Biography

Jean Conacher is Associate Professor in German within the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics and an active member of the Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Limerick.

Her research interests include GDR Studies, literature and film in post-unification Germany, and language-in-education policy, pedagogy and practice. She welcomes enquiries from potential postgraduate students in any of these areas. Recent supervisions include Clive Earls's doctoral study of English-medium degree programmes in Germany (PhD awarded 2013) which was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2016. She is currently co-supervising 8 doctoral students, including 5 students on the International Structured PhD (ISPhD) programme.

Her
publications include
Perceptions and Perspectives: Exploring Connections between Ireland and the GDR (ed. with Gisela Holfter and Deirdre Byrnes, 2019), German Reunification and the Legacy of GDR Literature and Culture (ed. with Deirdre Byrnes and Gisela Holfter, 2018), and Intercultural Contact, Language Learning and Migration (ed. with Barbara Geraghty, Bloomsbury, 2014). A monograph entitled Transformation and Education in the Literature of the GDR was published by Camden House in January 2020.


Research Interests

GDR Studies; literature and film in post-unification Germany; language-in-education policy, pedagogy and practice; new language-learning environments

If you are interested in collaborative projects and/or postgraduate supervision in any of the above areas, please contact me at jean.conacher@ul.ie.

Professional Activities

Education

  • 2018 Institute of Linguists - Diploma in Translation
  • 1991 University of Aberdeen - Ph.D.
  • 1986 University of Aberdeen - Master of Arts

Association

  • 2009 Member, Committee for Modern Language, Literary and Cultural Studies, Royal Irish Academy
  • 2008 Co-Chair, Association of Third-Level Teachers of German in Ireland (ATLTGI)
  • 2007 Committee Member (co-opted), Association of Third-Level Teachers of German in Ireland (ATLTGI)
  • 1997 ordinary member, German Studies Association of Ireland (formerly ATLTGI)
  • 1990 Member, Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland

Employment

  • 2000 Scottish CILT, University of Stirling - Research & Development Fellow
  • 1996 University of Limerick - Senior Lecturer in German
  • 1991 University of Limerick - Lecturer in German
  • 1990 University of Limerick - Assistant Lecturer in German
  • 1988 University of Aberdeen - Demonstrator, Department of German
  • 1986 Wilhelm-Pieck-Universität, Rostock, GDR - Gastlektorin für Englisch

Award

  • 1986 - Douglas Yates Prize for German Translation
  • 1983 - DAAD Scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service)

Language

  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese

Peer Reviewed Journals

2023

Contested memory and narrative within GDR-Polish intercultural landscapes: Ursula Höntsch's Wir Flüchtlingskinder (1985) and Wir sind keine Kinder mehr (1989)

Conacher, JE (2023) Contested memory and narrative within GDR-Polish intercultural landscapes: Ursula Höntsch's Wir Flüchtlingskinder (1985) and Wir sind keine Kinder mehr (1989). Transit

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2021

The Study Abroad Experience: Plurilingualism in Blended Spaces?

Conacher, JE (2021) The Study Abroad Experience: Plurilingualism in Blended Spaces?. Konstanz/Constance Germanistik in Ireland:Yearbook of the German Studies Association of Ireland :131-144

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2016

Transformation and Education in GDR Youth Literature: A Script Theory Approach

Conacher, JE (2016) Transformation and Education in GDR Youth Literature: A Script Theory Approach. Edinburgh International Research in Children's Literature :65-82

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2008

Home Thoughts on Abroad`: Zur Identität und Integration irischer ERASMUS-StudentInnen in Deutschland

Conacher, JE (2008) Home Thoughts on Abroad`: Zur Identität und Integration irischer ERASMUS-StudentInnen in Deutschland. German As A Foreign Language :1-20

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1998

An evaluation of the use of new technology for purposes of language learning: the Internet for students of languages

Conacher, JE; Royall, F (1998) An evaluation of the use of new technology for purposes of language learning: the Internet for students of languages. Language Learning Journal :37-41

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Books

2020

Transformation and Education in the Literature of the GDR

Conacher, JE (2020) Transformation and Education in the Literature of the GDR. Rochester, NY : Camden House

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Book Chapters

2021

Conceptualising Plurilingual Identities in Study Abroad Settings

Beaven, A.; Conacher, JE (2021) Conceptualising Plurilingual Identities in Study Abroad Settings. New York/London : Routledge Language, Mobility and Study Abroad in the Contemporary European Context :34-44

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2020

Adapting Hein's 'Willenbrock': Andreas Dresen and the legacy of the GDR ‘ensemble' tradition

Conacher, JE (2020) Adapting Hein's 'Willenbrock': Andreas Dresen and the legacy of the GDR ‘ensemble' tradition . Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan Adaptation as a Collaborative Art – Process and Practice :193-213

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2018

Capturing the Zeitgeist: On Human Experience and Personal Historiography in Helga Königsdorf's 1989 oder Ein Moment Schönheit

Conacher, JE (2018) Capturing the Zeitgeist: On Human Experience and Personal Historiography in Helga Königsdorf's 1989 oder Ein Moment Schönheit. Leiden/Boston : Brill German Reunification and the Legacy of GDR Literature and Culture :69-88

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2018

The Enduring Legacy of GDR Literature and Culture: An Introduction

Conacher, JE;Byrnes, D.;Holfter, G. (2018) The Enduring Legacy of GDR Literature and Culture: An Introduction. Leiden/Boston : Brill German Reunification and the Legacy of GDR Literature and Culture :1-14

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2017

Women at work: Reflections on Social Identity and the Private Self in 'Die Polizistin' (2000), 'Willenbrock' (2005) and 'Steigerlied' (2013)

Conacher, JE (2017) Women at work: Reflections on Social Identity and the Private Self in 'Die Polizistin' (2000), 'Willenbrock' (2005) and 'Steigerlied' (2013). Oxford : Peter Lang Andreas Dresen :147-168

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2016

Language as gate-keeper of quality? Exploring Austria's English-only policy for national research funding

Conacher, JE (2016) Language as gate-keeper of quality? Exploring Austria's English-only policy for national research funding. Bern : Peter Lang Multilingualism and English in Twenty-First-Century Europe :161-192

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2014

Conclusion

Geraghty, B;Conacher, JE (2014) Conclusion. London & New York : Bloomsbury Intercultural Contact, Language Learning and Migration.

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2014

Migration and Contact: Community and Individual Experience

Conacher, JE;Geraghty, B (2014) Migration and Contact: Community and Individual Experience. London & New York : Bloomsbury Intercultural Contact, Language Learning and Migration :167-170

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2014

Language Learning: Communicating in the Contact Zone

Geraghty, B;Conacher, JE (2014) Language Learning: Communicating in the Contact Zone. London & New York : Bloomsbury Intercultural Contact, Language Learning and Migration :83-87

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2014

Migration and Language Contact

Conacher, JE;Geraghty, B. (2014) Migration and Language Contact. London & New York : Bloomsbury Intercultural Contact, Language Learning and Migration :19-22

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2014

Introduction: Approaching Migration, Intercultural Contact and Language Learning

Geraghty, B;Conacher, JE (2014) Introduction: Approaching Migration, Intercultural Contact and Language Learning. London & New York : Bloomsbury Intercultural Contact, Language Learning and Migration :1-18

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2012

Internet and Language Learning

Conacher, JE; Royall, F. (2012) Internet and Language Learning. London and New York : Routledge Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning :361-362

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2009

Contact, community and continuity: The case of German speakers in mid-west Ireland

Kelly-Holmes, H;Conacher, JE (2009) Contact, community and continuity: The case of German speakers in mid-west Ireland. Frankfurt : Peter Lang Sprachbegegnung und Sprachkontakt in europäischer Dimension :311-323

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2007

'Die Sehnsucht nach Zugehörigkeit': An exploration of Heimat in the essays and short stories of Helga Königsdorf

Conacher, JE (2007) 'Die Sehnsucht nach Zugehörigkeit': An exploration of Heimat in the essays and short stories of Helga Königsdorf. Amsterdam : rodopi Local/Global Narratives :99-119

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2007

Thinking beyond the technology: Towards a broader understanding of new language-learning environments

Conacher, JE; Kelly-Holmes, H (2007) Thinking beyond the technology: Towards a broader understanding of new language-learning environments. Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang New Learning Environments for Language Learning. Moving beyond the classroom? :19-31

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2005

New learning environments: holistic approach or challenge?

Conacher, JE (2005) New learning environments: holistic approach or challenge?. Holistic Approaches to Language Learning :103-116

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2004

Laying good foundations: the language resource centre as meeting-place of policy, pedagogical theory and practice

Conacher, JE; Murphy, S (2004) Laying good foundations: the language resource centre as meeting-place of policy, pedagogical theory and practice. ICT and Language Learning: Integrating Pedagogy and Practice :49-78

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2004

New language learning and teaching environments: How does ICT fit in?

Conacher, JE; Taalas, P; Vogel, T (2004) New language learning and teaching environments: How does ICT fit in?. Birmingham : University of Birmingham Press ICT and Language Learning: Integrating Pedagogy and Practice :9-31

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2003

Meeting half way: An exploration of intercultural exchanges

Penman, C; Conacher, JE (2003) Meeting half way: An exploration of intercultural exchanges. Interkulturelles und transkulturelles Lernen im Fremdsprachenunterricht :125-138

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2000

Helga Königsdorf

Conacher, JE (2000) Helga Königsdorf. Encyclopedia of German Literature :612-614

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1996

The learner's diary: (Self)reflections on the language learning process

Conacher, JE (1996) The learner's diary: (Self)reflections on the language learning process. Ab initio Language Learning. A Guide to Good Practice in Universities and Colleges :120-129

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1996

Native Speaker to Native Speaker: Crossing the Translation Gap

Conacher, JE (1996) Native Speaker to Native Speaker: Crossing the Translation Gap. Teaching Translation in Universities. Present and Future Perspectives :161-182

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1996

LSP research as a basis for classroom applications

Conacher, J.E.;Royall, F. (1996) LSP research as a basis for classroom applications. Limerick : University of Limerick Issues in Languages for Specific Purposes: Theoretical Approaches and Practical Applications. :1-11

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1994

Preparing engineering and science students for study abroad: The need for a specific approach

Conacher, JE (1994) Preparing engineering and science students for study abroad: The need for a specific approach. Language Needs in Business. :62-71

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1994

Pressing for change: the case of Helga Königsdorf

Conacher, JE (1994) Pressing for change: the case of Helga Königsdorf. Women and the Wende: Social Effects and Cultural Reflections of the German Unification Process. :164-176

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Edited Books

2019

Perceptions and Perspectives: Exploring Connections between Ireland and the GDR

(2019) Perceptions and Perspectives: Exploring Connections between Ireland and the GDR. Trier, Germany : Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier :1-226

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2018

German Reunification and the Legacy of GDR Literature and Culture

(2018) German Reunification and the Legacy of GDR Literature and Culture. Leiden/Brill : Brill :1-234

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2014

Intercultural Contact, Language Learning and Migration

(2014) Intercultural Contact, Language Learning and Migration. London & New York : Bloomsbury :1-234

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2007

New Learning Environments for Language Learning: Moving Beyond the Classroom?

(2007) New Learning Environments for Language Learning: Moving Beyond the Classroom?. Frankfurt : Peter Lang

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2004

ICT & Language Learning: Integrating Pedagogy and Practice

(2004) ICT & Language Learning: Integrating Pedagogy and Practice. Birmingham : University of Birmingham Press

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1996

Issues in Languages for Specific Purposes: Theoretical Approaches and Practical Applications

(1996) Issues in Languages for Specific Purposes: Theoretical Approaches and Practical Applications. Limerick : University of Limerick :1-217

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1991

The Vital Link: Modern Languages in Science and Technology Degrees

(1991) The Vital Link: Modern Languages in Science and Technology Degrees. Limerick, Ireland : University of Limerick :1-178

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Other Journals

2011

Zur Optimierung des ERASMUS-Studienaufenthalts im englischsprachigen Raum

Conacher,JE (2011) Zur Optimierung des ERASMUS-Studienaufenthalts im englischsprachigen Raum. Bielefeld : Universitätsverlag Webler Zeitschrift für Beratung und Studium :69-74

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1995

Has anyone seen the translator? Literary translation in theory and practice

Conacher, JE; Ellickson, T (1995) Has anyone seen the translator? Literary translation in theory and practice. Translation Ireland

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Conference Publications

2018

Aligning Language Assessment in Higher Education with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: A Quality Assurance Approach

Batardière, Marie-Thérèse; Conacher, Jean E.; Kelly, Michael G. (2018) Aligning Language Assessment in Higher Education with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: A Quality Assurance Approach.

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Conference Contributions

2021

Centre for Applied Language Studies Annual Research Day 2021

Conacher, JE (2021) Centre for Applied Language Studies Annual Research Day 2021.

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2019

Women in German Studies 31st Annual Conference

Conacher, JE (2019) Women in German Studies 31st Annual Conference.

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2019

German Studies Association 2019

Conacher, JE (2019) German Studies Association 2019.

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2018

New Perspectives on Language and Teaching Cross-Sector Annual Conference

Conacher, JE (2018) New Perspectives on Language and Teaching Cross-Sector Annual Conference.

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2018

Aligning Language Assessments in Higher Education with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): a Quality Assurance Approach

Conacher, J.E., Batardière, M-T., and Kelly, M.G. (2018) Aligning Language Assessments in Higher Education with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): a Quality Assurance Approach.

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2018

Women's Writing and Science

Conacher, JE (2018) Women's Writing and Science.

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2016

Centre for Applied Language Studies Annual Research Day

Conacher, JE (2016) Centre for Applied Language Studies Annual Research Day.

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2015

Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics Research Seminar Series

Conacher, JE (2015) Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics Research Seminar Series.

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2015

Annual Conference of the German Studies Association of Ireland (GSAI)

Conacher, JE (2015) Annual Conference of the German Studies Association of Ireland (GSAI).

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2014

Process and Practice: Adaptation Considered as a Collaborative Art (UCC)

Conacher, J.E. (2014) Process and Practice: Adaptation Considered as a Collaborative Art (UCC).

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2014

25 Jahre Mauerfall – Reflections on GDR literature, its legacy and connections between the GDR and Ireland (UL)

Conacher, J.E. (2014) 25 Jahre Mauerfall – Reflections on GDR literature, its legacy and connections between the GDR and Ireland (UL).

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2011

University College Lecture Series (University of Melbourne)

Conacher, J.E. (2011) University College Lecture Series (University of Melbourne).

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2009

Technology Enhanced Language Teaching and Learning (SOAS, Univ. of London)

Conacher, J.E. (2009) Technology Enhanced Language Teaching and Learning (SOAS, Univ. of London).

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2004

Autonomy and Language Learning: Maintaining Control (HKUST)

Conacher, J.E (2004) Autonomy and Language Learning: Maintaining Control (HKUST).

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2004

Literature to Film – Film to Literature (NUIG)

Conacher, J.E., (2004) Literature to Film – Film to Literature (NUIG).

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Published Reports

2003

Assessment of Achievement Programme First Survey of Modern Languages (French and German) 2001

McPake, J., Conacher, J.E., Johnstone, R., Thorpe, G. and S. Kirk, (2003) Assessment of Achievement Programme First Survey of Modern Languages (French and German) 2001 . Edinburgh : Scottish Executive Education Department :1-43

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2002

The Stirling-Besançon Telephone Partnership, 2000-2002: A SCOTLANG Project.

Duncan, A., Conacher, J.E., Low, L. and C. Penman (2002) The Stirling-Besançon Telephone Partnership, 2000-2002: A SCOTLANG Project. . Stirling : Scottish CILT

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2002

Evaluation of the Clackmannanshire MLPS Visiting Specialist Programme

Low, L. Johnstone, R., and J.E. Conacher, (2002) Evaluation of the Clackmannanshire MLPS Visiting Specialist Programme. Stirling : Scottish CILT :1-33

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