Our research

Research in the Department of German focuses on two main areas which are also closely linked to our teaching: Linguistics and Literary & Cultural Studies.

Research interests by members of our Department include:

  • German as a Foreign Language (acquisition by Maltese speakers)
  • Applied Linguistics 
  • Syntax of German
  • Writing Systems 
  • Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics
  • Contemporary German Literature
  • Space Constructions in Literature
  • Gender Studies
  • Literature and Politics 
  • Cultural Memory and the National Socialist Past

Our Department also has a joint research project on Insularity. Representations and Constructions of Insular Spaces, which has been running since 2011, with an international conference organised in Malta in 2013, conference panels at two congresses of the International Comparative Literature Association, 2016, Vienna, Austria, and 2019, Macau, SAR China; outcomes to date: two edited volumes and a guest-edited section in Island Studies Journal as well as several articles on the topic by individual members of our Department.