Sonka Hinders


Sonka Hinders

Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Promotionsprogramm "Gestalten der Zukunft"
Ammerländer Heerstraße 114-118
26129 Oldenburg

Sonka Hinders


The Retrospective Future of Reading in Contemporary Literature (Arbeitstitel)


My dissertation aims to investigate how retrospective representations of reading in contemporary literature conceptualise the future of reading in the face of digitalisation. The rise of digital technologies throughout the last decades has led to the prominent Western discourse that there is a decline in reading, often connected to a loss of humanist values. A second influential discourse claims that Western culture is exceptionally engaged with the past as a refuge from the fast-paced digital world. My dissertation investigates how contemporary literature connects these two discourses. In line with academic examinations of retrospection in contemporary Western culture, I view retrospection – serving as an umbrella term for concepts such as memory, nostalgia, retro, trauma, hauntology and the archive – as a potentially constructive phenomenon in which humans access the past to imagine the future. My dissertation studies how retrospection, occurring on textual, medial and commercial levels in a selection of contemporary literary works, creates new understandings of reading which are simultaneously inspired by the past and digital developments. I aim to provide a framework of characteristics which describe emerging reading practices, based on interactions and overlaps of retrospection and reading.


seit 10/2021
Stipendiatin im MWK-Promotionsprogramm „Gestalten der Zukunft. Transformation der Gegenwart durch Szenarien der Digitalisierung“ an der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

Praktikum in der Musikredaktion von radioeins (rbb)

Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft im Studierendenbüro Anglistik an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

M.A. Comparative Studies in English and American Language, Literature, and Culture an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Studentische Hilfskraft der Landesanstalt für Medien NRW im Bereich Journalismusförderung

Orientierungstutorin für Erstsemesterstudierende der Anglistik/Amerikanistik an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Redakteurin, Moderatorin und Musikchefin beim Campussender hochschulradio düsseldorf

B.A. Anglistik/Amerikanistik & Musikwissenschaft an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf und der University of Reading, England


Oh, the boy’s a Slack: Erschöpfte Materialität und (post-)digitales Lesen in Calvin Kasulkes Several People Are Typing; Tagung „Literatur am Ende – Putting *Schöpfung* in *Erschöpfung*“, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, 16.-18.11.2022

Love Machine Reading: Exploring Human-AI Relations through Reading Practices in I’m Your Man (2021); SLSA-Jahrestagung „Reading Minds: Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, and the Reading Human“, Purdue University, USA, 06.-09.10.2022

ARTificial Intelligence: Anthropology and Art in Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me; Studierendenkonferenz “Made and Remade Continually”, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, 28.-29.01.2020


Hinders, Sonka. “Read Carefully! Conceptualizing Reading as Care in The Book of Form & Emptiness and My Salinger Year.” On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture, vol. 16, 2024,

Hinders, Sonka. “(Pod)casting a Bridge: Lolita Podcast and Its Reading Practices.” Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 23, no. 2, 2023, pp. 64-79,

weitere Veröffentlichungen

Hinders, Sonka “‘In this space, all the stories are alive.’—In Conversation with Thea Mantwill and Jana Buch about Reading (in) their Literary Exhibition 13 Morgen.” On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture, vol. 16, 2024,

Hinders, Sonka. “Riesinnengroß.” Gegenüber, Sept. 2023,

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