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Dr Jeanne Riou


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


I have been lecturing in German since 1998. Prior to that, I had 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. The focus of my work has remained interdisciplinary ever since, and this is reflected in both my research and my teaching. I am particularly interested in the relationship between Philosophy (especially German Philosophy, but not only), and aesthetic discourse, and the role of Imagination. In teaching at university, it continues to be a pleasure to share with students an ongoing interest in German thought, in literature, history and (multi-)cultural life. I welcome interest from potential postgraduate students and also from postdoctoral researchers. As a postgraduate, I enjoyed long research periods in Germany, including stays at Berlin's Humboldt-University (Institute for Cultural Studies, (Kulturwissenschaften); prior to that, at the Universities of Hamburg and of Würzburg. Much later, thanks to an Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship which I was awarded for 2009 and some of 2010, I returned to Germany for two years to the Institute for Cultural Studies at the Humboldt-University, Berlin. My research interests are in a number of areas both in German literature (esp. Goethezeit and the late-Enlightenment, where literature and anthropology clearly intersect, then in Modernism), but also Comparative Literature, philosophy, intellectual history, anthropology, psychoanalysis and Cultural Theory. I enjoy postgraduate supervision both in areas of German Studies in which I have expertise, as well as from students whose research interests may be transdisciplinary.


  • 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