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Department of German and Dutch


PhD Students in the Department

Current Research Students

Name College Research Topic Supervisor
Heide Baumann Lucy Cavendish Public and personal female identity narratives in Germany and Britain: Stories we tell to ourselves and of ourselves.  Prof Sarah Colvin
Emma Corteen Trinity Hall The assignment of grammatical gender in German. Dr Sheila Watts
Nicholas Courtman     Prof Andrew Webber

Robert Craig

Trinity Hall

Science, Nature, and the Self in the work of Alfred Döblin and Robert Musil.

Prof David Midgley

Rafael Dernbach King's How classical documentary methods have been appropriated by fictional formats and documentary filmmakers react to it.  Prof Andrew Webber
Polly Dickson Wolfson A comparative study into 'stuff' - things, objects, matter - in the works of E. T. A. Hoffmann and Honoré de Balzac. Prof Andrew Webber and Dr Nicholas White
Allison Jones Churchill Philosophy as political resistance in modern german social movements. Dr Martin Ruehl
Justine Kolata Hughes Hall Jurgen Habermas's aesthetics Dr Martin Ruehl
Judith Lebiez King's Lighting and Life on the Operatic Stage.  Prof Andrew Webber
Ina Linge King's Accounts of the Self: A hopeful deconstruction of selfhood in the context of German sexology and psychoanalysis (1900-1930). Prof Andrew Webber
Clara Maier Clare Romanticism and the Sonderweg thesis. A study of the historiography and political theory of the 20th century from Thomas Mann to Isaiah Berlin. Dr Martin Ruehl
Melina Mandelbaum King's


Prof Sarah Colvin
Anat Messing Marcus Trinity Hall

Spatialisation of Time: Temporalisation of Space: Architectural images and figures of ruins. 

Prof Andrew Webber
Andrew Presti Wolfson The German Heraclitus: A Reassessment of the Life and Thought of Oswald Spengler. Prof Joachim Whaley
Christoph Pretzer Corpus Christi The function of fictional elements in medieval chronicles. Dr Mark Chinca

Nina Rismal

Robinson The Spirit of Utopia: Visions of Post-Capitalism in the early Frankfurt School. Personal website Dr Martin Ruehl
Pavlo Shopin Clare Metaphors for language and creative writing in Herta Müller. Prof Sarah Colvin


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Latest News

The Poetics of Personhood - Conference on 22 September

22 September 2017

Dr Michael Minden & Dr Annja Neumann from the Department of German & Dutch, together with Prof Leonard Olschner from QMUL are organising a one-day conference at Magdalene College.

Alfred Döblin Conference in Cambridge 18-20 September 2017

18 September 2017

Prof David Midgley, Dr Martin Ruehl from the Department of German and Dutch and Dr Steffan Davies from the University of Bristol are organising the 21. Alfred Döblin-Kolloquium here in Cambridge, at St John's college.

Election views from inside Germany

14 April 2017

An article written by Michelle Martin, a former MML student

German as a Foreign Language Conference

3 April 2017

A conference on teaching German as a Foreign Language with several workshops will be held on Saturday 22 April.