Dr Jane Wilkinson

Dr Jane Wilkinson

Lecturer in German

+44 (0)113 343 3511

Summary: Contemporary German-speaking theatre and drama, with particular focus on representations of migration, 'postmigration', and transnational experience; border cultures and border theory

Location: Michael Sadler



I completed an MA Honours degree in German and French at the University of Glasgow in 1999 and stayed on in the German Department to do my PhD, completed in 2003.  Before joining the Department of German, Russian and Slavonic Studies here in Leeds in January 2008, I worked for a year as Gastlektorin at the University of Linz in Austria, for 2 years as Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University, and for 2 years as Lecturer at Aberystwyth University.

Research Interests

  • Contemporary German-speaking theatre and drama;
  • Migration, postmigration and transnational experience in Germanic culture, particularly theatre and drama;
  • Border cultures and border theory;
  • Languages and Intercultural Communication.

Current Research Projects

I am currently at the start of a new research project exploring representations of migration and transnational experience in contemporary German-speaking drama and theatre.  This project builds on previous work on cross-border cultural events and performances at the German-Polish Border and at Lake Constance.



  • Wilkinson, Jane (2007) Performing the Local and the Global: The Theatre Festivals of Lake Constance. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Edited Volumes

  • O’Regan, John, Wilkinson, Jane and Robinson, Mike, eds (2011) Travelling Languages: Culture, Communication and Translation in a Global World. Special Issue of Language and Intercultural Communication 11:4.

Journal Articles

  • Wilkinson, Jane (2010) 'Staging Liminality in the German-Polish-Czech Borderland: The Trinational Theatre Production Dreiland'. German Life and Letters 63:1, pp. 88-104.
  • Wilkinson, Jane (2009) 'Building Literary Bridges across the Oder'. Seminar 45:3, pp. 316-335.
  • Wilkinson, Jane (2006) 'Writing Home: Martin Walser's Ein fliehendes Pferd as Anti-Tourist Literature'. Tourism and Cultural Change 4:3, pp. 177-193.
  • Wilkinson, Jane (2006) 'The Others within the Fortress Walls: The Place of the European Foreigner in Contemporary German Drama.' Third Text 20:6, pp. 755-764.
  • Wilkinson, Jane (2005) 'Staging Swissness: Inter- and Intracultural Theatre Translation'.  Language and Intercultural Communication 5:, pp. 72-85.

Book Chapters

  • Wilkinson, Jane (2012) The Intercultural Speaker and the Acquisition of Global/Intercultural Competence. In J. Jackson (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication. London: Routledge.
  • Wilkinson, Jane (2010) 'Discrepant Narratives: The Impact of Transborder Theatre Festivals on Communities at the German-Polish Border'. In R. Braun and L. Marvin (eds) Cultural Impact in the German Context: Studies in Transmission, Reception and Influence. Rochester NY: Camden House, pp. 188-209.
  • Wilkinson, Jane (2009) 'Die haerteste Sprachgrenze Europas? Negotiating the LInguistic Divide in Theatres on the German-Polish Border'. In J. Carl and P. Stevenson (eds) Language, Discourse and Identity in Central Europe: The German Language in a Multilingual Space. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 73-95
  • Wilkinson, Jane (2002) 'Passports and the German In A. Phipps (ed) Contemporary German Cultural Studies.  London: Arnold, pp 17-39.

Postgraduate Supervision

I welcome expressions of interest from individuals wishing to pursue a Masters by Research or a PhD in any of the following areas:

  • Contemporary German-language drama or theatre;
  • Migration and postmigration in German-language culture; 
  • Border regions and border cultures;
  • Cultural representations and constructions of place and identity in the German-speaking world.

Current Supervision

Richard Boffey (with Stuart Taberner): ‘Fixpunkte des antitotalitären Konsenses’? The Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen memorials, Germany’s ‘double past’, and cultural memory in the Berlin Republic.