Isak Winkel Holm – University of Copenhagen

Department of Arts and Cultural Studies
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Isak Winkel Holm

Isak Winkel Holm

Associate professor

Department of Arts and Cultural Studies
Karen Blixensvej 1
2300 København S

Office: KUA, 21.3.25
Office hours: mandag 14-15
Phone: +45 353-28233
Phone (Reception desk): +45 Ukendt
Mobile: +45 60666208
E-mail: isak@hum.ku.dk



Current research

My research deals with the relationship between literature and justice or, more generally, between aesthetics and politics. Hence, my research themes fall in two halves: on the one hand, Literary Theory, Cultural Theory, Aesthetics, Theory of Metaphor and Theory of Tragedy; on the other hand, Political Theory, Social Philosophy, Theory of Justice and Disaster Research. Currently, the two halves meet in two book projects.

A book project with the working title Kafka and the Political tries to rethink the relationship between aesthetics and politics in Franz Kafka's literary works. My claim is that this relationship should be understood not only as a question of aesthetic representation but, as well, as a question of aesthetic experience; not just content but also form.

A book project with the working title In the Light of Disaster tries to explain why disasters play such a prominent literary and cultural role in a country like Denmark where disasters are close to non-existent. My claim is that Danish works of disaster fiction borrow European and American disaster imaginary and use it as a prism in order to pose a fundamental question about the constitution of the political community.

In connection with my exploration of the cultural history of disaster I am member of the steering committee of a number of cross-disciplinary research networks and centres that, in different ways, create platforms for uniting cultural studies with the History, Law, Anthropology, Theology, etc.

"COPE – Copenhagen Disaster Research Center", http://cope.ku.dk

"Changing Disasters. Understanding Societies through Disasters", http://jura.ku.dk/changingdisasters

"Sustainable Futurities. Centre for Culture, Sustainability and Transition", http://ccss.ku.dk

"Katastrofekulturer" (Disaster Cultures), funded by The Research Council of Norway

Selected publications