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Professor Ulrike Zitzlsperger

Associate Professor


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Research interests

Dr Ulrike Zitzlsperger welcomes enquiries about postgraduate supervision (for MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees) in the fields of Culture and Literature of Twentieth-Century Berlin, and 16th-century culture in Germany.

Culture and Literature of Twentieth-Century Berlin

Dr Zitzlsperger's main research interest concentrates on the culture and literature of twentieth-century Berlin with a particular focus on the 1920s and 1990s. Aspects explored include the role of city myths, literary and autobiographical perceptions of the city, film and photography reflecting public spaces in periods of transition, topographical shifts within the cityscape and the interface between architecture, town-planning and literature. An interdisciplinary conference co-organized in Exeter in 2004 - ‘Aufbrüche zur Metropole: Berliner Kultur in den zwanziger Jahren und heute' (Berlin Culture in the 1920s and Today) - built upon these interests and resulted in a co-edited volume with a wide range of international contributors from various fields of research.

Dr Zitzlsperger's publications also consider a variety of individual authors such as Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Tucholsky, Georg Hermann, Heinrich Mann, Joseph Roth, Mynona, Hans Sachs, Georg Hermann, Peter Schneider, and Alexander Osang.

A new research project considers semi-public spaces - predominantly hotels, railway stations and cafés - that reflect and in some cases present a microcosm of fundamental political, social and cultural shifts. This project analyses how historical and political change impacts upon such ‘semi-public' spaces in 20th century Germany and Austria and how they and their literary, photographic, cinematic and journalistic representations in turn shape our (sometimes stereotyped) understanding of particular epochs, such as, for example, the ‘Roaring Twenties'.

In the same context Dr Zitzlsperger, together with Godela Weiss-Sussex (IGRS, London), is exploring the cultural role of Berlin's department stores up 1938 and today.

Dr Zitzlsperger contributes to The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies with reviews on publications covering the 16th century in Germany.

Forthcoming conferences (for further details please contact

* Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Sexuality and Gender in Europe (CISSGE): Annual Conference - ‘Gender, Agency and Violence: European Perspectives from Medieval Times to the Present Day' (London: 18th and 19th March 2010)

* Places of Mystery, Imagination and History: European Hotels and Railway Stations in the 20th Century (London 2011)

Research supervision

Postgraduate Supervision since 2001

  • Sole supervisor of five MA theses, co-supervisor of one MA thesis. Supervision of one MRes student
  • From 2009: two PhD students (one AHRC funded; one ML teaching bursary), one MPhil and one MRes student

Other information

Conferences Organised (since 2001)

  • December 2001 Co-organisation with John Warren (Oxford) of conference on ‘Vienna-Berlin-London. Culture in the Metropolis between the Wars', Germanic Institute London.
    This international conference formed part of ‘Vienna-Berlin-London: Trails of Creativity 1918-1938', a cultural season under the umbrella of the Austrian Cultural Forum, London. Further contributions included an exhibition of 1920s and 1930s paintings in the Atelier Gallery (Exeter University) and a one-day conference in co-operation with the WEA Exeter.
  • July 2004 Co-organisation with Godela Weiss-Sussex of conference on ‘Aufbrüche zur Metropole: Berliner Kultur in den zwanziger Jahren und heute.' (Berlin Culture in the 1920s and Today) at Exeter University.

Conference Papers (since 2001)

  • ‘Kurt Tucholsky: Die entzauberte Stadt'
    December 2001 at the Germanic Institute London, conference on ‘Vienna-Berlin-London. Culture in the Metropolis between the Wars'
  • ‘Berlin als soziales Umfeld im Werk Georg Hermanns'
    September 2001, Germanic Insitute, London, conference on ‘Georg Hermann'
  • ‘Aussenseiter in der Metropole: Die alternative Erschließung Berlins seit 1989'
    July 2002, Nottingham Trent University, conference on ‘Difference in Contemporary Germany'
  • ‘Gender, Force and Society in the Early Modern Period'
    July 2003, University of St Andrews, conference on ‘Representations of Violence'
  • ‘Georg Kaisers Der Silbersee'
    December 2003, Germanic Institute, London, conference on ‘Georg Kaiser'
  • ‘Remake Berlin'
    July 2004 at Exeter University, conference on ‘Aufbrüche zur Metropole: Berliner Kultur in den zwanziger Jahren und heute' (Berlin Culture in the 1920s and Today)
  • ‘Brecht und Berlin'
    February 2006, Germanic Institute, London, conference on ‘Bertolt Brecht. A Re-assessment'
  • ‘Fools and Court-Culture: Counter Performances'
    July 2006, Leeds University, ‘International Medieval Conference'
  • ‘The Fool and Political Culture, 1515-1995'
    July 2007, Goldsmiths University London, ‘International Folly Conference'
  • ‘A Day at the Museum: Literary Reflections on Museums'
    June 2008, Leiden/Holland, international conference on ‘The Inclusive Museum'
  • ‘"Warum soll nicht das Wort vom Leben Zeugnis geben?" Georg Hermann's Biedermeier-World in Jettchen Gebert (1906) and Henriette Jacoby (1908)'
    September 2008, Exeter, Symposium on ‘Patterns of Knowledge in the 19th Century'
  • ‘Die (Ohn)Macht der Frauen'. Heinrich Manns Der Untertan', London, international conference on Expressionism and Gender
  • ‘Cafehäuser, Bahnhöfe und Hotels. Zur Bedeutung der halböffentlichen Räume im Werk Joseph Roths', Ljubljana, international conference on Joseph Roth
  • ‘Die zwanziger Jahre; Geschichte und Marketing', London (Cumberland Lodge/DAAD)