Professor Stuart Taberner and Professor Paul Cooke have been awarded three grants by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
The grants will enable both to use their Arts and Humanities Research to work with local partners in South Africa to address the legacies of apartheid, including present-day xenophobia and discrimination.
They will be drawing on their research into confrontations with difficult pasts in Germany and elsewhere and will be working with, amongst other local partners, the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation. They have worked with the SAHGF on a number of previous projects, including the traveling exhibition 'Germany's Confrontation with the Holocaust in a Global Context'.
There will also be opportunities for German at Leeds undergraduates, postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows to be involved, including as paid interns.
Professor Taberner's research interests include the relationships between politics and writing, the role of the German intellectual in the period after 1945, German literature after 1989, literature and ageing, Transnationalism, and Holocaust Studies. He is Professor of Contemporary German Literature, Culture and Society.
Professor Cooke is the Centenary Chair in World Cinemas. His research interests include contemporary German cinema in its political, aesthetic and industrial context, the role of Hollywood in World Cinema, and European Heritage Cinema.