Doktorand (Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies)


Max-Weber-Kolleg (Steinplatz 2) / Raum 507c (4. OG)

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Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Steinplatz 2
99085 Erfurt

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Universität Erfurt
Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Steffen Andrae

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Curriculum Vitae

Akademischer Werdegang

  • Seit 10/2019: Doktorand am Max-Weber-Kolleg, Universität Erfurt
  • 2015-2018: Master of Arts Politische Theorie, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • 08/2016-12/2016: Auslandssemester, New School for Social Research, New York City
  • 2014-2015: Master of Arts Soziologie, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (eingestellt)
  • 2009-2014 Joint Bachelor of Arts Philosophie/Soziologie, Technische Universität Darmstadt

Wissenschaftliche Anstellungen

  • 2015-2019: Studentische/wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft, Geschäftsstelle des Exzellenzclusters „Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen“, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • 2011-2014: Studentische Hilfskraft (Tutor), Institut für Soziologie, Technische Universität Darmstadt

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Research Project


The goal of my research project is to reconstruct thoroughly the œuvre of Kracauer and Kluge as a nonconformist strand of a theoretical and artistic realism. In order to reinterpret systematically these authors I understand their realism as a specifc confguration of poetics and social critique. Due to its intertwinement of aesthetic and conceptual elements, the work of Kracauer and Kluge seems to hold an exceptional position within both Critical Theory and literary realism. The gravitational center of their genuinely original form of dealing with historical, social and political conditions is, I argue, the concept of experience, which is situated at the intersection of social philosophy, epistemology, and aesthetic theory. Like the protagonists of the frst and second generation of Critical Theory, Kracauer and Kluge assume that the modern way of existence is based on fundamentally defcient modes of experience and relationships, theoretically as well as practically.

However, in contrast to Adorno and his peers, Kluge and Kracauer react to the disastrous history of modernity with a variety of realism whose obstinate arrangement of theoretical and aesthetic procedures facilitates innovative forms of critique. These forms can be located between a poetically enriched branch of science and a kind of art that focuses particularly on social reality. I want to trace the specifcs of Kracauer's and Kluge's methods of production and writing in their mediation of documentary and lifeworld oriented elements with those of (historical) philosophical cartography, in the narrative trait of their realism, in their sensually enriched concept of rationality, and their specifc methods of depicting and representing reality. I will thus analyze the poetical and theoretical models induced by Kluge and Kracauer regarding both their critical and alternative meaning for human forms of experience and relationship. Furthermore, I want to refect on the practical interweaving of their works with social reality. I consider Kracauer's and Kluge's critical practice of realism as an intervening mode of production that addresses forms of human experience and relationship while it is also, paradoxically, always part of the concrete social, historical and political context that it aims to scrutinize.

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  • „‚Und so kommen lauter Lebendigkeiten zusammen‘ - Ein Interview mit Alexander Kluge über Realismus und Realität“, in: Josef Früchtl/Philipp Theisohn (Hg.), Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft, Heft 65/2, Felix Meiner Verlag, Hamburg 2020, S. 127-134, S. 127-134.
  • „Durchs Material der Welt hindurchgetrieben. Ein Interview mit Jörg Später über Siegfried Kracauers wunderlichen Marxismus“, in: Platypus Review #12, 2020. 
  • „Gegenstand, Darstellung, Kritik. Versuch über einige Berührungspunkte zwischen den Realismus-Konzeptionen von Siegfried Kracauer und Alexander Kluge“, in: Richard Langston et al. (Hg.), Alexander Kluge Jahrbuch, V&R unipress, Göttingen 2019, S. 387-404.
  • „Kracauer trifft Kluge. Über Adorno als Lehrer und als Schüler und über das Verhältnis von Erfahrung, Realismus, Poetik und Kritik“, in: Dennis Göttel/Christina Wessely (Hg.), Im Vorraum. Lebenswelten Kritischer Theorie um 1969, Kulturverlag Kadmos, Berlin 2019 (zusammen mit Jörg Später), S. 13-32.