European Studies publications


Cold War Spy Stories from Eastern Europe

Glajar, Valentina, Lewis, Alison and Petrescu, Corina L. (eds.,). Cold War Spy Stories from Eastern Europe. Potomac Books, 2019.
Lewis, Alison. “The Stasi’s Secret War on Books: Uwe Berger and the Cold War Spy as Informant and Book Reviewer,” in Glajar, Valentina, Lewis, Alison and Petrescu, Corina L. (eds.,). Cold War Spy Stories from Eastern Europe. Potomac Books, 2019.

During the Cold War, stories of espionage became popular on both sides of the Iron Curtain, capturing the imagination of readers and filmgoers alike as secret police quietly engaged in surveillance under the shroud of impenetrable secrecy. And curiously, in the post–Cold War period there are no signs of this enthusiasm diminishing. The opening of secret police archives in many Eastern European countries has provided the opportunity to excavate and narrate for the first time forgotten spy stories. More information...

It’s not All about You: New Perspectives on Address Research

Kretzenbacher, Heinz L., Hajek, John, Lagerberg, Robert and Bresin, Agnese. “Now you Sie me, now you don’t: the history and remnants of the 3pl V address pronoun calque in Slovak (onikanie) and in Czech (onikání),” in Kluge, Bettina and Moyna, María Irene (eds.,). It’s not All about You: New Perspectives on Address Research. John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2019.

The twenty-first century has seen a surge in cross-linguistic research on forms of address from increasingly diverse and complementary perspectives. The present edited collection is the inaugural volume of Topics in Address Research, a series that aims to reflect that growing interest. The volume includes an overview, followed by seventeen chapters organised in five sections covering new methodological and theoretical approaches, variation and change, address in digital and audiovisual media, nominal address, and self- and third-person reference. More information...

Eurovision and Australia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Down Under

Lewis, Alison and Hajek, John. “Lessons Learned: Teaching European Studies in full Eurovision,” in Hay, Chris and Carniel, Jess (eds.,). Eurovision and Australia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Down Under. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

This book investigates Australia’s relationship with the Eurovision Song Contest over time and place, from its first screening on SBS in 1983 to Australia’s inaugural national selection in 2019. Beginning with an overview of Australia’s Eurovision history, the contributions explore the contest’s role in Australian political participation and international relations; its significance for Australia’s diverse communities, including migrants and the LGBTQIA+ community; racialised and gendered representations of Australianness; changing ideas of liveness in watching the event; and a reflection on teaching Australia’s first undergraduate course dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest. More information...


101 mots pour comprendre l'Australie

McGregor, Andrew. “Cultures: Cinéma,” in Brown, Peter and Faberon, Jean-Yves (dir.,). 101 mots pour comprendre l'Australie. Centre de documentation pédagogique de Nouvelle-Calédonie (CDP-NC), 2018.

The 101 mots pour comprendre collection offers small encyclopaedias of popularisation while aiming for scientific excellence. This book devoted to Australia brings together all the fields of knowledge over an immense expanse: a remote history, a disproportionate geography, a diversified sociology, plural policies, an original organisation, and all this against a backdrop of ongoing debates... without forgetting that from a specific point of view, that of the neighbouring archipelago of New Caledonia, it is necessary to know how much Australia counts for all Caledonians. More information...


Motion Pictures: Travel Ideals in Film

Blackwood, G. and McGregor, A. (eds.,). Motion Pictures: Travel Ideals in Film. Peter Lang, 2016.

This volume examines representations and explorations of travel ideals in contemporary international cinema. It assembles work from a diverse range of academic fields including anthropology, sociology, ethnography, cinema, culture, tourism, communication and language studies, with contributions from international experts such as Mary Louise Pratt of New York University, whose work on ‘contact zones’ continues to provide the framework for scholarship on travel writing around the world. More information...


Marriage in Turkish German Popular Culture: States of Matrimony in the New Millennium

Benbow, H. Marriage in Turkish German Popular Culture: States of Matrimony in the New Millennium. Lexington Books, 2015.

This book documents the significance of marriage in 21st-century Turkish-German culture, unpacking its implications not only for the cultural portrayals of those of Turkish background, but also for understandings of German identity. It sheds light on the interactions of gender, sexuality and ethnicity in contemporary Germany. More information...