Oliver Kohns is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Luxembourg. He earned his MA at the University of Cologne, in 2001, and his PhD in Comparative Literature at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main in 2006. His thesis has been published under the title "Die Verrücktheit des Sinns. Wahnsinn und Zeichen bei Kant, E.T.A. Hoffmann und Thomas Carlyle". After completing his PhD, Kohns has been working at the University of Regensburg and the University of Cologne. In 2011, he joined the University of Luxembourg as an "Attract Fellow" and leader of the research group "Aesthetical Figurations of the Political" from 2011-2015. The research agenda of this group can be described as a cultural history of the political. The research group has organised several workshops and conferences and published 6 edited volumes. Since 2016, Oliver Kohns is teaching German literature and Comparative Literature at the University of Luxembourg.

His research interests are: German and European literature and philosophy from 1800 to today (especially the work of E.T.A. Hoffmann, Friedrich Nietzsche and Peter Handke); political theory and "political aesthetics" (with a special focus on cultural history of democracy); History of the literary villain from Shakespeare to Norbert Jacques.
Since 2018, Oliver Kohns owns a membership of his hometown Football club, the 1. FC Köln.

© photograph : Jean-Claude Dirckx.

Research interests
Comparative Literature
German Literature
Political Theory
Literature and Politics
Representation of Evil in Literature