Fields of Practice:
German modernist literature from Kafka to Paul Celan, German-Jewish thought
Vivian Liska is a professor of German Literature and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. In addition, since 2013 she is Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Faculty of the Humanities at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has published extensively on literary theory, German modernism, and German-Jewish authors and thinkers. Liska’s recent books include Giorgio Agamben’s Empty Messianism (2008, in German, translated into Hebrew in 2010 as "Hameshihut Harekah shel Giorgio Agamben”), When Kafka Says We. Uncommon Communities in German-Jewish Literature (2008), and Fremde Gemeinschaft. Deutsch-jüdische Literatur der Moderne (2011). She is the co-editor of numerous books, among them the two-volume ICLA publication Modernism (with Astradur Eysteinsson, 2007), which was awarded the Prize of the Modernist Studies Association in 2008; Contemporary Jewish Writing in Europe: A Guide (with Thomas Nolden, 2007); Theodor Herzl between Europe and Zion (with Mark Gelber, 2007); What Does the Veil Know? (with Eva Meyer, 2009); The German-Jewish Experience Revisited (with Steven Aschheim, 2015); and Kafka and Universalism (with Arthur Cools, 2016). She is the editor of the book series “Perspectives on Jewish Texts and Contexts” (De Gruyter, Berlin), co-editor of the Yearbook of the Society for European-Jewish Literature, and Arcadia. International Journal for Literary Studies. In 2012, she was awarded the Cross of Honor for Sciences and the Arts from the Republic of Austria.