Stefan Hajduk

Dr Stefan Hajduk

Head of German Studies

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts

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


Stefan Hajduk was born in Duisburg (Rhineland), studied German literature, theatre, and philosophy in Frankfurt am Main, Rome, Naples, and Munich, where he graduated at Ludwig Maximilians University. He received a summa cum laude (honors) on his MA degree. His thesis, „Metapher und Subjekt“, was supervised by Professor Gerhard Neumann. He continued his studies in Berlin, where he obtained his PhD at Humboldt University and worked 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 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:

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

This project 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 will trace 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.

II. Goethes Stimmungen. The History of an Aesthetic Phenomenon and the Beginnings of Literary Modernity

The objective of this project is the historical moulding of literary emotion into the conditions of the history of culture allowing Mood (Stimmung) to take the position of an aesthetic category. Goethe’s literary and scientific oeuvre is reinterpreted under a new phenomenological perspective hence revising former subject centred approaches based on concepts such as interiority, genius, and expression.

Research Funding

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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).

Courses Developed

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Courses Taught

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        http://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/104984/1/sem-1/2015
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    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
  • Position: Head of German Studies
  • Phone: 83130139
  • Email: stefan.hajduk@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 8
  • Room: 8 12
  • Org Unit: German Studies

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