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Jeanne Riou

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
01 716 8526
University College Dublin, School of Languages Cultures and Linguistics, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

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As an undergraduate, I studied German and Modern English Literature for a Joint-Honors degree at Trinity College Dublin, later obtaining my PhD in German from Trinity College Dublin. A year spent studying German, English and Philosophy at the University of Konstanz during my undergraduate study had sparked an ongoing (interdisciplinary) research interest, and the decision to major in German. As a postgraduate researcher, first at MLitt and then at doctoral level, German government (DAAD) scholarships, and two scholarships from Trinity College Dublin enabled me to spend longer research periods at Berlin's Humboldt-University as part of a doctoral/postdoctoral research colloquium of Professor Hartmut Böhme in Cultural Studies, (Kulturwissenschaften) from 1994-97. I also had research stays during my initial postgraduate studies at the Universities of Würzburg and Hamburg, taking further courses German Studies (Germanistik) and Philosophy. I was appointed Lecturer in German at UCD in 1998. In teaching at university, it continues to be a pleasure to share with students some of my own ongoing interest in German language, literature and (multi-)cultural life, as well as on my specific research areas. In 2009 and 2010, I was an Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow (under the A.v.H. Experienced Researchers Programme ), and was based at the Institute for Cultural Studies at the Humboldt-University, Berlin. I welcome interest from potential postgraduate students and also from postdoctoral or potential postdoctoral researchers.. My research interests are in a number of areas both in German literature and anthropology (esp. Goethezeit and the late-Enlightenment, where literature and anthropology clearly intersect, then in Modernism) but also in Intellectual History and Continental Philosophy. My research is also concerned with: (a) how philosophy and literature can can approach similar questions on the nature of experience, on questions of self and other, identity, alterity and 'otherness'. (b) how literary study contributes to the critical study of culture. (c) how aesthetic and philosophical discourse are part of ongoing cultural narratives, i.e. how the 'story' of culture and hence of human experience is always mediated and open-ended, rather than fixed and finalised. While my own research has been and continues to be interdisciplinary, I very much enjoy postgraduate supervision both within German Studies as well as from students whose own research interests may also be transdisciplinary. I welcome enquiries from students who are curious about postgraduate study, as well as those whose ideas are already taking shape, and naturally, am happy to supervise or indeed co-supervise in any of my own areas of research interest.


  • Lecturer in German
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2018
  • Assistant Lecturer in German
    University College Dublin, German, Ireland1 Sep 2018 - 31 Aug 1999


  • Lecturer/Assistant Professor in German
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 1999
  • Senior Tutor in German
    University College Dublin, Applied Languages Centre30 Dec 1999 - 30 Dec 1999


  • BA
    Trinity College Dublin
  • PhD
    Trinity College Dublin


  • Doctor in Philosophy
    Trinity College Dublin, German, Dublin, Ireland


  • Dutch; Flemish
    Can read
  • French
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • German
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • Irish
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Italian
    Can read, speak and understand
  • English
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review