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Molly Harrabin

MA by Research

Email: M dot Harrabin at warwick dot ac dot uk


Weimar Film Network


I am currently completing an MA by Research in German Studies under the supervision of Dr. Ian Roberts and Dr. Christine Achinger. My project investigates the way in which the Jew is figured in the cinema of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933), analysing the intensification of anti-Semitic depictions in Weimar film as the period approaches 1933 and the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. The corpus of texts for my research includes well-known Weimar classics such as F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922), but also offers an insight into lesser-researched films of the era, for example Der gelbe Schein (Janson & Ill├ęs, 1918). My research therefore adds to our understanding of Weimar Cinema, by offering new perspectives on canonical films, as well as bringing lesser-known films to the forefront of research. Furthermore, my work contributes to our knowledge about the National Socialist era in Germany, by examining depictions of a group that were perceived to be a threat to the national order during Weimar and beyond. I will be starting PhD study at Warwick in October 2021, in which I will explore the representation of the 'other' in Weimar film further.

Research Interests

Weimar Cinema and Cultural History

Film in the Third Reich

Anti-Semitism in Germany

Representations of the 'Other' in German culture


GE217 Film in the Weimar Republic and under National Socialism (Term 1, 2020/21)

Non-Academic Roles

Postgraduate Representative, German Screen Studies Network (2021-)

Committee, Explore Seminar Series (2021-)

Postgraduate Representative, Women in German Studies Committee (2021-2023)

Student Co-ordinator of the SMLC Peer Mentoring Scheme (2020 - 2021)


'A Celebration of Anders als die Andern', (2021), <>

'From Caligari to RuPaul's Drag Race: The Machinenmensch in Pop Culture', (2021), <>

'Anti-Heimat Cinema: The Jewish Invention of the German Landscape (Ofer Ashkenazi)', in Focus on German Studies, 27 (forthcoming)


I am the founder and co-editor of The Weimar Film Network, which provides a platform for discussions on the cinema of the Weimar Republic. The Network posts articles, blog posts and reviews by students and academics, encouraging a sense of community within Weimar Film Studies. We also have a resource section that would be useful for anyone teaching, researching or is just generally interested in Weimar Cinema. You can find out more, including how to contribute to the network, via the website or on Twitter. Please send all enquiries, including about potential collaboration to weimarfilmnetwork at warwick dot ac dot uk.

Alongside Dr. Ian Roberts, I co-organise the Weimar 100 Project, which marks the centenaries of key films from the period 1918-1933 in German history. A key aim of the project is to make Weimar film more accessible to a modern audience. Each year between 2019 and 2033, a public screening and talk will be held, showcasing classic and obscure films from the years of the Weimar Republic. The most recent event (2020) marked the centenary of the release of Robert Wiene's Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920) and included an online screening and talk about the contested readings of the film.

Conferences and Events

Weimar Film Network Information Evening (12 July 2021, host)

Women in German Studies Annual Conference, Keynote Lecture by Dr. I. M. Nick - Ein letztes Lebewohl : A Thematic Content Analysis of Suicide Letters written by Jewish Germans during National Socialism (25 June 2021, second chair)

Women in German Studies Annual Conference, Postgraduate and Early Career Academic Workshop (24 June 2021, host and speaker)

Scholarships and Awards

Warwick Graduate Award (October 2020 - October 2021)

British Council Language Teacher Training Scholarship (September 2019 - September 2020)


I achieved a first class undergraduate degree in German Studies at the University of Warwick, in which I studied a wide range of language and cultural modules, ranging from 1790s Germany up to the present-day. In my final year, I completed a dissertation entitled 'From Lola to Lulu, From Freder to Rath: Gender and Sexuality in the Weimar Republic'. My undergraduate degree also included a stint in Munich, where I worked as a British Council Language Assistant in a Fachoberschule. I then completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education at the University of Manchester, teaching German up to A Level and French to Key Stage 3, before returning to Warwick to undertake my research.


Women in German Studies

UK Association for German Studies

British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies


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