Dr Tara Windsor

Department of Modern Languages
Research Fellow

Contact details

Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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.


  • PhD German Studies & Modern History (2013)
  • MPhil Modern European Cultures (2008)
  • BA German Studies & History (2006)


Before re-joining Birmingham in 2017, where I also completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies, I was Assistant Professor in 20th-Century Continental European History at Trinity College Dublin.

From 2013 to 2015, I was research associate at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut) Essen where I was part of an international research and editorial project entitled ‘World War II – Everyday Life under German Occupation’.

I have held research awards from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the German Historical Institute in Paris. From 2011 to 2012 I was a doctoral research fellow at the Institute of European History in Mainz.


In Spring Term 2018, I am contributing to the ‘Learning German’ strand of the Y1 core module.

I have also taught courses on modern German, European and international history in Birmingham, Wuppertal and Dublin, including a survey module on Europe since 1914, a special subject on Weimar Germany, and an option on Interwar Internationalism(s). I have also supervised a number of BA dissertations on a wide range of topics on twentieth-century Europe.


 I am currently researching and contributing to a critical anthology of translated exile writings, which will compare fictional and non-fictional texts – including ego-documents – written by inner and territorial exiles of the Nazi and Francoist dictatorships.

My doctoral work investigated the role of German writers as cultural ambassadors and their (in)direct relationship with the developing field of state and non-state cultural diplomacy during the years of the Weimar Republic. It focused, in particular, on the German branch of the International PEN Club and the international engagement of four writers from across the political and cultural spectrum: Thomas Mann, Heinrich Mann, Ernst Toller and Hans Friedrich Blunck.

I am also interested in international scholarly relations and have researched and published on Anglo-German student exchange after the First World War.


  • Authors across Borders: Weimar Writers and the International Politics of Culture (1919–1933), book manuscript in progress.
  • ‘“The domain of the young as the generation of the future”: Student Agency and Anglo-German Exchange after the Great War’ in Marie-Eve Chagnon & Tomas Irish (eds.), The Academic World in the Era of the Great War (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) [appeared Nov. 2017].
  • ‘Gustav Stresemann in: 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson, issued by Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin 2017-01-10.
  • ‘Between Cultural Conflict and Cultural Contact: German Writers, Cultural Diplomacy in the Aftermath of the First World War’ in Nicholas Martin, Tim Haughton & Pierre Purseigle (eds.), Aftermath - Legacies and Memories of War in Europe, 1918–1945–1989 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014), pp. 109–127.
  • ‘Rekindling Contact: Anglo-German Academic Exchange after the First World War’ in Heather Ellis & Ulrike Kirchberger (eds.), Anglo-German Scholarly Relations in the Long Nineteenth Century (Leiden: Brill, 2014), pp. 212–231.

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