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Ulrike Garde’s research interests range across Intercultural German Studies, in particular German theatre, performing arts, literature and film. She explores how we create and perceive cultural identities in theatre, literature and film. Her current project investigates 'Multilingualism on the Berlin Stage'.

Past research projects and publications have included studies on: Bertolt Brecht, the reception of German-speaking playwrights in Australia (Brecht & Co: German-speaking Playwrights on the Australian Stage); and on the creation of cultural identity in inter- and transcultural contexts. Her research has contributed new insights into Australian-German cross-cultural relationships and into the Arts’ engagement with cultural diversity in German-speaking countries and beyond.

Her monograph Theatre of Real People (with M. Mumford) offers fresh perspectives on our current fascination with ‘Real People’ narrating their lives and sharing their memories on stage. It  explores how innovative documentary theatre, such as by Rimini Protokoll, has created a sense of the real and authentic, asking whether this aesthetic strategy contributes fresh ways of perceiving culturally diverse and unfamiliar people.

The volume Theatre and Internationalization (co-edited with J.R. Severn) is currently in press to be published with Routledge later this year.

Research interests

- Theatre in international and transcultural contexts

- German Studies in intercultural and transcultural contexts

- German theatre and performing arts

- Multilingualism on the Berlin stage

- Cultural identities in theatre, literature and film and the Arts’ engagement with cultural diversity in Germany and beyond

- Theatre and internationalisation

- Theatre of Real People: ‘Real People’ narrating their lives and sharing their memories on stage

- Performance and authenticity

- Australian-German cross-cultural relationships

Co-leader of the Research Stream "Global Literatures and Cultures"

Research student supervision

Supervision Areas

  • Contemporary literature, film and theatre by German-speaking authors, directors and theatre artists
  • Multilingualism in theatre and literature
  • Theatre and internationalisation
  • Staging Migration in Berlin: Theatre, Performance, Film
  • Intercultural reception studies and histories
  • Learning and teaching of German language, literature and culture


Education/Academic qualification

Intercultural German Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University

Education, Diploma of Education, The University of Melbourne

Licence Es Lettres Modernes, Universite de Toulouse

German, French and Spanish Studies, Magister Artium, University of Bonn


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