Research in the Department of German covers a wide range of subjects and disciplinary fields (including Literary Studies; Cultural Studies/Cultural History; German as a Foreign Language Studies; Intercultural Communication; Media Studies; and Identity). Individual research activities, such as publications, conferences, and PhD-workshops, have a strong presence on the global stage and are well connected with highly regarded scholars, as well as with top ranked universities and academic organisations in North America, Europe and East Asia. A notable number of international conferences have been organised by members of the Department and took place at UCC. The Department of German is deemed to be a unit with a definite high level of professional engagement and receives sustained marks of international peer esteem on an overall level which is highly impressive.
Academics in the German Department are particularly committed to Postgraduate Research Education and supervise a significant number of PhD students (currently 9) in a context where recruitment to PhDs in the Humanities is generally challenging. It is also noteworthy that some former PhD students hold academic posts in the USA, Japan and Ireland. Supervisors in the Department encourage their PhD students to publish the results of their research. Their list of publications is highly impressive. A praiseworthy initiative was the organisation of the first German Studies Graduate Conference in 2011 (…) establishing a UCC tradition of meeting and discussion exchange for German postgraduate students from all over Ireland and from abroad, thus creating favourable networking opportunities at national and international level.
The Department of German consists of currently five strenuously active researchers. Their scientific output is overall conspicuous and of definitely good quality. Their efforts within the fields of research-related activity, postgraduate education and fundraising is remarkable.
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