Frauke Matthes (University of Edinburgh)

fmatthesDr Matthes is Lecturer in German and the Programme Director of the MSc in Comparative and General Literature at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on contemporary German-language literature, particularly by authors of non-German origins, transcultural literature and culture, and masculinity studies. She is the author of Writing and Muslim Identity: Representations of Islam in German and English Transcultural Literature, 1990-2006 (2011); and co-editor, with Emily Jeremiah, of Ethical Approaches in Contemporary German-Language Literature and Culture (Edinburgh German Yearbook 7, 2013). Her current monograph project, which was funded by the Leverhulme Trust with an Early Career Fellowship, examines ‘new masculinities’ in contemporary German literature. One of the offshoots of this project was a paper on the play ‘Schwarze Jungfrauen’ (‘Black Virgins’) presented at the conference ‘Religion in Contemporary German Culture’ (Swansea University, July 2008) and published, in expanded and revised form, as ‘“Authentic” Muslim Voices? Feridun Zaimoğlu’s Schwarze Jungfrauen’, in Religion and Identity in Germany Today: Doubters, Believers, Seekers in Literature and Film, ed. by Julian Preece et al. (Peter Lang, 2010).

 Email: frauke.matthes[at]

Lizzie Stewart (University of St Andrews)

choc mus me cropLizzie Stewart is a Teaching Fellow in German at the University of St Andrews. Her research explores theatre and migration in the Federal Republic of Germany between 1986 and the present day. She recently completed her AHRC-funded PhD ‘Turkish-German Scripts of Postmigration: Mimesis and Mimeticism in the Plays of Emine Sevgi Özdamar and Feridun Zaimoglu/Günter Senkel’ at the University of Edinburgh. Her thesis looks at the production history of plays by two Turkish-German playwrights and the roles these have had to play in re-scripting the German stage as Germany adjusts to its status as a country of immigration.

During her research, Lizzie met and interviewed Neco Çelik about his role as a director. Extracts from this interview have been published in: Lizzie Stewart, ‘Black Virgins, Close Encounters: Re-Examining the “Semi-Documentary” in Postmigrant Theatre’, Jahrbuch Türkisch-deutsche Studien (Yearbook of Turkish-German Studies), 5 (2014), 81-102.

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This project was made possible by a University of Edinburgh CHSS Knowledge Exchange and Impact Small Grant and is further supported by the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.