Short CV/Education and training

  • 1984
    University of Maryland (European Divsion): BA

  • 1987
    University of Antwerp: Licentiate

  • 1996
    University of Antwerp: PhD

  • 1989 – 1990
    University of Maryland (European Division): Lecturer

  • 1991 – 1996
    University of Antwerp: Assistant

  • 1996 – 1999
    University of Antwerp: Lecturer

  • 1999 – 2003
    University of Antwerp: Senior Lecturer

  • 2003 – 2008
    University of Antwerp: Professor

  • Since 2008
    University of Antwerp: Senior Professor

  • Since 2014
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Distinguished Visiting Professor

Selected publications

  • Liska, Vivian, "Before the Law stands a doorkeeper. To this doorkeeper comes a man...": Kafka, Narrative, and the Law. Naharaim, Vol. 6/2. 2013 ISSN 1862-9156, p. 175-194.

  • Liska, Vivian, "Kafka, Modernism, and Literary Theory". In: Jean-Michel Rabaté (ed.) A Handbook of Modernism Studies, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, ISBN 978-0-470-65873-4, p. 75-86.

  • Liska, Vivian. Fremde Gemeinschaft. Deutsch-jüdische Literatur der Moderne, Göttingen: Wallstein, 2011. ISBN 978-3-8353-0927-6, p. 342.

  • Liska, Vivian. When Kafka Says We. Uncommon Communities in German-Jewish Literature. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-253-35308-5, p. 256.

  • Liska, Vivian, and Eva Meyer, eds. What Does the Veil Know?. Zürich: Edition Voldemeer. Wien/New York: Springer, 2009. ISBN 978-3-211-99289-0, p. 101.

  • Liska, Vivian. Giorgio Agambens leerer Messianismus. Wien: Schlebrügge Editor, 2008. ISBN 978-3-85160-112-1, p. 67.

  • Liska, Vivian, and Astradur Eysteinsson, (eds.) Modernism. A Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages XXI. 2 vols. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2007. ISBN 978-90-272-3454-2 (Winner of the 2008 MSA Book Prize)

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Editor of the book series 'Perspectives on Jewish Texts and Contexts' (De Gruyter) since 2013. Editor of the Yearbook of the Society for European-Jewish Literature (with A. Bodenheimer) since 2013. Editor of Arcadia, International Journal of Literary Studies (with J. Neubauer) since 2008.

  • Founder and director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, where I have organized more than 250 lectures and more than 50 international conferences and workshops since the Institute?s establishment in 2001.

  • Member of over 10 PhD committees and promoter or co-promoter of numerous doctoral students who have either successfully defended their doctorate at the University of Antwerp or who are currently working on their doctoral projects.

  • Established in 2012 together with Prof. Leora Batnitzky (Princeton University) and Prof. Ilana Pardes (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) the Research Center for the Advanced Study of Aesthetics, Hermeneutics and Ethics in Jewish Thought?.

  • Visiting assignments at New York University (2006-), Hebrew University (2013-), the Center of Advanced Judaic Studies of the University of Pennsylvania (2010), Universität Köln (2008), Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin (2007), Honorary Guest-Chair Emile Verhaeren at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (2004), KU Leuven (2002) and Universität Wien (2001).

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Leescommissie IV, Research Council, University of Antwerp, (since 2013)

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Fakultät für Philologie und Kulturwissenschaften, Universität Wien, (since 2013)

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin – ZfL Berlin, (since 2010)

  • Member of the FWO Commission "Literatuur en Kunst", (since 2010)

  • President of the Scientific Board for the Martin Buber Werkausgabe, (since 2010)

  • Member of the Executive Board of the Society for European-Jewish Literature, (since 2009)

  • Member of the Executive Board of the International Walter Benjamin Society, (since 2007)

  • Member of the Editorial Board of Benjamin-Studien, (since 2009)

  • Member of the Editorial Board of KulturPoetik, (since 2005)

  • Treasurer of the Coordinating Committee of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA), (since 2000)

  • Director of the Project 'Modernism' in the ICLA Series 'History of the European Literatures' (with Astradur Eysteinsson), (since 2007)

  • Member of the Executive Board of the Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp (M HKA), (since 2006)

  • Member of the Board of the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS), University of Antwerp, (since 2005)

  • Member of the Board of the Center for Active Pluralism Pieter Gillis, University of Antwerp, (2004-2012)

Media coverage

  • Liska, Vivian, "Man kann verjuden. Paradoxes of Exemplarity." Closing lecture of the lecture series Wholes and Parts, ICI, Berlin, 24 June 2013:

  • Liska, Vivian, "Exil und Exemplarität." Ringvorlesung, Universität Hamburg, 24 October 2011:

  • Liska, Vivian. "Moshe Idel's New Mirrors, Old Texts". Center for Advanced Jewish Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. 21 April 2010:

  • Liska, Vivian, "Kafka's Place After the Tel Aviv Trial", New School, New York, 23 October 2013:

  • Liska, Vivian, "German-Jewish Thought", TV interview Israëlitisch Godsdienstige Uitzendingen (IGU) on Canvas, broadcasted 4 March 2012.

  • Vivian Liska in "Joods Actueel" magazine (July 2011): Institute of Jewish Studies celebrates its 10th anniversary:

Additional qualifications

  • Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies (University of Antwerp) since 2001


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