Fabian Offert

CRML Affiliated Faculty

Assistant Professor, Germanic and Slavic Studies




I investigate potential applications of AI in the computational humanities, with a focus on machine vision (“digital visual studies”); and the socio-technical implications of specific machine learning systems (“critical ML studies”). I am particularly interested in the impact of artificial intelligence on the production of knowledge in the special sciences, and its effect on notions of perception and reason.


Fabian Offert is Assistant Professor in History and Theory of Digital Humanities at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before joining the faculty at UCSB, Fabian was Postdoctoral Researcher in the DFG priority program "The Digital Image" at Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg and Affiliated Researcher in the Artificial Intelligence and Media Philosophy Research Group at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. He received his PhD from UCSB, supported by the Regents of the University of California, and holds a Diploma from the Institute for Applied Theater Studies at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, where he was a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation. Fabian has worked for a number of German cultural institutions as a curator, including ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Goethe-Institut New York, and Ruhrtriennale Festival of the Arts.