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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Miriam Schwarz

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College: Jesus College


Supervisor: Prof Sarah Colvin

Research Topic: Narratives of Women’s Friendships in Contemporary Anglophone and German Literature



Before starting her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2020, Miriam taught as DAAD–Lektorin at the University of Oxford for three years. She received a Master’s Degree in Modern German Literature as well as a Bachelor’s degree in German Philology and Social Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin. In between these degrees, she spent a year as a teaching assistant at the German Department of Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran.



Miriam's PhD research is focused on the narratives of women’s friendships in contemporary German and Anglophone fiction and non-fiction literature. She explores how recent texts develop theories and practices of friendship and provide a framework to navigate differences of race, class, and sexuality in these relationships.



Jesus College Cambridge Schröder PhD Scholarship



In 2021/2022, Miriam teaches supervisions on the Ge6 course: Modern German Culture (2): 1890 – the present day. A particular focus in her teaching lies on anti-racist and queerfeminist perspectives.

Previously, Miriam has taught German language classes for undergraduate students of all years as a DAAD-Lektorin at the University of Oxford. Together with Veronika Schuchter, she organised reading groups of Afro-German Women’s Writing and a student-led Symposium to celebrate German-Speaking Women Writers and Thinkers.


Conference papers

“Contemporary German Memory Work and Anger in the Classroom”. Accepted for the 53rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA 2022, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore).

“‘Race is Bigger than Our Friendship’. The ‘We’- Narrator and Racial Segregation in
Aminatou Sow’s and Ann Friedman’s Big Friendship.” Given at the 93th annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA 2021, Online).

“Building a Future on Feminist Friendship. An Intertextual Approach on Friendship as a Gender Non-Conforming Practice in Contemporary German and English Writing”, given at the ‘Gender (Non)Conformity’- Conference, organized by the London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (Oxford, 2019).



‘Antirassismus Interdisziplinär’, along with Rim Jasmin Irscheid for ‘Kontrovers’


Other activities and roles

Together with Daniela Dora, she is inviting Yasemin Altınay to Cambridge to talk about Altınay’s publishing press Literarische Diverse at the end of January 2022. In addition to an event for students at the German department, Yasemin will offer a public reading of poetry published in the magazine (in English). If you are interested in attending this event, e-mail Miriam at

With Veronika Schuchter and Barry Murnane, Miriam founded and was part of the Decolonial Discourses & German Studies project, when she was a DAAD-Lektorin at the University of Oxford.