Dr Sarah Pogoda

Lecturer in German Studies


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Originally from the Bergische Land (Nordrhein-Westfalen), I studied German literature, history and communication at the Freie Universität Berlin. As part of my undergraduate programme I went on an Erasmus exchange to the University of Vienna. After my Magister Artium I completed a doctorate in German literature. Having worked as a tutor for GfL (German as a Foreign Language) in the private sector in Berlin, I went to the University of Sheffield as DAAD-Lektorin in 2012. In autumn 2016 I came to Bangor University.


At the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin I offered several modules on Political Studies and German Literature of the 20th century. As a DAAD-Lektor at the University of Sheffield (2012-2016) I taught modules on contemporary German culture and media, post-wall German art, film and performance, as well as modules on contemporary German literature. Alongside this research led teaching, I have been teaching German language at all levels (ab initio to near native competence) since 2011. At Bangor University I continue teaching German language at all levels, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in my field of research expertise, this includes e.g. the modules "Culture in Context" (LXE 1600); "Divided Germany" (LXG 2013), "Performing Germany" (LXG 3036), "German Avant-Garde" (LXM 4037) and "Critical Theory" (LXM 4001).

In my teaching, I prefer to integrate artistic practices, such as Happenings and Creative Writing exercises. I do not only understand this kind of pracice based learning as best practice in teaching, but first and foremost, I want to show my students that the revolution starts with ourselves and inside ourselves. It is this revolution of the self which I consider as the key experience of life, and of university life in particular. I was nominated for the Special Recognition Award.


My current research project considers the idea of the moving image in Christoph Schlingensief's work and how it is transformed by working with genres other than film, such as theatre productions, radio plays and action art. In this regard I am also particularly interested in the political potential of art and how contemporary artist interfere in the public sphere. Here, I am exploring the transformative strategies of Avant-garde art. Concerning these questions I organised the international conference “Christoph Schlingensief and the Avant-Garde” at the ZIF Bielefeld in February 2017.

Furthermore, I am keen to explore methods of research as art and how research and academia may reinvent public engagement via artistic research. In this context I started the experimental project “Bellotograph”.

Further research interests lie in the interrelations of literature and architecture and, more generally, in the history, culture, politics and literature of post-1945 Germany, including the former GDR. In my doctoral thesis I look at metaphors of building and dwelling in post-war and contemporary German literature and culture. In addition I am interested in contemporary German literature in general.


  1. Article › Research › Peer-reviewed
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    Der lustwandelnde Tantalos: Christoph Geisers texterotisches Dürsten

    Pogoda, S., 2009, In : Mauerschau. 2, 2, p. 45-59 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Game developers' approaches to comunicating climate change

    Walton, S. P., Williams, C., Pogoda, S., Reynolds, D., Gerson, S. A., Foltz, A. & Begum, T., 20 Jun 2019, In : Frontiers in Communication. 4, 14 p., 28.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Chapter › Research › Not peer-reviewed
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    Künstlerische Avantgardeforschung und Institutionskritik in Christoph Schlingensiefs Müllfestspiele (1996), Seven X (1999) und Erster Attaistischer Kongress (2002)

    Pogoda, S., 25 Mar 2019, Christoph Schlingensief und die Avantgarde. Knapp, L., Lindholm, S. & Pogoda, S. (eds.). Fink Verlag

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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    Von Baumeistern, Anti-Architekten und Anarchitektur

    Pogoda, S., 2014, Text-Architekturen: Die Baukunst der Literatur. Krause, R. & Zemanek, E. (eds.). Berlin: De Gruyter, p. 223-236 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  8. Chapter › Research › Peer-reviewed
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    Branding the new Germany: The Brandenburg Gate and a new kind of German historical Amnesia

    Pogoda, S. & Traxler, R., Nov 2017, Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin. Bauer, K. & Hosek, J. (eds.). Berghahn Books

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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    Deutschland in den Sand setzen: The transformative metaphorology of Searching for Germany '99

    Pogoda, S., 28 Jun 2017, Art of Wagnis: Christoph Schlingensief’s Crossing of Wagner and Africa. Lehmann, F., Siegert, N. & Vierke, U. (eds.). Vienna: Verlag für Moderne Kunst, p. 77-88

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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    Erzählerische Kontingenzverwaltung bei Gregor Hens

    Pogoda, S., 2008, Literatur der Jahrtausendwende: Themen, Schreibverfahren und Buchmarkt um 2000. Zemanek, E. & Krones, S. (eds.). Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, p. 225-234 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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    Peter de Mendelssohn: Intellektueller zwischen den Stühlen und vergessener Romanautor

    Pogoda, S., 2011, Verfolgt und umstritten! : Remigrierte Künstler im Nachkriegsdeutschland. Grisko, M. & Wenzel, H. (eds.). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, p. 213-222 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  13. Book › Research › Peer-reviewed
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    Demiurgen in der Krise: Architektenfiguren in der Literatur nach 1945

    Pogoda, S., 1 Sep 2013, Berlin: Ripperger & Kremers . 352 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  15. Web publication/site › Research
  16. The Bellotograph Project

    Pogoda, S., 2015

    Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

  17. Exhibition › Research
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  19. Performance › Research
  20. Germany Surrenders

    Pogoda, S., 11 May 2015

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

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    The Redundancy: A site specific, multimedia, non-participatory performance

    Pogoda, S., 2 Jun 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance