Stefan Hajduk

Dr Stefan Hajduk

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Stefan Hajduk Is an internationally recognised literary researcher and university lecturer in German studies. He studied German literature, theatre, and philosophy in Frankfurt am Main, Rome, Naples, and Munich, where he graduated from Ludwig Maximilians University. He received a summa cum laude (honours) on his MA degree. Professor Gerhard Neumann supervised his thesis, „Metapher und Subjektn. He continued his studies in Berlin, obtaining his PhD at Humboldt University and working for the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.
His doctoral thesis, written under the supervision of Professor Hartmut Böhme (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut HU Berlin) examined aesthetical figurations of the sublime in Robert Musil’s The Man without Qualities. Furthermore, it evidenced how modern poetics anticipated the deconstructive discourse effects in post-structural philosophy (published in 2000 by Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg). Between 1994 and 1997 he was granted several scholarships for study and research in philosophy (Naples, Italy: Istituto Italiano per gli studi filosofici; Università Federico II) and in German Literature (Baltimore, USA: Johns Hopkins University).
From 2000 to 2005 Stefan was DAAD Lecturer in German for History of Literature at the University of Pune, Department of Foreign Languages, India, counsellor for Germany as a destination of research and study, director of the theatre ensemble Studio Puna at Goethe-Institute MMB, and Member of the Committee for DAAD scholarships in New Delhi. After a DAAD-funded research stay in Berlin at the Humboldt University he worked from 2006 to 2009 as a Lecturer in German at two Departments in Ireland, at the University of Limerick and at the Mary Immaculate College in Limerick.

Topics in the history of literature and German culture. Current projects are:

Lived experience and the mood. Wilhelm Dilthey's aesthetic and historical thinking

This book is a study of the elusive concept of Stimmung (this German concept covers in English the meanings of mood, state of mind, atmosphere, attunement) a significant category in aesthetic theory. At the centre of the examination stands the important contribution of Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911) to modern psychology and poetics, in particular his original focus on emotion in relation to empathic understanding. The investigation stands on the intersection of aesthetic theory, emotion studies and hermeneutical theory.

As is the case in Nietzsche’s work, moods ground cognition in a pre-transcendental, proto-structural and thus also pre-subjective realm, that is before the subject of will starts conceptualizing and acting. The cognitive disadvantage of moods, that they are not subject to the conscious control of rational operations, is balanced by the advantage they offer on a pre-conceptual level in providing an impetus for the human search for coherence, exploration of reality and openness to the world. From here it is possible to make connections with literature, music and painting.

This book traces the theoretical developments that determine Dilthey’s use of the word “Stimmung” (mood) from its purely cumulative beginnings to his cursory attempt to use it as a poetological category of understanding. In engaging critically with Dilthey’s work, which despite its lasting impact is now generally ignored, the book will make an important contribution to the history and development of a theory of mood and to the consideration of its relevance for contemporary literary research and interpretation.

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Teaching Activities 

Stefan teaches German Literature, Culture and Language at all levels of the BA (years 2-3) and the Honours program (year 4).

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2024 Principal Supervisor Crisis and migration in German literature. How German literature of recent decades has dealt with the crises associated with migration movements and thus generated a variety of cultural perspectives of meaning is the subject of this project. Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mr Sylvain Augustin Talbot
    2023 Principal Supervisor Prepositional phrases in L1 and L2 German academic presentations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Vanessa Kreusch
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Learning German in English speaking tertiary contexts: Identity, social strategies and language use Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Mary Grace Quigley
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Member School Research Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2004 - 2005 Board Member DAAD Scholarships DAAD India
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2019 - ongoing Member GSA (USA) United States
    2013 - ongoing Member RAMP Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member GSAA Australia
    2007 - ongoing Member IRMG Germany
    2005 - ongoing Member IVG International Association for Germanic Studies Germany
    2000 - ongoing Representative DAAD Germany
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2019 - ongoing DAAD DAAD Australia Scientific research Australia
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83130139
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 8
  • Org Unit: School of Humanities

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