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Dr. Gisela Holfter

Research Interests

Main current focus - Irish-German studies, Exiles studies, specifically German-speaking exiles in Ireland 1933-1945, German literature in the 19th, 20th and 21st century; Contemporary literature and culture in German-speaking countries; Applied Language Teaching, specifically Business German; Enhancing the study abroad experience for students.

Professional Activities

Association

  • 2012 Member, Exil PEN - P.E.N. Zentrum deutschsprachiger Autoren im Ausland
  • 2009 Advisory Board Member, Research Centre for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific; University of Auckland
  • 2006 Member, Internationale Vereinigung für Germanistik
  • 2003 Member, Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland
  • 2001 Chair and Founder, Business German in Ireland Working Group
  • 1999 Member, Association for German Studies in Ireland
  • 1995 Member, Modern Language Association
  • Associate Member, ' Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, Institute for Modern Languages Research, University of London

Award

  • 2012 - An Duais 2012
  • 2011 - Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Fellowship in Exile Studies 2011
  • 2011 - DAAD Senior Academic Research Grant
  • 2010 - Kuratoriumsaward 2010
  • 2006 - Writer in Residence Böll Cottage Achill Island
  • 2006 - IRCHSS Research Fellowship
  • 2006 - RIA-Austrian Academy of Science
  • 2005 - RIA Austrian Academy of Science Exchange Grant
  • 2004 - Research Grant for Senior Academics
  • 2003 - IRCHSS Projects Funding
  • 1993 - Heinrich Boll Foundation PhD scholarship
  • 1991 - Washington University and Fulbright Grant
  • 1988 - Pedagogic exchange service award

Committee

  • 2006 ERIH Expert Committee,
  • 2006 IVG Internationale Vereinigung für Germanistik,
  • 2004 University of Limerick Quality Review team,
  • 2003 Special Olympics Limerick Host Town committee,
  • 2003 Steering committee for Cultural Studies Group in LCS,
  • 2003 Conference of University Teachers in Great Britain and Ireland,
  • 2001 Centre for the Study of Human Settlement & Historical Change, NUI Galway,
  • 2000 College Research Board,
  • 1999 Association of Third-level Teachers of German in Ireland,
  • 1998 Heinrich Böll Arbeitsgruppe, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Berlin,
  • 1998 Departmental Research Committee,
  • 1997 Centre for Irish-German Studies, UL,
  • 1997 Course Board and Student Status Committee of the BA in Public Administration,
  • 1995 Modern Language Association,
  • Boell Foundation Studienwerk,
  • Business German in Ireland Working Group,

Employment

  • 2003 University of Limerick - Senior Lecturer in German
  • 2001 University of Limerick - Head of German Section
  • 1999 University of Limerick - Lecturer in German
  • 1996 University of Limerick - Assistant Lecturer
  • 1995 University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand - Lecturer
  • 1994 Universitat Koln, Germany - Lecturer
  • 1993 Universitat Koln, Germany - Lecturer
  • 1991 Washington University, St. Louis, USA - Teacher
  • 1988 Belfast Royal Academy - Assistant teacher
  • 1988 Girls' Model High School - Assistant teacher
  • 1988 Dominican College - Assistant teacher
  • 1988 St. Dominic's High School - Assistant teacher

Education

  • 1995 University of Cologne - Ph.D.
  • 1992 Washington University, St. Louis, MO - M.A.

Publications

Book Chapter

2009

Irish-German Biographies and Irish-German Studies
Fischer J; Holfter, G
Creative Encounters: Selected Irish-German Biographies.

2004

Austria - Hibernia - Helvetia: Zu osterreichisch- und schweizerisch-irischen Beziehungen und Fragen der Identitat
Holfter, G; Krajenbrink, M
Identitaten und Beziehungen - Irland, Osterreich und die Schweiz, series Wechselwirkungen vol. 6