German Studies staff

German Studies members of staff celebrating the end of term July 2013. From left to right:
Aletta Rochau (former intern on the "Schwitters@Newcastle" project), Dr Teresa Ludden, Dr Elizabeth Andersen, also Director of 'Routes into Languages North East' and Head of School, Franziska Schulz-Badger, (former DAAD-Lektorin), Andrea Wilczynski, Professor Henrike Lähnemann, (now in Oxford), Dr Carol Fehringer, Sascha Stollhans (DAAD-Sprachassistent 2012/13) and Dr Beate Müller (Head of German); (not on the picture: Dr Helen Ferstenberg)

German Studies

German Studies at Newcastle is a friendly, middle-sized department, unusual in the wide choice it offers within a Modern Languages degree. You will find six lecturers who are passionate about all aspects of German culture, literature and language from medieval to modern times, including options in Dutch.

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Our Modules

Teaching is at the heart of our programme and is inspired by our research: you are taught by experts in the field. Our modules are linked to themes that are important for a deeper understanding of German culture, ranging from medieval studies to contemporary German culture, literature, history, and film, as well as from historical to theoretical linguistics. Some optional modules, for example those on the history and politics of Germany, are also taught exclusively in German, and all modules actively practise German - reading German books, having seminar discussions in German, or writing German essays. You will have the opportunity to choose modules on topics such as German cinema, the cultural history of Berlin, representations of the Holocaust, as well as doing options on medieval studies, word analysis, and Dutch. The flexibility of the German degree allows you to study German together with a wide range of other languages, including the opportunity to learn Chinese, French, Japanese or Spanish from scratch, and to combine your language degree with Business Studies or Linguistics.

Year Abroad

The years you will spend at Newcastle and on your Year Abroad build on each other. The first two years will introduce you to different aspects of German Studies which forms a solid base for your exploration of German student life and work experience in a German-speaking country of your choice. You can decide whether to go abroad on a work placement in industry, as an assistant teacher through the British Council, or as an exchange student. We have Exchange links with Aachen, Augsburg, Bochum, Halle (Saale), Oldenburg, Rostock, Tübingen, and Graz, which offer numerous places for our students at German universities.

Extracurricular Activities

Our Extracurricular Activities give you the opportunity to sample German language and culture outside the classroom. The DAAD Lektorin organizes a wide range of activities such as a regular Filmabend, an annual Weihnachtsfeier, or monthly get-togethers of staff and students over a beer at the German Stammtisch. In the recent past, students have even produced their own film about German-British cultural encounters in a film workshop! And, as you might expect in a town steeped in football culture, there are also football tournaments with pupils from local schools and students from other universities. Newcastle's independent Tyneside cinema frequently shows films from German-speaking countries.

North East German Network

The NEGN  is part of the wider Think German Network initiative that is being developed across the UK. The aim of the network is to support the teaching and learning of the German language, to facilitate contacts between institutions interested in German culture and to promote the collaboration of academic and business partners. NEGN carries information about national and international resources but has a particular focus on all things German in the North East.

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University and the School of Modern Languages at Newcastle University gratefully acknowledge the generous support provided by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in setting up the NEGN. 

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Postgraduate Opportunities

If you enjoy translating and interpreting, you can enroll in our Masters programme Professional Translating for European Languages, and we also have Masters degrees on linguistics and language acquisition or linguistics of European languages, as well as on film. We also offer research degrees (Mlitt, Mphil, PhD) in all areas of our expertise.
A highlight of German art and culture in Newcastle is Kurt Schwitters' Merzbarn in the Hatton Gallery, focus of our "Schwitters@Newcastle" project. Kurt Schwitters' Merzbarn at the Hatton Gallery

Research Interests

German Studies at Newcastle is a middle-sized department, unusual in the historic depth and wide range of topics offered within "Germanistik". Research interests cover all aspects of German culture, literature and language from medieval to modern times.

Newcastle University has the advantage of one of the largest linguistics community in the United Kingdom and beyond, with a special focus on comparative morphology (Fehringer). There is also expertise in the medieval period, especially in Northern Germany and devotional writing (Andersen) Research in modern German culture encompasses literature studies, philosophy, theory and cultural history, with interests in gender, memory politics, and trauma ( Ludden, Müller).

Upcoming events and Seminars are listed on the School's news page. All Welcome!

German Language Teaching at Newcastle has existed since the foundation of the first academic institutions in Newcastle in the 19th century. In 1959, the Chair of German Studies in Newcastle was instituted.

Over the years, more than 90 professors, lecturers and lektors worked in German Studies.

Chairs of German Studies
1959 Duncan Mennie (inaugural lecture; memories & stories)
1974 Alan Menhennet
1998 Colin Riordan (project on Nature and Environment)
2006 Henrike Lähnemann (inaugural lecture and powerpoint)
Take a look at the full list of lecturers 1959-2000...
and on the documentation of the 50 Years Celebrations

Routes into Languages

Further Activities

For German undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled for DaF (German as a Foreign Language), German Studies or Translation and Interpreting, we offer the opportunity of work placements within the School of Modern Languages.
Members of Staff in this Area
German Studies

Dr Elizabeth Andersen
Visiting Fellow

Okke Baumbach

Dr Carol Fehringer
Senior Lecturer

Dr Teresa Ludden
Lecturer in German

Dr Beate Muller
Reader in Modern German Studies

Dr Tom Smith
Teaching Fellow in German

Andrea Wilczynski
Senior Lecturer


50 Years of German Studies


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