Dr Andrew Plowman

Senior Lecturer Modern Languages and Cultures


Personal Statement

My research interests are: contemporary German literature, German literature in East and West since 1945, contemporary film, and autobiography as a literary genre and the contemporary short story. I have worked on literary topics relating to the Stasi, and in relation to military culture in Germany since 1945. I am keen to supervise these at Masters and PhD level in these areas.

Supervisions include: Poetry of Sara Kirsch (MA), German Emigres in the UK Film Industry (PhD) and Photographic Images and the Cold War in German News Magazines 1945-59 (PhD).

I have spoken about my research at a range of institutions, including: The Institute of Germanic Studies, London; the University of Cambridge; the University of Bradford; the University of Leeds; Nottingham Trent University; University College, Dublin; the Gesamteuropaeisches Studienwerk, Vlotho; the University of Berkeley, California; the University of Bath; the Catholic University of Lisbon.

My current research focuses on the representation of the military in contemporary Germany and I have been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship from September 2008 to August 2009 in order to pursue my research in this area. I am in the process of completing a study of the cultural representation of the Bundeswehr in Germany.

I am also the 'contact person' for the 'Conflct, Memory, Heritage' research group in Modern Languages and Culture

Prizes or Honours

  • Research Fellowship (Leverhulme Trust, 2008)
  • 'Outstanding Academic Title' (Choice Magazine (USA), 2007)