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TitelTwo (full) Professorships in German Studies at the University of Warwick (UK)
BeschreibungTwo (full) Professorships

University of Warwick - Department of German Studies

Salary Negotiable

As part of the University's strategy to expand its modern languages provision (which includes establishing the Department of Hispanic Studies from October 2012) we are seeking two outstanding senior scholars with a demonstrable ability to deliver world-class research publications and with a clear research agenda supported, where appropriate, by external funding.

You will possess a PhD or equivalent in German Studies or a related discipline, and effective communication (written and oral) and presentation skills. You will have a proven record of excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels and will assume a leadership role in a department with a highly developed research culture and a commitment to research-led teaching. You are encouraged to apply if you are an expert in any area of German Studies since 1750.

The closing date/time for applications is midnight (British time) at the end of Friday 04 May 2012.
Interview date: 29 May 2012

Further particulars and an application form are available at:

For an informal discussion contact Prof Rob Burns (

The Department

The Department of German Studies at the University of Warwick is a thriving and ambitious academic department located within the Faculty of Arts. Its mission is to maintain, develop and support teaching and research in German Studies to the highest levels. It was ranked 5th and 6th in the UK for overall provision according to the Times Good University Guide in 2010 and 2011 respectively. It places strong emphasis on the quality of its teaching and learning environment, and recently underwent a highly successful five-year review of its operations. In its fifth year of participation in the National Student Survey, German Studies at Warwick is for the third time the top-rated department nationally and the overall percentage this year (98%) places us two points ahead of our nearest competitors (and ten points higher than the mean for German nationally). Warwick German is over-subscribed at undergraduate level and continues to grow at postgraduate level. The department currently has 7 research-active academic staff (1 Professor, 2 Readers, 4 Associate Professors), 2 Teaching Fellows and 3 Lektors; departmental operations are supported by an administrator and a secretary.

A central feature of the department is its ambitious commitment to high-level, interdisciplinary research into German literature, history, thought, politics, film and culture, maintained across a chronological range from 1750 to the present. This is given strong infrastructural support in a number of ways. The department maintains strong teaching and intellectual links with other departments (including Politics and International Studies, History, and Film and Television Studies) not least through the Warwick Workshop for Interdisciplinary German Studies and is active within several University Research Centres (such as the Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts, the Centre for Social Theory and the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies). German Studies is also integrated within the Humanities Research Centre, which can provide research funding, host conferences, workshops, and public lectures, receive academic visitors, sponsor fellows, and coordinate research initiatives. The University Library is well-resourced in German Studies (with c. 36,000 volumes on various aspects of German language and culture) and boasts a HEFCE-rated research collection in post-war German literature as well as the Harmssen Collection, a comprehensive visual archive from the Nazi period that is complemented by some 700 monographs. The IT infrastructure is extensive, and library resources are complemented by direct access to electronic databases, bibliographies, and numerous on-line publications. The University also maintains a dedicated Research Support Service, which assists external funding applications, encourages bids through its own Research Development Fund, funds strategic partnership initiatives, and - via its Institute of Advanced Study - promotes international collaborative research projects.

The department’s research is innovative both in its approach and foci. Examining German language culture from 1750 to the present, colleagues work on written literature, theatre and film – often connecting these apparently discrete media in an interdisciplinary mode. Challenging distinctions between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, we bring a range of contemporary theoretical approaches to bear on German language culture across the epochs, though always with a strong sense of how culture also reflects the differing historical contexts that gave rise to it, be those social, political, intellectual or aesthetic. A common factor in the work of many colleagues in German Studies at Warwick is the critical engagement with the problematic history of modernity, particularly with respect to the articulation of a sense of German or Austrian national identity. Always contested, divisive and excluding of one group or another from its inception in the periods of Enlightenment and Romanticism, the categories of national identity and culture begin to disintegrate further when applied to the contemporary, globalized context: much culture produced in the medium of the German language today increasingly expresses the ‘hybrid’ identities of German speakers with multi-ethnic backgrounds and, hence, a ‘transnational’ model of identity and culture. This key concern ramifies out into areas of specific research interest, with colleagues working on issues of gender, social class, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, suffering and memory, the culture of divided Germany (FRG and GDR), diasporic literature and cinema, Orientalism, Islam and East-West cultural differences within German traditions, as well as the role played by German speaking thinkers and practitioners in the development of the critical canon of cultural theory and film theory.

Honours-level undergraduate study is based on a combination of core modules covering German culture from 1750 to the present day and a generous menu of research-driven optional modules which offer approaches and topics ranging from political analysis through literary and filmic study to the study of ideas and identity formations. In addition, the Department operates a modular MA programme designed to facilitate progression by a variety of routes into further research at MPhil. and PhD level. In addition to the MA in German Cultural Studies the department contributes to the MA in Pan-Romanticisms, the MA in Translation, Writing and Cultural Difference and the MA in Philosophy and Literature. German Studies supports a strong postgraduate presence not least through the success of its applicants in obtaining University bursaries and studentships. In every case, the department uses a wide range of appropriate teaching methods (lectures, seminars, pair and group work, presentations, tutorials, etc.) and materials (including handouts, digitized material, web resource reference data, film, study packs, e-learning and pod-casts), and strong use is made of networked facilities. Of particular note in the overall provision are two unique resources: the Transnational Resources Centre (TRC), a multi-media centre specifically designed and designated for students enrolled in the Departments of French, German and Italian, and comprising a reading room with live and recorded satellite TV broadcast, a cinema room with flat screen cinema, a study room equipped with electronic whiteboard, and a DVD library containing well over 2500 titles of films, documentaries and related media; and the Easter Residential School at Schloss Dhaun provided (at no extra charge) for students intercalating a year abroad, a four-day event attended by most of the department’s staff, colleagues from partner departments at Warwick and our designated Careers Advisor as well as outside speakers.

The New Sub-Faculty of Modern Languages

In tandem with the establishment of German Studies, the Modern Language departments will be organised in a sub-faculty structure within the Faculty of Arts. This is not a ‘school’ of languages, for we take the view that academic identity and integrity are best served by keeping departments as departments which are responsible for their own teaching and research within the university system. The Sub-Faculty responds to the success of languages at Warwick: the introduction of a fourth Modern Language department calls for greater collaboration in practical as well as intellectual ways. The single REF panel for Modern Languages is indicative of the need to think collectively in key areas. The Sub-Faculty will have a chair, who will co-ordinate strategy with the agreement of the Heads of the departments who form the management board.

Seán Allan


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PersonName: Seán Allan 
Funktion: Reader in German Studies 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Department of German Studies 
Strasse/Postfach: University of Warwick 
Postleitzahl: CV4 7AL 
Stadt: Coventry 
Telefon: + 44 (0)24 765 24419 
Fax: + 44 (0)24 765 28173 
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