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Diaphanes

Diaphanes has been active as a publisher since 2001, with its headquarters in Zurich and a project space in Berlin. Editorial care and sophisticated design are the main coordinates of a multilingual book production oriented to enduring relevance in the interconnection of discourse and fiction, art and the humanities, literature and philosophy. As open to the new as to the forgotten, Diaphanes wishes to offer a lively place of publication outside the dominant mainstream, and to give productive resonance to a wide variety of forms of knowledge and expression. With a classical print production and an innovative online palette, Diaphanes addresses an open and critical reading public, for whom books remain an indispensable tool of intellectual interchange. An available backlist of over 500 titles in German, English, and French, together with an annual program of around 50 new publications in worldwide distribution, make Diaphanes one of the most prominent independent publishers.

Diaphanes is also, since 2017, the name of a quarterly English-, German-, multi-language magazine with a focus on contemporary art, critical discourse, and multilingual fiction.
 
Zurich / Berlin
 
150 titles
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Reiner Schürmann - The Place of the Symbolic - Essays on Art and Politics
2023
English edition
forthcoming
The Place of the Symbolic brings together Reiner Schürmann's essays on the nexus between art and politics.
Reiner Schürmann - Lecture - Vol. 12 – Luther – The Origin of Modern Self-Consciousness
2023
English edition
forthcoming
First of 29 volumes of Reiner Schürmann's so far unpublished lecture notes on the history of western thought, this publication traces the rise of self-consciousness in its modern form and function, with Luther as the central figure of Schürmann's study.
Antonin Artaud - A Sinister Assassin - Last Writings, Ivry-sur-Seine, September 1947–March 1948
2023
English edition
forthcoming
Edited, translated and with an introduction by Stephen Barber, A Sinister Assassin illuminates Artaud's last, most intensive and terminal work for the first time.
Elena Vogman - La danse des valeurs - Sergueï Eisenstein et le Capital de Marx
2023
French edition
forthcoming
Researcher Elena Vogman examines the unpublished archival material relating to the film adaptation of Karl Marx's Capital by Sergei Eisenstein. The analysis of these materials reveals the clear and ambitious idea that animated the Soviet filmmaker for this aborted project: to build a visual theorization of value.
Reiner Schürmann - Lire Marx
2023
French edition
forthcoming
Schürmann's lecture on Marx emphasizes the philosophical axis of the German theoretician's work and reads it as a transcendental materialism.
Reiner Schürmann - Heidegger\'s De(con)struction of Metaphysics
2023
English edition
forthcoming
The Heideggerien deconstruction of metaphysics by Reiner Schürmann.
Dialogical Imaginations - Aisthesis as Social Perception and New Ideas of Humanism
2022
English edition
forthcoming
A transdisciplinary reevaluation of the dialogical character of humanism.
Liliana Gómez - Archive Matter - A Camera in the Laboratory of the Modern
2022
English edition
forthcoming
The photographic archive of a former U.S. banana company as a vehicle for the expansion of corporate capitalism in the Caribbean.
Antonin Artaud - “The Human Face” and Other Writings on His Drawings
2022
English edition
forthcoming
Three extraordinary texts—pitched between writing and image—that project Artaud's ferocious engagement with the act of drawing.
Laurent Mannoni - Movements of Air - The Photographs from Étienne-Jules Marey’s Wind Tunnels
2022
English edition
forthcoming
The book "Movements of Air" reprints the breathtaking pictures of Étienne-Jules Marey, that he took between 1899 and 1901 during his scientific experiments with moving air and smoke, and complements them with two essays of Georges Didi-Huberman and Laurent Mannoni. 
Zoran Terzić - Idiocracy - The Culture of the New Idiot
2022
English edition
forthcoming
Zoran Terzić's wide-ranging and sharply detailed essay takes up the cultural-historical figure of the idiot and follows its numerous appearances throughout intellectual history in an examination of the art of idiocy that extends outside the hypertrophic present.
Ronny Hardliz - Non-Construction - Architectural Gestures in Artistic Research
2022
English edition
forthcoming
By defining a concept of architecture based on the tactile experience and not on construction, this book allows us to explore both discursive practice as the study of architectural art and the integration of architectural art as a discourse of spatial practice.
Yves Netzhammer - Convex Thoughts - 357 Digital Drawings
2022
English edition
forthcoming
357 new digital drawings by the Swiss artist.
Liquidity, Flows, Circulation - The Cultural Logic of Environmentalization
2022
English edition
forthcoming
The hypothesis of a genuine cultural logic of environmentalization, at the intersection of art, media and cultural studies as well as economic theory.
Nicolas Evreïnoff - The Steps of Nemesis - A Dramatic Chronicle in Six Scenes from Party Life in the USSR (1936–1938)
2022
English edition
The theatricalization of the Soviet Union through the reenactment as theater of the Stalinist show trials by the playwright Nikolai Evreinov (1879-1953).
Reiner Schürmann - Modern Philosophies of the Will
2022
English edition
Through Kant, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, this seminar traces the development of the relation between the will and the law as self-given.
Reiner Schürmann - Le principe d\'anarchie - Heidegger et la question de l\'agir
2022
French edition
The relation between being and acting and the principle of anarchy in the philosophy of Martin Heidegger.
Antonin Artaud - Radio Works - 1946-48
2021
bilingual edition (English / French)
The translated transcripts of two radio broadcasts by Artaud: To have done with the judgement of god (1947-48) and Madness and Black Magic (1946). Correspondences from that period are also included.
Antonin Artaud - Here Lies preceded by The Indian Culture
2021
bilingual edition (English / French)
Two of Antonin Artaud's foremost poetic works from the last period of his life.
Hybrid Ecologies
2021
English edition
A series of interdisciplinary contributions around the political and social dimensions of ecology and its implications in the humanities and social sciences, artistic practices and design.
Jean-Luc Nancy - Rencontre
2021
French edition
A dialogue between the philosopher and the art historian around the encounter.
Diaphanes - Punk Philology
2021
texts in English and French
A punk philology (with Simon Critchley, Emanuele Coccia, Dennis Cooper, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Kim Gordon, Donatien Grau, Richard Hell, Paul McCarthy...).
Bernard Stiegler - Philosophies singulières - Conversation avec Michaël Crevoisier
2021
French edition
Mehdi Belhaj Kacem and Bernard Stiegler talk about what links them to philosophy.
Raphaëlle Milone - Papillon de verre
2021
French edition
Raphaëlle Milone's first novel, a dive into the heart of desires, acclaimed by Simon Liberati as well as by Jean-Luc Nancy.
Donatien Grau - Literature is a Voyage of Discovery - Tom Bishop in Conversation with Donatien Grau
2021
English edition
Tom Bishop traces his career and intellectual path through conversations with Donatien Grau.
Sylvère Lotringer - I Was more American than the Americans - Sylvère Lotringer in conversation with Donatien Grau
2021
English edition
Sylvère Lotringer traces his career and intellectual path through conversations with Donatien Grau.
Donatien Grau - La littérature est un voyage de découverte - 
Tom Bishop en conversation avec Donatien Grau
2021
French edition
Tom Bishop traces his career and intellectual path through conversations with Donatien Grau.
Sylvère Lotringer - J\'étais plus américain que les Américains - Sylvère Lotringer en conversation avec Donatien Grau
2021
French edition
Sylvère Lotringer traces his career and intellectual path through conversations with Donatien Grau.
Refaire le monde
2021
English edition
A documentation of new values and new worlds and a guide to them.
Reiner Schürmann - Reading Marx - On Transcendental Materialism
2021
English edition
Schürmann's lecture on Marx emphasizes the philosophical axis of the German theoretician's work and reads it as a transcendental materialism.
Performing Human Rights - Contested Amnesia and Aesthetic Practices in the Global South
2021
English edition
Aesthetic practices and human rights in the global south.
Connect and Divide - The Practice Turn in Media Studies
2021
English edition
The publication studies four aspects of the practice turn in media studies: Media history from a praxeological perspective, the practice turn in religion and media studies, the connecting and dividing lines of media theories concerning gender and post-colonial agencies, and a historical and theoretical examination of the current relationship of media theory and practice theory.
Wu Yi - The Sea as Mirror - Essayings in and against Philosophy as History
2021
English edition
The deep political and moral ambiguity attributed to the maritimeelement in Western philosophical and literary imaginaries.
Brian Alkire - The Last Mask - Hamann\'s Theater of the Grotesque
2021
English edition
A philological and theoretical rereading of the late work of Johann Georg Hamann (1730-1788).
Davide Giuriato - Infinitely Determinable - Children and Childhood in Modern Literature
2021
English edition
Children and childhood in modern literature.
David Graeber - L\'anarchie – pour ainsi dire - Conversations avec Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, Nika Dubrovsky et Assia Turquier-Zauberman
2021
French edition
David Graeber's interviews (with Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, Nika Dubrovsky, and Assia Turquier-Zauberman) redefine the contours of what an anarchist morality could be today.
Aesthetics of the Commons
2021
English edition
The efficiency of art in common.
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