Paul Leworthy (Staff Profile)

Early Career Teaching and Research Fellow in German Studies

  • German Section
  • Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details



50 George Square (Room 2.40)

Post code


  • My office hour in Semester 2 is 12-1pm on Tuesdays in 50 George Square, Room 3.29.


I am an Early Career Teaching and Research Fellow in German Studies.

I hold a PhD in Comparative Literature from The University of Edinburgh.

Before beginning my PhD in Edinburgh, I studied French and German at The University of Nottingham (BA) and European Literatures at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (MA).

Undergraduate teaching

In 2023-24, I am teaching:

  • German 1A, Oral Language Practice (Year 1, ab initio)
  • German 1B, Literature (Year 1)
  • German 1B, Grammar (Year 1)
  • German 2 Language, Translation & Text Production (Year 2)
  • German 2 Language, Grammar (Year 2)
  • Migration In German-Language Discourse (Year 2 option course)
  • German 3 & 4, German Language Paper 1 (Years 3 & 4)

I am course organiser (CO) for the following courses:

  • Foundation German Language 1 (S1)
  • Foundation German Language 2 (S2)
  • Migration In German-Language Discourse (S2)

I have experience teaching all aspects of German language at all undergraduate levels and experience German culture courses to all UG years.

Postgraduate teaching

I teach the Portfolio Of Written Translation in German (MSc Translation Studies) and supervise dissertations on the MSc Comparative Literature.

Research summary

My research focusses primarily on the ways in which memory and space intersect. This has led me to explore what I’ve called the ’shape of memory’ in literature, the ‘materials of memory’ in architecture and the ‘geometry of commemoration’ in public monuments. I’m interested in all aspects of German memory culture and 'Vergangenheitsaufarbeitung', with particular interests in the author Günter Grass and the jurist Fritz Bauer. I have explored many aspects of 20th- and 21st-century German literature, film and culture in my research.

Project activity

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Memory Studies Review

Publicity Officer, Association of German Studies for Great Britain and Ireland

Co-founder and Director, Connecting Memories Research Initiative

Presenter and Producer, The Connecting Memories Podcast

Internation Fellow, Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform

Member, The Scottish Parliament, Germany Cross-Party Group