Professor Stuart Taberner (@StuartTaberner1; )

Professor of Contemporary German Literature, Culture and Society – School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds

Professor Taberner’s research focuses on the relationships between politics and writing, the role of the German intellectual in the period after 1945, and literature after 1989. He has written on the Holocaust, its impact on post-unification Germany, ‘normalisation’ and national identity, and relationships between Germans and Jews, as expressed in film, literature and intellectual debate. He has also written on ageing in contemporary German-language literature. His book Aging and Old-Age Style in Günter Grass, Ruth Klüger, Christa Wolf, and Martin Walser appeared in late 2013. Professor Taberner is currently completing a book-project on ‘German-language Literature and Transnationalism’, funded by the AHRC, and a volume of essays on Transnationalism in Contemporary German-Language Literature, edited with Elisabeth Herrmann and Carrie Smith-Prei.


Dr Daniel Hartley (@danieljhartley;

Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow – School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds

Dr Daniel Hartley is a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for World Literatures at the University of Leeds, working as part of a Leverhulme project entitled “Traumatic Pasts, Cosmopolitanism, and Nation-Building in Contemporary German and South African Literature.” His research focuses on legal personhood, refugees and “indifferent cosmopolitanism” in contemporary German, South African and (francophone) Algerian literature. Prior to this, he worked as a Lecturer in English and American Literature and Culture at the University of Giessen (Germany). His first book, The Politics of Style: Towards a Marxist Poetics, was published in November 2016. It develops a Marxist theory of literary style.


 Jade Douglas (

Ph.D. Student – School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds

Jade’s research looks at contemporary German-language literature written by immigrants to Germany who were born and spent some of their early lives in the former Soviet Union. Using these novels as a point of departure, her project considers how memories (of traumatic events) are formed, circulated and adapted as they move from local, to national, to supra-national levels of articulation. In this, it attempts to marry theories of memory studies with theories of human geography, in order to redefine the concept of ‘place’ and explore its facilitating role in the (re)creation of transcultural memories, as represented in this literature.


Ian Ellison (

Ph.D. Student – School of Languages, Cultures, and Societies, University of Leeds

Ian’s PhD is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and forms part of Professor Stuart Taberner’s major research project on ‘Traumatic Pasts, Comsopolitanism, and Nation-Building in Contemporary World Literature’. Ian’s research examines transnational melancholy aesthetics and elite cosmopolitan narrators in European fiction. His thesis investigates the extent to which these attributes exemplify a genre of memory fiction emerging around the turn of the twenty-first century and explores how this influences novels’ canonicity, translation, and circulation in the context of World Literature. Ian has been a member of the organisational committee for the National Postgraduate Colloquium for German Studies since 2015.


Maya Caspari (

AHRC-funded Ph.D. Researcher – School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and the School of English, University of Leeds

Maya Caspari is an AHRC-funded PhD researcher, working in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and the School of English. Her research focuses on the representation of empathy in German- and English-language 21st century texts, particularly those concerned with the relation between different histories of suffering. Before beginning her research at Leeds, Maya studied at the University of Oxford and University College London, and worked at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).


Rebecca Macklin (@RebeccaMacklin_ ,

PhD Candidate, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and the School of English, University of Leeds

Rebecca’s research, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is focused on the role of memory in contemporary Native American and South African literature. Her work interrogates the relationship between de-colonial and anti-capitalist resistance in transnational, (post)colonial contexts. Rebecca is co-founder of the transdisciplinary Postcolonial and World Literatures and Cultures Reading Group at the University of Leeds. She has a pervading interest in the role of participatory arts in international development contexts, having led filmmaking workshops in South Africa, and is a Board Trustee for South African charity – the Bishop Simeon Trust.


Dominic O’Key (@oquays,

PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature, University of Leeds

His research explores the concept of the “creaturely” in critical theory and in the novels of W. G. Sebald, J. M. Coetzee, and Mahasweta Devi.