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Dr Katharina Karcher

dr KarcherPostdoctoral Associate Fellow

Email: K dot Karcher at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building
University Road
University of Warwick


I received my Bachelor of Arts in Media Culture at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar in 2007. Then, I completed the Research Master Programme in Gender Studies at the University of Utrecht (cum laude). In February 2013, I completed my PhD thesis at the University of Warwick, and became an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study. In 2013-14, I was an MHRA Research Fellow in the German Department. In October 2014, I have taken up the post of Schröder Research Associate in the Departmant of German and Dutch at the University of Cambridge.

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Feminist Militancy
  • Gender Theory, Theories of Sexual Difference and New Feminist Materialisms
  • Feminism in Germany
  • Protest Movements in the FRG

PhD thesis

'Sisters in Arms?' – Female participation in leftist political violence in Germany since 1970

My dissertation provides a qualitative analysis of female participation in the armed struggle in Germany since 1970. The focus of the research project is on women's active involvement in four different groups: The Red Army Faction, the Movement of June 2, the Revolutionary Cells and the Red Zora. While there were significant ideological, organizational and strategic differences between these groups, all evince a remarkably high proportion of female members. Drawing on a variety of sources such as press coverage, court files, statements by former group members and interviews, the thesis offers a gender sensitive analysis of women’s roles in these organizations and in concrete manifestations of political violence.

Selected publications

  • forthcoming: ‘Women in Armed Leftist Struggles’, in Naples, Nancy, Renee C. Hoogland, Maithree Wickramasinghe & Angela Wong (eds.): The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell. In press: forthcoming spring 2016
  • 2015: ‘How (not) to “Hollaback”: Towards a transnational debate on the “Red Zora” and militant tactics in the feminist struggle against gender based violence’, in: Feminist Media Studies. Published online in October 2015. URL:
  • 2015: ‘The Mimesis that was not one: Femininity as camouflage in the armed struggle in West Germany’, in: Irigaray, Luce & Michael Marder (eds.): Building a New World. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 209-221

  • 2015: Clare Bielby’s Violent Women in Print: Representations in the West German Print Media of the 1960s and 1970s, in: German Politics and Society, Vol 33, Issue 3, Autumn 2015, pp. 117-119
  • 2014: Rosi Braidotti’s The Posthuman, in: Feminist Review 107, July 2014, pp. 107-109
  • 2013: ‘“Die Perücke ist ein Element das alle Katzen grau macht” – femininity as camouflage in the liberation of the prisoner Andreas Baader in 1970’, in: Bandhauer-Schöffmann, Irene & Dirk van Laak (eds.): Der Linksterrorismus der 1970er-Jahre und die Ordnung der Geschlechter. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, pp. 99-119

  • 2014: Article on the activities of the militant feminist group 'Red Zora' in: an.schläge - Das Feministische Magazin (in German)
  • 2013: Interview with Luce Irigaray, in: Exchanges - The Warwick Research Journal, Vol 1, No 1.
  • 2013: '“Die Perücke ist ein Element das alle Katzen grau macht” – femininity as camouflage in the liberation of the prisoner Andreas Baader in 1970', in: Bandhauer-Schöffmann, Irene & Dirk van Laak (eds.): Der Linksterrorismus der 1970er-Jahre und die Ordnung der Geschlechter, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier
  • 2010: Book review on women and political violence, in: European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2010 13: 263-265

Conference activities (selection)

  • July 2016: Co-organizer of the conference 'Women - Violence - 1968' at the University of Cambridge
  • March 2014: Organizer of the symposium 'Militant Feminisms in Art and Politics' at the University of Warwick
  • November 2013: Talk at the annual conference of Women in German Studies in Sheffield
  • October 2013: Talk at the Warwick Workshop for Interdisciplinary German Studies
  • June 2013: Organizer of a two-day event with Luce Irigaray at the University of Warwick
  • May 2013: Presentation at the Transnational German Studies Workshop in Coventry and Berlin
  • April 2013: Co-organizer of the conference 'Living in Violent Times' at the University of Warwick
  • 2011/2012: Co-organizer of the conference ‘Beyond experience: Women’s experiences of political violence’ at the University of Warwick in March 2012.

Scholarships, awards and research grants

  • 2014-2016: Co-investigator in the DAAD funded research project "Reading Violent Politics -
    transnational and interdisciplinary approaches to political extremism in Germany since 1968" at the University of Cambridge
  • 2013-2014: MHRA Research Scholarship in the Modern Languages
  • 2013: IAS Early Career Fellowship at the University of Warwick
  • 2012, 2013 and 2014: Conference grants from the Humanities Research Centre at the University of Warwick
  • 2011: Small travel grants from the ‘Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland’ and from ‘Women in German Studies’
  • 2010/2011: Travel grant by the Humanities Research Fund at the University of Warwick
  • 2009 - 2012: Warwick Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • 2007-2009: ‘HSP Huygens’ scholarship by the Dutch Government
  • 2003-2009: Scholarship holder at the ‘German National Academic Foundation’

Work experience (selection):

  • January 2012 to present: Teaching assistant at the Department of German Studies (University of Warwick)
  • February 2013 to August 2013: Research Assistant at the Gendered Knowledges Project (University of Warwick)
  • April 08 – April 09: Research assistant at the Department of Gender Studies (Utrecht University)
  • Sept 07 – January 08: Assistant for the international conference ‘McLuhan neu lesen’ and member of the editorial staff for the conference proceedings
  • Oct 06: Assistant at the conference ‘Gendermedia-studies’ at the Bauhaus University, Weimar