Dr. Sebastian Truskolaski

Philosopher/literary scholar, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellow with the project Gestures of Community: Reading Hölderlin with Benjamin, Landauer, and Rosenzweig


Since 2021 – Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow, Leibniz Centre for Literary and Cultural Research, Berlin

2019-21 – Lecturer, Departments of German and Comparative Literature, King's College London

2017-19 – Assistant Professor, Department of Germanic Studies, Trinity College Dublin

2016-17 – Lecturer in Critical Studies, Hereford College of Arts

2013-16 – Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London

2011-16 – PhD, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London

2009-10 – MA, Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, University of Middlesex

2004-7 – BA (Hons), Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London

Research Interests

- 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.


  • Monographs:

- Sebastian Truskolaski, Adorno and the Ban on Images (London: Bloomsbury, 2021)

  • Peer-Reviewed Articles:

- Sebastian Truskolaski, ‘Etwas Fehlt: Marxian Utopias in Bloch and Adorno’, Praktyka Teoretyczna,  Vol. 35, no. 1 (2020), pp. 167-185.

- Sebastian Truskolaski, ‘Inverse Theology: Adorno, Benjamin, Kafka’, German Life and Letters, Vol. 70, no. 2 (2017), pp. 192-210.

- Jan Sieber & Sebastian Truskolaski, ‘The Task of the Philosopher’, Anthropology & Materialism, no. 4 (Special issue on Walter Benjamin, 2017), pp. 1-17.

- Sebastian Truskolaski, ‘Adorno’s Imageless Materialism’, Studies in Social & Political Thought, no. 23 (2014), pp. 14-23.

  • Edited Volumes:

- Jan Sieber & Sebastian Truskolaski (eds.), Anthropology & Materialism, Special issue on Walter Benjamin and Philosophy (2017).

- Walter Benjamin, The Storyteller: Tales Out of Loneliness, eds./trans. Esther Leslie, Sam Dolbear & Sebastian Truskolaski (London: Verso, 2016).

  • Translations:

- Theodor W. Adorno & Gershom Scholem, Correspondence: 1939-1969, ed. Asaf Angermann, trans. Sebastian Truskolaski & Paula Schwebel (Cambridge: Polity, 2021).

- Eva Geulen, “Expression and Suffering; Semblance and Mimesis”, in: Critical Stances, ed. Holger Kuhn, Isabel Mehl, Oona Lochner, Beate Söntgen & Sami Khatib (Berlin: Diaphanes Verlag, 2020).

-  Walter Benjamin, The Storyteller: Tales Out of Loneliness, eds./trans. Esther Leslie, Sam Dolbear & Sebastian Truskolaski (London: Verso, 2016).

  • Chapters in Edited Collections:

- Esther Leslie, Sam Dolbear & Sebastian Truskolaski, ‘Walter Benjamin and the Magnetic Play of Words’, in: Walter Benjamin, The Storyteller: Tales out of Loneliness, eds./trans. Esther Leslie, Sam Dolbear & Sebastian Truskolaski (London: Verso, 2016), pp. ix-xxxii.

  • Handbook Entries:

- Sebastian Truskolaski, ‘Materialism’, in: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory, eds. Werner Bonefeld, Beverley Best and Chris O'Kane (London: SAGE, 2018), pp. 661-677.

  • Non Peer-Reviewed Articles:

- Sebastian Truskolaski, ‘Labours of Translation’, Verso Blog, https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/2714-labours-of-translation-notes-from-the-translators-of-walter-benjamin-s-the-storyteller [June 2016]

- Sebastian Truskolaski, ‘Images Without Images: Adorno on Natural Beauty’, Mute Magazine, URL: https://www.metamute.org/community/your-posts/images-without-images-%E2%80%93-adorno-natural-beauty [February 2013]

  • Reviews / Reports / Symposia:

- Sebastian Truskolaski, ‘Disciplinary Discontent’, in: Syndicate, URL: https://syndicate.network/
symposia/philosophy/images-of-history/ [Symposium on Richard Eldridge’s Images of History: Kant, Benjamin, Freedom and the Human Subject, December 2019]

- Sebastian Truskolaski, ‘Der Kult des Kapitals’, in: Modern Language Review, Vol. 114, no. 2 (2019), pp. 409-411. [Review of Eds. Mauro Monzi et al, Der Kult des Kapitals (Heidelberg: Winter, 2017)]

- Alex Fletcher, Rose-Anne Gush & Sebastian Truskolaski, ‘From Berg to Beyoncé’, in: Radical Philosophy, no. 199 (Sep/Oct 2016), pp. 65-67. [Report on Adorno & Politics conference, Istanbul, May 2016.]

- Sebastian Truskolaski, ‘Analyse What?’, in: Radical Philosophy, no. 190 (Mar/Apr 2015), pp. 59-61. [Review of Fabian Freyenhagen, Adorno’s Practical Philosophy: Living Less Wrongly  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)]

- Sebastian Truskolaski, ‘M.O.R.’, in: Radical Philosophy, no. 185 (May/Jun 2014), pp. 59-61. [Review of Andrew Bowie, Adorno and the Ends of Philosophy (Cambridge: Polity, 2013)]