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Tom Smith

School of Modern Languages / St Andrews

Tom Smith is Lecturer in German at the University of St Andrews. His work focuses on contemporary German culture (around and since the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification in 1989/1990) with an emphasis on literature, music and visual culture. His current project explores experiences of marginalisation within Germany’s techno music scene. Much of his work is influenced by gender and queer theory, and increasingly his thinking draws on critical race studies and theories of diaspora. He has published on queerness and masculinity in East German and contemporary culture, and his book Comrades in Arms: Military Masculinities in East German Culture was published with Berghahn Books in February 2020. He received a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant for his project Afrogermanic? Cultural Exchange and Racial Difference in the Aesthetic Products of the Early Techno Scenes in Detroit and Berlin. He was chosen as an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker in 2019 and has participated in several radio programmes surrounding his research on Radio 3 and the BBC Arts & Ideas Podcast.

Tom is looking for informal conversations; academic or creative collaborations; possible future grant projects.