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Georg Grote

Senior Lecturer

School Of Languages and Literature
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168523
Email: georg.grote@ucd.ie

Biography

Georg Grote is a Senior Lecturer and currently Head of School of Languages, Literatures in University College Dublin. He graduated from the Westfälische Wilhelms Universität in Münster, Germany, with a degree in English and History in 1993 and completed his Ph.D. thesis with the same institution in 1997. In 1998 he joined the German department in UCD which has since become part of the School of Languages and Literatures. A trained historian, he teaches Western European history of the modern and contemporary periods with particular reference on historical and contemporary collective organisation of peoples through nationalisms and regionalisms. 


  

Professional

         

Conference Contributions

Georg Grote (2010) The Transformations of South Tyrol's Collective Identities in the 20th and early 21st Centuries. [Plenary Lecture], Summer School on Human Rights, Minorities and Diversity Management, European Research Academy Bozen South Tyrol , 24-JUN-10 - 25-JUN-10.
Georg Grote (2010) Besessen und Vergessen. Historische Forschung und Geschichtsvermittlung in Südtirol. [Plenary Lecture], Südtirolismen - Identities and Histories in and around South Tyrol/Alto Adige, Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin , 02-OCT-10 - 03-OCT-10.
Georg Grote (2010) Europa der Heimaten - Die Europaregion, Südtirol und die Geschichte. [Keynote Address], 50 Jahre 'Südtirol vor der UNO', Bozen, Südtirol , 29-OCT-10 - 29-OCT-10.
Georg Grote (2011) The German Speakers in South Tyrol - A Model for Conflict Resolution and Minority Protection. [Plenary Lecture], Summer School on Human Rights, Minorities and Diversity Management - Linguistic Diversity, European Research Academy Bozen South Tyrol , 23-JUN-11 - 24-JUN-11.
Georg Grote (2011) Südtirolismen. Erinnerungskulturen, Gegenwartsreflexionen, Zukunftsvisionen. [Plenary Lecture], Book Launch Südtirolismen, Altes Rathaus Bozen , 30-SEP-11 - 30-SEP-11.
Georg Grote (2012) Autonomy and Minority Protection in Europe. [Plenary Lecture], International Winter School on Federalism and Governance - Federalism and Minority Protection, European Research Academy Bozen South Tyrol , 12-FEB-12 - 14-FEB-12.
Georg Grote (2012) Furnishing the South Tyrol Autonomy - New Challenges. [Plenary Lecture], Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages of the European Parliament, Strasbourg , 15-MAR-12 - 15-MAR-12.
Georg Grote (2012) Patrick Pearse und der irische Osteraufstand von 1916 - Vom Umgang mit einer sperrigen Ikone. [Plenary Lecture], Südtirolismen II - Violence, Terrorism and Memory, European Research Academy Bozen South Tyrol , 12-MAR-12 - 13-MAR-12.
Georg Grote (2012) Waliser, Kornen und Gälen im Vereinigten Königreich. [Plenary Lecture], Internationale Minderheitenkonferenz. Minderheitenschutz in Europa, Erfahrungen und Herausforderungen, Landtag von Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf , 23-FEB-12 - 24-FEB-14.
Georg Grote (2014) I am well and I hope the same of you - First World War South Tyrolean Kaiserjäger Feldpostkarten sent to a disappearing Heimat. [Plenary Lecture], Irish Association of Russian, Central and East European Studies, Dublin , 09-MAY-14 - 10-MAY-14.
Georg Grote (2014) Alltag auf Distanz. Das Hereinbrechen des ersten Weltkrieges in den Alltag Südtiroler Familien. [Keynote Address], Vom Frieden zum Krieg - der erste Weltkrieg in Tirol, Völs am Schlern, South Tyrol , 29-OCT-14 - 29-OCT-14.
 

Employment

Employer: UCD
Position: Tutor
Employer: UCD
Position: Arts Faculty Fellow
Employer: UCD
Position: Asst. Lecturer
Employer: Westfalische Wilhelms Universitat Munster
Position: Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft
Employer: Trinity College Dublin
Position: Evening Modules Teacher

Education

Year 1997 Institution: University of Munster (WWilhe), Germany
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1993 Institution: University of Munster (WWilhe), Germany
Qualification: MA Subject:
       

Other Activities

1985: Abitur
1993: Staatsexamen Sek I/II Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster
1997: Promotion (WWU)
1997/98: Faculty Fellow in Combined Depts. of History in UCD
1998: Lecturer in the German Dept. of UCD

Publications

Books

Georg Grote (2012) The South Tyrol Question 1866-2010, From National Rage to Regional State. Oxford: Peter Lang. [Details]
Georg Grote; (2009) I bin a Südtiroler. Kollektive Identität zwischen Nation und Region im 20.Jahrhundert. Bozen: Athesia. [Details]
Grote, Georg; (2003) Anglo-Irish Theatre and the Formation of a Nationalist Political Culture between 1890-1930. Lampeter: Mellen. [Details]
Grote, Georg; (1994) Torn Between Politics and Culture. The Gaelic League 1893-1993. Münster: Waxmann. [Details]

Book Chapters

Grote, Georg (2013) 'Die grosse Hungersnot in Irland 1845-1849' In: Jörg Rademacher (ed.) (eds). Irlands grosser Hunger. Briefe und Reportagen aus Irland während der Hungersnot 1847. Münster: Unrast. , pp.12-32 [Details]
Georg Grote (2013) 'Patrick H.Pearse und der irische Osteraufstand von 1916 - Vom diffizilen Umgang mit einer sperrigen nationalen Ikone' In: Georg Grote, Hannes Obermair, Guenther Rautz (eds). Un mondo senza Stati e un mondo senza Guerre - Politisch motivierte Gewalt im regionalen Kontext. Bozen, South tyrol: EURAC Research. , pp.63-78 [Details]
Grote, Georg/ Siller, Barbara; (2011) 'Südtirol 2010' In: Grote, Georg/ Siller, Barbara; (eds). In: Südtirolismen. Erinnerungskulturen, Gegenwartsreflexionen, Zukunftsvisionen. Innsbruck: Universitätsverlag Wagner. , pp.9-18 [Details]
Grote, Georg; (2011) 'Besessen und Vergessen. Historische Forschung und Geschichtsvermittlung in Südtirol' In: Grote, Georg; (eds). In: Südtirolismen. Erinnerungskulturen, Gegenwartsreflexionen, Zukunftsvisionen. Innsbruck: Universitätsverlag Wagner. , pp.101-112 [Details]
Grote, Georg; (2010) 'Reclaiming Places in a Regionalist Context: Iconoclasm and Toponomasticism in South Tyrol' In: Nadine Jänicke / Fergal Lenehan (eds). In: Language and the Moulding of Space. An Interdisciplinary Discussion. Magdeburg/Leipzig, Germany: Meine Verlag. , pp.33-44 [Details]
Georg Grote; (2008) 'Terrorists, Freedom Fighters, Activists and Founding Fathers: The Historical Revision of the 1960s Bombing Campaign in the South Tyrol' In: Georg Grote; (eds). In: Rebecca S. Thomas (ed.): Crime and Madness in Modern Austria: Myth, Metaphor and Cultural Realities. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]
Georg Grote; (2007) 'South Tyrol in the 20th Century. Retaining Ethnicity between Nationalism and Regionalism' In: Georg Grote; (eds). In: Aileen Pearson-Evans, Angela Leahy (eds.): Intercultural Spaces. Language, Culture, Identity. New York: Peter Lang. [Details]
Grote, Georg; (1996) 'Die grosse Hungersnot in Irland 1845-1849' In: Jörg Rademacher (ed.) (eds). Irlands grosser Hunger. Briefe und Reportagen aus Irland während der Hungersnot 1847. Münster: Unrast. , pp.12-32 [Details]

Edited Books

Anne Fuchs, Mary Cosgrove, Georg Grote (Ed.). (2010) German Memory Contests. The Quest for Identity in Literature, Film and Discourse since 1990. New York: Camden. [Details]
Georg Grote, Hannes Obermair, Guenther Rautz (Ed.). (2013) Un Mondo senza Stati e un mondo senza Guerre - Politisch motivierte Gewalt im regionalen Kontext. Bozen, South Tyrol: EURAC Research. [Details]
Grote, Georg/Siller, Barbara (Ed.). (2011) Südtirolismen. Erinnerungskulturen, Gegenwartsreflexionen, Zukunftsvisionen. Innsbruck: Universitätsverlag Wagner. [Details]
Anne Fuchs, Mary Cosgrove, Georg Grote (Ed.). (2006) German Memory Contents. The Quest for Identity in Literature, Film and Discourse since 1990. New York: Camden. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Georg Grote (2014) 'Quo vadis Südtirol? Was kommt nach dem Erfolg?'. Kulturelemente: Zeitschrift für aktuelle Fragen, 115 (6/2014):5-6. [Details]
Georg Grote (2014) 'Fremd daheim'. 39NULL Magazin für Gesellschaft und Kultur, 2 (1):56-61. [Details]
Georg Grote (2014) 'Review of Herzmann, Herbert: Nationale Identität. Mythos und Wirklichkeit am Beispiel Österreichs. Tredition Verlag, Hamburg 2014, 264 pp'. Germanistik in Irland, 9 :155-157. [Details]
Georg Grote (2014) 'Feldpostkarten Südtiroler Soldaten im Ersten Weltkrieg'. Der Schlern. Monatszeitschrift für Südtiroler Landeskunde, 7/8 (88/2014):4-21. [Details]
Georg Grote (2013) 'Review of Videsott, Paul (Hrsg.): Rätoromanische Bibliographie / Bibliografia retoromanza 1729-2010. Bozen University Press, Bozen 2011'. Europäisches Journal für Minderheitenfragen, Vol.6 (No 2 / 2013):144-145. [Details]
Grote, Georg (2012) 'Review of Renner, Judith / Spencer, Alexander (eds.): Reconciliation after Terrorism. Strategy, Possibility or Absurdity? Routledge, London / New York 2012'. Europäisches Journal für Minderheitenfragen, Vol 5 (No 2):141-143. [Details]
Grote, Georg; (2011) 'Review of Toggenburg, Gabriel N./ Rautz, Günther: ABC des Minderheitenschutzes in Europa. Böhlau UTB, Wien/Köln/Weimar 2010'. Europäisches Journal für Minderheitenfragen, Vol.3 (No.3-4 2010):255-257. [Details]
Grote, Georg; (2011) 'Review of Kofler, Astrid / Peterlini, Hans-Karl: Bauernleben in Südtirol. 12 Porträts. Haymon, Innsbruck/Wien 2010'. Der Schlern. Monatszeitschrift für Südtiroler Landeskunde, 9 (85/2011). [Details]
Grote, Georg; (2010) 'Review of Shanahan, Timothy: The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Morality of Terrorism, Edinburgh 2009'. Europäisches Journal für Minderheitenfragen, 3 (1):66-69. [Details]
Grote, Georg; (2010) 'Review of Brigl, Evi: Das Kuckucksei im Eisacktal. Die Continental-Debatte in Brixen 1969-1972. Bozen 2009'. Der Schlern. Monatszeitschrift für Südtiroler Landeskunde, 4 (84):79-82. [Details]
Grote, Georg; (2010) '1809/2009 Tirol und die Ladiner'. Der Schlern. Monatszeitschrift für Südtiroler Landeskunde, Jahrgang 84 (Februar 2010, Heft 2):64-72. [Details]
Grote, Georg; (2009) 'Review of Bean, Kevin: The New Politics of Sinn Fein, Liverpool 2007'. Europäisches Journal für Minderheitenfragen, 2 (1):42-43. [Details]
Grote, Georg; (2008) 'Review of Seibert, Sebastian, God save Ulster! Selbstverständnis und nationale Identität der protestant community Nordirlands, Münster 2007'. Europäisches Journal für Minderheitenfragen, 1 (2):144-145. [Details]
Grote, Georg; (2005) 'Vielsprachigkeit in Südtirol:  Modell für Europa oder Kapitulation vor der Geschichte?'. Acta Germanica, 35 :69-80. [Details]
Grote, Georg; (2004) 'Gehen oder Bleiben? Die Identitätskrise der deutschsprachigen Südtiroler in Optanten- und Dableibergedichten der Optionszeit, 1939-1943'. Modern Austrian Literature, 37 (1-2):47-70. [Details]

Other Journals

Grote, Georg; (2011) 'Die Feuernacht in der Südtiroler Erinnerung' Zukunft in Südtirol (ZIS) - Special zu 50 Jahre Feuernacht 7 (2011) :8-9. [Details]
Grote, Georg; (2006) 'South Tyrol in the 20th century - retaining ethnicity between nationalism and regionalism' Intercultural Spaces, RIA . [Details]
Grote, Georg; (2006) 'Tag für Tag in dieses schwarze Loch einzufahren... - Südtiroler in den Kohlegruben Dinslakens' Festschrift zum 50-jährigen Bestehen des Vereins der Südtiroler e.V. Dinslaken/Niederrhein . [Details]
                                                                                           

Research

Research Interests

Intellectually my work has contributed to our historical and cultural understanding of how collective identities emerge, gather momentum and are sustained through various historical and political processes from nationalism to modern-day regionalism. 

Since 1994 I have developed an expertise in regionalism and minorities in Western Europe and I have published extensively in the issues of collective identities and collective memories within this framework. Both my MA and Ph.D. theses ('Torn between Politics and Culture. The Gaelic League 1893-1993', published in 1994, and 'Anglo-Irish Theatre and the Formation of a Nationalist Political Culture between 1890 and 1930, published and 2003) focused on Irish cultural nationalism and the process of mass mobilisation through culture and violence prior to the 1930s. This period of researching Irish history led me to broaden my intellectual focus to consider wider European processes of identity formation and collective memory. Through an analysis of the role of memory in the reorganisation and redefinition of German collective identity post 1990, I began to appreciate the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of 'coming to terms with the past'. Hence, in 2004 I co-organised an international conference on 'Memory Contests: Cultural Memory, Hybridity and Identity in German Discourses since 1990' with Anne Fuchs and Mary Cosgrove and co-edited a seminal volume with my colleagues in 2006 (paperback 2010).   

I have used the experience of the German-speaking South Tyrol to explore the relationship between identity, language, history and regionalism within the European context. To this work I brought my analysis of the Irish quest for political self-determination, the German struggle to confront the past and a deep understanding of the local and regional peculiarities of the South Tyrol issue. Using these historical parallels, and an in depth knowledge of language and its place in culture and politics, I have forwarded the thesis that the South Tyrolean regional state offers us a prototype of the development of regional autonomies and minority protection within Europe. (http://www.minet-tv.com//videos/minet-das-minderheitenmagazin-ausgabe-01-2012-vom-28-03-12-m19-89-1.html) This argument has been influential beyond the boundaries of my discipline as I have argued that it has real resonance and significance for the issue of regionalism in Europe today. A testament to the impact of my scholarship was an invite to address the Intergroup on Minorities of the European Parliament in Strasbourg in March 2012. 

I am currently collating an social historical archive of the German South Tyroleans in the 20th century. In what I have called the "Südtiroler Korrespondenzen" I have collected, digitised and archived some 6,000 written documents, mainly postcards and letters, spanning the entire 20th century, yet focusing particularly on some of the key periods of South Tyrol's history: World War I and its aftermath, Italianisation in the 1920s, the Option 1939, World War II correspondence and post-war communications of the 1950s and early 1960s. The collection is constantly growing, and I am planning to publish my findings in form of a monograph soon.   

 

     

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Throughout my professional career I have endeavoured to highlight the relevance of Humanities to everyday life. In particular, I have always tried to teach "applied history", that is, research led historical analysis with a strong focus on transmitting the historical experience to today¿s students¿ imagination.

Modules Coordinated

201400   SLL20030     Languages and Literatures: The European Project
201400   GER5001R     German: Research Activity
201400   SLL40200     Languages and Literatures: Nationalism to Regionalism
201400   SLL30060     Languages and Literatures: Europe: Conflict & Cooperation
201400   SLL40260     Languages and Literatures: Europe: Conflict & Cooperation
201400   SLL40170     Languages and Literatures: Minority Policies Development