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For the coming academic session (2015-16), the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick invites applications for PhD study and scholarships. We extend this invitation particularly to well qualified candidates in the area of German cultural, historical and literary studies.

Warwick is one of the leading research universities in the UK. In the last national Research Assessment Exercise, the University was rated among the first seven, and the Guardian University Guide counts it among the five best universities for students in the UK. German Studies at Warwick ( is renowned for its strong cultural studies profile, considering cultural production in the context of historical, social, and political developments.

Research interests in German Studies ranges across the whole of the modern period, from the eighteenth-century Enlightenment to the present day, with notable areas of expertise in constructions of nation, gender and ethnicity, German Romanticism, 18th and 19th century drama, the culture of the Weimar period, representations of violence, German-Jewish literature, Anti-Semitism, cultures of memory, trauma and melancholia, post-war poetry, diasporic cultures (film and literature), travel writing, crises of time in contemporary culture, post-war cinema (including DEFA film), 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. We are interested in supporting research projects in any of these and related areas. 

German Studies and the School of Modern Languages and Cultures generally offer a lively research culture, with strong cross-disciplinary ties that also extend more widely across the Faculties of Arts and Humanities. As such we also welcome applications for suitable cross-disciplinary projects. Collaborative research within the Humanities is fostered by a number of interdisciplinary research centres (more information at, such as the Humanities Research Centre, the Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts, the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, the Warwick Eighteenth Century Centre or the Global History and Culture Centre. 

 The PhD course normally lasts three to (maximally) four years; PhD theses can be written in English or German. You can find a profile of our department and details of current PhD projects at:

For staff research interests see individual staff websites at:

For research in the department see also:

We also welcome interdisciplinary research projects, e.g. in German & Film Studies, German & Theatre Studies, German & History or German & Philosophy, provided they have a sufficiently strong focus on film, literature or social and cultural theory. Interdisciplinary projects will normally be jointly supervised by faculty from different departments.


Applications for a place on our PhD programme are open until September 2015; applications for one of our new CADRE scholarships close considerably earlier: in January 2015. Therefore, please contact Dr. James Hodkinson, Director of Graduate Studies, informally by 17 NOVEMBER 2014.

The application proceeds in two stages:

1) Applicants wishing to be supported for a scholarship should contact us informally as soon as possible for advice on the application process and to establish if we can offer supervision in your specific area of interest. Initially, we only need (a) a brief outline of your project (ca. 1-3 p.), (b) Information about your BA and (projected) MA results, and (c) where applicable, information about your publications and any relevant work experience. This must be done by Monday 17 NOVEMBER 2014 at the latest.

2) If we decide to support your application, we will ask you first to officially apply for a place on the PhD course via the Warwick Graduate School (see before applying for a Chancellor’s Scholarship, please familiarise yourself with the parameters of these awards:

For the official application, you will need the following documents:

(a) An outline of your research project in English (max. 4500 characters, i.e. ca. 2 pages)

(b) A current CV

(c) Copies of your exam certificates (and, if necessary, certified translations into English)

(d) Two references.

The deadline for the official CADRE scholarship application is 12 JANUARY 2015; references are due shortly thereafter. Without prior communication before the 17 November deadline, we will however not be able to support your application.

Best wishes

Dr. James Hodkinson

Associate Professor in German Studies, Director of Academic Communications,

School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Warwick University, Coventry, CV4 7AL.

Tel: +44 (0) 777-925-5167
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PersonName: Dr James Hodkinson 
Funktion: Director of Graduate Studies (German Studies) 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: James Hodkinson, German Studies, Warwick University 
Strasse/Postfach: Gibbet Hill Road,  
Postleitzahl: CV4 7AL 
Stadt: Coventry, GB 
Telefon: +44 (0)7779255167 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Dramentheorie; Editionstheorie; Erzähltheorie; Genderforschung; Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur 1770 - 1830; Literatur 1830 - 1880; Literatur 1880 - 1945; Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literatursoziologie; Literaturtheorie: Klassiker; Literaturtheorie: Themen; Theater (Aufführungspraxis)
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