The Oxford Kafka Research Centre aims to advance and co-ordinate research on Franz Kafka, and more generally on German-language and especially German-Jewish literature and culture in the period of Modernism. The Centre is also the home of the John-Fell funded ‘Kafka Global’ Project which marks the centenary of Kafka’s death in 2024 with a major exhibition at Oxford’s Weston Library and an ambitious academic and cultural programme.

Read more

Cockroaches, the Secret Agents of Kafka in South Korea

By Haneul Lee Recently, the so-called ‘Cockroach test’ or ‘Cockroach question’ began trending in South Korea on social platforms such as Tiktok and Instagram. A person asks a family member: ‘One morning, you wake up and find that I’ve changed into a cockroach. What would you do?’ There are various answers to this: – ‘I…

Continue Reading

CfP: Kafkaesque in the Arts

In May 2024, the Archiv der Zeitgenossen in Krems (Austria) will host the conference “The Kafkaesque in the Arts”. The conference language is German. The Call for Papers can be found here:

Continue Reading

Excerpt from Attention and Distraction

Recently, the OKRC’s Carolin Duttlinger published a new book called Attention and Distraction in Modern German Literature, Thought, and Culture with Oxford University Press. More information about the book can be found in our news section. What follows here is an exclusive excerpt from the chapter on Kafka. The basic pattern [of a single moment…

Continue Reading