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Short-Term Visiting Researchers

Dr. Kay Schiller
Durham University

Kay Schiller is a Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at Durham University where he has taught since 2000. He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago and has also worked at Einstein Forum Potsdam and University College London. He has written on German intellectual history after 1918 and, more recently, on the history of sports (see His latest book (with Christopher Young) The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany has just been published by the University of California Press. Thanks to a grant by the German Academic Exchange Service he is at the Centre in 2010/11 to conduct research on the history of German football after 1945. He is especially interested in the 1974 FIFA World Cup famously hosted and won by West Germany.

Dr. Christine R. Barker
Freelance Researcher, Tayport, Scotland

Thanks to a grant from the British Academy, Dr. Barker, former head of Dundee University's Charity Law Research Unit, spent a total of three months as a guest of the Centre working on her research into church-state relations in East Germany. One of the products of this research was a German article, "Kirche-Staat-Beziehungen im deutschen Gemeinnützigkeitsrecht", published in October 2002 in H. Kreysig (ed), Kirchenkarrieren - Militärseelsorge - Staatsämter - Einheit - Atheismus - Kirchensteuer, Schriftenreihe des Instituts für vergleichende Staat-Kirche-Forschung, Heft 12, Berlin. She also worked with Sabine Selbig preparing the 'Charity Law and Change' conference held in February 2002 and on her contribution to the volume of conference proceedings entitled "The Reform of Charity Law in Scotland: Regulation and Supervision". During her time at the Centre she also completed an article on "Public charitable collections - the case for reform", which was published in December 2001 in the Juridical Review, W. Green, Edinburgh, Part 6.

Marijke Brouwer
The British Council

Marijke Brouwer, a qualified translator, studied English and French at the University of Cologne. She joined the British Council in 1984 and has been responsible for Literature activities since 1993 and British Studies since 2000. On the M.B.S. course, Marijke Brouwer taught two lessons in the course The Literary Field in the UK during which she offered the students insights into practical aspects of the work the British Council does with authors.

Dr. Ray Cunningham
Anglo-German Foundation/Deutsch-Britische Stiftung

Dr. Cunningham, the Deputy Director of the Foundation and its representative in Germany, has now been based at the Centre since November 2000. The Foundation is a charity established and supported by the British and German governments with the aim of improving understanding and contacts between the two countries, principally through funding research and research-related events in which knowledge, experience and ideas regarding common problems of economic and social policy can be shared. Over the past year the Foundation has been able to co-operate with the Centre in organising events such as the panel discussion of the UK election results and the lecture by Prof. Kenneth Newton, both held at the Centre (see the 'Events' section). The Centre also kindly hosted a meeting of the Foundation's Board of Trustees in June. Next year, the two organisations will again be co-operating in organising a conference on charity law. Further information on the Foundation's activities can be obtained from Dr. Cunningham by phone on 030 2063 4985 or via the website

Stefano Evangelista
St Anne's College, Oxford

Stefano Evangelista's research interests include the romantic Hellenism of Walter Pater’s writings, English romanticism, aestheticism, European decadent literature and contemporary art. He came to Berlin as a Scatcherd European Scholar in order to carry out research on German classicism and has taught "British Current Affairs” for the M.B.S. programme and has since returned as a visiting researcher.Stefano Evangelista is writing a D.Phil. on the romantic Hellenism of Walter Pater's writings at the University of Oxford. His research interests include English romanticism, aestheticism, European decadent literature and contemporary art. He came to Berlin as a Scatcherd European Scholar in order to carry out research on German classicism. He was at the Centre from September to December and taught the course on British Current Affairs for the M.B.S. programme.

Caroline Gay M.A.
University of Birmingham

Caroline Gay is Website Editor of the German-British Forum. The Forum is an independent charity, currently chaired by Lord Hurd, which promotes co-operation and exchange between Germany and Britain in the areas of politics, business and culture. It works closely with a range of corporate, governmental and policy organisations. The website at contains news, comment, interviews and events listings. Caroline is also a postgraduate research student at the Institute for German Studies in Birmingham. She is completing a PhD thesis on the legacy of the National Socialist past in the political culture of the 'Berlin Republic'. Contact:

Dr. Francis Graham-Dixon

Luftbrückendank Fellow 2009

Francis Graham-Dixon completed a DPhil in 2008 at the University of Sussex on British occupation policy and the refugee and expellee crisis from 1945-1949. The inaugural Luftbrückendank Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for British Studies in 2009 provided him with a unique opportunity to broaden his research interest in Anglo-German relations and British foreign policy, and to assess their role in West German recovery in the 1950s. His two months of research in Berlin’s archives evaluated whether Britain’s aim to win the battle of hearts and minds by eliminating all causes of friction whilst defending its own interests was successful.  The results helped to give greater prominence to German responses to British policy from 1949-55, casting relations in a new light. These were presented in a lecture given at the Centre in November 2009, ‘“Zwischen Krieg und Frieden”: Britain and the occupation of Germany, 1949-52’. He is using this material as part of a new book project on militant liberalism and the British occupation that will cover its ten years of rule in Germany. His article, ‘A “Moral Mandate” for Occupation: the British Churches and Voluntary Organizations in North-Western Germany, 1945-1949’ was published in German History in 2010, and his chapter on early post-war German art and humanism is included in a book on European politics, society and culture in the 1950s to be published in 2010.

Dr. Liora Lazarus
St. Anne’s College, Oxford

BA (UCT), LLB (LSE), DPhil (Oxon), University Lecturer in Law, Associate of the Centre for Criminological Research, and Fellow of St. Anne's College
Liora Lazarus studied African Economic History at the University of Cape Town and Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1994 - 1995 she was a Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany, where she conducted research into criminal law reform and human rights in Africa and German prisoners' rights. She went to Oxford University in 1995 to write her doctorate at Balliol College. She was appointed as a Fellow of St. Anne’s College, Oxford in 2000.
Her research and teaching interests are in comparative law and method, criminal justice and human rights. She is using her time at the Centre for British Studies to finish a monograph entitled Contrasting Prisoners’ Rights: A Comparative Examination of Germany and England for publication with Oxford University Press.

Dr. Gaby Mahlberg
Universität Potsdam

Gaby Mahlberg is a lecturer at the Universität Potsdam. She completed her PhD thesis on "Henry Neville and English Republican Culture" at the University of East Anglia in 2006. On work experience at the Centre from 1 July to 15 August 2002. After studying History, German and English Literature at Bonn University, she went to Norwich for her year abroad and was graduated with a BA in History from the University of East Anglia (UEA). She then stayed on to do her MA in Early Modern History and graduated in 2001. She also works as a part-time tutor and research assistant at UEA. Her research interests are political culture, rhetoric, pamphlet literature, the public sphere, gender history, European history, and comparative issues. Among other things, she has worked as a freelance journalist and foreign language assistant.

Ali Smith
Author, Cambridge

The Scottish writer Ali Smith was born in 1962 in Inverness. She studied English Literature in Aberdeen and Cambridge. Ali Smith started her career with publishing selected short stories Free Love an Other Stories in 1995; the collection Other Stories and Other Stories followed in 1999. Her first novel was published in 1997 and with her second novel Hotel World she was nominated for the Orange Prize and for the Booker Prize. Smith writes regularly for newspapers and journals, including The Scotsman and Times Literary Supplement. She lives in Cambridge. The Centre’s students had the chance to practice creative writing in a workshop with Ali Smith.

Dr Christian Weikop
University of Edinburgh

Dr Christian Weikop has a PhD in Art History from the University of Birmingham, and has taught modern and contemporary art at the University of Sussex, the Courtauld Institute of Art, and at other institutions across the UK and Germany.  He has published extensively on the Brücke group, and more generally his research explores visual and critical constructions of German identity from the Northern Renaissance to the present day.  He is also engaged with editing and writing chapters on the German avant-garde for a forthcoming Oxford University Press volume on modernist magazines, and has recently completed a chapter on the Vienna art journal 'Ver Sacrum' for a Neue Galerie, New York catalogue. This is for the exhibition 'Vienna 1900: Style and Identity', to be held at the gallery from February 24-June 27, 2011.
Dr Weikop is in the process of editing a book entitled 'New Perspectives on Brücke Expressionism: Bridging History', which involves twelve highly renowned experts on Expressionism. This is forthcoming with Ashgate Publishing (2011).  His chapter in this volume on the 'British Reception of Brücke and German Expressionism' relates to the public lecture he will be giving at the Centre for British Studies on 10 January 2011.