Dr Stefan Manz

Head of Languages and Translation Studies / Reader in German

Membership of Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA) 
Membership of Institute for the Study of Language and Society (ISLS)
Membership of Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)

Stefan Manz
I hold an MA ( I. Staatsexamen) in History, German, and Pedagogics from Freiburg University and a PhD from Durham University, where I also taught as DAAD-Lektor. At Aston I teach German history, politics and business. Research areas include migration studies, German history and society, and Anglo-German relations. My monograph on German diasporic nationalism during the nineteenth century (Routledge Publishers) was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2015. I am currently working on civilian internment in Britain and its Empire during the First World War, holding grants from the Gerda Henkel Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I welcome PhD-proposals in any of my areas of specialism.  

  • LG1039 Postwar Germany
  • LG2026 German Politics and Society
  • LG3017 Global Germany
  • LG3204 German Research Dissertation
  • I. Staatsexamen, Freiburg University: History, German, Pedagogics  
  • PhD Durham, 'Migranten und Internierte. Deutsche in Glasgow, 1864-1918' 


Authored Books

  • Migranten und Internierte. Deutsche in Glasgow, 1864-1918, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner 2003

Edited Volumes and Special Issues

  • with Panikos Panayi (ed.), Refugees and Cultural Transfer to Britain, Abingdon New York: Routledge 2013 (also special issue of Immigrants and Minorities)

  • with John Davis, Margrit Schulte Beerbühl (ed.), Transnational Networks. German Migrants in the British Empire, 1660-1914, Leiden: Brill 2012
  • with Ljiljana Saric, Andreas Musolff, Ingrid Hudabiunigg (ed.), Contesting Europe's Eastern Rim. Cultural Identities in Public Discourse, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters 2010
  • with John Davis, Margrit Schulte Beerbühl (ed.), Migration and Transfer from Germany to Britain, 1660-1914, Munich: Saur 2007 (Prince Albert Research Publications)
  • with Andreas Musolff, Jonathan Long, Ljiljana Saric (ed.), Discourses of Intercultural Identity in Britain, Germany and Eastern Europe, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters 2004 (Special Issue of the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, vol 25: 5&6, 2004)

Refereed Journal Articles

  • with Panikos Panayi, The Rise and Fall of Germans in the British Hospitality Industry, c1880-1920, in Food and History 11/2 (2013, publication 2014), pp. 243-66
  • Frontline Agents of Globalisation. The German Merchant Community in Glasgow, 1840s to 1914, in Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte 58/2 (2013), pp. 180-196
  • Negotiating Ethnicity, Class, and Gender. German Associational Culture in Glasgow 1864-1914, in Immigrants and Minorities 31 (2013), pp. 146-170
  • Protestantism, Nation and Diaspora in Imperial Germany, in Nations & Nationalism 18/4 (2012), pp. 744-64
  • Nationalism Gone Global. The ‘Hauptverein Deutscher Flottenvereine im Auslande’ 1898-1918, in German History 30/2 (2012), pp. 199-221
  • Intercultural Transfer and Artistic Innovation. German Musicians in Victorian Britain, in German Life and Letters 65/2 (2012), pp. 161-180
  • Joseph Mainzer (1801-1851) and the Popularisation of Choral Singing in Britain, in Immigrants and Minorities 30 (2011), pp. 1-19
  • Translating Nietzsche, Mediating Literature. Alexander Tille and the Limits of Anglo-German Intercultural Transfer, in Neophilologus 91 (2007), pp. 117-134
  • ‘Enemy Aliens’ in Scotland during the First World War, in Yearbook of the Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies 7 (2005), pp. 83-100
  • Constructing a Normative National Identity: The Leitkultur-Debate in Germany, 2000/2001, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 25: 5&6 (2004), pp. 481-496
  • with Andreas Musolff, Jonathan Long, Ljiljana Saric, Introduction, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 25: 5&6 (2004), pp. 361-368
  • ‘Our sworn, subtle, savage, implacable and perfidious foe!’ - Germanophobia and Spy-fever in Scotland, 1914-1918, in Irish-German Studies 1 (2004), pp. 28-37
  • ‘Wir stehen fest zusammen/Zu Kaiser und zu Reich!’ - Nationalism among Germans in Britain, 1871-1918, in German Life and Letters 55 (2002), pp. 398-415
  • New Evidence on Stobs Internment Camp, 1914-1919, in Hawick Archaeological Society Transactions 2002, pp. 259-269
  • Technologietransfer und Spezialistenwanderung. Eine Augsburger Lagerbrauerei in Glasgow, 1889-1956, in Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte 2 (2000), pp. 225-247

Chapters in Edited Books and Encyclopedias

  • Language Preservation as Colonialist Practice. German Schools Abroad, 1871-1914, in Ulrike Kirchberger (ed.), Global Diasporas in the Age of High Imperialism, Leiden: Brill (forthcoming)

  • ‘Enemy Aliens’ in Scotland in a Global Context, 1914-1919: Germanophobia, Internment, Forgetting, in Tim Grady, Hannah Ewence (eds.), Minorities during the First World War. From War to Peace, Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming)

  • 'Pandering to the Foreigner'. Deutsche Musiker und nationale Abgrenzung in Großbritannien um 1900, in Sabine Mecking, Yvonne Wasserloos (eds.), Zwischen Inklusion und Exklusion? 'Deutsche' Musik in Europa und Nordamerika (forthcoming)
  • Glasgow als Reiseziel und Durchgangsstation im 19. Jahrhundert, in Frank-Lothar Kroll, Martin Munke (eds.), Deutsche Englandreisende/German Travels to England 1550-1900, Berlin: Duncker&Humblot, 2014, pp. 81-96
  • America in Global Context: German Entrepreneurs around the World. In Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present, vol. 3, edited by Giles R. Hoyt. German Historical Institute Washington, 2014.
  • Diaspora and Weltpolitik in Wilhelmine Germany, in Panikos Panayi (ed.), Germans as Minorities in World War I, Farnham: Ashgate, 2014, pp. 27-46
  • with Panikos Panayi, Introduction: Refugees and Cultural Transfer to Britain: An Introduction, in Stefan Manz, Panikos Panayi (eds.), Refugees and Cultural Transfer to Britain, Abingdon New York: Routledge, 2013, pp. 2-31
  • with John R. Davis, Margrit Schulte Beerbühl, Germans in the British Empire, in idem (eds.), Transnational Networks. German Migrants in the British Empire, 1670-1914, Leiden: Brill, 2012, pp. 1-18
  • Promoting the German Navy in the British Empire. The Central League for German Navy Clubs Abroad, 1898-1918, in ibid., pp. 163-180
  • Expellees, Counterfactualism and Potatoes. Enlargement and Cross-national Debates in Polish-German Relations, in Ljiljana Saric, Andreas Musolff, Ingrid Hudabiunigg, Stefan Manz (ed.). Contesting Europe's Eastern Rim. Cultural Identities in Public Dicourse, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2010, pp. 1-15
  • with John Davis, Margrit Schulte Beerbühl, Introduction: Towards an Anglo-German Histoire Croisée. Migrants, Transfers and Cross-national Entanglements, in idem. (ed.), Migration and Transfer from Germany to Britain, 1660 to 1914, Munich: Saur 2007, pp. 9-18
  • Management Transfer in the Textile Industry: Otto Ernst Philippi at J. & P. Coats, 1878-1917, in Stefan Manz, John Davis, Margrit Schulte Beerbühl (eds.), Migration and Transfer from Germany to Britain, c.1660 to 1914, Munich: Saur 2007, pp. 161-174
  • Deutsche Unternehmer und Ingenieure als Reisende zur Marktorientierung und zur Industriespionage in Groβbritannien im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert, in Klaus J. Bade et. al. (ed.), Enzyklopädie Migration in Europa. Vom 17. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart, Paderborn: Schöningh 2007, pp. 523-525
  • Peacemaker and Warmonger. Alexander Tille and the Limits of Anglo-German Intercultural Transfer, in Fred Bridgham (ed.), World War I as a Clash of Cultures, New York: Camden House 2006, pp. 215-230
  • Entry on 17 June 1953 Uprising, in German Culture and Society. The Essential Glossary, ed. by H. Briel, London: Arnold 2002, pp. 74f.


  • For Historische Zeitschrift, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Debatte, geschichte.transnational, hsozkult, Vierteljahreshefte für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte, German Politics, Yearbook of German-American Studies. First World War Studies.

Media interviews and presentations

TV/Radio Interviews and articles on Anglo-German relations, German history, Germans in Britain during World War I

  • BBC 2 'Who Do You Think You Are?', with Rick Stein, 2009
  • BBC Radio Scotland, ‘World War I at Home’, 2014
  • BBC West Midlands Radio, ‘Pete Morgan Breakfast Show’, 2014
  • BBC One, ‘Midlands Today’, 2014
  • BBC History Magazine, December 2014

Recent invited papers and funded research travel (selection)

  • Washington DC, German Studies Association, October 2015
  • University of Madison, Wisconsin, conference paper, October 2015
  • Washington DC, German Historical Institute, Research Fellowship, July 2015
  • University of South Africa, Pretoria, and University of Pretoria: paper and postgraduate workshop, March 2015
  • University of Kassel, Germany: conference paper, September 2014 
  • University of Chester: conference paper, April 2014
  • Washington DC: American Historical Association, January 2014
  • [key note] London: German Studies Library Group AGM, July 2013
  • University of Kansas, USA: Society for German-American Studies, April 2012
  • Moscow and Saratov, Russia: two weeks research, April 2012
  • Madison, Wisconsin: one month research, July 2011
  • Berlin: one month research, February 2011
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussels: conference paper, December 2011
  • Business History Society Frankfurt annual conference, October 2011
  • University of Cambridge: conference paper, April 2011
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (elected)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (elected)
  • German History Society (UK)
  • Association for German Studies (UK)
  • Society for German-American Studies (USA)
  • German Studies Association (USA)
  • 2015-16: AHRC public engagement grant for project 'The Stobs Internment Camp and the Borders Region during World War I. Local Memories, Global Contexts'
  • 2015: Fellowship at the German Historical Institute Washington DC
  • 2014-15: Gerda Henkel Foundation for project on 'enemy alien' internment in the British Empire during World War I
  • 2012: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-Fellowship
  • 2011: University of Wisconsin – Madison (USA), research visit
  • 2011: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), research, visiting scholar at the Centre for British Studies, Humboldt University Berlin
  • 2009-10: Aston Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP) to lead Curriculum Harmonisation Project in Languages and Translation Studies
  • 2007: British Academy International Conference Grant (San Diego, USA)
  • 2003-4: Principal Investigator, British Academy International Network ‘Migration and Transfer from Germany to Britain, 1660-1914’
  • 2002: Conference of University Teachers of German, publication scholarship
  • Migration Studies
  • Anglo-German Relations
  • German History/Politics/Society
  • First World War studies
Room: MB767
Phone: 0121 204 3771
Email: S.Manz@aston.ac.uk 
Fax: 0121 204 3788
Office hours:
Wednesday 11.00-12.00
Thursday 11.00-13.00