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Dr Stephan Ehrig


Stephan Ehrig

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I
School of Art History and Cultural Policy
University College Dublin, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, Humanities Institute Ireland Belfield Dublin 4


IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on a project entitled 'Socialist Space and Modernism in East German Literature and Visual Culture'. My project argues that ‘socialist space’ is a major category of GDR fictional culture at the intersection of architecture, literature and visual culture. It demonstrates how post-war modernist architecture and urban planning used international modernism to create a communist society, and reveals how this provoked a critical counter-reflection in literature and film. Ultimately, it argues that the concept of ‘socialist space’ uncovers the dichotomy between an idealised space for utopian political and personal opportunities, and criticism of the underwhelming architectural and societal status quo. In doing so, it will make a major interdisciplinary contribution to German and Film Studies, and eventually can be developed into an international Modern Languages Research Cluster gathering cultural responses to modernist architecture from the five continents. Before crossing the Irish Sea, I was a teaching fellow in German at Durham University and postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Modern Language Research (IMLR) at the University of London. My PhD project at the University of Bristol dealt with the reception of German early 19th Century author Heinrich von Kleist in literature and theatre of the German Democratic Republic (GDR).


  • IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    UCD, School of Art History and Cultural Policy / Humanities Institute of Ireland, Ireland1 Oct 2018


  • Teaching Fellow in German
    Durham University, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham, United Kingdom1 Oct 2017 - 30 Jun 2018
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of London, Institute for Modern Language Research (IMLR), London, United Kingdom1 Mar 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
  • Assistant Teacher
    University of Bristol, German, Bristol, United Kingdom2 Feb 2015 - 31 May 2017


  • BA
    University of Leipzig
  • MEd
    University of Leipzig
  • PhD
    University of Bristol


  • German
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • English
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • French
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Spanish; Castilian
    Can read and understand
  • Italian
    Can read and understand
  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
    Can read
  • Latin
    Can read
  • Hebrew
    Can read