Core research disciplines in the Department of German span from drama pedagogy and performance studies, critical theory and literary studies (Goethezeit and modernism) to screen studies, international communication and German-Irish relations.
Staff in the German Department are engaged in a number of different research clusters, including Culture as Performance – Performance as Cultureand Violence, Conflict and Gender. Staff members are also in the process of collaborating on new research clusters provisionally entitled Nation, Memory, Screen,and European Thought and Global Inspiration.
At a College level colleagues are committed to the Research Cluster on Identities. In terms of intra- and inter-institutional collaborations projects have been developed with colleagues and creative bodies from across and outside the College on new trends in autobiography, creative writing, adaptation, representing disability and theatre productions. These collaborations have resulted in numerous conferences, book projects, cultural events (plays) etc.
Members of the Department have also collaborated with colleagues from international institutions on a variety of projects, including e.g. literary and cultural anthropology (University of Zadar, University of Washington: two conferences and book publications), the SCENARIO FORUM network (online journal and symposia in cooperation with Indiana University), online intercultural collaborative Teaching and Learning project (with the Technical University of Cologne), and academic book series (Kulturwissenschaft und Ästhetik with the German publishing house Francke Verlag). Individual correspondents of various projects are based at top Universities worldwide, among them University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Seoul, McGill University, University of Sosnowiec (Poland), Europa Universität Viadrina Frankfurt and many others.
The Department informally mentors junior colleagues in a spirit of mutual intellectual fostering and exchange, while also encouraging colleagues to engage with University mentoring programmes, and engaging actively with the performance and development review scheme.
Funding: The Department has been successful in obtaining funding from the German, Swiss and Austrian governments for conferences, cultural events and publications. It also receives significant funding from the DAAD, OeAD, and Goethe Institute as well as from research funds at this and other institutions (e.g. Cork City Council).