Hi! I'm Mary Frank, the new postgrad rep at WIGS. My specialism is translation, and I'm working on a PhD at Bristol University that investigates the interplay between translation theory and translation practice. It's a practice-led project that asks whether and how translation theory can help the practising translator and vice versa. The text I'm … Continue reading Calling all postgrads: tell everybody about your research!
During the first year of my undergraduate degree in English Literature and Creative Writing (I wasn’t always a Women in German Studies!) I took a module called “Why Write?”. A few weeks ago, as I defended my PhD thesis on sexological and psychoanalytic life writings, the thought occurred that perhaps I never quite got over … Continue reading ‘Thesis of the Month’ goes to Ina Linge, University of Cambridge!
My thesis explores the use of pre-war photographs of the individual in Holocaust museums and exhibitions around the world. I look at the function of such images, asking how they reinstate the individual within the overall narrative of the Holocaust, and what impact they have on visitors to the museum space. My PhD proposal was … Continue reading ‘Thesis of the Month’ goes to Elise Bath, Newcastle University!
My PhD examines the persistent engagement of postwar German artists with the familial, and the concepts of identity, history and paternity, which are inextricably connected to it. My project initially grew out of my frequent returns to the Gerhard Richter: Panorama retrospective at Tate Modern while I was completing my MA at the Courtauld Institute … Continue reading ‘Thesis of the Month’ goes to Olivia Tait, University College London!
In addition to our ‘Thesis of the Month’ series, we would like to draw attention to a new video project that is in development for postgraduate members. We are currently looking for short video submissions from PG members that can provide insights into the diverse range of activities undertaken at postgraduate research level. Similarly to … Continue reading Call for Contributions: ‘A Day in the Research Life of…’
Thinking about what my thesis has become and how to explain it to other people is something I now realise I should do more often. Reading back through older posts I have been impressed by how everyone seems to have it so ‘together’ while in my mind’s eye the sprawling piles of information and half-explored … Continue reading ‘Thesis of the Month’ goes to Jenny Watson, Swansea University!
Moving on from Nina Schmidt’s post on illness/disability studies last month, I’d like to return to more traditional forms of scholarship, and indeed to a period not seen on the WiGS blog since Ellen Pilsworth’s post: Romanticism at the turn of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries. The subject of my thesis is Karoline von Günderrode (1780-1806), … Continue reading ‘Thesis of the Month’ goes to Joanna Raisbeck, University of Oxford!
It was in 2011 when I was working as a German language assistant and had some spare time to read, that it struck me how many new books on the famous Spiegel-Bestsellerliste were telling autobiographical stories of illness. I had just finished Charlotte Roche's Schoßgebete, and before that, randomly, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird … Continue reading ‘Thesis of the month’ goes to Nina Schmidt, University of Sheffield!
I’m delighted to be able to steer the 'Thesis of the Month' series back to a thesis which deals primarily with film, after a three year hiatus. And since Leila Mukhida’s film-focused post in July 2012 it has been a very exciting time for German screen studies in the UK. There are lots of Germanists … Continue reading ‘Thesis of the Month’ goes to Sophie Burt, University of Oxford
Happy New Year, all! I hope you have had a good break over the Christmas period and a productive start to 2015! This post is a reminder about the ongoing ‘Thesis of the Month’ project and an introduction to the new ‘Vlog’ initiative for postgraduate members. Following the success of last year, the PG ‘Thesis of … Continue reading Postgraduate Blog Opportunities!