doc. Douglas Dix, Ph.D.

Chair Department of Art, Culture and Society, Distinguished Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Douglas Shields Dix earned his Ph.D. in cultural theory from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he taught for 7 years in the Department of English. In September, 1989 he went to Brno, Czechoslovakia on a Fulbright Professorship, and observed and participated in the Velvet Revolution. After two more years of Fulbright support, in 1993 he earned his Habilitation in the History and Theory of Culture at Masaryk University, Brno. At the same time, he founded the International Institute of Intercultural Studies, an institute dedicated to the reform of higher education in the Post-Communist Czech Republic, based in Brno and Prague. Since 2000, he has taught courses in philosophy, literature, film, cultural theory and social theory at the Anglo-American University in Prague. He has authored the book The Eternal Return (2011), an experimental two-volume narrative work of cultural theory reflecting simultaneously on the instantiation of Enlightenment ideas by the late romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his circle, and the abandonment of Enlightenment ideas in the aftermath of the transformations of 1989.


History & Theory of Culture, Cultures Studies, Film Studies, Literary Studies, Continental Philosophy, Aesthetics

courses taught

Post-War European Film, Film & Cultural Studies Seminar: Central & Eastern European Film, Central European Literature

School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Department of Art, Culture and Social Studies

publications & other activities

  • “A Murder in Flatland: The Irruption of the Real in American Abstract Art,” Umělec 1, 2012
  • The Eternal Return, Last Man Editions, (Prague: 2011) (an experimental narrative work of over 1,000 pages focused on the years of Italian exile of the late romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and the circle of figures around him, including Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and Lord Byron, exploring the theoretical and practical trajectory of the Kant-ian conception of autonomy from the post 1789 period through 1989 and beyond
  • “The American Sublime,” Prague Review 8, 2008
  • “The Man Who Disappeared: Kafka Imagining Amerika,” Literární Noviny, November, 2003 (a longer version also published on the website, The Kafka Project–
  • “La Canicule,” Literární Noviny, September 18, 2003