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Tim Schmidt

Adjunct Instructor;

German and Russian Studies;


Tim comes to Binghamton University with a background in linguistics and has previously focused on the philosophy of language, combined with interdisciplinary approaches such as phraseology, music theory, and psychology. He holds a double master's degree in intercultural German literature and linguistics from the University of Kassel (Germany) and the University of Szeged (Hungary). His research interests include silence as an interactive social construct, silence within the power matrix, the remnants of Plato's cave in the era of digitalization, and the relation to the cultural production of the 21st century. Furthermore, he is interested in the writings of Robert Musil, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Jacques Lacan.

Research Interests

  • Silence
  • Melancholy, Cynicism, Machiavellianism
  • Hermeneutics and Psychoanalysis
  • “Third Culture”
  • Robert Musil, Friedrich Nietzsche, Raymond Carver

Teaching Interests

  • Literature and Psychology
  • German
  • Human Rights in Latin America
  • Comedy