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Andreas Schmid, MSt

University of Oxford & Freie Universität Berlin

My doctoral project investigates the media practices facilitating the cooperation of the historical avant-garde and the nascent field of ethnological research in the early 20th century. The focus is on photobooks and song anthologies, which played an important role in the emergence of ambiguous universalist notions of the 'world' in the colonial era, as in 'world art' and 'world literature'. Practices like formatting, scaling and serialising defined the avant-garde encounters with the colonial Other and contrast their image of constant renewal and the breaking boundaries. Covering authors and artists such as Carl Einstein, Tristan Tzara, Hugo Ball and Hannah Höch, as well as the anthropologists and art historians they engaged with, the thesis tells the entangled history of art and science without understanding the former as a mere reflection on the latter. My project aims to be a contribution to both the literary history of modernism and the early history of anthropology.

Research Interests

19th/20th Century Literature
Media Studies
History of Anthropology
Notions of World Literature
History of German Studies

Teaching Experience 

Translation: English into German
German Grammar
19th/20th Century Literature
Literary and Media Theory
Linguistics and History of Language
Academic Essay Writing


2021-present: Visiting Researcher (Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School, Freie Universität Berlin)
2019-present: DPhil Medieval and Modern Languages (University of Oxford)
2018-2019: MSt Modern Languages (University of Oxford)
2017-2018: German Literature, European Ethnology (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
2013-2017: BA German Language and Literature, Political Science, Philosophy (Universität Regensburg)

Academic Positions

2022-present: Research Assistant (Peter Szondi-Institut für AVL, Freie Universität Berlin)
2020-2021: Non-Stipendiary Lecturer (Lincoln College & St. Hilda's College, Oxford)
2019-2021: Graduate Tutor (Christ Church, Oxford)
2019-2021: Research Assistant (Wadham College, University of Oxford)


'Nachhut der Avantgarde. Raoul Hausmann und Richard Huelsenbeck als Historiographen des Dadaismus', in: Heteronomieästhetik der Moderne, ed. Irene Albers, Marcus Hahn, Frederic Ponten (Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2022), pp. 189-216 (Abstract). 

'Deutschland im Spiegel Ostafrikas. Hans Paasches Lukanga Mukara (1912/13)', in: Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften 2 (2020), 49-65 (open access).