Sven Spieker

Sven Spieker
Department Chair

Office Location

Phelps 6218


Spieker specializes in European modernism, with an emphasis on the Eastern European avant-gardes, postwar and contemporary literature and art (especially in Eastern and Central Europe), and critical theory.


The Big Archive: Art from Bureaucracy (MIT Press, 2008; Korean translation, 2013); The Imprints of Terror: The Rhetoric of Violence and the Violence of Rhetoric in Modern Russian Culture (ed., with Anna Brodsky and Mark Lipovetsky, Vienna, 2006); Bürokratische Leidenschaften. Kultur- und Mediengeschichte im Archiv (ed., Kadmos, 2004); GOGOL: Exploring Absence. Negativity in 19th-Century Russian Literature (ed., Slavica, 2000); Figures of Memory and Forgetting in Andrei Bitov's Prose, (Peter Lang, 1996). Spieker is the executive editor of ARTMargins, a journal devoted to contemporary art and visual culture in the emerging global margins (, and of ARTMargins Online ( See also Spieker's personal website: