Collaboration between students and academics is at the heart of the White Rose Project. We are delighted to announce that this academic year (2021-2022) we have a new graduate committee. 

Shivani Chauhan is pursuing a D.Phil. in German literature at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages. Before coming to Oxford, she studied German language and literature at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and also attended the University of Education, Weingarten, the University of Wuppertal, and the University of Freiburg as a guest scholar in Germany. Her DPhil research investigates the intersection of memory, migration and aesthetics in the German-language literature of the ‘Eastern Turn’.  

Shivani also co-organised this year’s graduate conference, ‘Rethinking Resistance’ (see below). 

Ro Crawford joined the White Rose project as an undergraduate translator in its inaugural year and is thrilled to return as a member of the Graduate Committee. Currently pursuing a master’s degree in German literature, Ro is excited to help raise awareness of and engagement with the White Rose group and to help design the next stages of the project. 

Ro co-supervised the 2021-2022 undergraduate translation project. 

Ombline Damy is a former student at Oxford. Having done a B.A. in Philosophy and Modern Languages (German) at St Hilda’s college and an M.St. in Modern Languages (French and German) with a specific focus on Comparative Literature at Hertford college, Ombline’s academic interests lie in the working of individual and cultural memory, and in their expressions in literature and culture. Having left Oxford last year, she is now working as a secondary school teacher in French literature and language in France, her home country. 

Ombline was involved in planning the 2021-2022 Project events and worked on the Oxford German Olympiad White Rose Prize. 

Graduate Conference Committee 2021-2022

To co-plan and run the 2021-2022 graduate conference, we also had a Graduate Conference Committee. The four graduate members – Shivani Chauhan, Cailee Davis, Stephanie Franklin, and Hannah Scheithauer – co-organised a conference on the theme of ‘Rethinking Resistance’, held in June 2022 thanks to generous support from the Critical-Thinking Communities Fund, The Queen’s College, Oxford, and the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, Oxford.

Cailee Davis is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, examining the shifting modalities of transnational Holocaust representation across mixed media, including film, television, art, photography, and literature, as we move towards a post-witness, post-memory world and the Holocaust becomes removed from living memory. She is especially interested in the phenomenon of metareferentially, the act of self-reflexively drawing attention to th artifice of the work and/or the medium, within these works. Recently, she completed her MA in Holocaust Studies with Distinction at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her dissertation, “Inglourious Basterds: Rewriting American History,” explored the Americanization of the Holocaust as a screen memory which replaces and misrepresents America’s own genocidal past. She has also worked as a volunteer and blogger for both the Wiener Library, London, and the US National World War II Museum, New Orleans.  

Stephanie Franklin is a doctoral student in Music, based at Christ Church. Her research investigates Jewish women writers’ engagement with musical culture in interwar Austria and Germany. Her work is supervised by Prof. Laura Tunbridge and Dr. Joanna Bullivant.

Hannah Scheithauer obtained a BA in French and German (2016-2020) and an MSt in Comparative Literature and Critical Translation (2020-2021) from Jesus College, University of Oxford, and took courses at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (2015-2016) and École Normale Supérieure Paris (2018-2019). She has now returned to Oxford to pursue a Clarendon-funded comparative DPhil project at The Queen’s College, exploring transnational memories in contemporary French and German literature. Alongside her own studies, she teaches modern German literature as a Stipendiary Lecturer at Jesus College.