Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Karoline von Oppen

Karoline von Oppen

Senior Lecturer in German

1 West North 2.29
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6334

PhD Supervision

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.

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.


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



Rechtien, R. and Von Oppen, K., eds., 2007. Local/Global Encounters.Vol. 68. Rodopi. (German Monitor)

Book Sections

Von Oppen, K., 2006. "(un)sagliche Vergleiche":What Germans remembered (and forgot) in Former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. In: Taberner, S. and Cooke, P., eds. German Culture, Politics, and Literature into the Twenty-First Century. Rochester, U. S. A.: Camden House, pp. 167-180.

Von Oppen, K., 2005. From 'Multinational Republic' to 'The Promised Land':journals and unification. In: Spiers, R. and Breuilly, J., eds. Germanys Two Unifications. Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 292-306.

Von Oppen, K., 2003. Moi, je ne suis pas alle en Bosnie:le cas Handke. In: Robert, V., ed. Intellectuels et polemique dans l'espace germanophone. Paris, France: Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, pp. 209-220.


Von Oppen, K., 2013. From 'civilian power' to 'civilizing power':The German mission to the Hindu Kush 2001-2011. Journal of War and Culture Studies, 6 (3), pp. 215-225.

Von Oppen, K., 2013. Killing off multiculturalism: German news reporting from Bosnia 1991-1995. German Life and Letters, 66 (2), pp. 199-212.

Von Oppen, K., 2013. Justice for Peter Handke? German Monitor, 77 (1), pp. 175-192.

von Oppen, K., 2009. Reporting from Bosnia: reconceptualising the notion of a 'journalism of attachment'. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 17 (1), pp. 21-33.

Von Oppen, K., 2006. Imagining the Balkans, imagining Germany:intellectual journeys to former Yugoslavia in the 1990's. The German Quarterly, 79 (2), pp. 192-211.

Von Oppen, K., 2005. Nostalgia for orient[ation]:Travelling through the former Yugoslavia with Juli Zeh, Peter Schneider, and Peter Handke. Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, 41, pp. 246-260.

Von Oppen, K., 2002. Genugend Beruhmtheit, wenigstens aber Prominenz:Monika Maron's attempts to convert stigma into emblem. Colloquia Germanica: Internationale Zeitschrift fur Germanistik, 35, pp. 155-174.

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