Dr James Hodkinson completed his PhD at Trinity College Dublin. He has taught German language and culture at a range of insitutions in the UK and Ireland since 1996, and is currently Associate Professor in German at Warwick, where he has worked since 2006. He is a specialist in eighteenth and nineteenth-century German-language culture, though he teaches a wide range of undergraduate courses, teaches and supervises research at postgraduate level.
His main areas of specialisation and interest are:
- Cultural representations of Islam in nineteenth-century Germanophone thought, scholarship, literature and visual culture;
- Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Germanophone discourses on Orientalism, philhellenism and cosmopolitanism;
- German Romanticism, its historical context, modern and postmodern receptions;
- Constructions of gender in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century thought and literature;
- The role of music in modern German Culture (1800 - present).
He has published numerous essays and books on these topics. In 2010 he founded an International research network dedicated to engaging in ongoing debates surrounding nineteenth-century cultural representations of East-West encounters. He is currently involved in a public outreach project entitled 'Transnationalizing Faith', which seeks to map his research on Islam in 19th century Germany onto current debates about Islam in the UK through exhibitions, public talks and discussion groups across the country. The project is documented in his blog: