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Martin Lindner is a first-year AHRC and Clarendon-funded doctoral student at Brasenose College. His research interests lie in the intersection between Postcolonial Studies, Narratology and German and Austrian literature in the 19th and early 20th century.


As and AHRC and Clarendon scholar, Martin’s doctoral research focuses on colonialist discourses in Germanophone literature and culture from around the end of the Habsburg Empire. Supervised by Prof. Carolin Duttlinger, his project will examine the specific role of narrative form in expressing or challenging colonialist power structures within Central Europe. Martin’s project will also explore to what extent aesthetics of similarity existed in this context, and in how analysing such aesthetics can serve as a productive paradigm extension for postcolonial narrative research.

Martin holds an MPhil from Cambridge and gained two years of professional experience in the International Education Division of Oxford University Press before starting his doctorate studies.



Conference Papers

‘“Wer ‘ihr’? Wen meinst du mit ‘ihr’?” - Questions of Jewish Belonging in Anna Mitgutsch's Haus der Kindheit (2000) and Doron Rabinovici's Ohnehin (2004)’ - Interdisciplinary symposium ‘Agency, Community, Kinship – Representations of Migration Beyond Victimhood’, Center for Narrative Research (CNR), University of Wuppertal (24/02/2022)


Student tutor for module ‘Introduction to German Literary Studies’, Leipzig University (10/2019 – 02/2020)

  • Nominated for the university-wide prize for the best tutorial, University Society Leipzig (‘Preis für TutorInnen’, Universitätsgesellschaft – Freunde und Förderer der Universität Leipzig e.V.)
  • Leading weekly repetition sessions for Professor Silke Horstkotte’s seminar ‘Weimar Classicism and Romanticism’


  • Winner of the Charles Carlton Prize for the best MPhil performance in History, Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences at Wolfson College, Cambridge (10/12/2021)
  • Winner of the Postgraduate Essay Prize of the British and Irish Association for Jewish Studies (BIAJS) for module essay on contemporary Jewish-Austrian writing (08/06/2021)