Dr Elizabeth Ward


Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


+44 (0) 1482 465636

Dr. Elizabeth Ward is a cultural historian who specialises in East German cinema and film in the Cold War.

Dr. Ward is completing a monograph on East German film and the Holocaust, and has published on both East German film and twenty-first century German cinema. Her current research project examines the relationship between film festivals and cultural diplomacy in Cold War Germany.

Alongside her research and teaching, Dr. Ward regularly works with schools and museums to support and promote German studies beyond the academy.




Research Interests

  • East German Cinema
  • German Cinema (all periods)
  • Representations of the Past in Film
  • Vergangenheitsbewältigung in Divided and Reunified Germany
  • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century German Culture and Society
  • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century German Politics

Research groups

  • Popular Cultures
  • Political and Cultural Encounters


‘Revisiting the crimes of the past. The image of the perpetrator in recent German Holocaust films’, Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History (2018) [forthcoming]

‘Dismantling Images of National Socialism in Cate Shortland’s Lore’, Film & History,  vol. 47, no. 1 (2017), pp.18-27 (2018)

‘Contesting the Memory of Frank Beyer’s Jacob the Liar’. In: The Holocaust in the Twenty-First Century: Contesting/Contested Memories, edited by David Seymour and Mercedes Camino (New York: Routledge, 2016), pp.163-181

'Screening out the East. The Playing Out of Inter-German Relations at the Cannes Film Festival', German Life and Letters, vol. 67, no.1 (2015), pp.37-55

‘Zur strategischen Aneignung der Anne Frank-Figur in Konrad Wolfs Professor Mamlock (1961)’. In Anne Frank. Mediengeschichten, edited by Peter Seibert, Jana Piper, and Alfonso Meoli (Berlin: Metropol Verlag, 2014), pp.54-62



Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

Year One

  • German Language 1 - Advanced
  • German Language 2 - Advanced
  • Skills for Communicating Cultures
  • Ideas and Identities: The Construction of National Cultures 

Year Two

  • German Language 3
  • German Language 4
  • Representing Germany: Gender, Nation and Identity
  • European Popular Culture
  • Presenting and Representing the Past
  • Contemporary Cities: Migration, Place and Belonging

Year Three

  • Year Abroad Supervisor

Year Four

  • Representations of the Past in European Film
  • Modern Languages Extended Research Project
  • Modern Languages Dissertation
  • Popular Cultures
  • Engagement and Resistance


  • Approaches to Literary Translation
  • Technical Translation in Practice
  • Translation Studies Dissertation

Research PhDs

Dr Ward welcomes applications from potential Ph.D students in:

  • East German film
  • German film (all periods)
  • East German politics and society
  • Vergangenheitsbewältigung

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in German, University of Leeds
  • MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures, University of Cambridge
  • MA in Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge

External roles

  • Steering Committee Member of the German Screen Studies Network

Awards and accolades

Dr. Ward is a co-investigator on the research project, Circulating Cinema. The Moving Image Archive as Anglo-German Contact Zone. The DAAD-funded project explores the uses of the transnational archive as a resource for the retrieval, curation and dissemination of Anglo-German film heritage.

Dr Ward has also received external funding from several bodies including the Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Skills Award, the Worldwide Universities Network Research Mobility Programme, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


Professional highlights

Collaborated on exhibitions with

  • Nottingham Trent University and the National Holocaust Museum ('Legacies of the Past')
  • the University of Leeds and the South Africa Holocaust and Genocide Foundation ('Germany's Confrontation with the Holocaust in a Global Context')
  • the Deutsches Filminstitut ('The Curt Jürgens Collection' and 'The Volker Schlöndorff Collection')