Peter Davies


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Recent and current PhD topics supervised:<br/>German and Austrian Romani writing and the Holocaust<br/>GDR literary responses to the 17 June 1953 uprising<br/>Memory and Heimat in the work of Jenny Erpenbeck and Monica Maron<br/>Walter Benjamin and Roland Barthes<br/>Avant-garde manifesto<br/>Heiner Müller's democratic theatre<br/>Trauma and memory in German and French Holocaust literature<br/>Decadence at the German and Scandinavian fin-de-siecle

Personal profile


  • Chair of Modern German Studies
  • Vice-President, British and Irish Association for German Studies
  • Executive Committee Member, British and Irish Association for Holocaust Studies
  • Currently Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow with the project "How are victims’ voices heard? Interpreting and translation at a Holocaust trial"

BA Hons German and Russian (Manchester), Ph.D (Manchester)

Research Interests

Professor Davies' research specialisms include:

  • Holocaust writing and translation
  • Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • German-language literature and culture, 1880-1945

He is happy to discuss supervision of topics in German, Holocaust writing, Translation Studies, German literature and comparative literature with German, in the period 1880 to the present.

Research activity

2022-24: Leverhulme Trust research fellow with the project "How are victims’ voices heard? Interpreting and translation at a Holocaust trial"

In 2004-5 Professor Davies was a Research Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung, conducting research into matriarchal myths in German-language culture.

From 2000-2003 he co-directed the AHRB Major Research Project “The Modern Restoration: Re-thinking German Literature, 1930-1960” with Professor Stephen Parker and Dr Matthew Philpotts, Manchester

From 1998-2000 he was Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, conducting research into Stalinism and Literature in the GDR.


Taught postgraduate courses

  • MSc in Comparative Literature (Holocaust writing)
  • MSc Translation Studies 

Undergraduate courses

  • The Third Reich in Literature and Testimony (final year honours option)
  • Antisemitism in literature
  • German 1b literature (Franz Kafka)
  • Diaspora, Migration, Exile (second year half course)
  • Honours Translation
  • German Language Paper 1


  • PT Germanic literature


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