Research in German Studies
The main research focus of the German Studies strand of the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies is in East German studies, but this is certainly not the only area of research, our staff also have research interests in a range of other areas, including gender studies, film, political and media discourse as well as 19th Century Austrian drama.
German Studies is host to the Centre for East German Studies (CEGS), a centre of advanced study and research into the politics and culture of the former GDR and post-unification East Germany. We collaborate closely with the Stiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur, a government-funded foundation in Berlin that facilitates study of the East German regime and its legacy after the unification of 1990.
Collaboration with the Stiftung has included two conferences so far, and subsequent publications, and has recently led to the co-funding of a PhD scholarship; further scholarships and projects are under discussion. Please contact the department for full details. German Studies also works with the University of Bath in organising conferences and research seminars.
Staff research interests
The main areas of staff research activity are given below. These are the main areas in which we provide postgraduate research supervision, but do get in touch if you are interested in a related topic, as supervision can be arranged jointly with other departments or one of our partners
- Nineteenth century Austrian literature (especially Grillparzer and Raimund); learners' dictionaries; applied linguistics and the analysis of learners' errors Dr Ian Roe
- Gender and narrative theory; early twentieth century German literature (especially Anna Seghers and Bertolt Brecht); film and literature of the GDR Dr Ute Woelfel
- Cultural studies from a linguistic point of view: Political and media discourse, textlinguistics, silence and concealment, language and gender Dr Melani Schroeter
Staff research activities and collaborations
Dr Melani Schröeter is principle investigator of the AHRC-funded project 'Researching and Documenting Key Words in European Migration Discourses' which includes collaboration with colleagues from French, German, Italian and other UK universities and research institutions. Among these, particularly close collaboration exists with the Lingustics and English Department at Lancaster and with the Institute for German Language in Mannheim, Germany.
Dr Ute Wölfel has on-going and long-standing research collaborations with staff at the University of Bath and Newcastle and active links with the Dokumentationszentrum für Alltagskultur in Eisenhüttestadt.