Staff in Modern Languages In 'Staff' StaffStaff by research and supervision areas Back to 'Modern Languages' Head of Department Professor Francis Lough Professor of Hispanic StudiesHead of the Department of Modern Languages My main teaching and research interests are in 20th and 21th century Spanish literature and cinema, although I have also an interest in the works of Jose Saramago, Felisberto Hernandez and the Spanish philosopher María Zambrano. Currently I am working on the literature of the Spanish Civil War, including graphic novels. Academic staff by area French Studies German Studies Hispanic Studies (Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese) Italian Studies Languages for All (including Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic) Russian Studies Translation Studies Full list of staff in Modern Languages Professor Helen Abbott Professor of Modern Languages As Professor of Modern Languages, I specialise in nineteenth-century French poetry and music. My research explores ways of writing about word-music relationships in poetic language, in critical theories, and using digital methodologies. My particular focus is the work of (post-) romantic and symbolist poets including Gautier, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, and ... Dr Caroline Ardrey Lecturer in French Dr Caroline Ardrey is a lecturer in French, specialising in nineteenth-century French poetry and its interaction with other art forms and media, in particular music and fashion. As a researcher, Caroline is Senior Research Associate on The Baudelaire Song Project, directed by Professor Helen Abbott with Research Associate Dr Nina Rolland. As part of this work, Caroline specialises in ... Dr Jennifer Arnold Research Fellow I am currently working as Research Fellow on the project ‘Inner and Outer Exile in Fascist Germany and Spain’. My main research interests are the theory and practice of literary translation, the reception of translated fiction, particularly Spanish and Catalan, in the UK market with a focus on reader responses, and the perception of national and cultural identity through translation. Dr Craig Blunt Senior Lecturer in French Studies I was appointed to the University of Birmingham in 1995. My main areas of interest are all aspects of contemporary French politics and society. Dr Edward Boothroyd Teaching Fellow in French Studies Following undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham, I was appointed to the position of Teaching Fellow in French Studies in September 2011. My specialism is in 20th-century literature and French theatre from the 17th-century onwards. Dr Monica Borg Lecturer in Italian StudiesEducational Enhancement Fellow (CEEF) College of Arts and Law (CAL)Associate Lecturer, The Open University I teach undergraduate language and culture modules in Italian Studies and CELC (Centre for European Languages and Cultures). I am a keen supporter of enquiry-based interactive learning and have been involved, especially in my role as Educational Enhancement Fellow for the College of Arts and Law, in promoting and increasing the uptake of educational technology to enhance teaching and ... Dr Hilary Brown Lecturer in Translation Studies I joined the Department of Modern Languages in 2011 and teach in Translation Studies and German. I am on research leave during 2018-19. I am working on a project on women translators in early modern Germany, supported by a Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Professor Martyn Cornick Professor of French Cultural History I hold a Personal Chair in French Cultural History. My main research areas are 20th-century Cultural History (especially Jean Paulhan and the Nouvelle Revue française), the life and work of Armand Petitjean, and Franco-British Inter-Cultural Studies, with a particular focus on the French presence in London. Dr Alice Corr Lecturer in Modern Languages I am a Lecturer in Modern Languages specialising in the linguistics (especially morphosyntax) and dialectology of the Ibero-Romance language family (Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan and other lesser-known languages such as Asturian, Aragonese, Aranese, Ladino/Judaeo-Spanish, Leonese, Mirandese and Mozarabic). Before coming to Birmingham in 2017, I was a Research Fellow at Pembroke College, ... Dr Anissa Daoudi Lecturer in Arabic and Translation StudiesLanguage Co-ordinator for Arabic I am currently Head of the Arabic area of Languages for All. I am the Arabic-English-Arabic Translation Specialist and module contributor to the MA in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. Academia.edu profile Dr Paolo De Ventura Lecturer I study early Italian literature and the historical evolution of the Italian language. I love Dante and his world, which is the fascinating and complex universe of the art and thought of the European Middle Ages. Nieves Díaz-Cueva LCAHM Senior Welfare Tutor OfficerSenior Language TutorCo-ordinator for Spanish, Languages for All I have been teaching languages in Higher Education for almost 20 years. For as long as I can remember languages and culture(s) have been the main focus of my interests and my career. Professor Dagmar Divjak Professorial Research Fellow in Cognitive Linguistics and Language Cognition My main research interest is in understanding how our cognitive capacities give rise to the patterns we see in language and how language learners might use these patterns to build up knowledge of their language. I work with the Out Of Our Minds team to understand language knowledge and optimize language learning and am Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cognitive Linguistics. Professor Lisa Downing Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality I am Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality and a specialist in interdisciplinary sexuality and gender studies, critical theory, and the history of diagnostic and cultural concepts. My enduring research interest is in questions of exceptionality, difficulty, and (ab)normality as they are represented and understood in cultural, medical, and political fields. My most recent work has been on ... Mr Fumitsugu Enokida Language Tutor in Japanese I have been teaching Japanese as a foreign language at the University of Birmingham since 1999. I teach all levels to a wide range of students from undergraduate students to the public. My role also includes a committee member of the BATJ Speech Content for University Students and OCR External Verifier as well as Assessor of the QCB/NVQ for Japanese. Dr Elliot Evans Lecturer in Modern Languages Dr Evans is the author of numerous publications on gender and sexuality, and has been invited to speak on these areas at academic conferences, cultural and activist events both in the UK and internationally. They are particularly engaged in debates around feminist, queer and transgender theories. Cristina Fernández Recasens Catalan Language and Culture Teaching Fellow I studied Humanities at the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona. Afterwards I completed a master’s degree in Teaching Catalan and Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Girona. Currently I am writing my doctoral thesis under the supervision of Doctor Mariona Masgrau within the programme of interdisciplinary didactics of the arts at the University of Girona. My focus is to ... Dr Sarah Fishwick Language Tutor in French Studies My specialisms lie in practical language, especially translation, and writing by French and Francophone women authors. I am the Convenor of the BA Modern Languages Translation Studies pathway. Professor Stephen Forcer Professor of French I completed my first degree and MA at the University of Warwick (1994-1999) before moving to Wadham College, Oxford to write my doctoral thesis (1999-2002) under the supervision of Professor Malcolm Bowie. In 2005 I joined the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer in French, having previously held temporary posts at Keble College, Oxford and the Universities of Leeds and Exeter. Over 2015-2018 ... Sophie Gavrois Language Tutor in French I am a native speaker of French and come from Saint-Etienne, France. I joined the Centre for Modern Languages in 2003. I enjoy very much teaching French, as a foreign language or as native or second language, and I have 18 years of teaching experience. Professor Andrew Ginger Chair of SpanishHead of School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music In my research, I am interested in how the modern Hispanic world fits with the wider span of cultures over time and place. By extension, I am concerned with the notion of ‘commonality’ over stretches of geography and history. My concerns are interdisciplinary, ranging across visual cultures and cinema, thought, and literature. Mariana González Boluda Teaching Fellow in Spanish I have been teaching languages for more than 20 years in different countries (France, Jamaica and the USA). I am very interested in online language learning. My research centers on the use of new technologies (especially social networks) as tools to foster autonomous learning and student motivation in foreign language learning. Dr John Goodyear Lecturer (Teaching) English as a Modern Foreign Language (EMFL)German Tutor As Lecturer (Teaching) English as a Modern Foreign Language (EMFL), John Goodyear is currently designing and developing a brand new degree programme for overseas students. Alongside this curriculum development work, he is also teaching German core language to first year undergraduates as well as German on the Languages for All (LfA) programme. In addition to his teaching role at the University ... Professor Rebecca Gould Professor and Professorial Research Fellow, Islamic World and Comparative Literature Rebecca Gould is the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016), which was awarded the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies and the best book award by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, and the translator of After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems ... Mrs Agnès Gower Language Coordinator (French Studies) I first came to Birmingham as a Colloquial Assistant (lectrice), as part of the University’s long-standing exchange with The Université Lumière Lyon 2. After a few months back in France, I decided to return to Birmingham and the Department of French Studies, again as a Colloquial Assistant. I have not left since. Dr Elystan Griffiths Senior Lecturer in German I teach widely across the curriculum in German Studies, including language, literature and cinema. My research interests include social and political writing of the 18th and 19th centuries, women’s writing and the pastoral. Emilie Grinan-Coley Language Tutor in French I am a native speaker of French, and come from the Franche-Comté region in Eastern France. I have been teaching French at the University of Birmingham since 2006, and have 15 years of experience teaching French as Foreign Language in France and the UK. Dr Louise Hardwick Professor of Francophone Studies and World LiteratureAHRC Early Career Leadership FellowAssociate Fellow, Homerton College, University of Cambridge I am a specialist of Francophone Studies and World Literature, with a particular interest in the global reception, adaptation circulation and translation of Francophone literature. A published translator, with a growing body of work in Translation Studies, I am fluent in French and German, and am currently learning Spanish. The majority of my research focuses on the postcolonial literature, film ... Dr Nigel Harris Reader in German I see myself as a medievalist with an extension into the sixteenth century, and as someone with a particular passion for teaching these still deeply relevant periods to modern undergraduates. Christiane Hoyer DAAD-Lektorin My aim is to help students improve their German Sprachpraxis, and give them an insight into Landeskunde. I’m looking forward to passing on my enthusiasm for language learning and encouraging students to practise their skills. Nicholas Hunter Language Tutor in French Studies I teach on a variety of language and content modules. I lecture mainly on early-modern French literature and culture, particularly 17th-Century texts, and on 20th-Century writing and film. Dr Kate Ince Reader in French Film and Gender Studies My work is on French cinema and women’s cinema, on film theory and philosophy, and on French and feminist visual art and thought. Dr Monica Jato Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies I came to the University of Birmingham in September 2007. I previously worked at Michigan State University, The University of New Hampshire and The University of North Texas. Professor Sara Jones Professor of Modern Languages Sara Jones is Professor in the Department of Modern Languages. Her current research analyses the political, social and cultural processes of remembering state socialist dictatorship. Dr Katharina Karcher Lecturer in German My work focuses on protest movements and political violence in the 20th and 21st centuries. In this context, I am particularly interested in questions of gender, race, class, dis/ability, and political ideology. My research transgresses disciplinary boundaries and draws on a range of theoretical frameworks including feminist theory, cultural studies, and critical security studies. Professor John Klapper Professor in Modern Languages My main research interests are writing under National Socialism, particularly the non-conformist writers of inner exile. I teach courses on German language, literature and history. I am also interested in all aspects of foreign language learning and teaching, instructed second language acquisition and pedagogical grammar. Mariela Knowles Language Tutor in Spanish I am a native speaker of Spanish and I was born in Argentina. I trained as a language teacher and have over 15 years teaching experience at all levels, from children as young as 3 to adults. I have been teaching Spanish at the University of Birmingham since 2004. Valérie Leick LCAHM Distance Learning Co-ordinatorSenior Language TutorCo-ordinator for French, Languages for All A language teacher for 23 years, I am still learning a lot from every new student. I enjoy sharing my native language and culture but above all I derive a lot of satisfaction from inspiring students to become a good language tutor for themselves and keep learning beyond their university years. “To have another language is to possess a second soul” - Charlemagne Tanya Lipatova Russian Language Tutor Dr Sofia Malamatidou Lecturer in Translation Studies By combining linguistics and translation studies, I am interested in the interdisciplinary study of cross-cultural communication, which will generate new insights, and challenge the ways in which we have understood how languages, people, and ideas interact through translation. Methodological investigation, and specifically corpora, is also at the centre of my research, and my recent ... Dr Elisenda Marcer Cortés Lecturer in Catalan Studies A native of Barcelona, I studied Hispanic Philology and completed the doctorate courses in Catalan Philology at the University of Barcelona. I arrived at the University of Birmingham in 2001 where I completed my doctoral thesis entitled ‘Intertextual dynamics in Gabriel Ferrater’s work: the role of English poetry’. I taught all levels of Catalan Language and content modules ... Dr Nicholas Martin Director of the Institute for German StudiesReader in European Intellectual History Nicholas Martin is Reader in European Intellectual History in the Department of Modern Languages (German Studies), and Director of the University’s Institute for German Studies. His research interests include aspects of modern German intellectual history and of the cultural history of war and political violence in twentieth-century Germany. Academic CV Dr Margarida McMurry Teaching Fellow in Portuguese I am an enthusiastic teacher of Portuguese language. My research interests are varied. I especially enjoy researching and understanding how the co-constructive process of writing and reading work and how authors and readers communicate with each other. Dr Petar Milin Senior Lecturer in the Psychology of Language and Language Learning My primary research interests are concentrated in areas concerned with understanding the crucial role of learning in human language, its behaviour and use. Previously, my work focused on investigating word or lexical processing, but currently, it extends to the study of natural communication. Methodologically, my work combines experimentation and computational modelling with advanced statistical ... Dr Anna Milsom Lecturer in Modern Languages I teach Spanish language and translation, drawing on my practice as a literary translator and my background in visual arts. I am interested in creativity in translation, co-translation and the ways that art, translation and text-making can interact. Ulrike Mynette Language Tutor in German I first came to Birmingham with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 1987 to work at Aston University as a Lektorin. Since then I have taught German language classes at a huge variety of institutions from primary schools to in-company training. I have worked at the University of Birmingham for some 20 years now. Dr Lucy O’Sullivan Lecturer in Modern Languages (Spanish) Ms Junko Ogawa Programme Lead and Year Abroad Tutor for JapaneseCo-ordinator for Japanese, Languages for All I have been teaching Japanese as a foreign language in Higher Education over 15 years. I am responsible for all aspects of Japanese language programmes including module development, year abroad and internship programme in Japan. Dr Isobel Palmer Lecturer in Russian My work focuses on twentieth-century poetry and literary theory, with an emphasis on Russian modernist poetry and Russian Formalism. My current research draws on theories of the lyric, old/new media, and the urban environment to place questions of literary form in the dynamic contexts of the modernizing city and the 1905 and 1917 revolutions. Dr Emanuela Patti Senior Research Fellow I joined the University of Birmingham in 2015 where I am currently working as a Senior Research Fellow for the AHRC-funded project Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: interart/intermedia. My research interests range across a variety of areas, including modern and contemporary Italian culture, cultural representations of Dante, comparative literature, digital cultures, intermediality. I have ... Dr Claire Peters Research Assistant I am currently a postdoctoral Research Assistant working with Dr Louise Hardwick on Impact and public engagement activities relating to the Martinican author Joseph Zobel. My AHRC-funded thesis focused on representations of Paris in contemporary French film and fiction to explore the connections between memories of the Holocaust and the Algerian war in France. My work is underpinned by an ... Dr Hany Rashwan Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Arabic rhetoric leader) Hany Rashwan earned his PhD in Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies from SOAS (2016). Prior to joining the GlobalLIT project to lead the Arabic strand, he was an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the American University of Beirut. Dr. Rashwan is the recipient of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR) Research Fellowship in 2015. His research ... Dr Maria Roca Lizarazu Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Maria Roca Lizarazu is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Modern Languages within LCAHM, specialising in contemporary German-language literature about migration and displacement, literary figurations of togetherness, (in-)hospitality and integration, German-and Austrian Holocaust literature, German-Jewish literature, specifically from Eastern Europe, Trauma studies and Memory ... Dr Nina Rolland Research Associate I am a Research Associate in French studies, working on the The Baudelaire Song Project (AHRC-funded 2015-2019), led by Professor Helen Abbott. I specialise in the relationship between literature and music in 19th century Europe. Dr Charlotte Ross Reader in Gender, Sexuality and Cultural Studies Head of Section and Admissions Tutor for Italian Studies; Head of PGT for the School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music. Main research interests and areas of PG supervision: gender, sexuality and embodiment in modern and contemporary Italian culture. Dr Natalia (Natasha) Rulyova Lecturer in Russian Dr Natasha Rulyova has research interests in three areas: post-Soviet Russian media including new media, translation studies with the focus on self-translation, and genre studies. Her work on post-Soviet media resulted in the following main publications: monograph (with Stephen Hutchings) of Television and Culture in Putin's Russia: Remote Control (London: Routledge, ... Dr Lorraine Ryan Lecturer in Hispanic Studies Dr Lorraine Ryan is an award-winning international researcher in the fields of Spanish literature, memory studies, and gender. She has been a visiting fellow to the IMLR (Institute of Modern Languages Research Institute) in the University of London (2014-2015), and the Georg Eckert Institute for School Textbook Research in Leipzig (2015-16). Dr. Ryan was a Birmingham Fellow from ... Dr Gabriela Saldanha Lecturer I am a Lecturer in Translation Studies in the department of Modern Languages. I teach translation theory and research methods on the MAs in Translation Studies (distance and campus-based). My research interests are: translation stylistics and the artistic nature of translation, the reception of translations and their impact on literary landscapes, and the relationship between gender identity and ... Mr Antonio M. Sánchez Senior Teaching Fellow in Hispanic Studies I have been at Birmingham since 2005. I teach Latin American culture, literature and intellectual history as well as Spanish language and translation. Rosa Sánchez-Riobo Spanish Language Instructor Teaching Spanish language for undergraduates has been both a challenge and a pleasure for the past seven years. I sincerely hope to continue doing so for many coming years. Dr Emanuelle Santos Lecturer in Modern Languages I am a Lecturer in Modern Languages at the Department of Modern Languages, where I also coordinate the Portuguese Studies programme and the Instituto Camões’ Cátedra Gil Vicente. My research focuses on the intersections between the cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world, postcolonial studies, and theories of world literature, drawing attention to the global-local ... Dr Norma Schifano Lecturer I am a Lecturer in Modern Languages specialising in the comparative morphosyntax of Spanish and the Romance languages, with a particular focus on the documentation of non-standard and endangered varieties (including Italo-Greek), phenomena of language contact and microvariation. Dr Berny Sèbe Senior Lecturer in colonial and post-colonial studies My research interests revolve around the colonial and post-colonial encounters between European and non-European worlds, in particular in the cultural and political realms. My recent works look at the making of imperial heroes in Britain and France since the era of 'New imperialism' (second half of the nineteenth century), the history of the conquest and decolonization of the Sahara, ... Dr Regina Seiwald Lecturer in German Studies I am a native speaker of German and come from a village just outside Innsbruck in Austria. I completed my Mag. phil. degrees in German Philology (2006-2011), English and American Studies (2006-2012), as well as General and Applied Linguistics (2008-2013) at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. I have then joined Birmingham City University as a PhD student in the context of a research project on ... Dr Kayvan Tahmasebian Marie Curie Fellow I joined the University of Birmingham in August 2019 as Marie-Curie Research Fellow and PI of TRANSMODERN, a Horizon 2020-funded project. I am Research Consultant for “Prismatic Jane Eyre” (2017-2019), a strand of the AHRC-OWRI project “Prismatic Translation,” hosted by Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (OCCT), and led by Professor Matthew Reynolds ... Mr Xiaolong Tang Programme Lead and Year Abroad Tutor for ChineseCo-ordinator for Chinese, Languages for All Aside from being directly involved in most aspects of undergraduate language teaching, I also regularly play an important role in developing and organising Mandarin Chinese language modules and programmes. Antonio Terron-Barroso Teaching Associate in Spanish Before joining the University of Birmingham in 2018, I taught Spanish at Cardiff University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My current research focus is on the linguistic construction of the Spanish national identity through media, specialising in contemporary transnational cinema. Dr Emma Tyler Senior Lecturer in French StudiesSenior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy I specialise in training students to become translators. I am the convenor of the MA in Translation Studies (campus and distance) and the tutor for the French Practical and Specialised Translation modules on the MA. I am also the Director of Taught Admissions for the College of Arts and Law. Dr Emma Wagstaff Senior Lecturer in French Studies I came to Birmingham in 2006, and am based in the Department of Modern Languages. Among a range of teaching and research interests, I am particularly keen to promote the study of French literature and the visual arts, and the interactions between them. Dr Aengus Ward Professor in Medieval Iberian Studies I have been a lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages (Hispanic Studies) since 1994. I teach medieval Spanish literature and Spanish language and linguistics. My research interests lie in the fields of medieval Spanish history and historiography, textual editing, diachronic phonology and syntax. My research project the Estoria de Espanna Digital (estoria.bham.ac.uk) is the first major ... Dr Andrew Watts Senior Lecturer in French Studies I was appointed to the University of Birmingham in 2007, having previously taught at the universities of Bristol and Newcastle. I am a specialist in nineteenth-century French prose fiction, especially the work of Honoré de Balzac. My current research focuses on adaptations of classic novels from this period in a variety of different media including silent film, graphic novels, and stage ... Dr Jules Whicker Senior Teaching Fellow in Hispanic Studies I am an enthusiastic teacher and student of Hispanic Literature and Culture and especially that of the Spanish Golden Age, an era that originated many of the most compelling, sophisticated and influential works in Hispanic literature and art. I also have a long-standing interest in translation, having translated (independently and in collaboration) several golden-age comedias, a quantity of ... Dr Ruth Whittle Senior Lecturer in German Studies HeFI Fellow As a student you are most likely to know me in my role as the School’s Senior Tutor. I teach courses on 19th- and 20th-century German literature as well as Translation in Practice and language classes, particularly business German. I have widely researched and published in the areas of language study and internationalisation, and women in German literature and literary history. In my ... Jelena Williams-Pozdnjakova Russian Language Tutor Dr Tara Windsor Research Fellow I am a cultural historian of modern Germany and Europe, currently working as Research Fellow on the project ‘Inner and Outer Exile in Fascist Germany and Spain’. I am also Academic Director of the Graduate Centre for Europe. Dr Jenny Wong Lecturer in Modern Languages (Chinese Interpreting) I am a Lecturer in Chinese Interpreting in the Department of Modern Languages. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, I taught translation at Hang Seng University of Hong Kong , Beijing Normal University-Baptist University of Hong Kong, United International College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, amongst others. A published translator, I have translated ten books on religion, ... Dietmar Wozniak Director, Languages for AllSenior Language TutorCo-ordinator for German, Languages for All As director of Languages for All I have overall responsibility for the team’s activities and the University's Institute Wide Language Programme (IWLP). In addition, I teach German language at all levels and offer modules on German politics. Dr Xiaohui Yuan Lecturer in Interpreting and Translation Studies I lecture on Chinese-English Interpreting and Translation Studies. My research interests include intercultural pragmatics in translation and interpreting, using translation and interpreting in mediation, and cultural influence on mediation. Dr Enea Zaramella Lecturer in Latin American Studies I was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages at Birmingham in 2017. My main research and teaching interests are Latin American literatures and sound cultures between the late 19th and late 20th centuries. Emeritus and Honorary academic staff Professor Emeritus Jennifer Birkett Emeritus Professor of French Studies I held the Established Chair of French Studies from 1990 to 2011. My research derives from specialist bases in French Studies, but is also cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary. In general, I am interested in the relations of history, politics and narrative form - the operations of ideology in prose fiction, as they manifest themselves in particular texts. In French Studies, I work ... Dr Leslie Brook Honorary Senior Research Fellow I have published widely in various genres of Medieval literature: epic, romance and translation from Latin to Medieval French, with a particular interest in the translation by Jean de Meun of the Letters of Abelard and Heloise. Latterly I have been working with Prof Glyn Burgess on publishing editions of Old French narrative lays. Professor Michael Caesar Emeritus Professor of Italian Studies My current responsibilities are directed to teaching and researching on Leopardi. The first complete English edition of his notebooks (Zibaldone) was published in 2013 Dr Russell Cousins Honorary Senior Lecturer I have research interests in Zola’s fiction, French Cinema and screen adaptation. My publications include studies on Zola, various aspects of the cinema and together with Ron Hallmark and Ian Pickup, I have published books and articles on studying in France. Professor Ceri Crossley Emeritus Professor I joined the Department of French in 1973 and taught language and literature at all levels until I retired in 2008. Dr Béatrice Damamme-Gilbert Honorary Senior Lecturer in French Studies Since I retired I have continued to research into post-World War II literary narrative: forms of personal and social memory, myth and the everyday with reference to war and post-holocaust culture, with a particular interest in psychoanalytical approaches to trauma and the works of Julien Gracq, Patrick Modiano, J.-M. G. le Clézio and Henry Bauchau. Dr Franco D'Intino Honorary Senior Research FellowDirector of the Leopardi Centre My main research interests are the work of Leopardi (in the context of European Romanticism) and the relationship between prose genres (autobiography, novel) and ethics in modern European literatures (XVIII-XX centuries). Professor William John Dodd Emeritus Professor of Modern German Studies I joined the University of Birmingham as a lecturer in German in 1980 and retired as Professor of Modern German Studies in 2014. I am a member of the research project “Inner and outer exile in fascist Germany and Spain: a comparative study”, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Professor David Hill Emeritus Professor of German Studies My main research interests lie in the literature, culture and society of Germany around the end of the eighteenth century. Dr Robert Oakley Honorary Research Fellow in Hispanic Studies I taught Spanish, Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature at the University of Birmingham for 31 years, retiring in 1998. Dr Wendy Perkins Honorary Senior Lecturer in French Studies Since I retired as a Senior Lecturer in the Department, I have been focusing on full-time research into the lives of women in seventeenth-century France. Professor Ronald Speirs Emeritus Professor of German Studies My research is on German literary and intellectual topics since the later nineteenth century, including Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Weber, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht. Dr Malcolm Spencer Honorary Research Fellow Professor Wilfried van der Will Honorary Professor of Modern German Studies Wide ranging research interests in 19th and 20th century German culture, philosophy and politics, especially from the end of the First World War to the present. Has published books and essays on German literature and society post-1945, on the worker-culture movement of the Weimar Republic, on culture in the Third Reich, on protest and democracy from the 1960s to the 1980s and on the reception of ... Dr Jacqueline Visconti Honorary Research Fellow Jacqueline Visconti is Full Professor in Italian Linguistics at Genoa University, as well as Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Birmingham and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading.