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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Contemporary Irish Literature and Culture, specifically Northern Irish fiction and drama since the 1998 Agreement - Comparative studies in Post-conflict cultures, specifically in relation to issues of dealing with the past and reconciliation - Comparative studies in trauma and memory studies with a focus on the contemporary Irish cultural context.


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Personal profile

Research Interests

I joined Queen’s University Belfast in August 2012. Prior to that, I was Visiting Professor in Irish Studies at the University of Vienna (2012) and Research Fellow at the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies at University College Dublin (2010-12). 

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 have a particular interest in transnational and interdisciplinary interrelations of ethics, aesthetics, and politics and my current research explores the role of art (specifically fiction and drama) in conflict transformation processes. 

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. 

I have published articles on the transformative potential of drama in Northern Ireland in Contemporary Theatre Review; the representation of victimhood in Nordic Irish Studies; the interrogation of class and gender politics in Northern Irish peace process film and drama in Irish Studies Review and in an edited collection on Irish Masculinities; and representations of ‘The Disappeared’ and the performance of alternative queer memories to the conflict in (Northern) Irish drama, film, and photography in chapters and an article of the Irish University Review. I am editing a collection on The Promise of Peace: Revisiting the Northern Irish Model, which is contracted to Manchester University Press. I have been also invited to contribute to chapters to three prestigious collections with Oxford and Cambridge University Presses. 

From 2013 to 2014, I led 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. 

Together with colleagues from Queen’s and elsewhere, I was co-investigator on three externally-funded interdisciplinary projects: 

(1) ‘The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, 15 Years On: Revisiting the Promise of Peace’, funded by the British Academy (PI Colin Harvey, QUB);

(2) ‘LGBTQ Visions of Peace in a Society Emerging from Conflict’, funded by the AHRC/PaCCS (PI Fidelma Ashe, Universty of Ulster);

(3) ‘Sounding Conflict: From Resistance to Reconciliation’, funded by the AHRC/PaCCS (PR Fiona Magowan, QUB).  




I teach across a range of undergraduate models. At Stage 1, I have taught on 'English in Transition' and 'Identifying, Developing and Applying Your Skills'. At Stage 2, I teach ‘Irish Literature’. I convene the third year module ‘Contemporary Scottish and Irish Fiction: Devolutionary Identities'.

At postgraduate level, I have convened the Master's modules 'Mememory and Trauma in Irish Literature' and co-convened 'The Irish Novel in the Twentieth Century'.


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Research Output

Crossings: Northern Irish Literature from Good Friday to Brexit

Lehner, S., 01 Mar 2020, Irish Literature in Transition, , 1980-2020. Falci, E. & Reynolds, P. (eds.). Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, Vol. Volume 6. p. 136-151 6 p.

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

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Devolutionary States: 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)

Divided Memory in Belfast: Authorization, Recognition and A Belfast Story

Lehner, S. & McGrattan, C., 2018, Mauern, Grenzen, Zonen: : Geteilte Städte in Literatur und Film [Divided Cities in Literature and Film]. Hülk, W. & Schwerter, S. (eds.). Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag C. Winter, p. 185-196

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

Performing Belfast: Stewart Parker’s Northern Star (1984) and Pentecost (1987)

Lehner, S., 2018, Boundaries, Passages, Transitions: : Essays in Irish Literature, Culture and Politics in Honour of Werner Huber. Schwall, H. (ed.). Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, p. 43-54 ( IRISH STUDIES IN EUROPE ; vol. 08).

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

Reconciliation and the Politics of Friendship in post-Troubles Literature

Lehner, S., 01 Nov 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)


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

Lehner, Stefanie (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Lehner, Stefanie (Recipient), Jul 2015

Prize: Election to learned society

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

Lehner, Stefanie (Recipient), 01 Feb 2010

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Teaching Fellowship, Department of English Literature

    Lehner, Stefanie (Recipient), Sep 2009

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Visiting Professor in Irish Studies

    Lehner, Stefanie (Recipient), 01 Mar 2012

    Prize: Appointment

  • Activities

    Joint Bilateral Review Consultation Workshop on Irish-Scottish Academic Collaborations and Partnerships

    Stefanie Lehner (Advisor)

    20 Jan 2020

    Activity: Consultancy typesWork on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation

    Lecture to Visiting Master & PhD Students from Aarhus University on 'The Cultural Politics of Peace'

    Stefanie Lehner (Lecturer)

    29 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL)

    Stefanie Lehner (Speaker)

    22 Jul 201926 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    English Research Showcase Day

    Stefanie Lehner (Invited speaker)

    08 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Research Seminar Series (English)

    Stefanie Lehner (Speaker)

    27 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


    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


    Towards a Queer Liminality: An examination of the use of space in Irish lesbian fiction 1872-2017

    Author: Finlay-Jeffrey, A., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Sturgeon, S. (Supervisor) & Lehner, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy