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Dr Silke Horstkotte


Silke Horstkotte is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow in German Studies at the University of Warwick. Her project Beyond the Secular studies the role of literature and the arts in the changing religious landscape of contemporary Germany. Analyzing texts by authors from diverse religious, secular, and ethnic backgrounds, the project considers aesthetic narrativizations of religion and the secular in dialogue with relevant social and cultural environments and as catalysts of the on-going de-secularization of modernity. You can read more about Silke's work in her project blog BeSec.

Silke studied German, English and Music at the universities of Tübingen, Leipzig and at Trinity College Dublin, completing a PhD dissertation on androgynous authorship in Clemens Brentano in 2002. From 2004-2007, she was PI of the Tandem project Historical Modes of Perception in Text and Image, funded by VolkswagenStiftung at the University of Leipzig. Her second book Nachbilder (Afterimages) which emerged from this project was published in 2009; it is also her Habilitationsschrift (advanced doctoral thesis). In 2009, Canada Council for the Arts awarded her the John G. Diefenbaker Award, allowing her to spend the academic year 2009-10 as a visiting professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Since then, she has held visiting professorships at the universities of Tübingen, Cologne and Leipzig.


Silke has taught and written on a broad range of topics in German literature, photography and film, covering the entire modern period from 1800 to the present. Her main interest however is in the immediately contemporary period and in the ways in which literature in the present intersects with, is shaped by and in turn gives shape to non-literary discourses; in fiction as a space of negotiation for social imaginaries and world views; and in the place of literature in a visual media culture.


M.A. Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, 1998. "Mit Auszeichnung" (with distinction).

Dr. phil. Universität Leipzig, 2002. "Cum laude".

Dr. phil. habil. Universität Leipzig, 2008.

Silke Horstkotte