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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Katharina Karcher

Dr Katharina Karcher
Sutasoma Research Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
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Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Degrees Obtained: PhD in German Studies (University of Warwick); Research Master 'Gender and Ethnicity' (Utrecht University); Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies (Bauhaus University Weimar)

Awards and Prizes:

2016-19: Sutasoma Research Fellowship at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

2015: British Academy Small Research Grant. Title of funded project: 'Women - Violence - 1968'.
Co-applicant: Professor Sarah Colvin (Cambridge).

2014-16: Research grant from the German Academic Exchange Service. Title of funded project:  ‘Reading Violent Politics – Approaching Political Extremism in Germany Since 1968’ (2015-2016). Co-applicants: Professor Sarah Colvin (Cambridge), Professor Susanne Krasmann (Hamburg).

2013-14: Research Scholarship in Modern Languages from the Modern Humanities Research Association

2012-13: Early Career Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick

2009-12: Warwick Postgraduate Research Scholarship

2007-09: 'HSP Huygens' scholarship from the Dutch Government

2003-09: Scholarship holder at the 'Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes' [German National Academic Foundation] 

Research interests: 

Katharina's research focuses on radical protest and political violence in the Federal Republic of Germany. She has published essays on feminist theory and politics, women's involvement in political violence and feminist activism in the FRG. Currently, Katharina is working on a study of the UK exile of the prominent German student leader Rudi Dutschke. 

Published works: 


Forthcoming: Sisters in Arms? Militant Feminisms in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1968 (Monographs in German History). Berghahn April 2017

Scholarly articles and book chapters:

'From Student Riots to Feminist Firebombs: Debates about "Counter-violence" in the West German Student Movement and Women's Movement', Women in German Yearbook, Vol 32 (2016).

'How (not) to “Hollaback”: towards a transnational debate on the “Red Zora” and militant tactics in the feminist struggle against gender based violence’, in: Feminist Media Studies. October 2015.

‘Women in Armed Leftist Struggles’, in Naples, Nancy, Renee C. Hoogland, Maithree Wickramasinghe & Angela Wong (eds.): The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell. 2015.

‘The Mimesis that was not one: Femininity as camouflage in the armed struggle in West Germany’, in: Irigaray, Luce & Michael Marder (eds): Building a New World. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp. 209-221. 

‘“Die Perücke ist ein Element das alle Katzen grau macht” – femininity as camouflage in the liberation of the prisoner Andreas Baader in 1970’, in: Bandhauer-Schöffmann, Irene & Dirk van Laak (eds.): Der Linksterrorismus der 1970er-Jahre und die Ordnung der Geschlechter. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2013, pp. 99-119.

Book Reviews:

Forthcoming: Clare Bielby’s Violent Women in Print: Representations in the West German Print Media of the 1960s and 1970s, in: German Politics and Society.

2014: Rosi Braidotti’s The Posthuman, in: Feminist Review, July 2014, pp. 107-109.

2010: Paige Whaley Eager’s From Freedom Fighters to Terrorists and Margaret Gonzalez-Perez’ Women and Terrorism, in: European Journal of Cultural Studies 2010 13, pp. 263-265.

Other Publications:

2016: 'Angela Merkel to run again: why she's the antithesis of Donald Trump in a post-truth world@, in The Conversation, 21 November 2016. Available online:

2016: 2016: ‘Feminism on Fire - Adrienne Gerhäuser, Corinna Kawaters and the ‘Red Zora’’, 1 September 2016. Available online in DangerousWomenProject

2014: ‘Die Anschläge der ‘Rote Zora’ – frauenbewegte Militanz oder militanter Feminismus?’, in Anschläge: Das feministische Magazin, February 2014.

2013: ‘Interview with Luce Irigaray’, in: Exchanges: the Warwick Research Journal , No. 1