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Dr James Hodkinson

Reader in German

Tel: +44 (0)24 7615 0387/ Internal: 50387
Email: j dot r dot hodkinson at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room: H2.16 (Humanities Building)
University Road, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL


Dr James Hodkinson completed his PhD at Trinity College, Dublin. He has taught on German culture, literature, intellectual history and language at a range of universities in the UK and Ireland since 1996, and is currently Reader in German at Warwick, where he has worked since 2006. He has been a visiting scholar at universities in Melbourne, Stockholm, and New Delhi.

He is a specialist in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German and Austrian culture, with particular expertise in Romantic theory and literature, gender and ethnicity and Islam and Orientalism in German culture. He is currently working on German music from the 18th century to the electronic present and on theories and representations of sound in culture.

James teaches a wide range of undergraduate courses, supervises research at MA, PhD and post-doctoral levels and holds a number of key administrative roles in German Studies and within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. During 2018-19 he was Head of German Studies. He is increasingly working on different forms of public engagement activity, looking at how the arts and culture can effect and measure social change.

Research interests

James is a recognized specialist in, and has published widely on, the following fields:

  • cultural representations of Islam in nineteenth-century Germanophone thought, scholarship, literature and visual culture; religion and modern culture in German-speaking Europe;
  • the role and representation of music across modern German Culture, 1800 - present; German Popular music; the 'sonic turn' in the arts and humanities;
  • discourses of cosmopolitanism and national particularism 18th century to the present;
  • German Romanticism, its historical context, modern and postmodern receptions;
  • constructions of gender in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century thought and literature.

Between 2010-14 he founded and managed an international research network dedicated to engaging in ongoing debates surrounding nineteenth-century cultural representations of East-West encounters: read more about the international Occident-Orient Research Network here.

In 2016 he co-founded the German Pop Music Studies network together with Dr Uwe Schütte (Aston), which is dedicated to bringing this field into the heart of teaching and research agendas in UK German Studies.

Public Engagement

James Hodkinson has been awarded funding by the competitive Warwick Impact Fund three times since 2015, and once by Warwick's Public Engagement Fund, to investigate, design and deliver a major public engagement programme based on his research into Islam in German and Austrian Culture, and leading to an impact case study for the School in the REF 2020. The project is entitled Re-imagining Islam: From Alterity to Empathy.

Research Supervision:

  • James mentors Dr Julia Hartley, Leverhulme Early Research Career Fellow, on her project on Francophone literary representations of Persia during the long nineteenth-century.
  • James is co-supervisor of Hannah Roberts' PhD on Clara Schumann, performativity and music pedagogy, together with Professor Chris Dingle (Birmingham Conservatorire)
  • James has co-supervised two PhD theses on the "Image of the Female Singer in French and German Literature around 1800" and the "Synergy of Music and Death in German Romantic Literature," and supervised Dr Brian Haman's PhD on "Literary Representations of the Journey in German Romantic Prose", successfully to completion.
  • James welcomes interest from potential researchers seeking to work with him, either collaboratively or in a supervisory capacity.

Administrative roles

  • Director of Communications (for the School of Modern Languages and Cultures) and Admissions Officer for German (both current).
  • Head of German (2018-19).
  • Director of Widening Participation, School of Modern Languages and Cultures (2018-19).
  • James has also served as Examinations Secretary, Admissions Officer and Director of Graduate Studies in German Studies.

Recent publications

  • 'The Hafis-Goethe-Denkmal and Cultural Sounds? As artistic responses to Goethe’s Divan : between close reading and cultural politics' in: Publications of the English Goethe Society, 89 (2), October 2020 (in press).
  • Poetics Today, 41 (3), 2020, Special Edition. Postsecularisms. Edited by James Hodkinson and Silke Horstkotte.
  • 'Returning Again. Resurrection Narratives and Afterlife Aesthetics in Contemporary Television Drama', in: Poetics Today, 41 (3), 2020, 395-416.
  • German in the World. The National, Transnational and Global Contexts of German Studies, ed. by James Hodkinson and Benedict Schofield (NY & Rochester: Camden House, 2020).
  • 'Towards a Socially Engaged Academy: Islam in German History and Its Relevance for Nonacademic Publics' in: German in the World. The National, Transnational and Global Contexts of German Studies, ed. by James Hodkinson and Benedict Schofield (NY & Rochester: Camden House, 2020), pp. 194-218.
  • 'Trasnnationalizing Faith. Re-Imagining Islam in German Culture' in: B. Schofield and R. Braun (eds), Transnational German Studies (Liverpool: ULP, forthcoming 2019).
  • 'Doing German Differently: New Research Practices and Partnerships around the UK,' co-authored with Rebecca Braun, Benedict Schofield and others, in: German Life and Letters, 71(3), July 2018, 374-94.
  • 'Playing the Gallery: Time, Space and the Digital in Brian Eno’s Recent Installation Music' in: Oxford German Studies, 46 (3), 2017. Special Edition: 'Eigenzeit' and The Longing for Time in Contemporary Film, Literature and Art, ed. Anne Fuchs and Ines Detmers, 315-328.
  • 'Transnational encounters in the Maghreb: Para-colonial writing in the travelogues of German soldiers in colonial Algiers, 1830-1890'. In: Studies in Travel Writing, 21:3, 2017. ed Patrick Crowley, 1-16.
  • 'Müßiggang, Zurückhaltung und die (Zusammen-)Arbeit der Poesie in Novalis’ Heinrich von Ofterdingen.' in: Claudia Lillge, Thorsten Unger und Björn Weyand (eds.), Arbeit und Müßiggang in der Romantik (Stuttgart: Fink, 2017), pp. 237-254.
  • Deploying Orientalism in Culture and History: From Germany to Central and Eastern Europe, ed. by James Hodkinson, John Walker, Shaswati Mazumdar and Johannes Feichtinger (New York & Rochester: Camden House, 2014).

Full list of publications here.

Professional associations

  • Internationale Novalis Gesellschaft
  • German Studies Association of America
  • Association of German Studies, GB.
  • German Studies Association of Ireland


  • BA (Dunelm)
  • PhD (Trinity College Dublin)
  • PGCE (Liverpool)

Advice and Feedback Times

During term one of 2020-21 (autumn) I will be on campus for a limited time due to Covid-19. I am able to see students face-to-face between 11 and 12 noon on a Friday. I can also see students via Teams at other times: please email for appointments.


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