Lauren Cuthbert, who is undertaking a PhD in the German Department, has been announced as the winner of the 2021 Women in German Studies (WIGS) Essay Prize for her essay entitled '"Ich hatte Befehle": Multidirectional Memory and the Vietnam War in Heynowski and Scheumann's Piloten im Pyjama (1968)'.
The prize is awarded annually for the best essay submitted to the competition by a postgraduate member of WIGS. The judges commended Lauren for her ‘extremely well-written and structured essay’, which offers ‘a fresh perspective on multidirectional memory’. Lauren receives a prize of £100 and her essay is now being considered for publication in German Life and Letters. Further details, including information about the online award ceremony taking place on 23 February 2022, are available here: https://womeningermanstudies.wordpress.com/2022/02/01/2021-wigs-book-and-essay-prize-winners-announced/
Lauren, who is in the second year of her PhD, holds an Isabella Middleton PhD studentship in the German Department. Her thesis focuses on 'The representation of the Vietnam War and multidirectional memory in the films of East German filmmakers Heynowski and Scheumann'.