Professor Kerstin Hof

Professor Kerstin Hof
Professor for Arts and Society – Focus Poetry 

Schellerdamm 22-24
21079 Hamburg

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Kerstin Hof studied Literature, German and Sociology at the University of Siegen. She wrote her thesis on Magistra Artium as a cultural-historical focus study on literary bohemia in Berlin in the 1920s using the example of the Jewish poet Mascha Kaléko under Hans-Ulrich Gumbrecht. A subsequent PhD project on the role of women in the bohemian ended them in favor of a journalistic, »Gestaltherputischen« and artistic education and work not. In 20 years of freelance work Kerstin Hof established the brand »SchreibZeit« and realized numerous free poetic-artistic and advisory poetry projects. She works as an author, counselor, supervisor and lives in Hamburg. Member and lecturer in the BVPPT professional association for counseling, pedagogy and psychotherapy and specialist author u.a. for the Counseling Journal. Since 2018 she is a jury member of the Elbkulturfonds of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

Teaching Activities

Long-time university activities, teaching assignments and intermedia projects among others at the HfbK Hamburg, HAW Hamburg, PH Darmstadt, appraiser for the ASH Berlin. Head of the SchreibArt Institute for Creative Writing and Poetry Therapy in Hamburg until 2012, head of the program area further education in the Hamburg Children's Bookstore until 2014.

Since 2014 working at MSH, Kerstin Hof holds the professorship for Art and Society, focus on POETRY in the Department of Art, Society and Health, where she is Head of the BA's EAST Expressive Arts in Social Transformation; She also designed the WRITING CENTER for MSH, which she continues to curate in a responsible manner. Editor of HBP.

Research Interests

Her artistic and research interests are poetry as socially relevant art, poetics and performativity of writing and reading, literacy, literary pedagogy, intermedial poetry and bibliotherapy, scriptural and linguistic aesthetics in relational constellations; Women write and read-read, write and sex. participatory; Intermedia and intercultural poetry projects in public spaces in Germany and abroad.


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