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Staff Teaching and Research Interests

Jürgen Barkhoff

Jürgen Barkhoff is Professor of German (1776) at the Department of Germanic Studies and Head of School of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. His main research areas are literature and medicine, science and psychology around 1800, questions of identity in the German speaking world and Europe as reflected in literature and culture and contemporary Swiss literature. He is currently convener of the university wide research theme 'Identities in Transformation'. From 2002-2005 he was Director of the Centre for European Studies, from 2007-2011 Registrar of the University, from 2006-2011 Chair of the Culture, Arts and Humanities Task Force of the Coimbra Group. From 2012-2015 he was Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group of European Universities. .

Caitriona Leahy

B.A., M.A. Ph.D (NUI),
Lecturer in German.
Teaching interests include: modernism, postmodernism, literary theory, contemporary women writers. Current Research: Ingeborg Bachmann, cross-currents in historical and fictional discourse.

Gillian Martin

M.A., M.Litt., H.Dip.Ed., Ph.D (Dublin), F.T.C.D.,
Senior Lecturer in Business German.
Intercultural and intracultural communication in organizational and healthcare settings; cultural influences on leadership and management styles; ethical organizational leadership.

Clemens Ruthner

Mag. phil, PhD (Vienna), Lecturer in German
Modern and contemporary German literature and culture. Currently working on otherness in literature and culture (e.g. vampirism and the gothic ethnicity in Habsburg Austria and in Bosnia-Herzegovina etc.), imagology and narratology, theories of culture, the canon, cultural change etc. Book reviewer of contemporary Austrian, German, Dutch/Flemish and South East European writing.

Katrin Eberbach

M.A. (Dublin), staatlich gepr. Übersetzerin, staatlich gepr. Dolmetscherin (Stuttgart)
Departmental Language Instructor.
Teaching German as a foreign language; learner autonomy; e-learning; language for specific purposes.

Affiliated lecturer:

Peter Arnds

Ph.D (U of Toronto), Lecturer in Comparative Literature; German culture and Italian; Professor of German and Italian at Kansas State University (1995-2008); taught comparative literature and foreign language methodology at Kabul University, Afghanistan in 2007; Interests: German literature from 18th century to today, specifically Bildungsroman and contemporary German and Austrian literature, novel of magical realism, cultural theory; creative writing.

Some of our current and recent postgraduates also teach in the Department, as do

Emeritus Professor Eda Sagarra

M.A. (Dublin, N.U.I.), Dr.phil. (Vienna), D.Litt., F.T.C.D., M.R.I.A.
Modern German and Austrian literature and society; women writers; national stereotypes; German-Irish relations in literature and history. Current Research: Literary and social history of servants in Germany; German book market; Irish perceptions of Germany; Grillparzer

Gilbert Carr

B.A. (Dunelm.), M.A. (Dublin), Ph.D. (Cantab.)., F.T.C.D., Senior Lecturer in German.
Since TT 2006 Head of Department
Modern German and Austrian literature and thought, especially early 20th century; literary periodicals; satire; war poetry. Current research: Karl Kraus.

Tim Jackson

M.A., Ph.D. (Dublin), Dip.Ed. (Oxon.), F.T.C.D., Senior Lecturer in German, Associate Professor.
Medieval German literature. Current research: Aspects of style, narrative technique and the communication of meaning in devotional literature and the courtly romance.

Emeritus Professor Moray McGowan

B.A., M.A. (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), Dr.phil. (Hamburg), F.T.C.D.,
Professor of German
Head of School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies
Modern and contemporary German literature, culture and ideas. Currently working on GDR theatre and drama of the 1980s, on the literatures of migrant and multicultural experience in Germany, and on German ideas of 'Europa'.