WIGS was established in 1988 with the aim of bringing together female Germanists in Great Britain and Ireland and supporting them in all aspects of their professional life. Membership is open to any woman who is currently teaching, studying, or working in any area of German Studies, or who has done so in the past.

The main event organised by WIGS is the annual conference, which takes place at a different institution each year in November. This is an interdisciplinary, one-day event combining academic papers, a business meeting, and exchange of information. In 1993 it was decided to hold a larger conference at the University of Nottingham, open to non-members, on the subject of 'Women and the Wende'. Following its success, open conferences have since been held in 1998 ('Women and Autobiography', University of Manchester), in 2000 ('Myths and Mythology', University of Edinburgh) and in 2003 ('Local Narratives / Global Narratives of Identity', University of Bath). The last open conference took place in July 2008, and was hosted by the University of Liverpool. In November 2010, WIGS held a joint conference at Swansea University on 'Friendship' together with its sister-organisation WISPS.


For current programme and conferences please go to our blog Women in German Studies.

For the registration for the 2017 conference, please go to the online store: Conference Registration.



WIGS 28th Annual Conference

Saturday 5 November 2015

Aberystwyth University

Registration for this year’s annual members’ conference at Aberystwyth University (4-5 November) is now open! Please register by completing the online booking form.

The booking form will be open until 27 October. To help with planning, the organisers would be grateful if you could register sooner rather than later.

The conference is open to all members of Women in German Studies. To join WIGS, please fill out the membership form available here and send it to Caroline Bland.

Please see the following link for the latest version of the conference programme: WIGS 28th Annual Conference Programme.

There is a discounted conference rate for postgraduate students (available on the online booking form). WIGS is also able to provide a contribution towards the travel costs of postgraduate members attending the conference. Please apply to the Treasurer, Caroline Bland, as soon as possible.

General conference queries should be directed to Rose Simpson.

We look forward to seeing you in Aberystwyth in November!



WIGS 28th Annual Conference

Saturday 5 November 2015

Aberystwyth University

The annual Women in German Studies members' conference will be held at Aberystwyth University this November.

Full CfP details can be downloaded here.

WIGS is able to provide a contribution towards the travel costs of postgraduate members attending a WIGS annual conference.


WIGS Committee appointments

We are delighted to announce that Katya Krylova (University of Nottingham) has taken over from Helen Finch (University of Leeds) as Secretary.

Cyd Sturgess (University of Sheffield) will take over from Emily Spiers as WIGS Graduate Rep

Birgit Mikus (University of Oxford) has taken on the new role of WIGS Early Career Rep


Women in German Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize - Winner announced!

The winner of the first annual Women in German Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize was announced at the 26th Annual WiGS Conference at Selwyn College, Cambridge on 7 November 2014. Congratulations to Ina Linge (University of Cambridge) for her winning essay, 'Gender and Agency between "Sexualwissenschaft" and Autobiography: The Case of N.O.Body's Aus eines Mannes Mädchenjahren (1907)'.



With German Studies fighting for its position in the British and Irish university landscape, the situation of its ‘Nachwuchs’ seems more precarious than ever: an increasing number of early-career academics find themselves in a succession of short-term contracts with very limited prospects of permanent employment.

WiGS would like to invite members and non-members to share their experiences and views as well as suggestions on how to approach this issue.

Please email your comments to Simone Schroth. We will then use your contributions (anonymously or with names; please indicate your preference) to put together a collective blog entry with a commenting option.

We particularly welcome comments that include reflections on gender issues facing early-career academics.

To view the blog and find out more about WiGS online activity, click here.


Women in German Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize

Women in German Studies are delighted to announce their new prize for postgraduate scholarship. Postgraduate members of WiGS are encouraged to submit essays on any topic within German Studies. The winning essay will be selected by the WiGS committee and announced at the annual WiGS conference. Winners of the essay prize will receive £100 and the opportunity to have their piece published in the journal German Life and Letters.

The Call for Papers will be published annually on the WiGS blog. This yearly competition is open to all postgraduate and recent postgraduate members of Women in German Studies except committee members. It is possible to join the society when sending in submissions.

Please note that submission for the 2014 round has now closed. Presentation of the prize-winning essay and award ceremony at the Women in German Studies AGM and annual meeting (normally in early November).

The prize consists of £100 for the winner and the submission of the entry for consideration by the editors of German Life and Letters.

For more information, see the WIGS Postgraduate Essay Entry Specifications

*Postgraduate Essay Prize Entry Specifications

Any enquiries relating to the prize should be emailed to the Secretary of WiGS.



New Book Announcement: Cultural Impact in the German Context, Rebecca Braun & Lyn Marven (eds.)


AHRC Block Grant Partnership Awards and Non-AHRC Institutional Awards (2009-14)


DAAD Funding to go to Germany