Armen Avanessian studied philosophy and political science in Vienna and Paris. In 2007 Avanessian took up his current position at the Peter Szondi Institute for Comparative Literature at the Free University Berlin. In 2011 he was a Visiting Fellow in the German Department at Columbia University and in 2012 at the German Department at Yale University. In 2012 he founded Spekulative Poetik, a research platform on speculative poetics including a series of events, translations and publications. Avanessian has published widely on poetics and aesthetics. He has also edited several volumes, including (together with Luke Skrebowski) Aesthetics and Contemporary Art (Sternberg, 2011) and (together with Robin Mackay) #Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader (Urbanomic, 2014).