Dr. Henrik S. Wilberg

Dr. Henrik S. Wilberg


2016 - Ph.D. – Northwestern University (IL), German Literature and Critical Thought.

Thesis: Language Before Critique. Figures of Aesthetics from Leibniz to Herder.
Advisor: Samuel M. Weber.
Graduate Certificates in Critical Theory and Teaching Excellence

2007 - Mag. Phil. – Universität Wien (Austria)

Deutsche Philologie (Hauptfach); Romanische Philologie, Philosophie (Nebenfächer)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • German literature and philosophy around 1800
  • Early 20th century German thought
  • Austrian literation (early 20th century and post-1945)
  • Logic and poetics
  • Critical theory
  • Political theology
  • Psychoanalytic theory and practice 

Courses Taught at Miami

  • GER 101: Beginning German
  • GER 102: Beginning German
  • GER 151: The German-American Experience 
  • GER 201: Second Year German
  • GER 202: Second Year German 

Selected Publications

Book Chapters
  • “Émile Benveniste.” In: Agamben’s Philosophical Lineage. Eds. Adam Kotsko and Carlo Salzani (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), 117-124
  • “Friedrich Hölderlin.” In: Agamben’s Philosophical Lineage. Eds. Adam Kotsko and Carlo Salzani (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), 146-153.
Book Reviews
  • “Sarah Pourciau, The Writing of Spirit: Soul, System, and the Roots of Language Science.” The Germanic Review, 2019 (forthcoming)
  • “Absehen: Disregarding Literature (Husserl / Hofmannsthal / Benjamin).” In: Phenomenology to the Letter. Eds. Philippe Haensler, Kristina Mendicino, Rochelle Tobias (De Gruyter, “Textologie”, 2020), 133-148. 


  • Lessing’s Political Forms, German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, October 2019
  • “Nothing but Language”. On Werner Hamacher, American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC, March 2019

Invited Lectures

  • Disregarding Literature. “Phenomenology and Literature: New Readings in Husserl”, Brown University and Johns Hopkins University joint event, German Department, Brown University, Providence, RI, May 2018


  • Anishinaabe-Ojibwemowin (basic)
  • Danish
  • English (near native)
  • French (near native)
  • German (near native)
  • German-Middle High
  • Greek-Ancient
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Norwegian (native)
  • Old Norse/Icelandic
  • Portuguese (good reading proficiency)
  • Spanish (very good working proficiency)
  • Swedish (near native)