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Dr Claire Ross

  • Joint Outreach Officer
  • BAME Lead for Department of Languages and Cultures

Building location

Miller 106

Areas of interest

  • Migration and minority discourses.
  • Turkish German literature and film
  • Refugee literature and film
  • German colonialism
  • Contested architectural landmarks
  • Creative and inclusive pedagogical practices


Research interests

I am interested in the role that cultural products (literature, film, architectural landmarks) and the intertextual links between them play in the legitimation and subversion of inequalities - in particular, ethno-racial inequalities - in 20th and 21st-century Germany. I am currently completing my first monograph on eclectic intertextuality in the work of Turkish German author Yadé Kara and developing a second project on colonial-era landmarks in contemporary German culture.


Broadly speaking, I teach German language, literature and film; comparative literature; translation studies.

I convene and teach on the modules:

  • GM1L2 (Intermediate German Language),
  • ML1COMP (What is Comparative Literature?),
  • ML1TRANS (Thinking Translation: History and Theory),
  • ML3EE (Extended Essay).

In addition, I contribute towards the German language modules GM1L1, GM2L4, GM3L6, and the cross-listed film module ML1GEC (Greats of European Cinema).

To assist all students in reaching their potential (and having fun doing so!), I am committed to implementing creative and inclusive pedagogical practices and drawing on materials that reflect a diverse range of experiences and perspectives.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in German Studies with Graduate Certificate in Film and Media Studies (Washington University in St Louis)
  • MSc in Cultural Studies (University of Edinburgh)
  • MA (Hons) in German (University of Edinburgh)

Professional bodies/affiliations

I am a member of a number of professional groups, including:

I am also a founding member of a new professional network, writing and reading group focused on diversity and decolonising German Studies in the UK and Ireland. Contact me for more information or to join the network.