The White Rose Project is led by Dr Alexandra Lloyd. Alex is a Fellow by Special Election in German Studies at St Edmund Hall, and Lecturer in German at Magdalen College, Trinity College, and University College (University of Oxford). She teaches German language and literature from the mid-eighteenth to the twenty-first century, translation between German and English, and film studies. Her main research interests lie in twentieth-century literature and visual culture. Her first book, Childhood, Memory, and the Nation: Young Lives under Nazism in Contemporary German Culture, was published in 2020. In 2022 her book on the White Rose, Defying Hitler – The White Rose Pamphlets appeared with Bodleian Library Publishing. She received a Teaching Excellence Award from the university’s Humanities Division in June 2019 for her work with students on the White Rose Translation Project. 

Graduate Committee, 2021-2022

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 is co-organising 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 is co-supervising this year’s 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 is involved in planning this year’s events and is working on the Oxford German Olympiad White Rose Prize.

Graduate Conference Committee 2021-2022

To co-plan and run this year’s graduate conference, we also have a Graduate Conference Committee. The four graduate members – Shivani Chauhan, Cailee Davis, Stephanie Franklin, and Hannah Scheithauer – are co-organising a conference on the theme of ‘Rethinking Resistance’ to be held in June 2022 thanks to generous support from the Critical-Thinking Communities Fund and The Queen’s College, 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 the 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.

White Rose Project Student Translators

Every year, we issue a call for translators from among the undergraduate student body at the University of Oxford. The translators work on texts by and about the White Rose resistance circle. They are at the heart of our work.

2018-2019

Zoë Aebischer, Sophie Bailey, Ilona Clayton, Ro Crawford, Pauline Gümpel, Eve Mason, Louise Mayer-Jacquelin, Adam Mazarelo, Tim Powell, Finn Provan, Poppy Robertson, Emily Rowland, Harry Smith, Amy Wilkinson, and Madeleine Williamson-Sarll.

2019-2020

Beth Molyneux, Greta Simpson, Holly Abrahamson, Benjy Fortna, Lucy Buxton, James Cutting, Luke Cooper, Sibylle Bandilla, Lydia Ludlow, Sam Davis, Amira Ramdani, Gerda Krivaite, Genevieve Jeffcoate, Millie Farley, Thomas Lyne, Jonah Cowen, Rachel Herring, and Alice Hopkinson-Woolley. The students will also be joined by one of the translators on last year’s project, Finn Provan. 

2020-2021

Christopher Gothard, Gemma Craig-Sharples, Alexander Fuss, Adam McMeekin, Anna Taira, Sofia Justham Bello, Helena Koch, Timothy Powell, Yannis Baur, George Newton, Kirsten Stewart, Sibylle Bandilla, Tayiba Sulaiman, Stephanie Nourse, Sarah Beaman, and Laura Fearn.

2021-2022

Patricia Preller, Hazel Weng, Anna Cooper, Rachel Herring, Lydia Ludlow, Tabby McEwen, Alex Kahn, Ursy Reynolds, Abigail Dykes, Katie March, Laura Norris, Grace Martineau, Asta Lewis, Johannes Moehrle, and Haley Flower.