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Research Interests

My research interests are in contemporary Irish and Scottish writing as well as post-conflict literatures and cultures, with a focus on Northern Ireland. I am specifically intersted in the relationship between politics, ethics, and aesthetics. My work takes inspiration from the field of postcolonial, gender, and trauma studies and political and aesthetic theory, and has both a comparative and interdisciplinary dimension.


My monograph Subaltern Ethics in Contemporary Scottish and Irish Literature: Tracing Counter Histories (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) develops an innovative Irish-Scottish postcolonial approach by galvanizing Emmanuel Levinas’ ethics with the socio-cultural category of the ‘subaltern’. It sheds new light on contemporary Scottish, Northern Irish and Irish fiction, exploring how these writings interact with interact with recent political developments. It argues that these works register a recalcitrance towards dominant historical paradigms, thereby constructing ‘subaltern counter-histories’ to the alleged (d)evolutionary processes in today’s Atlantic archipelago.  

My current research explores the role of literature and culture in conflict resolution practices in a British-Irish and African context. 

From 2013 to 2014, I have been leading an Interdisciplinary Research Group on Art, Performance and Media in (Post-) Conflict Societies, hosted and funded by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice. (For more information on the aims and activities of this group, please click on the link.)


I have taught across a range of undergraduate models.

At Stage 2, I teach on ‘ENG2081: Irish Literature’.

I convene the third year module ‘ENG3060: Contemporary Scottish and Irish Fiction: Devolutionary Identities’, which explores the transformed literary landscape of Irish and Scottish fiction since the 1980s in relation to the (d)evolutionary processes of cultural and social change in today’s Atlantic archipelago, concerning in particular the Irish Republic’s economic boom in the 1990s (commonly referred to as the ‘Celtic Tiger’), the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and the developments towards the reconstitution of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. The course examines how these changes and the issues that they raise are reflected in an indicative selection of Irish and Scottish novels, focusing on the relationship between the formal and stylistic experiments often found in these writings, and the concepts of identity, society, the nation, history, and gender that they draw on, resist, and/or give rise to.



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Projects 2013 2016

Research Output 2005 2018

Crosscurrents in Contemporary Irish and Scottish Fiction

Lehner, S., 2018, (Accepted) The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Fiction . Harte, L. (ed.). Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Reconciliation and the Politics of Friendship in post-Troubles Literature

Lehner, S., 2018, (Accepted) The New Irish Studies: Twenty-First Century Critical Revisions. Reynolds, P. (ed.). Cambridge University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Troubling Victims: Representing a New Politics of Victimhood in Northern Ireland on Stage and Screen

Lehner, S., 2018, The Legacy of the Good Friday Agreement: Northern Irish Politics, Culture and Art after 1998. Armstrong, C. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 89-108

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

peace process
political development

‘Absent and yet Somehow Present’: Idealized Landscapes and the Counter-historical Impulse in Contemporary Northern Irish Photography and Writing

Lehner, S., 10 Mar 2017, Review of Irish Studies in Europe, 1 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
John Duncan
Northern Ireland

‘Parallel Games’ and Queer Memories: Performing LGBT Testimonies in Northern Ireland

Lehner, S., May 2017, In : Irish University Review. 47, 1, p. 103-118 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Northern Ireland
Artistic Director


British Association for Irish Studies (BAIS) Postgraduate Essay Prize 2007

Stefanie Lehner (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies

Stefanie Lehner (Recipient), 01 Feb 2010

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

conflict resolution

Teaching Fellowship, Department of English Literature

Stefanie Lehner (Recipient), Sep 2009

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

English literature

Visiting Professor in Irish Studies

Stefanie Lehner (Recipient), 01 Mar 2012

Prize: Appointment

university teacher
cultural studies
cultural event

Activities 2005 2017

Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) International Advisory Symposia

Fiona Magowan (Chair), Pedro Rebelo (Participant), Julie Norman (Participant), Stefanie Lehner (Participant), Jim Donaghey (Participant), Christina Captieux (Organiser)
02 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Rethinking the Long Kesh/Maze Hunger Strikes

Stefanie Lehner (Invited speaker)
27 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

International Conference at the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies

Stefanie Lehner (Speaker)
01 Jul 201503 Jul 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

SOFEIR Annual International Conference

Stefanie Lehner (Speaker)
19 Mar 201521 Mar 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Public Lecture: 'Begin Again: Telling Stories as Restitution'

Stefanie Lehner (Organiser)
15 May 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


Being Human - a festival of the humanities (Northern Ireland Hub)

Franziska Schroeder (Participant), David Grant (Participant), Kurt Taroff (Participant), Cahal McLaughlin (Participant), Stefanie Lehner (Participant), Alex Murray (Participant), Sian Barber (Participant), Paul Murphy (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impact, Societial Impact