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Sebastian Truskolaski holds a BA in Fine Art (Goldsmiths, 2007), an MA in Philosophy (CRMEP, 2009) and a PhD in Art History/Visual Cultures (Goldsmiths, 2016). Before joining the Departments of German and Comparative Literature at King’s, Sebastian was Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies at Trinity College Dublin (2017-19). Sebastian has published a wide range of texts on figures such as Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem, ranging from peer-reviewed articles to edited volumes and translations. Sebastian’s first monograph, Adorno and the Ban on Images, is due to appear with Bloomsbury in 2020.

At present, Sebastian is developing a new project on the political reception of Friedrich Hölderlin by German-Jewish thinkers during the ‘short’ 20th century.

Research interests and PhD supervision

- Modern European Philosophy from Kant to Derrida.

- German-Jewish thought from Mendelssohn to Celan.

- Aesthetic theory from Shaftesbury to Adorno.

- Literary theory from Romanticism to Post-Structuralism.

- Theories (and practices) of translation from Luther to Benjamin.

Research interests include points of contact between modern and contemporary art, literature, and philosophy – especially in the German-speaking lands, Poland and North America, and especially in the period from 1770 to the present.


Sebastian Truskolaski teaches on a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Departments of German and Comparative Literature, including modules on 18th-century German intellectual history, literature and melancholia, and the recurrence of the Faust legend in modern and contemporary culture.