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Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
Dr Deirdre Byrnes
Room 303, Arts Millennium Building
T: Ext. 2014
Deirdre Byrnes is a graduate of University College Cork, where she obtained a BA in German and French, a Higher Diploma in Education, and an MPhil. She was awarded her PhD from University College Dublin. Deirdre was the recipient of a DAAD undergraduate scholarship which enabled her to study at the University of Heidelberg. She conducted much of the research for her MPhil at the University of Konstanz. As a doctoral student, she was the recipient of a DAAD postgraduate research scholarship and spent a year at the University of Potsdam and the Freie Universität Berlin. She was also awarded a postgraduate research scholarship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Deirdre is programme director of Legal German at NUI Galway. She teaches the module "Memory in Contemporary German Writing" to Final Year BA students. She also contributes a module to the MA in International Contemporary Literatures and Media.
Deirdre's research interests include GDR literature, post-Wende writing, and memory discourses. She has recently begun work on a new project: "Remembering at the Margins: Marginality and Memorialisation in the New Berlin". She is a member of the NUIG-UL research network Gender ARC: http://www.genderarc.org/
She has recently begun work on a new project which explores the politics of memorialization in the new Berlin, focusing particularly on the Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen.
|Project||Start Date||End Date|
|MF2004 MF08 04 DR. DEIRDRE BYRNES||01-JUN-05||28-FEB-06|
|(2011)|| Rereading Monika Maron: Text, Counter-Text and Context.
Byrnes, D. (2011) Rereading Monika Maron: Text, Counter-Text and Context. Oxford, Bern: Peter Lang - International Academic Publishers. [DOI] [Details]
|(2013)|| 'Writing on the Threshold: Memory, Language and Identity in Kathrin Schmidt's Du stirbst nicht'
Byrnes, Deirdre (2013) 'Writing on the Threshold: Memory, Language and Identity in Kathrin Schmidt's Du stirbst nicht' In: Emerging Women Writers in German-language Literature. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi. [Details]
|(2013)|| 'The Triumph of the Transferable: Fostering Transferable Skills in the Foreign Language Classroom'
Byrnes, Deirdre (2013) 'The Triumph of the Transferable: Fostering Transferable Skills in the Foreign Language Classroom' In: Traditions and Transitions: Curricula for German Studies. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press. [Details]
|(2008)|| 'Monika Marons Beiträge zur Wochenpost: Eine Analyse'
Byrnes, Deirdre (2008) 'Monika Marons Beiträge zur Wochenpost: Eine Analyse' In: Denkbilder: Festschrift für Eoin Bourke. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann. [Details]
|(2003)|| 'Exposing the Gaps in Memory: Forgetting and Remembering in Monika Maron's Pawels Briefe'
Byrnes, Deirdre (2003) 'Exposing the Gaps in Memory: Forgetting and Remembering in Monika Maron's Pawels Briefe' In: Cultural Memory: Essays on European Literature and History. Oxford: Peter Lang. [Details]
|(2008)|| Berlin's Culturescape in the Twentieth Century
Byrnes, Deirdre (2008) Berlin in the Writing of Monika Maron . In: Thomas Bredohl and Michael Zimmermann (editors) eds. Berlin's Culturescape in the Twentieth Century , pp.229-243 [Details]
|(2003)|| Sentimente, Empfindungen, Gefühle: Zur Geschichte und Literatur des Affektiven von 1770 bis heute
Byrnes, Deirdre (2003) Der Körper als Symptom, die Gefühle als Metaphern: Monika Marons Roman Stille Zeile Sechs . In: Anne Fuchs and Sabine Strümper-Krobb eds. Sentimente, Empfindungen, Gefühle: Zur Geschichte und Literatur des Affektiven von 1770 bis heute , pp.221-226 [Details]
|(2016)|| Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security Symposium,
Byrnes, D (2016) Remembering Political Persecution: Eyewitness Testimony at the Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen Memorial. [Conference Paper], Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security Symposium, NUI Galway , 04-MAY-16 - 04-MAY-16. [Details]
|(2014)|| 25 Jahre Mauerfall: Reflections on GDR literature, its legacy and connections between the GDR and Ireland,
Byrnes, D. (2014) Erinnerungen haben ihre Zeit“: Memory and postmemory in autobiographical writing after 1989. [Oral Presentation], 25 Jahre Mauerfall: Reflections on GDR literature, its legacy and connections between the GDR and Ireland, University of Limerick , 08-NOV-14 - 09-NOV-14. [Details]
|(2012)|| Fathers and Sons, Review of Eugen Ruge's novel In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts for Dublin Review of Books.
Byrnes, Deirdre (2012) Fathers and Sons, Review of Eugen Ruge's novel In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts for Dublin Review of Books. Book Review [Details]
Honours and Awards
|2014||Research Incentivisation Scheme||College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies|
|2010||Conference Travel Assistance, Millennium Fund, NUI Galway||Millennium Fund, NUI Galway|
|2008||Grant from the Grant-in-Aid of Publications Fund, NUI Galway||Grant-in-Aid of Publications Fund, NUI Galway|
|2007||Grant from Library Special Research Fund, NUI Galway||Library Special Research Fund, NUI Galway|
|2006||Conference Travel Assistance, Millennium Fund, NUI Galway||Millennium Research Fund, NUI Galway|
|2005||Goethe-Institut Scholarship||Goethe- Institut|
|2000||Postgraduate Research Scholarship, IRCHSS|
|1998||Open Postgraduate Scholarship, University College Dublin|
|1998||DAAD Postgraduate Research Scholarship|
|1995||Boyle Postgraduate Scholarship in German, UCC|
|1992||DAAD Scholarship (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)|
|Association||Function||From / To|
|German Studies Assocation of Ireland||Secretary||11-OCT-12 / 14-NOV-15|
|Business German in Ireland Working Group||/|
|Committee||Function||From / To|
|German Studies Association of Ireland||Secretary||/|
|Research Committee, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures||01-SEP-11 / 31-AUG-13|
|Employer||Position||From / To|
|National University of Ireland, Galway||Lecturer||01-SEP-01 /|
|2004||University College Dublin||PhD||German Literature|
|1994||University College Cork||BACHELOR OF ARTS||German and French|
NUI Galway Information Evenings in Thurles, April 2011 and November 2013
Vice-Dean for the First Arts Experience in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies from 2007 to 2010 This role involved providing support and advice for students in difficulty, informing new and prospective entrants about First Arts at NUI Galway, and liaising with First Year coordinators and with the Examinations Office.
Deirdre is programme director of Legal German at NUI Galway. She also teaches on the Final Year BA programme and on the Masters in International Contemporary Literatures and Medias.
Recent Postgraduate Students
|2013||Susan Carolan||MA International Contemporary Literatures & Media||Y|
|2011||Sheila Kelly||MA International Contemporary Literatures & Media||Y|
|2011||Jeannine Jud||MA German||Y|
|2012||Alan Coss||MA German||Y|
|2015||Stephen Gilmore||MA Advanced Languages Skills|
|2013||Caoimhe Fitzpatrick||MA International Contemporary Literatures & Media||Y|
|Term/Year||Module Title||Module Code||Subject / Desc|
|Semester 1 and Semester 2||First Year Legal German||GR106|
|Semester 2||From Division to Unification: Literary Texts and their Political Contexts||MIC 500|
|Semester 1 and Semester 2||Second Year Legal German||GR208|
|Semester 1||Memory in Contemporary German Writing||GR338||This course focuses on two texts by Monika Maron: Stille Zeile Sechs, published in 1991, and her family story Pawels Briefe, published in 1999.|
|Semester 1 and Semester 2||Third Year Legal German||GR317|