RA5a: Structure,environment and staffing policy
The University of Wales Swansea defines its mission as that of being ‘a centre for excellence in research and scholarship which enjoys international esteem for the quality of its work’. For its part, the German Department is committed to excellence in research within a supportive academic environment. The expansion of the German Department which took place during the late 1980s and early 1990s has been consolidated during the last five years. It was noted in the previous submission that the Department had been enabled, through its relatively sudden growth, to develop a coherent research programme in ways that might not have been feasible in long-established departments. Opportunities for collaborative research, particularly (though not exclusively) in literature of the post-war period, have been further enhanced.
· to aim to publish at least two pieces of research each year in recognised journals or in books;
· to participate in conferences in the UK and abroad;
· to organise conferences to bring internationally recognised scholars to Swansea.
Research support is provided by regular sabbatical leave, and by travel grants to enable staff to attend conferences. Staff are encouraged to supplement their sabbatical entitlement by applying for additional support from the AHRB, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and other relevant grant-awarding bodies. During the period of the review, Dr Cheesman was awarded a DAAD Research Fellowship (1996) and British Academy Conference Grant (1996), and his ESRC award (detailed below) has enabled him to spend three semesters on sabbatical leave; Dr Haines was awarded a British Academy Research Grant (1995); Dr Jucker was awarded research grants by the DAAD (1996) and Pro Helvetia (1998), and a Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship (2000) to complete a monograph on The Politics of Volker Braun’s Texts; Dr Large was awarded two British Academy Conference Grants (1994, 2000) and AHRB Research Leave (1999) to complete a monograph on Nietzsche’s Renaissance Figures; Dr Linklater was awarded a British Academy Travel Grant (1994).
Research output is monitored through the staff appraisal scheme and, institutionally, by the University Research Committee. Departments are expected to update their research profile each year, indicating that planned publications have appeared or are in press. The holdings in German in the University of Wales Swansea Library are excellent: we subscribe, for example, to over seventy journals in the field. These holdings are supported by a generous annual allocation, and further enhanced by substantial donations from the Austrian Cultural Institute, which first designated Swansea as one of its centres for research in 1997.
Centre for Contemporary German Literature
· Peter Schneider, ed. Colin Riordan (1995, ISBN 0-7083-1289-6)
· Volker Braun, ed. Rolf Jucker (1995, ISBN 0-7083-1313-2)
· Peter Bichsel, ed. Rolf Jucker (1996, ISBN 0-7083-1380-9)
· Sarah Kirsch, ed. Mererid Hopwood and David Basker (1997, ISBN 0-7083-1336-1)
· Jurek Becker, ed. Colin Riordan (1998, ISBN 0-7083-1456-2)
· Herta Müller, ed. Brigid Haines (1998, ISBN 0-7083-1484-8)
· Uwe Timm, ed. David Basker (1999, ISBN 0-7083-1447-3)
· Christoph Hein, ed. Bill Niven and David Clarke (2000, ISBN 0-7083-1614-X)
· Hermann Peter Piwitt, ed. David Basker (2000, ISBN 0-7083-1665-4)
· Hans-Ulrich Treichel, ed. David Basker (due Spring 2001)
· Zafer Senocak, ed. Tom Cheesman and Karin Yesilada (due Autumn 2001)
· Kerstin Hensel, ed. Beth Linklater and Birgit Dahlke (due Spring 2002)
Whether the substantial material from a successful conference on Kerstin Hensel in September 2000 can be incorporated into the Contemporary German Writers series format, or whether it becomes a larger, separate volume, is as yet undecided. Funding for the Centre for Contemporary German Literature is secure for at least the next five years.
Overview of individual staff members
Further collaborative research
In addition to the ‘Axial Writing’ project, new MA programmes in Literary Translation (1996) and Translation with Language Technology (2000) have given a further impetus to the development of translation-related research within the Department. The Department has hosted two Translators-in-Residence for extended periods, co-funded by the Arts Council of Wales – Kevin Perryman (München, 1998) and Inge Leipold (München, 1999) – as well as writer/translator readings by James Hawes and Johannes Grammich (1995), and by Jaan Kaplinski and Fiona Sampson (1997). Several of the visitors to the research seminar (David Constantine, Terry Hale, Sheenagh Pugh, Heidi Zojer) have spoken on translation-related topics. Dr Large has been a member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting Sub-Committee on Literary Translation since 1998, and has read for the BCLA/BCLT Translation Competition since 1996. He chaired a panel on ‘Nietzsche and/in Translation’ at the conference ‘The Translation of Philosophy’ (Middlesex, 1996), and in 1999 he and Dr Cheesman were invited speakers at the conference ‘Literary Translation and Culture 2000’ (British Centre for Literary Translation, Norwich). Dr Cheesman has translated plays and poetry by Albert Ostermaier, a novel (Gefährliche Verwandtschaft) by Zafer Senocak, and poetry by Gino Chiellino and Adel Karasholi; Dr Large has published translations of articles on Nietzsche and Heidegger by Sarah Kofman, Mazzino Montinari and Jean-Luc Nancy; Dr Hall has published two translated articles from the German; Dr Cheesman and Dr Hopwood collaborated with Departmental language assistants to produce published translations of poetry.
In keeping with the strategy of organising and hosting conferences, the following have taken place in Swansea over the review period:
· Fifty-Seventh Meeting of the CUTG (1994)
· Fourth Annual Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society (1994)
· ‘Ecological Thought in German Culture: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives’ (1995)
· Twenty-Sixth International Ballad Conference (1996)
· ‘Postmigrant Turkish-German Culture / Türkisch-Deutsche Postmigrantenkultur’ (1998)
· Annual Conference of the German Studies Library Group (1998)
· ‘Writing Diasporas’ (2000)
· ‘„Der langsame Blick“: Kerstin Hensel’ (2000)
Members of the Department have also co-organised the following conferences held elsewhere:
· ‘„... Und hätte England nie verlassen“ – Uwe Johnson zum Gedenken’ (IGS London, 1994)
· ‘Unverhofftes Wiedersehen – Johann Peter Hebel wieder zutage gefördert’ (IGS London, 1995)
· ‘Autobiography by Women in German’ (Manchester, 1998)
· ‘Women and Society’ (UWE Bristol, 1999)
· ‘Literarisches Exil heute’ (Mainz, 2000)
· ‘Ecce Opus: Nietzsche Revisions in the Twentieth Century’ (IGS London, 2000)
Other visiting writers and academics
research, the Department has been active in inviting both visiting academics and writers. In addition to the programmes of Writers-in-Residence and conferences, the following have visited the Department and given readings or papers over the current RAE period:
· Visiting writers: Christoph Wilhelm Aigner (Salzburg), Janko Ferk (Klagenfurt), Sabine Gruber (Wien), Alois Hotschnig (Innsbruck), Irina Liebmann (Berlin), Albert Ostermaier (München), Hasan Özdemir (Ludwigshafen), Erwin Riess (Wien), Stefan Schütz (Hannover), Feridun Zaimoglu (Kiel), Friedrich Zauner (Rainbach im Innkreis).
· Research seminar speakers from overseas (some of whom have contributed to volumes in the Contemporary German Writers series): Heinz Ludwig Arnold (Göttingen), Helmuth Bauer (Berlin), Birgit Dahlke (Berlin), Angela Drescher (Berlin), Dietmar Grieser (Wien), Detlef Gwosc (Potsdam), Walfried Hartinger (Leipzig), Lutz Hermann (Köln), Dagmar von Hoff (Hamburg), Herbert Hoven (Köln), Gerhard Kaiser (Freiburg i. Br.), Susanne Kord (Washington, D.C.), Edward Larkey (Baltimore), Johanna Lonsky (Wien), Beatrix Schiferer (Wien), Alan D. Schrift (Grinnell), Christine Tresch (Zürich), Gert Vonhoff (Münster), Sabine Wienker-Piepho (Freiburg i. Br.), Karin Yesilada (München/Istanbul).
· UK research seminar speakers: Seán Allan (Reading), Matthew Bell (KCL), Stefan Berger (Cardiff), Stephanie Bird (UCL), Caroline Bland (Cardiff), Annette Blühdorn (Bath), Elizabeth Boa (Nottingham), Holger Briel (Surrey), Erica Carter (Warwick), David Constantine (Queen’s, Oxford), Paul Cooke (Aberystwyth), Peter Davies (Manchester), Mererid Puw Davies (St John’s, Oxford), Christian Emden (Sidney Sussex, Cambridge), Allyson Fiddler (Lancaster), Deniz Göktürk (Southampton), Terry Hale (BCLT, Norwich), Kevin Hilliard (St Peter’s, Oxford), Andy Hollis (Salford), Alasdair King (Portsmouth), Tom Kuhn (St Hugh’s, Oxford), Karen Leeder (New College, Oxford), Karl Leydecker (Stirling), Margaret Littler (Manchester), David Midgley (St John’s, Cambridge), Paul O’Doherty (Ulster), Georgina Paul (Warwick), Julian Preece (UKC), Angharad Price (Jesus, Oxford), Sheenagh Pugh (Glamorgan), Ian Roberts (Britannia RNC, Dartmouth), Ritchie Robertson (St John’s, Oxford), Sandra Schiller (Aberystwyth), Ingrid Sharp (Leeds), Gisela Shaw (UWE Bristol), Chris Short (Cardiff), Martin Swales (UCL), Susan Tebbutt (Bradford), Peter Thompson (Sheffield), Sheila Watts (Newnham, Cambridge), Heidi Zojer (Birmingham).
Conferences and visiting speakers have attracted financial support from the Arts Councils of England and Wales, Austrian Cultural Institute, British Academy, British Council, Cardiff University, City and County of Swansea, DAAD, Dylan Thomas Society of Great Britain, ESRC, Goethe-Institut, National Literature Centre for Wales, National Library of Wales, Swansea Institute, Wales Tourist Board, and Welsh Academy.
· Ian Roberts (PhD on Wolfdietrich Schnurre, 1995), now at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
· Owen Evans (PhD on Günter de Bruyn, 1995), now at University of Wales Bangor
· Karoline von Oppen (PhD on ‘The Role of the Writer and the Press in the Unification of Germany 1989-1990’, 1997), now at University of Birmingham
· David Clarke (PhD on Christoph Hein, 1999), now at Nottingham Trent University
· Jonathan Hughes (PhD on Joseph Roth, 2000), now at University of Sussex
Other PhDs completed over the review period were: Fred Whalley on Frank Wedekind (1996), Philip Evans on ‘West German Satirical Texts and the Debate on National Identity’ (1996), Ruth Jenkins on Hans Erich Nossack (1998), and Emily Jeremiah on ‘Troubling Maternity: Mothering, Agency and Ethics in Women’s Writing in German of the 1970s and 1980s’ (2000). A further six PhDs are in progress. One of the more recent developments has been the policy to encourage postgraduates to publish in recognised outlets so as to maximise their employment prospects. While still in Swansea, David Clarke co-edited the Contemporary German Writers volume on Christoph Hein and contributed a chapter, and Jonathan Hughes published an article in GLL. Of the current doctoral students, Emily Jeremiah has published one article in the proceedings of the conference ‘Germanistische Forschung zum literarischen Text’ (Vaasa, 2000) and has another forthcoming; Stuart Smith has had one article accepted for publication in the proceedings of the ISSEI 2000 conference.
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