Marcel Schmid
Assistant Professor of German, UVa

Marcel Schmid is Assistant Professor in German Studies at the University of Virginia. He studied history, German literature, and art history at the University of Zurich. Having taught high school for years his graduate studies led him back to the University of Zurich but also abroad to Yale and New York University. He defended his dissertation in German literature on the concept of autopoiesis in 2014. Since then he has been a visiting scholar at Yale and Brown University, and a postdoctoral fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation. His first book Autopoiesis und Literatur was published in 2016 by the German publisher “transcript.” The same year he co-edited a volume on the literature of the German life reform movement.

Marcel Schmid is interested in the interface between literary analysis and technology. He is currently working on a book project entitled Cultural Seriality in Times of Technological Singularity, and he is editing a volume on self-referentiality in literature, as well as a volume on the Swiss author Christian Kracht. Since childhood Marcel has been interested in car culture and he has published articles on “Dieselgate” and autonomous driving in the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung.