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.
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.
- Brief overview of projects
- Cultural Memory in Modern Germany
- Time in Modern Culture: Acceleration; Aesthetische Eigenzeit/ The Longing for Time; Critical Time Since 1800
- Kleist, education and violence
- Conceptions of femininity and Jewishness in modern German and Austrian culture
- Female participation in leftist political violence in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1970
- 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'