Nomination: Professor Rodrigo Duarte – Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy and Human Sciences, UFMG.

Period: May 26th to June 24th, 2012

Guldin studied Germanistics and Literature/English at the University of Zurich and Aston University in Birmingham (United Kingdom), dedicated himself to studies on the American writer H. P. Lovecraft and his doctoral thesis in German Literature was on the writer  Hubert Fichte. He has taught at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), at the Bauhaus Universität in Weimar (Germany), at the Center for Translation and Intercultural Studies at the University of Manchester (England) and at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). He is currently professor of philosophy at the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland, and is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the multilingual electronic journal Flusser Studies (

As a researcher and writer, Guldin produced several essays dedicated to the work of Vilém Flusser, in addition to also having publications on translation theories and the history of the human body. His research areas cover landscape theory, the history of translation, the theory of self-translation, plurilingualism in literary texts and the theory of metaphor. He is considered an original philosopher, for dedicating himself not only to studying Flusser’s work, but also for, based on Fluss’s work, assimilating his main lessons to think about culture and contemporary society in its main facets.

Recent publications: Thinking between languages – The theory of translation by Vilém Flusser, São Paulo 2010; Spiegelgeschichten: zu Hubert Fichtes und Hans Henny Jahnns Thomas Chatterton, Aachen 2010; Vilém Flusser: An Introduction, authors: Anke Finger, Gustavo Bernardo and Rainer Guldin, Minneapolis 2011.