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
 
99 titles
Collections :
 
Alexander García Düttmann - What is Contemporary Art?
2020
English edition
forthcoming
The heart of the political-aesthetic debate.
Dialogical Imaginations - Aisthesis as Social Perception and New Ideas of Humanism
2020
English edition
forthcoming
A transdisciplinary reevaluation of the dialogical character of humanism.
Reiner Schürmann - Lecture - Vol. 12 – Luther – The Origin of Modern Self-Consciousness
2020
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First of 29 volumes of Reiner Schürmann's so far unpublished lecture notes on the history of western thought, this publication traces the rise of self-consciousness in its modern form and function, with Luther as the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.
Diaphanes - Authenticity and Feedback
2019
texts in English and French
forthcoming
Diaphanes n° 8/9 se penche sur la question de l'authenticité et de l'auterité (nouveau numéro double, avec des textes français / anglais), avec Tom McCarthy, Marlene Streeruwitz, Christopher Meerdo, Shengze Zhu, Michael Müller, Claire Fontaine, Michael F. Zimmermann, Alexander García Düttmann..
Alexander García Düttmann - Qu\'est-ce que l\'art contemporain ?
2019
French edition
The heart of the political-aesthetic debate.
After the Crisis - Contemporary States of Photography
2019
English edition
A platform for discussions between some of today's leading artists, writers, theorists, curators, and historians aimed at questioning the very status of photography today.
Après la crise - États contemporains de la photographie
2019
French edition
A platform for discussions between some of today's leading artists, writers, theorists, curators, and historians aimed at questioning the very status of photography today.
Claire Fontaine - La grève humaine - Et l\'art de créer la liberté
2019
French edition
forthcoming
An anthology of Claire Fontaine's texts.
Aesthetic Theory
2019
English edition
There is no theory that is not aesthetic (collective publication edited by Dieter Mersch, Sylvia Sasse and Sandro Zanetti).
Elena Vogman - Dance of Values - Sergei Eisenstein\'s Capital Project
2019
English edition
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.
Angelika Meier - File en douce, oublie-moi
2019
French edition
The French translation of the second novel of the German writer.
Dorota Sajewska - Necroperformance - Cultural Reconstructions of the War Body
2019
English edition
Dorata Sajewska proposes an innovative perspective for looking back at the formative process of Polish modernity, delving into repressed areas of experience connected with World War I and the ensuing emancipatory movements.
Alenka Zupančič - Qu\'est-ce que le sexe ?
2019
French edition
Sexuality as a properly philosophical problem of psychoanalysis.
Connect and Divide - The Practice Turn in Media Studies
2019
English edition
forthcoming
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.
Reiner Schürmann - The Philosophy of Nietzsche
2019
English edition
forthcoming
This volume of Reiner Schürmann's lectures unpacks Nietzsche's ambivalence towards Kant, in particular positioning Nietzsche's claim to have brought an end to German idealism against the backdrop of the Kantian transcendental-critical tradition.
Diaphanes - Specters of the Avant-Garde
2019
texts in English and French
Diaphanes is conjuring the ghosts of the avant-garde for its Summer 2019 double issue, including a 80-page insert with 155 photos by Antoine d'Agata and an essay by Mehdi Belhaj Kacem.
Between / Beyond / Hybrid - New Essays on Transdisciplinarity
2019
English edition
Prominent voices of the debate on transdisciplinarity in a transdisciplinary manner.
Stephen Barber - Film\'s Ghosts - Tatsumi Hijikata\'s Butoh and the Transmutation of 1960s Japan
2019
English edition
An essential book for readers engaged with film and performance, urban cultures and architecture, and Japan's experimental art and its histories.
Emmanuel Levinas - On Obliteration
2019
English edition
One of Levinas' rare statements focusing on the fine arts.
Reiner Schürmann - Tomorrow the Manifold - Essays on Foucault, Anarchy, and the Singularization to Come
2019
English edition
This collection assembles key essays of Reiner Schürmann centering on the concepts of anarchy and the singularization to come. Setting out from the question of the status of practical philosophy at the end of metaphysics, these texts track the crucial role of Schürmann's engagement with the work of Michel Foucault between 1983 and 1991.
Antonin Artaud - Artaud 1937 Apocalypse - Letters from Ireland
2019
English edition
First English translation of Antonin Artaud's writings from his apocalyptic journey to Ireland in 1937.
 Line Faden-Babin, Jakob Rachmanski &  Lucia Calfapietra - Kierkegaard and the Mermaid
2019
English edition
Once upon a time, in a coral palace at the bottom of the sea, hidden from human eyes, there lived a princess with a fish's tail. Her parents adored her, and she was engaged to the most tender and beautiful of all the mermen, and she could have been the happiest of all the mermaids. But the little princess was desperately unhappy… (an illustrated philosophy book for children).
Diaphanes - Taming the Gaze
2018
bilingual edition (English / German)
This issue turns its attention to deception and censorship, violence and consumption, enjoyment and norm, to the techniques of taming and the economies of morality; it measures the distance between art and non-art, follows the beast of freedom in the aporias of form, searches out lucid angles of wild reflection, moments of anarchic seeing, new means of emancipation.
Peter Kurzeck - Un hiver de neige
2018
French edition
The first volume of Peter Kurzeck's great autobiographical and poetic chronicle in 12 volumes: the opening of a colossal literary project which portrays the city of Frankfurt and Germany in the early 1980s. A must read, often compared to Proust, Joyce, and Döblin.
Natura - Environmental Aesthetics After Landscape
2018
English edition
Interdisciplinary study gathering critical essays and visual contributions attempting to rethink environmental aesthetics beyond the idea of landscape.