Dr Elizabeth Ward

Lecturer in German Studies

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Histories Languages and Cultures


  • BA (University of Cambridge)
  • MPH (University of Cambridge)
  • PhD (University of Leeds)


Dr Elizabeth Ward researches East German cinema in its social and historical context, with a particular focus on the relationship between GDR cinema and the West. She 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.

Dr Ward is a steering committee member of the German Screen Studies Network. She has received external funding from bodies including the AHRC and DAAD.

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

Dr Ward holds a MA in Modern and Medieval Languages and a MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D in German from the University of Leeds.


Dr Elizabeth Ward is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has received and been nominated for student-led teaching awards at the University of Hull and the University of Leicester in recognition of her teaching and of her student support.

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

Book Chapter

Who is Heinz Stielke" Questions of Identity in Michael Kann’s "Stielke, Heinz, fünfzehn"

Ward, E. M. (2018). Who is Heinz Stielke? Questions of Identity in Michael Kann’s "Stielke, Heinz, fünfzehn". In S. Ehrig, M. Thomas, & D. Zell (Eds.), The GDR today: New interdisciplinary approaches to East German history, memory and culture, 43-62. Peter Lang

Marc Rothemund’s Sophie Scholl — Die letzten Tage (2005)

Ward, E. M. (2019). Marc Rothemund’s Sophie Scholl — Die letzten Tage (2005). In A. Lloyd (Ed.), The White Rose: Reading, writing, resistance, 79-96. Taylor Institution Library

Journal Article

Review of "Re-Imagining DEFA: East German Cinema in its National and Transnational Contexts" edited by Seán Allan and Sebastian Heiduschke

Elizabeth M. Ward, . (2018). Review of "Re-Imagining DEFA: East German Cinema in its National and Transnational Contexts" edited by Seán Allan and Sebastian Heiduschke. The Modern language review, 113(2), 447-448.

Review of "Mothers, Comrades, and Outcasts in East German Women’s Film" by Jennifer L. Creech

Ward, E. M. (2017). Review of "Mothers, Comrades, and Outcasts in East German Women’s Film" by Jennifer L. Creech. The Modern language review, 112(3), 750-751.

Dismantling the Third Reich: in Cate Shortland's Lore

Ward, E. M. (2017). Dismantling the Third Reich: in Cate Shortland's Lore. Film and History, 47(1), 18-27

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

Postgraduate supervision

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

East German film

German film (all periods)

East German politics and society


Awards and prizes

Ferens Education Trust: Languages Cafe

2017 - 2019

The Languages Cafe is a school liaisons initiative designed both to support and promote the teaching of languages in local schools, and to create opportunities for University of Hull undergraduates to develop their public engagement and schools liaison profile. The scheme provides monthly speaking practice for students in French, German, and Spanish in local schools to student between Years 8 and 13. The project was designed and in run by Dr. Elizabeth Ward and Dr. Helena Chadderton

External Funding


Dr Elizabeth Ward has received external funding from several bodies including the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Collaborative Skills Award), the Worldwide Universities Network Research Mobility Programme, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Block Grant Partnership).

Committee/Steering group role

German Screen Studies Network: Steering Committee Member


The German Screen Studies Network was founded in June 2012 as a platform for informed comment and German-language film promotion amongst researchers, educators, film professionals, and the interested public. The GSSN has four principal aims: 1. To provide fora – most prominently the annual GSSN symposium, but also film talks, workshops and schools events - for public discussion and debate on German-language screen media; 2. To act as a research hub for national and international scholarship on German-language screen media; 3. To promote German-language films and other screen media to a broad-based anglophone public; 4. To provide a resource base for professional researchers and others with research interests in German-language screen media.

Yorkshire German Network


Dr. Ward is a steering group member of the Yorkshire German Network.


Film Matters


Dr. Elizabeth Ward is a member of the judging panel for the undergraduate film studies journal, Film Matters. Film Matters is an exciting film magazine, celebrating the work of undergraduate film scholars. Film Matters is published three times a year, by students and for students, and each issue contains feature articles, as well as a reviews section. In addition, with an undergraduate audience in mind, Film Matters will include occasional service-oriented pieces, such as profiles of film studies departments, articles that engage the undergraduate film studies community and prepare students for graduate study in this field, and resources and opportunities that undergraduate scholars can pursue. In an effort to give undergraduate scholars real-world, applied learning experiences, all Film Matters feature submissions undergo a peer review process (typically managed by undergraduate film and media students).

Public Talks


Dr Elizabeth Ward regularly introduces films and participates in panel discussions. Recent talks include: Introduction to "The Golem", Square Chapel Arts Centre (February 2019) Panel Discussion on "The German Sisters", Sheffield Showroom (November 2018) Introduction to "Käthe Kollwitz: A Life in Pictures", Ferens Art Gallery (September 2018)

School Liaisons Coordinator


Working with local schools to support Modern Languages on a local, regional, and national level through a range of talks, workshops, and visits.

Exhibition: Legacies of the Past

2015 - 2015

Dr Elizabeth Ward contributed to the exhibition by Professor Bill Niven (Nottingham Trent University) titled "Legacies of the Past". The exhibition provided a free to use teaching and learning resource for secondary schools and was designed by Nottingham Trent University and the National Holocaust Centre & Museum. The exhibition is available online and is divided into seven thematic areas exploring: 1. The liberation of the camps 2. Holocaust memory 3. Film and the Holocaust 4. Literature and the Holocaust 5. Memorials 6. Testimony 7. Kindertransport

Exhibition: The Curt Jürgens Collection

2015 - 2015

An online exhibition by the German Film Institute that makes archival material from the estate of the German actor, Curt Jürgens, available to the public.

Exhibition: The Volker Schlöndorff Collection

2013 - 2013

An online exhibition by the German Film Institute that makes archival material from the estate of the German director, Volker Schlöndorff, available to the public.