Centre for Contemporary German Culture


The Centre for Contemporary German Culture (CCGC) produces world-class research on the literature and culture of twentieth- and twenty-first century Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland. The Centre is unique to Wales and makes an important contribution to German Studies in Britain, Europe and North America. It aims to promote and stimulate further research on the work of contemporary German-language authors and film-makers in the English-speaking world.

The Centre hosts a writer-in-residence programme, research seminars and conferences, and has two dedicated publication series: 'Contemporary German Writers and Film-makers' and the ‘Leeds-Swansea Colloquia on Contemporary German Literature’. Its academic members have supervised several PhDs over the two and a half decades of the Centre’s existence, and have secured considerable research funding, particularly from the AHRC Research Leave scheme.

The CCGC is home to a number of projects, including work by Professor Julian Preece, Dr Cristian Cercel and the Steidl Verlag (Göttingen) on the volume Günter Grass, Unkenrufe. Kommentare und Materialien. Steidl have commissioned such volumes on all Grass’s works to be published to coincide with his 90th birthday this year (2017).

We have recently supervised a PhD on Herta Müller and contributed to the supervision of two comparative projects with a strong contemporary German component, both of which are funded by the AHRC: European Extreme Cinema; and European Travellers to Wales.  

The Centre welcomes PhD and MA by Research applications in all areas involving contemporary German culture, especially literature and film.  Funding is available for well-qualified candidates.

Reading by Nobel Prize-winning author

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Nobel Prize-winning author Herta Müller reads from her novel, Atemschaukel (The Hunger Angel) at Swansea University.  View the reading (in German with simultaneous translation of the discussion) here.  Find out more here >>>.

Consultancy Work

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The Centre has recently undertaken consultancy work for Murmur Research and the advertising agency Wieden & Kennedy on social attitudes and mental behaviour in German-speaking Europe.  We welcome enquiries from commercial researchers interested in the biggest market in Europe.