Nick’s research interests are broad and fall in several areas including contemporary German studies and film studies (with a particular interest in East German and post-unification cinema), in documentary film culture (especially of the Cold War), international film (with a current focus on the representation of trauma on film in a national and international context, a topic he is investigating with Amit Thakkar), American film (especially the ways in which film has narrated the Deep South), and in British Cinema (he is currently developing a project with Brian Baker and Bruce Bennett looking at the enduring appeal of the misfit in British popular culture.
German cultural studies; German Film (especially contemporary film and DEFA); East German Culture (music; literature; cinema); German visual culture; Issues of contemporary and 20th Century German identity; Documentary film culture.
After an MA in Film Studies during which time I lived in Germany where I conducted research into early GDR film (DEFA), I moved to Sheffield to conduct doctoral research in contemporary German film. I have taught German and film studies at the universities of Sheffield, Liverpool and Manchester.
My current research projects focus on:
My wider research interests include film aesthetics, film reception and marketing, film history, film theory, international cinema, transnational filmakers, and underground film.
In addition to translation work, I am a reader for Camden House, and for several journals including History & Memory and New Readings, and write reviews for journals cinluding Scope, Modern Language Review, H-net and German Studies Review. I have also given talks on film at the Irish Film Institute, the Manchester Film Co-op, and several times for Screen Education, and occasionally contribute to the online film magazine, Kamera.co.uk
I teach German Studies and Film Studies on the following modules:
GERM 100/101:German Part I
GERM 201: German Language: written and reading skills
GERM 233: Becoming German: identity-formation in modern German society and culture
DELC 212: Cinema and Society in Europe and Latin America:
GERM 354: Culture and Politics in the GDR
Research output: Contribution to journal › Journal article
Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings › Chapter
Activity: External academic engagement › Invited talk
Activity: Conference participation › Participation in conference
Activity: Conference participation › Participation in workshop, seminar, course