School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Tom Smith

Teaching Fellow in German



I am Teaching Fellow in German at the School of Modern Languages. Prior to arriving in Newcastle, I was Stipendiary Lecturer in German at Worcester College and Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford. In 2016, I held a Sylvia Naish Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the University of London. I was awarded my PhD from University College London in March 2016. I previously received a Master’s in Modern Languages and a Bachelor’s in History and Modern Languages from Oxford University.

Roles and Responsibilities

Year Abroad Coordinator (German Outgoing) – Semester 2


PhD German Studies, University College London

MSt Modern Languages (German), University of Oxford

BA (Hons) History and Modern Languages (German), University of Oxford


Research Interests

I am currently preparing a monograph based on my doctoral research, which investigated masculinities in East Germany using literature and film depicting East German soldiers as a case study. My work drew on a wide range of interdisciplinary research into military masculinities and on contemporary theories and debates surrounding gender and sexuality. I argue that soldiers cannot be simply reduced to their significance as emblems of state control, and that representations of soldiers show the prominence of transgressive, queer and other masculinities outside the norm.

My next project explores the relationship between music, gender and sexuality in post-war German and Austrian writing. I am drawing on approaches from musicology and literary studies, and suggest that literary analysis has a great deal to contribute to ongoing debates regarding the sociocultural importance of music.

Other Interests

German film across a broad chronological spectrum and the theory of film; queer theory; narrative theory; theories of pop and techno music; poetry


Undergraduate Teaching

GER1071: Level B General Language

GER2012: Contemporary Identities in the Media and Culture of the Berlin Republic, 1990-2017

GER2061: Level C General Language

GER4011: German Film up to 1945

SML1018: Introduction to Literature

SML1023: Language Project for Students of International Business Management

Postgraduate Teaching

Dissertation Supervision on the MA Film Theory and Practice