Karoline Von Oppen


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Karoline von Oppen is currently Director of Undergraduate Programmes in the Department. Her teaching is mainly in the area of contemporary German politics and business. At present her research is in the area of contemporary German Studies.

For her PhD she analysed newspapers debates during the reunification of Germany in 1989/90. She has since then published on both the media and literature with a particular focus on questions of nationhood and identity in Germany since the opening of the Berlin Wall. In recent years she has worked and published on the war in Yugoslavia, looking specifically at Germany’s responses to the war.

She is in the process of completing a book entitled 'The things German talk about when they talk about war' which examines fifteen years of German writing about the Balkans.

Before coming to Bath she studied at the University of Wales Swansea and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Birmingham. She has also worked at Trinity College Dublin where she is currently External Examiner.

Research Interests

  • Media in Germany and the UK
  • Balkan Studies
  • German identity politics
  • Travel writing

Current research

Karoline’s current research is concerned with the representation of conflict, and she is part of two research clusters; 'Norms, Identities and Representations' as well as 'Conflict, Security and International Order'.  She hosted a workshop at Bath in September 2011 which focuses on the Bosnian city of Sarajevo since the siege of 1992-1995, funded by CEELBAS.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Karoline is currently supervising a PhD on shopping and identity in Eastern Germany. She is interested in working on projects relating to the German media, German/Balkan relations, and the representation of war and questions of identities in Germany.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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