Christina Vagt

Germanic and Slavic Studies


Christina Vagt joined the Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies in the Fall of 2017. She is affiliated with the Department of French & Italian at UCSB. She teaches history and theory of media and literature, as well as German and French philosophy. Her research focuses on epistemic and aesthetic relations between sciences and humanities and the role that media and technology play in it. She received her Ph.D. at Bauhaus University Weimar in 2010 with a dissertation on the relation between technical media and modern physics in the late philosophy of Martin Heidegger.

Between 2016 and 2018, she was Principal Investigator of the Interdisciplinary Research Group Selfmoving Materials at the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung at Humboldt University, Berlin and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, where she investigated the role of media in fundamental research on structural motion in bio-materials.

She was appointed Visiting Professor for the History of Culture and Knowledge at Humboldt-University in Berlin, Visiting Professor for Media History at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and Research Assistant at the Department of Literature and Science at Berlin Institute of Technology. She was Visiting Fellow and Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University, where she conducted research on the history of US design and cybernetics.