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Department of German Studies
Mary Immaculate College (University of Limerick), Ireland

Assistantships for graduates completing an MA or PhD in German Studies

German Studies in Mary Immaculate College (University of Limerick) combines both language and cultural studies, with a particular focus on inter-/transcultural issues. The undergraduate curriculum is informed by a broad interpretation of culture, which interprets film, literature and everyday discourse as expressions of particular cultures. Students thus acquire language and intercultural skills which are essential in an increasingly globalised society.
This is reflected in staff research fields, ranging from literature, film and cultural studies to teaching methodology. German Studies welcomes research proposals leading to the degrees of MA and PhD.

A limited number of Assistantships is available for graduates wishing to do an MA or PhD in German Studies. Applications in the area of the following two research projects will be prioritized*:

1. Images of the ‘European East’ in German (and Irish) literature and other cultural expressions

2.Culture & Conflict: post-war German literature and visual culture

(*See below for further details on these, as well as other areas of research. For research interests of individual staff members, see their homepages under )

We provide a supportive and encouraging environment for postgraduate students as part of a structured supervision program run by the department. Due to its size and ethos, which may distinguish it from larger institutions, the college is able to offer a motivating framework and interdisciplinary co-operation as well as access to international research groups, projects and resources. The thesis can be in German or English. For informal enquiries about feasible research topics and general queries, you are welcome to contact us.

The Assistantships are worth €6,600 per year and also include a fee waiver for a maximum of 3 years. Assistantships normally involve the teaching of tutorials, and as such may be of interest to those with an existing teaching qualification or those wishing to gain experience in this area. Entry requirement is a degree in German and/or sufficient language competency.

Draft proposals and CVs must be submitted to by 31 July 2011. Applications may be completed in German or English. Applications supported by the Department will then be finalised and forwarded to the Postgraduate Office in late August. These contain: Application Form (signed by Student, Supervisor and Head of Department), Thesis Proposal (2,500 and 4,000 words, incl. bibliography), two Academic Letters of Reference, Transcripts, Bank Giro for Application Fee. Application forms may be obtained from
. Assistantships normally commence on 1 September, but may also be postponed to the beginning of the following semester.

For further information, please contact Dr Sabine Egger, , tel.: 00353-(0)61-204949, or Dr Christiane Schönfeld, .

1.Images of the ‘European East’ in German (and Irish) literature and other cultural expressions

When looking at contemporary German writing, the cultural borders of ‘the East’ seem to vary: for some authors it encompasses former East Germany, for others it begins behind the current borders between Germany and Poland or the Czech Republic, or further beyond, in Russia. The project focuses on concepts of ‘the East’ emerging in texts before and/or after 1945 and 1989, both on an aesthetic and cultural level: How do these texts confirm or challenge a dichotomy with a long tradition in German and western European thought and its political/cultural interpretations before and after 1945 and 1989, either by juxtaposing ‘Germany’ or ‘Europe’ and this ‘East’, or by questioning such a dichotomy through different images of a ‘European East’? While the main focus of the project is on images in literary texts and other expressions of culture in the 20th and 21st century, research proposals looking at examples of the 18th or 19th century are also welcome.
The discussion of dominant concepts of Europe has gained particular importance after the EU-enlargement in 2004, and in the context of current debates on ‘Europe’, ‘East’ and ‘West’ on a global scale. While perspectives on ‘East’ and ‘West’ after 1989 still tend to be discussed as a German-German issue in German cultural discourse, it seems to be more of a European issue in the work of Polish, Czech, Hungarian, as well as of Irish writers. Comparative proposals relating to this aspect are also of particular interest. (Proposals may also focus on other texts, such as documents of German and EU-funded initiatives promoting cultural dialogue with the ‘European East’.)

2. Culture & Conflict: post-war German literature and visual culture

This research cluster focuses mainly on the cultural and political re-orientation of Germany following the collapse of National Socialism in 1945. Efforts to redefine a German nation through cultural production (literature, film, etc) went hand-in-hand with the dismantling of cultural institutions that had sustained Hitler’s murderous regime. Even before the war had officially ended, cultural politics thus began to set in motion and affect the construction of what was to become two German nations in 1949. The following questions are of particular interest: In which ways can metaphors and aesthetic structures contribute to the shaping of the moral and social conscience of post-totalitarian societies? What kind of emotional strategies underlie representations of ethical action? How can cultural products teach and promote practical humanism and civic engagement? What affects local and national (and global) communities and what is the significance of emerging cultural responses?

Wider areas of research

Identity and Memory in German literature, film and other cultural expressions;
Myth in German literature and other expressions of culture;
Avant-garde movements in literature and visual culture (Romanticism/Modernism)
German post-war literature and nation-building processes;
East German literature and other expressions of culture (GDR; German-speaking writers in Central and Eastern Europe);
Transnational relations/intercultural communication in literature, film and other cultural expressions (Germany-Eastern Europe; Germany/Switzerland-Ireland; Germany-Switzerland; Germany-USA);
Literature/film and nationalism;
Contemporary German and Irish poetry;
Literary and culture theory; comparative studies (imagology; film adaptation);
Teaching and learning of German as a foreign language

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Dr. Sabine Egger 
Funktion: Lecturer in German Studies, Postgraduate Studies Advisor 
Name: Dr. Christiane Schönfeld 
Funktion: Head of Department, German Studies 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick 
Strasse/Postfach: South Circular Road 
Stadt: Limerick 
SchlüsselbegriffeDeutsch als Fremdsprache / Deutsch als Zweitsprache; Sprachdidaktik (Schuldidaktik, Erwachsenenbildung, Konzepte sprachlicher Bildung); Sprache und Gesellschaft (Diskursanalyse, Ethnographie, Sprachkritik, Sprachplanung, Sprachpolitik); Literaturwissenschaft; Literatur 1770 - 1830; Literatur 1830 - 1880; Literatur 1880 - 1945; Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literaturdidaktik; Literatursoziologie; Literaturtheorie: Themen; Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
Zusätzliches SuchwortAssistanships MA/PhD
Klassifikation01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft; 04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte; 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte; 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.10.00 Literarische Volkskunde; 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945); 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.01.00 Forschung; 00.00.00 ohne thematische Zuordnung
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