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Manager: Dr Paul Vickers

CITAS Manager

Dr Paul Vickers

Dr. Paul Vickers (born 1984 in Leicester, England) took up the post of manager of the Center for International and Transnational Area Studies (CITAS) at the University of Regensburg in April 2018. From September 2014 to March 2018 he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, where he also taught in the Department of East European History and in the Department of Slavonic Studies. He has also been manager of the Leibniz ScienceCampus "Europe and America in the Modern World" since it was launched on 1 September 2019.

He gained his PhD in 2013 from the University of Glasgow with a thesis that explored relations between popular autobiography, popular memory, censorship and academic research in relation to the former German territories of postwar Poland. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Reading European Cultures (Slavonic Studies) from the University of Glasgow in 2007. It was during this time that he developed his interst in investigating Polish, German and East European memory cultures that first emerged in the course of his BA in Polish and German Studies at University College London (2002-2006), which including semesters at the University of Hamburg and the University of Wrocław. In 2008 and again between 2012 and 2014 he was a lecturer at the Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.

As part of the ScienceCampus, he is a member of the editorial board of the blog-journal Frictions. He has served as a peer reviewer for journals including Gender & History, Journal of Perpetrator Research, Frontiers of Narrative Studies, and Zagadnienia Rodzajów Literackich/The Problems of Literary Genres. He has also acted as reviewer for book proposals with Routledge. 

Paul Vickers has also translated scholarly works from Polish to English and German to English, specializing in texts from history, social sciences, theatre studies, biography studies and cultural studies.

Email: paul.vickers@ur.de
Tel. +49 941 943-5964


Since April 2018: Manager of CITAS and then from 2022 DIMAS

09.2014-03.2018: Postdoctoral Researcher GCSC, University of Giessen

2008-2013: PhD in Slavonic Studies, University of Glasgow

2008, 2012-14: Lecturer, Precarpathian National University, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine

2006-2007: M.Litt. Reading European Cultures (Slavonic Studies), Glasgow

2002-2006: BA Polish and German Studies, University College London, including semesters at Hamburg and Wrocław


Fiction, Authenticity and Alternative Histories: Time traveling with 1930s punks Hańba!: in Otro maldito homenaje ... Festgabe für Jochen Mecke, Anne-Sophie Donnarieix, Susanne Greilich, Ralf Junkerjürgen, Hubert Pöppel, Dagmar Schmelzer, Eds. (Munic: AVM, 2023) pp. 201-212.

Heritage under Socialism: Preservation in Eastern and Central Europe, 1945–1991,
edited by Eszter Gantner, Corinne Geering, and Paul Vickers; New Perspectives on Central and Eastern European Studies, vol. 2. (New York/ Oxford: Berghahn: 2022).

Remembering between Travel and Locatedness: New Horizons in Cultural and Media Memory Studies, co-editor of the Special Issue of the Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, vol. 11, 2019: Supplement 1

Maria Elisabeth Dorr, Astrid Erll, Erin Högerle, Paul Vickers & Jarula M.I. Wegner (2019) Introduction: Travel, locatedness, and new horizons in Memory Studies, Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, 11:sup1, DOI: 10.1080/20004214.2019.1690840

‘Moving Homes and Homelands on Television: (West) Germany’s Heimat and Poland’s Dom’, Oxford German Studies, Band 47, 1, 2018, pp. 103-124. doi.org/10.1080/00787191.2018.1409515

‚Vergiss das populäre Gedächtnis nicht. Erinnerungsforschung, Autobiographie und Kulturgeschichte’: in Neue Perspektiven der Kulturgeschichte. Gegenstände, Konzepte, Quellen, Benjamin Brendel, Corinne Geering und Sebastian Zylinski, Hrsg. (Trier: VWT, 2018), pp. 167-184.

Constructing a Memory of Polish/Jewish Community in Tadeusz Słobodzianek’s Our Class, in: Polish Literature in Transformation, edited by Ursula Phillips with Knut Andreas Grimstad and Kris Van Heuckelom (Berlin und Zürich: LIT Verlag, 2013), pp. 203-223.

“Czuję się niczym – czy to w Polsce kapitalistycznej, czy Ludowej”: Images of the Polish Father from women’s communist-era memoirs, [“I feel worthless whether Poland is capitalist or a People’s Republic”], in Postawy rodzicielskie współczensnych ojców/ Paternal Attitudes of Modern Fathers, Maria Kujawska and Lidia Huber, Hrsg. (Poznan: WSNHiD, 2010), pp. 48-70.

Staging Memories of Forced Migration in Jan Klata’s Transfer!, Polish Theatre Perspectives, 1 (2010), pp. 199-226.

The Staging of Family Memories of Forced Migration in Jan Klata’s Transfer!, in Rodzina, tożsamość, pamięć/ Family, Identity, Memory, Maria Kujawska, Izabela Skórzyńska and Grażyna Teusz, Hrsg. (Poznan: WSNHiD, 2009), pp. 171-196.

Research Interests

  • Memory cultures in Poland, Germany and Eastern Europe
  • Representations of history in film and television
  • Transnational conceptions of "home" or "Heimat"
  • Autobiography, popular memory and censorship
  • Theories and methods of area studies

Reviews and Reports

Review: Area Studies at the Crossroads. Knowledge Production after the Mobility Turn, Mielke and Hornidge, eds. (2017), for Connections. PDF available here.

Conference Report: Area Studies in Flux, 27-29 September 2018, UCL for H-Soz-Kult. PDF available here.

Review: Das global vernetzte Dorf by Matthias Kaltenbrunner (2017) for H-Soz-Kult. PDF available here.

“A New Englightenment”, or Cosmopolitan memory yet again. Rezension von Memory and Forgetting in the Post-Holocaust Era: The Ethics of Never Again, Alejandro Baer and Natan Sznaider (2017), for Kult Online, vol. 51, 2017.

Review: Memory and Change in Europe: Eastern Perspectives, edited by M. Pakier and J. Wawrzyniak (2016), in Memory Studies, vol. 10, 2 (2017), 232-235.

Review: (A)pollonia: Twenty-First Century Polish Drama and Texts for the Stage, Krystyna Duniec, Joanna Klass, Joanna Krakowska (Hrsg.) (2015) for Pol-Int, Polish Studies. Interdisciplinary (2016).

Review: Empowering Revolution: America, Poland and the End of the Cold War by Gregory F. Domber (2014) for Pol-Int.org, Polish Studies.Interdisciplinary (2016).

Review: Soviet Soft Power in Poland: Culture and the Making of Stalin’s New Empire, 1943-1957 by Patryk Babiracki (2015), in Journal of European Studies, vol. 46, 1 (2016), 93-95.

Europe's periphery at the centre of attention, or: Contextualizing Ukraine - too much, too fast? Rezension von Klaus Bachmann and Igor Lyubashenko (eds): The Maidan Uprising, Separatism and Foreign Intervention: Ukraine's complex transition (2014), in Kult Online, vol. 42, 2015.

Orientalising Eastern Europe: The "semi-periphery" as object and producer of orientalist discourse. Rezension von Ideologies of Eastness in Central and Eastern Europe by Tomasz Zarycki (2014), in Kult Online, vol. 41, 2015.

Review: Okkupation im Osten: Besatzeralltag in Warschau und Minsk 1939–1944, by Stephan Lehnstaedt (2010), in Central Europe, Vol. 9, 2 (2011), 159-161.

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