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Research in German Studies

German Studies at Warwick is consistently ranked among the top German departments in the UK, and produces internationally-recognised publications and projects with demonstrable impact. Our work engages with the diversity of German language culture from 1750 to the present. We approach our material from a wide range of theoretical perspectives, though always with a strong sense of how culture reflects the differing historical contexts that gave rise to it, be they social, political, intellectual or aesthetic.

We also run a dynamic interdisciplinary research workshop, sponsored by Warwick Humanities Research Centre, at which colleagues, guest speakers both national and international and research students can present their work – be it work in progress or advanced conference-style papers.

Please browse the links below to find out more about our research foci, current projects, forthcoming events and individual staff research specialisms.

REF 2014 Research Excellence Framework

79.7% of our work was ranked in the highest categories of 4* or 3*, meaning our research outputs were ranked 5th in the UK.

Research specialisms

  • Aesthetic theory from the Enlightenment to the present
  • Cultural memory since 1945 in public discourse, literature, film and art, including narratives of trauma and victimhood
  • Pathology and melancholia in contempoary German culture
  • The experience of time in modern German thought and culture, 1800 - present.
  • Transnational and diasporic writing and film
  • Islam and Orientalism in modern German culture
  • Constructions of gender, nation and race and the experience of modernity
  • Religion and contemporary culture: post-secularism and the 'new transcendence'