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Andreas Killen
Position: Associate Professor
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York|Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. New York University
Research Interests: Modern Europe, history of human sciences, cultural history
Recent Publications

Homo Cinematicus: Science, Motion Pictures, and the Making of Modern Germany (University of Pennsylvania Press 2017)

“Psychiatry and its Visual Culture in the Modern Era,” in The Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health, ed. G. Eghigian (New York: Routledge, 2017), 172-190.
“What is an Enlightenment Film? Cinema and the Rhetoric of Social Hygiene in Interwar Germany,” Social Science History 39 (2015): 107-127.
“Man as Machine: The Second Industrial Revolution,” in The Fin-de-Siécle World, ed. Michael Saler (Routledge 2014), 45-58.
Co-editor with Nitzan Lebovic, Catastrophe: A History and Theory of a Concept (De Gruyter 2014)

Selected Publications


Berlin Electropolis: Shock, Nerves, and German Modernity (University of California 2006).

1973 Nervous Breakdown: Watergate, Warhol, and the Birth of Post-Sixties America (Bloomsbury 2006).

Edited Volumes

Co-editor with Greg Eghigian and Christine Leuenberger, "The Self as Scientific and Political Project," Osiris, Vol. 22 (University of Chicago Press 2007).

Co-editor with Stefan Andriopoulos, "Brainwashing and Mind Control from the Cold War to the War on Terror," Grey Room, Vol. 43 (MIT Press, forthcoming in 2011).

Articles in refereed journals or edited volumes

"Homo Pavlovius: Conditioning, Cinema, and the Cold War Subject," Grey Room (MIT Press, forthcoming in 2011).

"Weimar Cinema between Enlightenment and Hypnosis," in Gyan Prakash (ed), Fears Past (Princeton University Press, forthcoming in 2011).

"The Scene of the Crime: Psychiatric Discourses on Film Spectatorship in the Silent Era," in K. Kreimeier and A. Ligensa (eds), Media 1900: Technology, Perception, Culture (Indiana University Press 2009).

"Introduction," Co-author, Osiris Vol. 22 (University of Chicago Press 2007), 1-25.

"Weimar Psychotechnics Between Americanism and Nazism" Osiris v. 22 (2007): 48-71.

"Psychiatry, Cinema, and Urban Youth in Early 20th Century Germany," Harvard Review of Psychiatry 14, 1 (2006): 38-43.

"From Shock to Schreck: Psychiatrists, Telephone Operators, and Traumatic Neurosis in Germany 1900-1926." Journal of Contemporary History 38, 2 (April 2003): 201-220.

"Influencing Machines: Electrotherapy in Nineteenth-Century German Psychiatry," in Eric Engstrom (ed.), Knowledge and Power: Perspectives in the History of Psychiatry (Berlin: Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, 1999).

Selected other publications

"Scientific Films in the 1920s," Virtual Laboratory site, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (

"Telefonzentrale," in A. Geisthövel and H. Knoch (eds), Orte der Moderne (Frankfurt 2005).