Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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Claudia Sternberg

Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies

0113 34 35091

Room 3.20, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Office hours: Thursdays, 11-12.00 during term time, and by appointment

MA, Fullerton; MA, PhD, Cologne

Migrant and diasporic culture(s) in Europe and beyond; World War One and cultural memory; film, literature and popular culture.

Research Interests

My background is in literary, film and television studies with an emphasis on British and American cultural production in general and multicultural Britain in particular. I mainly work on film and television and address questions of cultural and individual memory, predominantly in the context of (Jewish, Black and Asian) migratory and diasporic experiences.

A special focus has been on the intersections of different migrations and diasporas; a comparative and transnational perspective underpinned the work of the international AHRC-funded research network Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe, which I co-coordinated from 2006-2008.

A further research area is the memory culture of the First World War as well as the relationship between war, media and cultural memory in more general terms. Currently I am working with colleagues in Leeds on the Legacies of War Centenary project. We collaborate with people and organisations in Leeds, the UK and internationally to explore the legacy of the First World War through research, creative practice and knowledge exchange.

As a continental European and native German who relocated to the UK in 2004, I also maintain an interest in German language and culture, the constructions of contemporary ‘Germanness’ and ‘Britishness’ across Europe and the trajectories of continental Jews who settled in Britain throughout the centuries.

I am still interested in – although currently not actively researching – the screenplay genre and the practice of writing for the screen.


My research interests and activities inform my teaching practice. I teach and co-teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules on cinema and culture, migrant and diasporic film and postcolonialism.

Questions of cultural memory and the representation of history feature in my co-taught cultural history module which is available to students in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and to others under the discovery themes.

My interest in various aspects of everyday life is reflected in a module on popular culture, in which my students explore their own cultural practices after having been introduced to methods of (auto)ethnographic research. In addition to assessing students on the basis of essays and exams, I encourage them to experiment with writing in different genres, digital storytelling, team projects, fieldwork, co-authoring and editing.

During the First World War centenary years I also run the project-based module Beyond the Trench in which students collaborate with partners in the University and beyond.

I believe that research and teaching environments benefit greatly from cultural diversity and internationalisation. I am dedicated to ensuring participation of individuals from many ethnic, national, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. I contribute to widening participation and study abroad initiatives.


2013-2015 Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

2008-2011 Director of Learning and Teaching

2005-2008 Programme Director BA Cultural Studies



  • Sternberg C, Berghahn D, et al., European Cinema in Motion: Migrant and Diasporic Film in Contemporary Europe, ed. by Sternberg C and Berghahn D (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

  • Korte B, Schneider R, Sternberg C, Der Erste Weltkrieg und die Mediendiskurse der Erinnerung in GroBbritannien: Autobiografie – Roman – Film, 1919-1999 [The First World War in Britain and the Media Discourses of Memory: Autobiography - Novel - Film, 1919-1999] (Würzburg: Könighausen and Neumann, 2005), 383pp

  • Sternberg C, Korte B, Bidding for the Mainstream? Black and Asian British Film since the 1990s, Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft (Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, 2004), VIII, 274p

  • Sternberg C, Written for the Screen: The American Motion-Picture Screenplay as Text (Tubingen: Stauffenberg, 1997)

  • Sternberg C, Korte B, Many Stories - Many Voices: multicultural British Short Stories, ed. by Sternberg C and Korte B (Stuttgart: Reclam, 1997)

Journal articles

  • Sternberg CR, ‘Book Review: Mark Connelly. The Great War, Memory and Ritual: Commemoration in the City and East London, 1916-1939. Woodbridge; Rochester, NY: The Royal Historical Society/Boydell Press, 2015’, The London Journal, 41.1 (2016), 107-109
    DOI: 10.1080/03058034.2016.1145874, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/94561/

  • Sternberg C, ‘The Great War, Memory and Ritual: Commemoration in the City and East London, 1916-1939’, LONDON JOURNAL, 41.1 (2016), 107-+
    DOI: 10.1080/03058034.2016.1145874

  • Sternberg C, ‘Written to be read: Apersonal reflection on screenwriting research, then and now’, Journal of Screenwriting, 5.2 (2014), 199-208
    DOI: 10.1386/josc.5.2.199_1

  • Sternberg C, ‘Book Review: Axel Stähler. Literary Constructions of Jewish Postcoloniality: The British Palestine Mandate in the Anglophone Jewish Literature’, Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 59.3 (2011), 305-307

  • Sternberg C, ‘British Jewish Cinema and the Diasporic Imagination: Crosscultural Encounters in the Films of Paul Morrison’, Journal for the Study of British Cultures, 16.1/2009 (2009), 57-73

  • Sternberg C, ‘Jewish Cultures Guest Editor’, Journal for the Study of British Cultures, 16.1 (2009)

  • Sternberg C, ‘Stirring Things Up in Palestine': Der Zweite Weltkrieg und der Holocaust in Jonathan Wilsons The Hiding Room" ["The Second World War and the Holocaust in Jonathan Wilson's The Hiding Room"]’, Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, 155.240 (2003), 288-307


  • Sternberg C, ‘From Pig Farmer to Infidel: Hidden Identities, Diasporic Infertility, and Transethnic Kinship in Contemporary British Jewish Cinema’, in Hidden in Plain Sight: Jews and Jewishness in British Film, Television, and Popular Culture, ed. by Abrams N, Cultural Expressions of World War II: Interwar Preludes, Responses, Memory (Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2016), 181-204

  • Sternberg C, ‘British Cultural Studies and the Ethnographic Imagination: Encounters, Greetings and Musical Memory’, in Cases of Intervention: The Great Variety of British Cultural Studies, ed. by Hologa M and others (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013), 103-124

  • Sternberg C, Korte B, ‘Asian British Cinema since the 1990s’, in British Cinema Book, ed. by Murphy R, 3rd edition (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

  • Sternberg C, ‘Framed (by) memory: The popular mnemonics of the First World War in "The Unknown Soldier" (Carlton TV, UK 1998) and "Distant Bridges" (UK/USA 1999)’, in British popular culture and the First World War, ed. by Meyer J (Brill, 2008), 305-324
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/80630/

  • Sternberg C, ‘Babylon North: British Muslims after 9/11 in Yasmin (UK/Germany 2004)’, in Multi-Ethnic Britain 2000+, ed. by Eckstein L and others (Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, 2008), 79-95

  • Sternberg C, ‘Film und Literaturwissenschaft [Film and Literary Studies]’, in Literaturwissenschaft in Theorie und Praxis [Literary Studies in Theory and Practice], ed. by Schneider R, Narr Studienbücher (Tübingen: Narr, 2004), 213-240

  • Sternberg C, ‘The Tripod in the Trenches: Media Memories of the First World War’, in War and the cultural construction of identities in Britain, ed. by Korte B and Schneider R, Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft (Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, 2002), 201-223

  • Sternberg C, ‘We're Not Jews': Blending Postcolonial and Jewish Discourses in Contemporary British Literature’, in Colonies, Missions, Cultures: General and Comparative Studies, ed. by Stilz G (Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 2001), 191-204

  • Sternberg C, ‘Return I will to old Brazil': Reading Screenplay Literature’, in Mediated Drama/Dramatized Media, ed. by Voigts-Virchow E (Trier: WVT, 2000)

  • Sternberg C, ‘Real-Life References in Four Fred Zinnemann Films’, in The Films of Fred Zinnemann, ed. by Nolletti A (New York: State University of New York Press, 1999)

  • Sternberg C, ‘Domestic Fiction(s): Ehe und Partnerschaft bei Jane Austen, den Brontës und George Eliot’, in Frauen Literatur Geschichte, ed. by Gnüg H and Möhrmann R (Stuttgart: Metzler, 1998)

  • Sternberg C, ‘PC TV? Ethnicity in Mainstream Television Drama (1986-1996)’, in Unity in Diversity Revisited: British Literature and Culture in the 1990s, ed. by Korte B and Muller KP (Tubingen: Narr, 1998)

  • Sternberg C, Berghahn D, ‘Locating Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe’, in European Film in Motion: Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe, ed. by Berghahn D and Sternberg C (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, [n.d.])

  • Sternberg C, ‘Migration, Diaspora and Metacinematic Reflection’, in European Film in Motion: Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe, ed. by Berghahn D and Sternberg C (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, [n.d.])

Conference papers

  • Sternberg C, Korte B, ‘A Cinematics of Culture: Screening the First World War’, in Anglistentag 2002 Würzburg: Proceedings, ed. by Mengel E, Schmid H-J and Steppat M (Trier: WVT, 2003), 283-293 Anglistentag 2002, Würzburg

  • Sternberg C, Korte B, ‘If you want to know about London ... It's a laundrette in Peckham': Black British Screenwriters and Directors Visualise the Metropolis’, in Anglistentag 2000 Berlin: Proceedings, ed. by Schlaeger J and Lucko P (Trier: WVT, 2001), 139-154 Anglistentag 2000, Berlin

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

I am willing to supervise PhDs on the following topics:

  • (Popular) representations of the First World War
  • War, media and cultural memory
  • Postcoloniality, migration and diaspora in film and television
  • Multiculturalism and cultural diversity in Europe
  • Black, Asian and Jewish British culture

I am interested in establishing links with institutions that consider a collaborative PhD in any of the above areas. I can also serve as a contact for German-language universities and institutions as well as prospective candidates who wish to enquire about PhD collaborations or individual supervision in the School.

Postgraduate Research Students

Tina Richardson: ‘The Unseen University: A Schizocartography of the Redbrick University Campus’, start date 2009 (completed 2014)

Ella Spencer-Mills: Black British Women Artists

Stefano Calzati: Transmedial Travel Writing

Annika Christensen: Faroese Language and Culture

Marlo de Lara: Filipino-American Culture

David Steans: Intermedia Art, Horror Cinema and Documentary Realism (practice-based)

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