Prof. Dr. Yvonne Förster


Prof. Dr. Yvonne Förster

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About Me

I am a trained philosopher with expertise in phenomenology, continental philosophy, theories of embodiment and aesthetics. I am passionate about contemporary advances in technology and their impact on human self-understanding, art and culture. Being convinced that philosophical knowledge matters not only within academia, but also to a wider public I also engage in co-operations with tech firms and public presentations. Given the accelerated speed of technological invention that is changing our bodies, minds and life-worlds I propose the necessity of a public and interdisciplinary discourse.

In that regard, I take a stance for a phenomenological perspective that does not lose sight of the experiential and ethical aspects of new technologies. This is the reason why I take fashion, cinema and art to be important topics within the larger scope of philosophy of technology. I discuss these cultural practices against the backdrop of theories of embodiment in order to understand how perception and movement are engineered through technology and how artistic practices can shed light on this process.

I am not only crazy about technology, but also about food and culture. Food, dining and cooking are both intellectual and bodily passions of mine, which you can follow in my micro-blog in the food and culture section.

I am currently Research Professor and Foreign Expert at Shanxi University Taiyuan, China and Visiting Professor at University of Kassel, Germany. I regularly teach Philosophy at Leuphana University Lueneburg. I received my PhD from Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in 2009 with a thesis on Zeiterfahrung und Ontologie. Perspektiven moderner Zeitphilosophie (Experience and Ontology of Time. Perspectives of Modern Philosophy of Time).

In 2009 I was invited as a guest professor to teach aesthetics at the Bauhaus University Weimar and in 2010 appointed as Juniorprofessor at Leuphana University. My latest research has been awarded two prestigious fellowships at University of Konstanz and at MECS, Leuphana University, both financed by the German Research Association (DFG). Follow me on Academia and find me on Orcid.


Single Author Monographs and Editions

Peer-reviewed Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes (Auswahl)

  • (2019) Körper, Zeichen und Listen: Sprache im Werden, in: Figurationen. Gender, Literatur, Kultur,  2019 (Vol. 20), de Gruyter
  • (2019) Review of Francesca Ferrando : Philosophical Posthumanism. Theory in the New Humanities, Bloomsbury Academic, in: AI and Society.
  • (2019), Artificial Intelligence – The Dialectics of Transparency, in: Andreas Sudmann (Ed.), The Democratization of Artificial Intelligence. Net Politics in the Era of Learning Algorithms, Bielefeld: Transcript, 175-188
  • (2019) Körperkonzepte im Spannungsfeld von alten Paradigmen und neuen Moden, in: Hubertus Busche und Yvonne Förster (eds.), Moden der Kleidung – Moden des Geistes?, München: Fink, 103-116
  • (2019) Art and Technology: Exploring Aisthetic Dimensions of the Life-World, in: Yearbook for Eastern and Western Philosophy, de Gruyter
  • (2018) The Metaphor of the Net: Embodiment and Disembodiment in Contemporary Cinema, in: Yearbook for Eastern and Western Philosophy, de Gruyter, 208-222
  • (2018) From Digital Skins to Digital Flesh: Understanding Technology through Fashion, in: Popular Inquiry (2/2018), Aalto University Helsinki
  • (2018) Dissolving the Human: Art, Technology and the Posthuman. A Comment to Boris Groys’ In the Flow, in: Lebenswelt. Aesthetics and Philosophy of Experience 11

Articles, Book Chapters, Entries for Encyclopedias and Reviews (Auswahl)

  • (2020) Aesthetics of the Past and the Future, Human Life within Changing Envirnments, in:       Zoltan Somhegyi und Max Ryynänen (Eds.): Aesthetics in Dialogue, Bern: Peter Lang,     2020, Chapter 16. DOI:
  • (2020) Ecological Subjectivity vs. Brainhood: Why Experience Matters, in Markus Mühling (ed.): Perceiving Truth and Value Phenomenological Deliberations on Ethical Perception, series: Religion, Theology, and Natural Science, Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht
  • (2019) Körpermoden: Optimierungsstrategien und Zukunftsvisionen, in: Hubertus Busche und Yvonne Förster (eds.), Moden der Kleidung – Moden des Geistes?, München: Fink, 103-116
  • (2019) Vom Träumen, in: Christoph Jamme, Kristin Drechsler (Eds.), 10 Minuten Philosophie, München: Fink, 49-58
  • (2019) Überlegungen zu einer Philosophie der Mode, in: Christoph Jamme, Kristin Drechsler (Eds.), 10 Minuten Philosophie, München: Fink, 29-36
  • (2018) Wenn künstliche Intelligenz laufen lernt. Verkörperungsstrategien im Machine Learning, in: Christoph Engemann und Andreas Sudmann (Eds.), Machine Learning. Medien, Infrastrukturen und Technologien der Künstlichen Intelligenz, Bielefeld: Transcript, 325-340
  • (2018), Mode, in: Georg Simmel Handbuch, Frankfurt/M.: Suhrkamp
  • (2018), Mode zwischen Kultur und Kunst – Ein Grenzgang, in Hubertus Busche, Frank Hillebrandt et al. , al. (eds.), Kultur – Interdisziplinäre Zugänge, Wiesbaden: VS Springer, 511-523
  • (2017) Long Live the Immaterial! Corpo e Arte al Tempo della Virtualizzazione, in: Francesca Iannelli, Gianluca Garelli, Federico Vercellone and Klaus Vieweg (eds.): Fine e nuovo inizio dell’arte, Edizioni ETS: Pisa, 335-370