Dr Katya Krylova

Dr Katya Krylova
MA, MPhil, PhD (Cantab), FHEA

Lecturer

I am currently accepting PhDs in Film and Visual Culture and German.

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Dr Katya Krylova
Dr Katya Krylova

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Biography

Katya Krylova has been a Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen since 2018. She studied German and Italian at Churchill College, Cambridge, where she also completed an MPhil in European Literature and Culture and a PhD in German Literature (funded by the AHRC) in 2011. During her undergraduate studies she spent a year at the Humboldt University in Berlin. As part of her PhD work, she undertook the first of many subsequent research visits to Vienna. The completion of her PhD thesis saw her return to Vienna to work at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography (2010-2012). She has also held research and teaching positions in the Department of German Studies at the University of Nottingham (2012-2015, Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship), in the Department of German at King’s College London (2016), and in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham (2017). She is the author of two monographs. Her first monograph, Walking Through History: Topography and Identity in the Works of Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013), was the winner of the 2011 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in German Studies. Her second monograph, The Long Shadow of the Past: Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film, and Culture (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2017), was published in June 2017. The book has been widely reviewed, was included in CHOICE's 2018 Outstanding Academic Titles, and a paperback edition was published in February 2020. She is also the sole editor of the multi-authored volume New Perspectives on Contemporary Austrian Literature and Culture (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018).


Qualifications

PhD, German Literature University of Cambridge 2011
MPhil, European Literature and Culture University of Cambridge 2007
BA (Hons), Modern and Medieval Languages (German and Italian) University of Cambridge 2006

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal

Co-Director of the GWW Centre for Visual Culture 

Discipline Research Lead for German

Discipline Research Lead for Film & Visual Culture

Library Representative for Film & Visual Culture

School Visits Coordinator for Film & Visual Culture

Go Abroad Tutor in the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture

Personal Tutor in the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture

Member of Scottish Graduate School for the Arts & Humanities Internal (UoA) Selection Panel

External

Advisory Board Member, Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature and Culture, London

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Assessor, Scottish Universities Insight Institute

Member, Women in German Studies (previously Secretary, 2015-2019)

Member, Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland

Member, Austrian Studies Association

Book reviewer for Austrian Studies, Journal of Austrian Studies, Journal of Contemporary European Studies and Modern Language Review, and peer reviewer for The German Quarterly, Journal of Austrian Studies, Seminar, Modern Jewish Studies and Modern Languages Open. I have also assessed book manuscripts for Indiana University Press and the Bithell Series of Dissertations.


Prizes and Awards

  • 2018, CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award for my second monograph The Long Shadow of the Past: Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film, and Culture (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2017).
  • 2011, Winner of Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in German Studies
  • 2010, Sylvia Naish Research Student Lecture prize
Research

Research Areas

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Specialisms

  • Film Studies
  • German Literature
  • German Society and Culture
  • German Studies

Research Overview

My research is highly interdisciplinary and lies in the areas of modern and contemporary Austrian literature, film, visual culture, and memory studies. The legacy that Austria's past continues to exert on its present constitutes my principal research interest. I am the author/editor of three academic books. My first book, Walking Through History: Topography and Identity in the Works of Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013), was the winner of the 2011 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in German Studies. I was also the recipient of the 2010 Sylvia Naish Research Student Lecture prize for my doctoral work, awarded by the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London. My second book, entitled The Long Shadow of the Past: Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film, and Culture (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2017), was published in June 2017. The monograph undertakes close readings of key contemporary Austrian literary texts, films, and memorials, which treat the legacy of Nazism and the Holocaust, examining what these reveal about the evolving memory culture in contemporary Austria. The book has been widely reviewed, was included in CHOICE's 2018 Outstanding Academic Titles, and a paperback edition was published in February 2020. I am also the sole editor of the multi-authored volume, New Perspectives on Contemporary Austrian Literature and Culture (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018), arising from an international conference on Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film and Culture (CALFAC 2015), which I organised at the University of Nottingham in April 2015. 

In addition to the above-mentioned books, I have published 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, and given over 40 conference/seminar papers at international and national conferences and seminars. Since 2009, I have regularly conducted archival research in Austria. I have worked with Ingeborg Bachmann's literary estate in the Austrian National Library (during my PhD work), and carried out biographical research on the Austrian modernist writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal at the University of Vienna archives (during my work at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography, Vienna, 2010-2012). During the course of my Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2012-2015), I undertook two further research visits to Vienna, Austria, in order to carry out research at the Austrian National Library and the Documentation Centre for Modern Austrian Literature, and to interview writers and filmmakers.

I welcome enquiries from potential postgraduate students on topics in my areas of expertise.


Current Research

With the support of the Aberdeen Humanities Fund Development Trust Research Award (2019-2020), I am currently embarking on a new research project on evolving cultural representations of Austrian resistance during the Second World War.


Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement

  • Director’s Cut with Ruth Beckermann, University of Aberdeen’s May Festival, 25 May 2019. Organisation of film screening of The Waldheim Waltz and Q&A with renowned Austrian documentary filmmaker Ruth Beckermann. Further to financial support provided for the event by the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture, I secured additional funding for the event from the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature and Culture at the IMLR London, the Austrian Cultural Forum London, and in-kind support from the University of Aberdeen AV department. Further information is available in this University press release: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/12992/. The Q&A with Ruth Beckermann may be viewed via the University of Aberdeen YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2Oilpnk.
  • As Co-Director of the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture (LLMVC), I am responsible for the joint running of a full programme of research and public engagement events related to visual culture.

Collaborations

The Politics of Contemporary German Culture

Together with Dr Dora Osborne (University of St Andrews) and Dr Frauke Matthes (University of Edinburgh), I co-organised a conference on ‘The Politics of Contemporary German Culture’ at the University of St Andrews, held on 26-27 April 2019. The conference focused on the issue of how the contemporary cultural landscape in Germany and Austria is being shaped by current political concerns and to consider, through dialogue between academics and practitioners, how this affects German Studies as a discipline and a practice. Five themed panels focused on political or politicized aspects of contemporary life that have become increasingly significant for German and Austrian culture today: market forces, Europe, resurgent nationalism, memory and memorialization, and (German) language.

A blog post about the conference can be viewed here. A special issue of the Edinburgh German Yearbook (vol. 14, published by Camden House), which will include chapters arising from selected papers originally presented at the conference, will be published in 2021.

The conference was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council - AHRC Open World Research Initiative “Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community” at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, the School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews, the Moray Endowment Fund of The University of Edinburgh, and the University of Aberdeen.

 

Thomas Bernhard: Language, History, Subjectivity

Together with Dr Ernest Schonfield (University of Glasgow), I co-organised a conference on the landmark Austrian author Thomas Bernhard, held virtually (in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic) on 17-18 September 2020. The conference was supported by the Goethe Insitute Glasgow. Additional conference sponsors were the Austrian Cultural Forum London, the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature and Culture at the Institute of Modern Languages Research London, the University of Glasgow, and the University of Aberdeen. Please see https://bernhardglasgow2020.wordpress.com/ for further details. An online exhibition of photo-illustrations by Heiko Berner for Bernhard’s Ein Kind/A Child accompanied the conference. The bilingual exhibition catalogue was published in December 2019 and may be viewed here. An edited volume, arising from the conference, is planned for 2021. 


Supervision

My current supervision areas are: German and Film and Visual Culture.


I am first supervisor to Lauren Cuthbert (2020-), whose PhD focuses on films made by the GDR documentary filmmakers Heynowski and Scheumann about the Vietnam War. I act as second supervisor to Denis Kneip (2019-), who is undertaking a practice-based PhD, examining the role of narrative and the cinemafication of computer games.

I welcome enquiries from potential postgraduate students on topics in my areas of expertise.


Research Funding and Grants

Aberdeen Humanities Fund Development Trust Research Award (2019-2020, extended until 2021 due to Covid-19 travel restrictions) 

Friends of Aberdeen University Library Collection Development Award (2018)

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2012-2015)

AHRC Doctoral Studentship (2007-2010)

Teaching

Courses


Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate Teaching in 2020/21 in German Studies and Film & Visual Culture

  • GM1556 Modern German Culture 2 (convenor)
  • GM3050 German Language Study (convenor)
  • GM3077/4077 Specialised Study in German (HS1): Landmarks of Modern Austrian Literature (convenor)
  • GM3578/GM4578 Specialised Study in German (HS2): Confronting the Nazi Past in German and Austrian Film (convenor)
  • GM4052 German Dissertation - Joint Honours (supervisor)
  • FS1508 Introduction to Film and the Cinematic Experience (lectures)
  • FS2007 Visualising Modernity (convenor)
  • FS2507 Visualising Revolution (lectures and tutorials)
  • FS30EA/40ED Confronting the Nazi Past in German and Austrian Film (convenor)
  • FS35FD/45FD Cinematic Cities (lectures and seminars)
  • FS4506 Dissertation in Film & Visual Culture (supervisor)

Undergraduate courses taught previously

  • GM3578/GM4578 German Specialised Study: Contemporary Austrian Literature and Film (convenor)
  • GM351F/GM451F Film and Politics: German and Austrian Filmmakers Facing the World (convenor)
  • FS30EF/40EF Film and Politics: German and Austrian Filmmakers Facing the World (convenor)

Postgraduate Teaching

I teach on the MLitt in Film, Visual Culture and Arts Management, where I also supervise dissertation projects. Aditionally, I supervise dissertation projects on the MSc in Cultural and Creative Communication, and have previously taught on the MSc in Translation Studies. 

PhD supervision

I am first supervisor to Lauren Cuthbert (2020-), whose PhD focuses on films made by the GDR documentary filmmakers Heynowski and Scheumann about the Vietnam War. I act as second supervisor to Denis Kneip (2019-), who is undertaking a practice-based PhD, examining the role of narrative and the cinemafication of computer games.

I welcome enquiries from potential postgraduate students on topics in my areas of expertise.

Publications

Publications 

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  • Introduction: Culture and Politics in Germany and Austria Today

    Matthes, F., Osborne, D., Krylova, K.

    Politics and Culture in Germany and Austria Today: Edinburgh German Yearbook 14. Matthes, F., Osborne, D., Krylova, K., Aspioti, M. (eds.). Camden House

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Politics and Culture in Germany and Austria Today: Edinburgh German Yearbook 14

    Matthes, F. (ed.), Osborne, D. (ed.), Krylova, K. (ed.), Myrto, A. (ed.)

    Camden House, Rochester, NY

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Austria in Transit: Displacement and the Nation State ed. by Deborah Holmes and Áine McMurtry (book review)

    Krylova, K.

    Journal of Austrian Studies, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 109-112

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • The Afterlife of Thomas Bernhard in Contemporary Austrian Literature

    Krylova, K.

    Thomas Bernhard's Afterlives. Berwald, O., Dowden, S., Thuswaldner, G. (eds.). Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 23-44

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Österreichthematik

    Krylova, K.

    Bachmann Handbuch: Leben – Werk – Wirkung. Albrecht, M., Göttsche, D. (eds.). Metzler Verlag, pp. 289-294

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Austria Made in Hollywood. By Jacqueline Vansant. Rochester, NY: Camden House. 2019 (review)

    Krylova, K.

    Austrian Studies, vol. 27, pp. 248-250

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Heiko Berner: Photo Illustrations for Thomas Bernhard's 'A Child'/ Fotografische Illustrationen zu Thomas Bernhards 'Ein Kind' (exhibition catalogue)

    Schonfield, E. (ed.), Krylova, K. (ed.)

    School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Glasgow

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Helmut Qualtinger and Karl Merz, Der Herr Karl. Translation by Ron E. Hassner. Riverside, CA: Ariadne, 2016 (review)

    Krylova, K.

    Journal of Austrian Studies, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 131-134

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Micaela Latini, Die Korrektur des Lebens: Studien zu Thomas Bernhard. Trans. Reinhard Uhlmann and Annalisa Cafaggi. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2017 (review)

    Krylova, K.

    Journal of Austrian Studies, vol. 52, no. 1-2, pp. 151-154

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Ariadne’s Thread: Storytelling, Digression and Flâneurship in the Recent Films of Ruth Beckermann

    Krylova, K.

    New Perspectives on Contemporary Austrian Literature and Culture. Krylova, K. (ed.). Peter Lang, pp. 93-117, 25 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Introduction: Contemporary Austrian Literature and Culture

    Krylova, K.

    New Perspectives on Contemporary Austrian Literature and Culture. Krylova, K. (ed.). Peter Lang, pp. 1-24, 24 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • New Perspectives on Contemporary Austrian Literature and Culture

    Krylova, K. (ed.)

    Peter Lang, Oxford. 440 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Ungenach

    Krylova, K.

    Bernhard Handbuch: Leben – Werk – Wirkung. Huber, M., Mittermayer, M. (eds.). Metzler Verlag, pp. 102-105, 4 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Beschimpft Österreich! Der Skandal um die Staatspreisrede Thomas Bernhards im März 1968. By Olaf Lahayne. Göttingen: V & R unipress. 2016 (review)

    Krylova, K.

    Modern Language Review, vol. 112, no. 4, pp. 1042-1043

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Joseph McVeigh, Ingeborg Bachmanns Wien. Frankfurt am Main: Insel, 2016 (review)

    Krylova, K.

    Journal of Austrian Studies, vol. 50, no. 1-2, pp. 182-184

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Restoring a Home: Restorative and Reflective Nostalgia in Anna Mitgutsch’s House of Childhood

    Krylova, K.

    Domestic Imaginaries: Navigating the Home in Global Literary and Visual Cultures. Harper, B., Price, H. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 149-167, 19 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • The Long Shadow of the Past: Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film, and Culture

    Krylova, K.

    Camden House, Rochester, NY. 214 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Vienna’s Dreams of Europe: Culture and Identity Beyond the Nation-State. By Katherine Arens. New York: Bloomsbury Academic. 2015 (review)

    Krylova, K.

    Austrian Studies, vol. 24, pp. 212-213

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Christian Däufel, Ingeborg Bachmanns 'Ein Ort für Zufälle': Ein interpretierender Kommentar. Berlin: DeGruyter, 2013 (review)

    Krylova, K.

    Journal of Austrian Studies, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 148-150

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Genre and Memory in Margareta Heinrich’s and Eduard Erne’s Totschweigen and Elfriede Jelinek’s Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel)

    Krylova, K.

    Genre Trajectories: Identifying, Mapping, Projecting. Dowd, G., Rulyova, N. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 66-85, 20 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Andrea Stoll, Ingeborg Bachmann: Der dunkle Glanz der Freiheit. Munich: Bertelsmann, 2013 (review)

    Krylova, K.

    Journal of Austrian Studies, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 140-143

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Ingeborg Bachmann, Die Radiofamilie. Edited and afterword by Joseph McVeigh. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2011 (review)

    Krylova, K.

    Journal of Austrian Studies, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 117-119

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Melancholy Journeys in the Films of Ruth Beckermann

    Krylova, K.

    Leo Baeck Institute Year Book, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 249-266

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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