Dr Andrew Wormald

Andrew Wormald

Honorary Research Fellow

email: a.wormald@shef.ac.uk

I began my university career at Sheffield in 2001, studying for a BA in French and German with Dutch as a third language. After graduating, I returned in 2006 to study for an MA in Germanic Studies (Research Track). My MA dissertation, ‘From Stasi to Trabi and back again: Searching for an authentic GDR in film’, dealt with representations of East Germany in post-unification cinema. I began my PhD at Sheffield in 2008, which was funded by the AHRC. I also received funding for an extended research trip to Berlin where I recorded interviews with prominent filmmakers. I completed my thesis, ‘Coming to terms with the National Socialist past in teamWorx’s TV Event Movies: Dresden (2006), Nicht alle waren Mörder (2006) and Die Flucht (2007)’, in December 2011 and was awarded the PhD in January 2012.

During this time I have taught on the Dutch beginners course, the postgraduate German for Research module and delivered a series of lectures for the level 2 German Film and Society course. I have been involved in the organisation of the 2011 postgraduate conference ‘Crossing Boundaries’ and with the SOMLAL Visual Culture research network. I have also taken part in various outreach projects and regularly contribute to the department’s theatrical offerings.

Research Interests:

  • Post-1945 German cinema (particularly post-unification cinema).
  • Contemporary German media and television production.
  • Vergangenheitsbewältigung, normalisation and memory of the Third Reich.
  • Ostalgie and memory of the GDR.
  • German terrorism and the legacy of the RAF.

List of publications:

‘The Revolution is my Boyfriend!: Fetishising the Red Army Faction in recent German film’, Track Changes, Issue 1: Summer 2011, pp. 115-26
‘Between History and Melodrama: Authenticity in teamWorx’s Event Movies on the National Socialist Past’, New Readings, Vol 11 (2011), pp. 49-65
‘Small-screen depictions of the Holocaust in Germany: Holocaust (1978) and Nicht alle waren Mörder (2006)’, The Holocaust in History and Memory, Vol 4 (2011)
‘Constructing Consensus: teamWorx’s Event Movies and the cinema of consensus’, Scope, Issue 23 (June 2012)
Book Review: ‘New Directions in German Cinema’, Deutsch: Lehren und Lernen, Issue 46 (2012)

List of academic papers:

“Love and War: History, Authenticity and Melodrama in teamWorx’s Event Movies on the National Socialist past”, (Research Seminar, King’s College London, February 2011).

“Between History and Melodrama: Authenticity in teamWorx’s Event Movies on the National Socialist Past”, (Research Seminar, The University of Sheffield, January 2011). Part of The University of Sheffield’s School of Modern Languages and Linguistics ‘Visual Culture’ Seminar series.

“German Histories, Hollywood Stories: Coming to terms with the past in teamWorx’s TV Event Movies”, (‘Negotiating Modernity’ Conference, University of Bath, July 2010).

“Die Event Movies von teamWorx und die NS-Vergangenheit”, (Doktoranden-Kolloquium, Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen „Konrad Wolf“, Potsdam-Babelsberg, May 2010).

“Made in Germany: Hollywood, History and the Holocaust in teamWorx’s Nicht alle waren Mörder (2006)”, (IGRS 47th Postgraduate Colloquium, London, March 2010).

“Constructing Consensus: teamWorx’s TV Event Movies Dresden (2006) and Nicht alle waren Mörder (2006)”, (‘German Cinema since 2000’ Conference, University of Leeds, November 2009).

“Does German history always have to be made in Hollywood?: From Holocaust (1978) to Nicht alle waren Mörder (2006)” (Research Seminar, The University of Sheffield, October 2009).