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Dr Nick Hodgin

Formerly at Lancaster University

Research overview

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.



PhD supervision

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.

Career Details

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.

Research Interests

My current research projects focus on:

  • Visual culture and subversion in the GDR
  • East German media (particularly cinema  - DEFA)
  • Representing the worker in documentary film
  • International film and history in context
  • Documentary film culture in the Cold War
  • Losers and misfits in British Cinema
  • Representations of the Deep South in film
  • Joris Ivens and transnational filmmaking

My wider research interests include  film aesthetics, film reception and marketing, film history, film theory, international cinema, transnational filmakers, and underground film.

External Roles

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

Current Teaching

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

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    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference -Mixed Audience

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