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Dr Christine Achinger

Christine AchingerAssociate Professor of German Studies

Tel: +44 (0)24 761 50388
Email: C dot E dot Achinger at warwick dot ac dot uk

H2.19, Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

Director of Graduate Studies


Christine Achinger studied Philosophy, Literature and Physics in Paris and Hamburg, where she was also involved in the non-commercial radio station FSK and in running the independent political library ‘Hamburger Studienbibliothek’, and worked at the concentration camp memorial site Hamburg-Neuengamme and in the ‘Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden’. An MA in ‘Gender and Ethnic Studies’, investigating conceptions of the modern subject and the modern state as reflected in Enlightenment debates on Jewish and female emancipation, brought her to London. She moved on to write a PhD on the intersection of constructions of race, class, gender, and nation in 19th century Germany as reflected in Gustav Freytag’s novel Soll und Haben (1855) at the University of Nottingham and subsequently joined the Department of German Studies at Warwick in September 2006. During the academic year 2013-14, she held a Research Fellowship at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and spent the winter terms 2009, 2012 and 2015 as a Visiting Scholar / Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago, where she currently also is an Associate Member of the History Department.

Research interests

My research interests are in the areas of

  • critical social theory and aesthetic theory
  • constructions of gender, nation and race as part of capitalist modernity
  • history and theories of antisemitism
  • Holocaust memory in Germany

My current research investigates constellations of images of femininity, Jewishness and race at important junctures in modern German and Austrian history between the Enlightenment and the Fin de Siècle. Such constructions of different kinds of alterity can serve as a key to understanding changing concerns regarding modernity, identity and the boundaries of the national community. The project aims to move beyond an exclusive focus on the parallels and intersections of ideas of Jewishness, femininity and race, e.g. in the figure of the ‘beautiful Jewess’ or the stereotypes of the 'oriental' or ‘effeminate Jew’. By also investigating the often quite different or even complementary discursive roles played by these notions of alterity and their interrelations, I hope to contribute to a more three-dimensional picture of the social developments to which they respond.

Teaching and supervision



Research Supervision:
  • Israelkritik und Antisemitismus in der Bundesrepublik (1949 bis 2005) [Critique of Israel and antisemitism in the Federal Republic of Germany (1949 to 2005)] (PhD, in progress)
  • Archives of Resistance - Black Feminist and Feminist of Colour Movements in Germany (PhD, in progress)
  • Exploring Weimar Cinema (1918-1933) Through The Lens Of The ‘Other’ (PhD, in progress)
  • Sisters in Arms? Female Participation in Leftist Political Violence in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1970 (PhD, completed)
  • Images of Jewishness in Weimar Film (MA by Research, completed)

Administrative roles 2020-21

  • Postgraduate Admissions Tutor for German
  • Co-convenor of the Warwick Workshop in Interdisciplinary German Studies
  • Personal Tutor

Selected publications

(for a more complete list click here.)


  • Gespaltene Moderne. Gustav Freytags Soll und Haben - Nation, Geschlecht und Judenbild [Split modernity: Gustav Freytag's Debit and Credit - nation, gender and the image of the Jew], Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2007.
  • Antisemitism, Racism and Islamophobia: Distorted Faces of Modernity, edited with Robert Fine, New York: Routledge, 2015.

Articles and chapters

Professional associations

I am a member of the US German Studies Association, the UK Associations for German Studies and Women in German Studies, the US Association for Jewish Studies and the Britih Association for Jewish Studies.

Furthermore, I am a board member of the Research Network 31: Racism and AntisemitismLink opens in a new window of the European Sociological Association and a member of the Research Network Gender in Antisemitism, Orientalism and Occidentalism, the Villigster Forschungsforum zu Nationalsozialismus, Rassismus und AntisemitismusLink opens in a new window and the critical theories of antisemitism networkLink opens in a new window. I am also centrally involved in an international collaboration for graduate education in transnational German Studies between universities and institutions in the USA, Germany, UK, Austria and Israel (for more information see hereLink opens in a new window).


  • BSc equiv. Physics (Hamburg)
  • BA equiv. Philosophy (Hamburg)
  • MA Gender and Ethnic Studies (London)
  • PhD German Studies (Nottingham)