School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Dr Joanne Sayner

Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Heritage Studies

Background

Background

I completed my PhD at Cardiff University in 2002 and held my first lecturing post at the University of Bath. I then taught memory, media and German Studies at the University of Birmingham for twelve years before joining the Department of Media, Culture, Heritage at Newcastle University in January 2017.

Qualifications

LLB

MA

PhD

PGCHE

Memberships

Association of Critical Heritage Studies

Memory Studies Association

Association of German Studies

Women in German Studies

Languages

English (native)

German (near-native)






Research

Research Interests

My research expertise is in the politics of remembering in contemporary culture. My interdisciplinary work research bridges cultural studies, memory studies, heritage studies, gender studies, and media studies. It addresses both tangible and intangible heritage in terms of contemporary memory cultures, with particular focus on the UK and the German contexts from the post-War period to today, and with special emphasis on gender. I am particularly interested in how challenging histories are represented, contested and mediated through different forms of memory and what this tells us about our understandings of history, heritage and identity.

Principal Research Grants and Research Leadership

2017, AHRC Standard Grant ‘Knowing the Secret Police: Secrecy and Knowledge in East German Society’, currently in preparation in collaboration with Anselma Gallinat, Newcastle University and Sara Jones, University of Birmingham. Co-Investigator and Convenor of ‘Memory Work’ strand (approx. £700,000).

2016, AHRC WWI Engagement Centre Award: ‘Voices of War and Peace’. Co-Investigator and Convenor of ‘Commemoration’ strand (£500,000).

2014, AHRC WWI Engagement Centre Award: ‘Voices of War and Peace’. Co-Investigator and Convenor of ‘Commemoration’ strand (£372,000).

2013, AHRC Exploratory Award, Care for the Future: ‘The Significance of the Centenary’. Principal Investigator. Steering Group: University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, Sheffield University, Historic Royal Palaces, National Library of Wales (£27,671).

2011, AHRC Networking Grant: ‘Silence, Memory and Empathy in Museums and at Historic Sites’. Principal Investigator. Steering Group: University of Birmingham, Cardiff University, Imperial War Museum, Historic Royal Palaces (£33,345).

2011, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Research Grant: ‘Zeitgeist: What does it Mean to be German in the Twenty-first Century?’ Co-investigator and Convener of ‘History and Memory’ strand (£64,000).

2011, AHRC Early Career Fellowship: September-December, Principal Investigator (£26,842).


Teaching

Undergraduate

I am currently developing a new module called 'Memory Matters: Mediating Present Pasts for the Future'.

Postgraduate Taught Teaching

I am part of a team that delivers modules for Museum, Galleries and Heritage Studies

Postgraduate Research Supervision

I welcome postgraduate researchers who want to work in any of the areas relating to my research:

  • the politics of remembering
  • media of memory
  • memorialisation and commemoration
  • intangible heritage
  • gender and museums
  • cultural theory

Publications