The discipline of German Studies has a long tradition at Queen Mary, University of London. We cover linguistics, literature, thought and culture in all periods from the early modern era to the present day, and our expertise includes GDR & FRG studies as well as Austrian and Swiss literature and culture.
A particular area of expertise is Anglo-German Cultural Relations, including the history of German Studies in the United Kingdom. We are home to the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations with its own Yearbook Angermion, its Writer-in-Residence programme and its BASF-funded Lecture Series.
The Centre comprises of the sections Literature, Linguistics, Intellectual History, and Cultural Transfer.
Several members of the department also do interdisciplinary work in fields such as the history of thought, translation and translation theory, medieval studies and gender and queer studies.
The research staff and their areas of expertise:
Rüdiger Görner - Director of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations
Our PhD students have benefitted from grants and scholarships by BASF, AHRC, and the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
The main research income for the CAGCR currently comes from the BASF - supporting MA bursaries and the ANGERMION annual Lecture.
Previous sponsors include Bosch UK and the Claussen Simon Foundation (Hamburg) via the Stifterverband deutsche Wissenschaft as well as the British-German Club in Hamburg and the British Chamber of Commerce in Düsseldorf.
We currently have a AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the V&A awarded to Jana Riedel.
Two research students work on the aesthetics of Friedrich Nietzsche and one on the literary phenomenology of objects.
One student received a QMUL research scholarship and one research student is supported by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.