014: PhD, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 2009 - 2013 Fellow of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
  • 2012 - 2013: Harvard University, Visiting Fellow, English Department
  • 2009: Brown University, Visiting Scholar, English Department, research advisor: Paul Armstrong
  • 2008: M.A., Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Selected and Recent Publications:

  • MONOT, Pierre-Héli, 2019: “Possibilities, Responsibilities: On Poetic Genres and Political Poiesis”, in: David Kerler, Timo Müller, eds.: Poem Unlimited: New Perspectives on Poetry and Genre, Anglia volume 63, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2019, 99-113.
  • MONOT, Pierre-Héli, 2019: “Die höflichen Radikalen: Vor 60 Jahren erschien Miles Davis’ grundstürzendes Album Kind of Blue”, Die Zeit, August 29, 2019, 46.
  • MONOT, Pierre-Héli, 2019: “ 仁“ in: Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, Brent Ryan Bellamy, Chantal Bilodeau, eds.: Loanwords to Live With: An Ecotopian Lexicon Against the Anthropocene, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019, 226-236.
  • MONOT, Pierre-Héli, 2019: “Poetik des Macronismus: Michel Houellebecqs Serotonin” [“The Poetics of Macronism: Michel Houellebecq’s Serotonin], Merkur (Blog), January 16, 2019.
  • MONOT, Pierre-Héli, 2018: “Antiacademism as Anticapitalism: The Rise of American Cultural Conservationism”, American Studies Journal, Vol. 65 (2018), Special Issue: Cultures of US-American Conservatism, ed. Andrew S. Gross and Susann Köhler, September 2018. 10.18422/65-06.
  • MONOT, Pierre-Héli, 2018: “La Lumière, la Vie, la Lettre et Le Pain: de l’Eucharistie à la Découverte de la Faim” [“Light, Life, Letter, and Loaf: From the Eucharist to the Discovery of Hunger”], in: Christophe Ippolito, ed.: La Littérature et la Vie, Collection Perspectives Comparatistes, vol. 351, Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2018, 51-67.
  • MONOT, Pierre-Héli, 2017: “The One, the Many and the Few: A Philological Problem and its Political Form”, in: SPELL, vol. 35, Special Issue: American Communities: Between the Popular and the Political, ed. Lukas Etter, Julia Straub, Tübingen: Narr, 2017, 85-103.

Selected and Recent Conference Papers:

  • 05.01.2020, MLA Annual Convention 2020, Seattle, “The Nature of Interpretation and the Nature of the Real”, Panel: Nature and Reality in the German 19th Century
  • 28.11.2019, Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz, “Will Machines Ever Be Free?” International Symposium: Verheißungen der Autonomie [The Promises of Autonomy]
  • 17.06.2019, Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck, University of London, “Philological Capitalism: From Cognitive Usury to Cognitive Profit”
  • 07.11.2018, King’s College London, “Automata and Autonomy: Is Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Émile a Turing Test?” Invited Paper, Research Seminar of the Department of Comparative Literature
  • 30.08.2018, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, “American Wanderlust: Alexander von Humboldt, Henry David Thoreau, and American Landscape Painting”, invited 120-minute presentation as part of the Wanderlust cycle, with Prof. Dr. Margit Kern and Dr. Amrei Buchholz, curated by Dr. Gabriel Montua, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • 13.4.2018, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, “The Overdetermination of Origins: Romantic Internationalism, Jewish Statelessness, and Interpretative Exile” Conference: Exiles, Émigrés and Expatriates in Romantic-Era Paris and London
  • 16.3.2018, Université Paris-Sorbonne, “Democratic Discourse Unstaged: Notes Towards the Definition of a Constructive Philology” Conference: American Dramaturgies
  • 12.8.2017, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, “Has Modernism Become Geopolitical?”Annual Conference of the MLA/Modernist Studies Association: Modernisms Today
  • 19.7.2017, Fudan University, Shanghai, China: “The Ligne Claire and its Discontents: Galileo Galilei, Yoshida Hiroshi, Carl Schmitt, Hergé”, Conference: Modernisms and Modernities East, West and South
  • 19.5.2017, University of Oxford, “The Poetics of Democratic Self-Limitation”, Conference: Special Relationships: Poetry Across the Atlantic