(Re)Thinking the Periphery

Our latest blog entry is brought to you by Dr Mererid Puw Davies, Senior Lecturer in German at UCL. In it, she reflects on how language teaching and learning shapes how we think about centres and peripheries of culture.  Image Attribution: "Mawddach" by Al-fresco is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Reading modern languages at university, we were learning about the great … Continue reading (Re)Thinking the Periphery

Transforming MFL: Expanding the German Studies curriculum at secondary level

This month's blog post is by Transform MFL, a secondary teacher of languages in London who is on a mission to diversify and expand the curriculum for modern languages at GCSE level. “[T]he study of a modern foreign language at GCSE should [...] broaden students’ horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries … Continue reading Transforming MFL: Expanding the German Studies curriculum at secondary level

Empowering Students and Decolonising the Curriculum in Leeds

Helen Finch is Associate Professor in German and currently German Subject Research Leader at the University of Leeds, and Stephan Petzold is Lecturer in German History and currently Director of German at the University of Leeds. In today's blog post, they discuss their new approach to first-year teaching which positions students as researchers from the … Continue reading Empowering Students and Decolonising the Curriculum in Leeds

Launching the Expanding German Studies project

As those of you who follow us on Twitter will know, we launched the Expanding German Studies project at the end of August, with a roundtable at the Association of German Studies conference in Bangor. Six fantastic speakers – Joseph Twist (UCD), Godela Weiss-Sussex (IMLR/Cambridge), Clare Bielby (York), Sarah Bowden (KCL) and Richard McClelland (Bristol) – … Continue reading Launching the Expanding German Studies project

Expanding the Curriculum in Nineteenth-Century German Studies

Dr Joanna Neilly, University of Oxford Dr Joanna Neilly is Associate Professor and Tutor in German, St Peter’s College. Her research focuses on German literature and culture of the late eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries, with a particular emphasis on Romanticism. Her current project re-examines German Romantic fiction as an aesthetic model for world literature, and … Continue reading Expanding the Curriculum in Nineteenth-Century German Studies