Postgraduate research in German Studies
We bring together leading specialists working in translation, interpreting, and German to offer a range of opportunities to our doctoral students.
View our range of programmes, and the support available for our postgraduate researchers.
- German Studies MPhil
- German Studies PhD
Our postgraduate research students benefit from a very wide range of supervision, in history, literature, film and linguistics regarding all periods of the 20th century and beyond. We also have a strong record of success in joint supervision, allowing you to work with two supervisors who have complementary specialist fields.
Our team's research interests include:
- The cultural history of Imperial Germany
- Weimar culture
- Bertolt Brecht
- Modern German-Jewish culture and Holocaust studies
- Gender and sexuality studies
- The literary and cultural history of National Socialist Germany and the GDR
- Cultural Memory
- Turkish-German culture
- Translation and Intercultural studies
Here's what some of our current doctoral students are working on:
- Matthew Heathcote - 'Der Kadavergehorsam: The Physical and Cultural Fashioning of the Prussian Soldier throughout the Nineteenth Century'
- Laura Schlagheck - 'Discourses of dangerous femininity and their relation to antisemitism, (colonial-)racism and antiziganism in Fin-de-Siècle Culture'
Some of the recent research undertaken by our doctoral students:
- Ahmet Alver (2012) - 'The Politics of Memory: Aesthetics and Narrative in March 12th Novels'
- Eva-Maria Broomer - 'Melusine Figures in the Works of Theodor Fontane'
- David Charlston (2012) - 'An Analysis of the Translation of Intentional Ambiguities in three Translations of Hegel's Phenomenonology' (co-supervised with Maeve Olohan)
- Stuart Cunningham (2013) - 'The Impact of German Unification on the Sorbs'
- Leanne Dawson (2009) - 'Femme: Representations of Queer Femininities in Post-War German Culture'
- Michaela Dixon (2017) - 'Narratives of Resistance in Museums of the GDR and Third Reich'
- Sevinc Elaman (2012) - 'Gender Roles and the Image of 'New Woman' in the Works of Halide Edip Advar and Edith Wharton'
- Elaine Ellery (2006) - 'German-Jewish Literary Expression in the Third Reich with Particular Reference to Gertrud Kolmar'
- Pauline Eyre (2010) - 'Permission to Speak: Representations of the Disabled Body in German Women's Literature of the 1970s and 1980s'
- Chris Gribble (2001) - 'Theodor W. Adorno and Paul Celan'
- Jan Gryta (2016) - 'Cultural Memory and the City: Remembering Pre-War Jewish Life and the Holocaust in Krakow'
- William Hall (2018) - 'Space and Time in the Works of Hoffmann and Kleist'
- Aneta Jarzebska (2018) - 'Alternative Gallery Spaces in Poland and the GDR in the 1970s'
- Leif Jerram (2001) - 'Urban Planning in Early 20th Century Munich'
- Clare Murray - 'Post-Authoritarian Governmentality? Re-Negotiating the 'Other' Spaces of National Socialism in Unified Berlin'
- Gözde Naiboglu (2015) - 'Beyond Representation: Ethics and Aesthetics in Turkish-German Cinema since Unification'
- Rachel Ramsay (2010) - 'Jewish and Turkish Encounters in Contemporary German Language Literature'
- Kate Roy (2008) - 'Cartographies of Identity in the Works of Emine Sevgi Özdamar and Leila Sebbar'
- Sven de Roode (2009) - 'Perception of Europe and the European Union in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in Comparative Perspective'
- Caroline Summers (2013) - 'Narrating Christa Wolf's Anglophone Author-Function'
- Helen Vahramian (2009) - 'Imperial Germany and the Ottoman Armenians'
- William Hall - 'Space and Time in the Works of Hoffmann and Kleist' (2018)
- Joseph Twist - 'From Gastarbeiter to Muslim: Cosmopolitan Responses to post 9/11 Islamophobia' (2015)
Find out about the bursaries, scholarships and studentships available to support postgraduate research.
Information about applying for a postgraduate research degree in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.
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Translation and Intercultural Studies
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