Dr Corinne Painter

Dr Corinne Painter

Research and Project Officer, Lecturer in German History

Twitter: @CorinnePainter

Summary: Gender relations and the German Revolution 1918; German Jewish History; First World War

Teaching Commitments: GERM1050 From Unification to Reunification: Introduction to German History 1870-1990; GERM1060 Introduction to Modern Germany; Final Year Project Supervisor


After completing my BA (Hons) in German and Japanese at the University of Leeds, I lived and worked in Germany for nearly three years. I then returned to Leeds to complete a Masters by Research exploring the experiences of German Jewish women in the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich. My PhD thesis explored the life and works of Clementine Kraemer (1873-1942), a German Jewish writer and campaigner in the women’s movement.

I have also worked with cultural and heritage organisations in Leeds, serving as the link between research and wider public engagement.

Current Research

I am currently working on an AHRC funded project “Kiel Uprising: Women's activism and the German Revolution November 1918”. Until very recently, the German Revolution of 1918 has been viewed as an exclusively male affair and, Rosa Luxemburg aside, the historical figures that have been identified as revolutionary leaders were, on the whole, male. But there are also accounts by women in which they present themselves as active participants in the revolutionary events with clear goals for the new social order that it would introduce. In order to introduce these concepts to a wider audience and raise questions about the kind of historical narrative which is currently dominant, my research will be used in the creation of a new play and an exhibition.

I am also writing “Das Leben hat einen Sinn allüberall: A Female German Jewish Perspective on the Early Twentieth Century” a monograph developed from my PhD thesis to be published by Peter Lang.


Invited Papers

May 2017: Life under the Nazis: The German Jewish Community 1933 – 38

German History in the North; University of Leeds

September 2016: German Jewish Women in the Public Sphere: an Exploration of Identity through Fiction 1913 and 1933

New Directions in German History; University of Central Lancashire

Conferences organised

Resistance to War Conference

March 2016

An international conference attended by 300 people

• Made conference packs; facilitated registration; organised travel and accommodation for speakers from 11 different countries

• This conference included a community day at Leeds City Museum which included stalls by peace activists and panels discussing the findings of local history and community groups

• Chaired a panel on “Jewish Resistance”

[Dis]Connected: The Spectre of German History

June 2014

A postgraduate conference for twenty researchers funded by the German History Society

• Wrote the call for papers

• Wrote the successful funding application