Andreas Mayer posing in front of a book shelf

Andreas Mayer

Visiting Scholar (Sep 2017-Okt 2017)

PhD, Centre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueCentre A. Koyré, Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques

Andreas Mayer studied musicology, sociology, and history and philosophy of science at the University of Vienna, University of Cambridge, and Bielefeld University, obtaining his PhD in 2001 with a dissertation on hypnosis and the emergence of psychoanalysis in the late nineteenth century. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the MPIWG in Department III (2000–2003), a Visiting Scholar at the Ecole Normale Supérieure des Mines in Paris (2004), a Wellcome Research Fellow in the History of Medicine at the University of Cambridge (2005–2007), and a DFG Heisenberg Fellow in 2013. In the same year, he obtained his habilitation (University of Bremen, Department of History). From 2007 to 2013, he was a Research Scholar at the MPIWG in Department II. Since 2014, he has been a Senior Researcher at the CNRS working at the Centre Alexandre Koyré – Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques in Paris.

His current research projects deal with the history of the human sciences from the late eighteenth century to the present, especially with the historical anthropology of intangible objects (such as dreams, bodily movements, gestures, and voices). He is affiliated with the master’s and graduate program of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, where he conducts seminars on the history of the human sciences on various levels.


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Seizing the Intangible: Gestures as Objects of the Human Sciences in the Long Nineteenth Century


Selected Publications

Mayer, A. (2013). Sites of the unconscious: hypnosis and the emergence of the psychoanalytic setting. Chicago [u.a.]: University of Chicago Press.

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Mayer, A. (2013). Wissenschaft vom Gehen: die Erforschung der Bewegung im 19. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer.

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Mayer, A. (2012). Gradiva's gait: tracing the figure of a walking woman. Critical Inquiry, 38(3), 554-578.

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Marinelli, L., & Mayer, A. (2003). Dreaming by the book: Freud's 'The interpretation of dreams' and the history of the psychoanalytic movement. London [u.a.].

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Past Events


„Verrückte Sprache. Psychiater und Dichter in der Anstalt des 19. Jahrhunderts.“