About the Author

Axel Fliethmann

E-Mail: Axel.Fliethmann@monash.edu

Axel Fliethmann is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of literary theory, media philology and theory of the image. He studied Literature, History and Philosophy at the University of Cologne (Germany) where he also received his PhD (Dr. phil.). Before joining the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash in 2002, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the research center for “Medien und Kulturelle Kommunikation” (Centre for media and cultural communication) at the University of Cologne. In 2018 he was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is the author of Stellenlektüre. Stifter. Foucault (Niemeyer 2001), and of Texte über Bilder. Zur Gegenwart der Renaissance, (Rombach 2014). He is also one of the co-founders and co-editors of the peer-reviewed journal Limbus. Australian Yearbook of German Literary and Cultural Studies. He has published widely on literary theory, visual cultures, and media philology. In his current research he investigates connections between material images and concepts of imagination in Early Modern Times, in particular intersections between image technologies, the formation of the modern concept imagination in aesthetic theory, and pathologies of imagination in medical discourse.

Contributions by Author: Axel Fliethmann

Metaphors of Migration: An Introduction

Currently, migration represents one of the most challenging problems to which societies are called to respond. This guest-edited issue of On_Culture engages with some of the less-explored facets of migration, focusing on the idea that the lived reality of migration is always also framed by discursive formations, and that metaphors can function as creative devices therein to establish a broader perception of what migration could or even should mean in the first place. Taking this perspective, where imagination and lived migration are intricately linked through layers of discourse, should allow us to shed some new light on the topic of migration.