Dr Anselm Heinrich
- Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)
telephone: 0141 3306804
Head of Subject Area (Theatre Studies)
Office hours: Thursday 10-12pm
German and British theatre history, especially regional and national theatres, audiences and repertoires, issues of funding, censorship, and propaganda. Anselm is also interested in contemporary German and British playwriting, comparative approaches in historiography, the arts during the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich in Germany, artists in exile (1933-1945), theatre in Victorian and Edwardian Britain, cultural policy, and dramaturgy.
Dr Anselm Heinrich is Lecturer and Head of Theatre Studies. Born in 1971 in Bühl in southern Germany and brought up in the Westphalian town of Schwerte he studied English, History and Pedagogy in Münster and graduated with the Staatsexamen and an MA. He then embarked on a PhD at the University of Hull. Anselm subsequently worked as a teaching assistant (Lektor) in Modern Languages at the University of Hull and then as a Research Associate at Lancaster University before moving to Glasgow in 2006. He has published on various aspects of British and German history, and has also worked as a translator. Anselm passionately supports Borussia Dortmund, plays football (badly) and the drums (mediocre), but loves doing both.
European theatre under German occupation during World War II: international and interdisciplinary project which will specifically look at those theatres under German occupation, which were run as German language playhouses. Such theatres were founded all over Europe in countries occupied by the Germans with clear propagandistic aims and a political role behind the front line. First article publication on the “Theater zu Litzmannstadt” coming out shortly with Theatre History Studies, and book proposal to Routledge currently being considered. Research funding from RSE received for research in 2010, application for larger grant from AHRC planned for 2014.
Dramaturgy, performance and politics in pre- and post- 1989 East Germany:the cooperation between Alexander Weigel and Heiner Müller at the Deutsches Theater Berlin. The project will particularly discuss their work on three productions: The Scab (1988), Hamletmachine (1989/90) and Mauser (1991). The focus will be on the dramaturgical processes of the team Weigel-Müller with respect to these three productions (widely regarded as Müller's most influential) and in the context of radical political change outside of the theatre. Interviews, archival research, publications. Successful funding application to Carnegie Trust.
The reception of Shakespeare in Nazi Germany: The reception of Shakespeare in Nazi Germany: international and interdisciplinary research project, large grant application envisaged (AHRC or ERC). This project will look at a number of plays (Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, Macbeth, Richard III, Taming of the Shrew) and investigate to what extent Nazi propaganda put claims on these and Shakespeare more generally. The project will bring together international experts on the topic including Dr. Gerwin Strobl (University of Cardiff), Prof. Dr. Konrad Dussel (Universität Mannheim), and Dr Andrew Bonnell (University of Queensland, Australia). Conference, monograph and collection of essays planned as outputs.
- Carnegie Trust research award (2012) £1,200
- Erasmus Staff Mobility grants, Freie Universität Berlin (2011, 2013) €3,000
- German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Senior Study Visit research award (2010) €1,900
- Royal Society of Edinburgh research award (2009) €1,700
- Level 1: lectures on “Theatre and Society in 20th century Germany”
- Level 2: lectures on ancient Greek theatre, German classical theatre, postmodern practitioners (Heiner Müller, Pina Bausch in particular)
- Level 2 performance project (second semester) on Antigone
- Honours option: “Modern German Theatre”
- Honours option: “Issues in Victorian and Edwardian Theatre”
- MLitt in Dramaturgy and Playwriting: Debating Dramaturgy I (core course)
- PG Research Methods
- Anselm is co-convenor of the MLitt in Theatre History
In 2011 Anselm has taken on the role of Head of Theatre Studies.
He sits on the School’s Management Team and the School’s Learning and Teaching Committee.
He is also Theatre Studies’ Study Abroad and International Exchange Convenor. He would like to hear from prospective international students thinking about spending a year in Glasgow. He is also the first port of call for Glasgow Theatre Studies students intending to study abroad. Everyone interested in our ERASMUS exchanges with Berlin’s Free University and the University of Stockholm should also contact Anselm.
Previous convening roles included:
- Level 2 Course Convenor
- Junior Honours Convenor (2006-09)
- TFTS Learning and Teaching Committee (2007-09)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (www.heacademy.ac.uk)
- Chairman of the Academic Advisory Council of Thalia Germanica (www.sfu.ca/thalia-germanica)
- Member of the executive committee of the Society for Theatre Research (www.str.org.uk)
- Member of the German History Society (www.germanhistorysociety.org.uk)
- Member of TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association, www.tapra.org)
- Associate Member of the Ruskin Library and Research Centre at Lancaster University (www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/ruskin/)
- Reader of article submissions for Nineteenth-Century Contexts, History Compass, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film, International Review of Scottish Studies, Portal reviewer for e-journal Portal and for the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance
- External Examiner for MA Performance Research in the Drama Department, University of Bristol, and for BA Drama programme at Goldsmiths, University of London
Other Publications / Forthcoming Publications
- “Performance for Imagined Communities: Gladstone, the National Theatre and Contested Didactics of the Stage.” Politics, Performance and Popular Culture: Theatre and Society in Nineteenth-Century England. Katherine Newey and Peter Yeandle, eds. Manchester: Manchester University Press
- “Theater im Ruhrgebiet 1871-1945” (forthcoming publication with LiThes)
- “Theatre in Łódź under German Occupation during the Second World War.” (accepted for publication by Theatre History Studies, vol. 34 (2014))
Selected Reviews and Review Articles:
- “Politics and the Arts”. Review article of Der “Reichsdramaturg”. Rainer Schlösser und die Musiktheater- Politik in der NS- Zeit, Boris von Haken; and Bühnen der Politik. Die Oper in europäischen Gesellschaften im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert, Sven Oliver Mueller, Jutta Toelle, Eds. Bulletin des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London 31, no. 1 (2009): 74-82.
- Queen Victoria and the Theatre of her Age, by Richard Schoch. Nineteenth Century Contexts 29.1 (2007): 63-66.
- Das Kulturlexikon zum Dritten Reich. Wer war was vor und nach 1945, by Ernst Klee. Review for H-Soz-Kult (May 2007)
- Hanns Johst: “Der Barde der SS”, by Rolf Düsterberg. Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London 28, no. 2 (2006): 100-105.
- Arts in Exile in Britain 1933-1945, by Shulmatith Behr and Marian Malet, eds. Review for www.theaterforschung.de (July 2006)
- Regular reviewer for Studies in Theatre and Performance, New Theatre Quarterly, Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London, Modern Languages Review, H-Net German, H-Soz-u-Kult, and www.theaterforschung.de
Selected Conference Papers
- Invited speaker at symposia organised by the Berlin Wissenschaftszentrum: papers on subsidies to the performing arts, and perceptions of theatre in Germany and Britain (2011 and 2013)
- “Germanification, Cultural Mission, Holocaust: Theatre in Łódź during WWII”, invited speaker at international conference Łódź (2012)
- “Gladstone, the National Theatre and Contested Didactics of the Stage”, Politics, Performance and Popular Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain conference, University of Birmingham (2012)
- “CEMA and Regional Theatre, 1940-1945”, Regional Spaces, National Stages: Performance beyond London 1945-2010 conference, University of Reading (2010)
- “Nazi Thing Theatre”, Germania Remembered 1500-2009 conference, University of London (2009)
- “Dream Palaces – Regional Theatres in Britain and Germany at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century”, The Cultural Industries in the Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Britain and Germany Compared conference, German Historical Institute London (2009)
- “New Readings of Germany’s Classical Theatre”, Georgian Theatre conference in Richmond (September 2008)
- “York Memories – oral history and regional theatre”, SIBMAS theatre conference in Glasgow (2008)
- “Theatre in Britain during the Second World War”, Society for Theatre Research lecture series (2007)
- “John Ruskin and the Development of the National Theatre”, Life Writing conference, Lancaster University (2005)
- “Münster’s Theatre During the Third Reich”, Connecting Cultures conference, University of Kent (2004)
- “York’s Theatre Royal Between 1877 and 1945”, Shifting Scenes: Theatre Histories Beyond London conference, University of Manchester (2003)
- “Theatre Émigrés in Britain 1933-1945”, Thalia Germanica conference, Riga (2003)
- “Contemporary German Theatre and Drama”, invited to panel on contemporary European plays and playwrights at Festival of Contemporary European Plays in Huddersfield (2002)
Anselm has organised a conference on Ruskinian Theatre. The Victorian Theatre and the Visual Arts at Lancaster University in 2006. He was also part of the team which organised TaPRA 2013 (with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).
Anselm has featured on the Goethe- Institut’s “Meet the Germans” project featuring Germans living abroad (www.goethe.de/ins/gb/lp/prj/mtg/gar/hei/deindex.htm). He has appeared on BBC Radio Scotland, and BBC Humberside (Radio and Television).
Anselm is also a translator. He has worked for different companies and organisations, including the University of Hull, and has done translations for Carolyne Choa- Minghella (film script of The Wisdom of Crocodiles, as shown in cinemas) and for Theatresearch. He has translated Sarah- Jane Dickinson’s play Not Yet for the Goethe- Institut.
His cooperation with the Goethe Institut Glasgow (http://www.goethe.de/ins/gb/gla/deindex.htm) in particular has led to a number of events including a panel discussion on dramaturgy (with Maja Zade from the Berlin Schaubühne), talks by Alexander Weigel (long standing dramaturge at the Berlin Deutsches Theater) and an illustrated lecture by Robert Sturm, artistic director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.