Auf Wiedersehen, Ben und Martin!

Regrettably, the time has come to say goodbye to our lovely Teaching Assistants from Paderborn, Ben and Martin.

They did a fabulous job teaching and supporting our students, helping them with job applications and joining them on fun days out with the University’s German Society – and last but not least, organising a hugely enjoyable and challenging quiz night.

We are very sad to see them go. Vielen Dank für alles, Ben und Martin – you will be missed!



Nachtmix: Uwe Schütte on Bavarian radio

On Saturday, April 8, our very own Uwe Schütte will be featured in Bayern 2’s famous Nachtmix series to talk about his adventures in pop music.

Follow this link to the show’s webpage.

Nachtmix, mit Karl Bruckmaier

Samstag, 08.04.2017
23:05 bis 00:00 Uhr

Bayern 2

Auf Schwarz und Weiß
Zu Gast: Der Autor Uwe Schütte

Uwe Schütte ist Germanist, hat über Elfriede Jelinek gearbeitet und bei W.G. Sebald promoviert. Doch unermüdlich ist er auch auf der Pop-Überholspur, schreibt über Musik, veranstaltet Symposien, gibt Bücher heraus – von den Mühen und Freuden des Büchermachens in Zeiten von Internet und Sparzwängen. Die Musik kommt von Kraftwerk, Laibach, Zeitkratzer, Psychic TV und Jeb Loy Nichols.

Rauriser Literaturpreis 2016 awarded to Hanna Sukare

Our literary expert Uwe Schütte was a member of the jury who awarded this year’s Rauris Prize for Literature to Hanna Sukare. The award recognises the best German-language prose debut of the year. Not strictly speaking a young debutante, Sukare is 59 years old and lives in Vienna. Her excellent novel Staubzunge was published by Otto Müller in Salzburg.



Rauris is a small alpine town in the Salzburg region of Austria. It is famous for its annual literary festival which will take place this year from 30 March to 3 April. Find out more about the event here.





From small town to megacity – German teaching assistants 2015/2016

Welcome to the German at Aston Blog!

We are Christina and Julia, the new teaching assistants for German at Aston University and would like to introduce ourselves to everyone.

I am Christina, I come from Germany, living in a small town near Paderborn. I am studying for a Bachelor of Education with the subjects German and English and will finish my degree next year. I love reading, dancing and travelling. If I am not studying one can find me at the dance venue as I am a ballroom and Latin dancer.

I am Julia, I am 22 years old and come from Berlin but moved to Paderborn two years ago to study for a Bachelor of Education. I’m in my fifth semester, with the subjects English and Spanish. When I am not working or studying one can find me at the gym, practicing new Cheerleading routines and stunts, or enjoying nature and having a walk.

We will be giving oral and aural skills sessions, conversation classes and grammar clinics in TP1 and TP2 at Aston University and are looking forward to it. So if you are interested in having a conversation in German, please come see us in NW924.


We look forward to seeing you all,

Julia and Christina



Annual German Pub Quiz 2014

On the 10th of March, it was once again time for the Ánnual German Pub Quiz, the friendly competition between German students and staff from Aston University and the University of Birmingham who were both invited to participate in this test of knowledge about Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

This year, the quiz was hosted by the University of Birmingham. As in previous years, the questions were presented in English and German and provided excellent entertainment for everyone present.The questions ranged from history and music to politics and geography and much, much more. The friendly atmosphere, the nice location and the cheerful companions ensured a lovely evening, and we are already looking forward to next year’s quiz!

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Here’s one of the tasks that quizzers were asked to complete this year:

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Contemporary German-language literature on the road: Uwe Schütte in conversation with…

This month, Aston’s own Uwe Schütte toured Austria to talk to and about two influential voices in modern German literature:

On 14 January 2014, Uwe visited the Literaturhaus am Inn in Innsbruck, Austria, to join author and long-time literary blogger Alban Nikolai Herbst in a discussion about Herbst’s latest novel, Argo, the third part of his Anderswelt trilogy, a modern Odyssey into a future where the boundaries between East and West, humankind and technology and reality and fiction become blurred.

USchütte-GerhardRoth-ok.inddOn Wednesday, 15 January 2014, Uwejoined Gerhard Roth in a discussion about the influential Austrian writer’s life and literary work on the occasion of the publication of Uwe’s latest book, Unterwelten. Zu Leben und Werk von Gerhard Roth. The event took place at the Vienna Library in Vienna City Hall.

Finally, Uwe was invited to discuss Gerhard Roth’s life and works in an interview with the Austrian news programme Zeit im Bild (ZiB 13), broadcast on Austrian national TV on Thursday, 16 January 2014. Click here to watch the short clip.


Uwe Schütte meets Alban Nikolai Herbst to discuss his latest novel, Argo

On the 22nd of October, Uwe Schütte hosted a reading by the German author Alban Nikolai Herbst, followed by a discussion with the author, at the “Literaturhaus Stuttgart”. Alban Nikolai Herbst read excerpts from his latest novel Argo, the grand finale of his Anderswelt trilogy . Alban Nikolai Herbst is a renowned postmodern German writer and won the literary award “Fantastik Preis der Stadt Wetzlar” in 1999 for Thetis, the first book in this series.

The novel follows an author, Hans Deters, who writes a story about the East German Achilles Borkenbrok. The book deals with the DDR and its people, their fears and hopes, and manages to blend Homer’s Ulysses with our world. It challenges our world views, our perception of reality and guarantees a thrilling reading experience.

If you would like to find out more about Alban Nikolai Herbst and get an impression of his works, please visit the website of the Literaturhaus Stuttgart or visit the author’s blog.

Two new Teaching Assistants at the German Department

Liebe Studierende,

this year, two new Teaching Assistants from Germany are joining the German Department at Aston. Our names are Esther and Thoralf and we will be more than happy to help you with improving your German language skills. We are students at the University of Paderborn and while Esther studies English and German, I study English, French and History and both of us aim to become teachers.

Feel free to come and visit us during our Drop-in clinics (Tuesday and Thursday, 11-2) or, in case you cannot make it, send us an e-mail to set up a meeting. You can always come to us if you have any questions or need help, be it concerning vocabulary, grammar, writing skills or other matters. Of course a nice chat about whatever topic you?d like can also be arranged.

Those of you who are on their year abroad right now can also profit from our presence at Aston. Send us your texts (see German Support Materials on Blackboard, in IBML and LSS Year Abroad – Assessment Guides) and we will provide feedback to help you improve your writing skills.

Our e-mail addresses are and We are very excited about our work at the German Department and look forward to meeting you all.

Bis bald,
Esther & Thoralf


Aston visits Wolverhampton Grammar

Last week, our Head of German Studies, Dr Stefan Manz, paid a visit to Wolverhampton Grammar School to talk to their Year 10 students taking GCSE German about the many advantages of studying a foreign language, especially with regard to career prospects.

This was the first in a series of school visits the German group is planning to various schools in the region to inspire MFL students to take their language study to A-level and – hopefully! – beyond.