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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Professor Christopher Young

Professor Christopher Young
Head of the School of Arts and Humanities
Director of the Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership
Professor of Modern and Medieval German Studies
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 338144

Pembroke College 
Trumpington Street 
United Kingdom

Chris Young is currently working as Head of the School of Arts and Humanities.


Christopher Young has primary teaching and research interests in medieval German literature and language and the history of European (and in particular German) sport. He has been a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (Cologne) and a Permanent Visiting Fellow of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduiertenschule für literaturwissenschaftliche Studien der FU Berlin (2010-12). He is co-founder and editor of de Gruyter's new series Companions to Modern German Culture, of the University of California Press’s series Sport in World History, and is a member of the editorial team of the Zeitschrift für deutsches Altertum. He is currently Head of the School of Arts and Humanities, Director of the Cambridge DAAD Research Hub for German Studies, and Director of the Cambridge-LMU Strategic Partnership.

Professor Young welcomes inquiries from potential MPhil and PhD students with research interests relevant to his interests.

Research interests: 

Medieval German literature and culture

The history of sport in modern Europe and Germany

Recent research projects: 

A media history of German sport (for which he was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, 2012-14); a major new edition of the A, B, and C recensions of the twelfth-century Kaiserchronik (in collaboration with Jürgen Wolf, Marburg, and for which he and Mark Chinca secured c. £950K funding from the AHRC, 2012-2017); Co-Director, with Robert Edelman (UC San Diego) of the collaborative project on Sport and the Cold War (under the auspices of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Washington, and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities).

Published works: 

In medieval studies: 

Narrativische Perspektiven in Wolframs Willehalm (Tübingen 2000)

A History of the German Language through Texts (Routledge 2004),

Ulrich von Liechtenstein's Frauenbuch (Reclam 2003)

Ulrich von Liechtenstein: Leben, Zeit, Werk, Forschung (de Gruyter 2010), edited with Sandra Linden. 


In sports history: 

The 1972 Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany (University of California Press 2010), with Kay Schiller, appeared in German translation with Wallstein Verlag (2012) (awarded the North American Society of Sports History Book Award and the UK’s Aberdare Literary Prize for Sports History).