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Eduardo Jorge de Oliveira: Towards a Phanerology of Images: Karl Blossfeldt and the Skin of the World
Towards a Phanerology of Images: Karl Blossfeldt and the Skin of the World
(p. 111 – 134)

Eduardo Jorge de Oliveira

Towards a Phanerology of Images: Karl Blossfeldt and the Skin of the World

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Eduardo Jorge de Oliveira

is Assistant Professor of Literature, Arts and Media at Universität Zurich and member of the Lateinamerika-Zentrum Zürich and the Zentrum Künste und Kulturtheorie. His doctoral thesis, Inventar uma pele para tudo: texturas da animalidade na literatura e nas artes visuais, was developed in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris, and the Department of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil, under the supervision of Dominique Lestel and Maria Esther Maciel. He did his postdoctoral research with Giovanni Careri at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is the author of A invenção de uma pele: Nuno Ramos em obras (Iluminuras, 2017).
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