Ms Christine Lehnen

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Christine Lehnen is a researcher, novelist, and journalist. Her research has been published in the Journal of Literary Theory and Alluvium. Her novels are published by HarperCollins UK, Heroic Books and Penguin Random House Germany. She is founder and director of the Novel Writing Workshop at the University of Bonn. Winner of the prizes of the Young Academies of Europe, the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and the Lovelybooks Reader Award. Former Fellow of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. She is pursuing a PhD at the Department of English, American Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Manchester, researching the contemporary historical novel and Western memory culture in the 21st century.

Social responsibility

Christine Lehnen is the founder of the bilingual research magazine 42. fortytwomagazine is a socio-political interview magazine published in German and English, making scientific findings accessible to everyone. Since 2017, fortytwomagazine has been conducting interviews with scientists and experts on major topics from ten different perspectives. In a world where we are at the mercy of a constant overflow of information, fortytwomagazine provide thoroughly researched and in-depth background knowledge on the great issues of our time. Christine is also a regular contributor on issues such as gender equality, balancing the historical record and feminism in different media outlets.

Additionally, Christine has also always been passionate about fostering aspiring writing talents. For three years, she served as judge of the Young Literature Award of her hometown Recklinghausen, a former mining community in the Ruhrgebiet, an area of Western Germany where unemployment is still high and the path into publishing seems too steep for most. From 2021, she has been serving as a mentor and juror on the inaugural scholarship programme  of PAN e. V., the National Association of Fantasy Authors in Germany. As founder of the Novel Writing Workshop at the University of Bonn, she has created a platform for aspiring writers in English and German to meet agents and industry professionals.

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External positions

Freelance Journalist, Deutsche Welle

Nov 2020 → …


9 Nov 2016 → …

Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn

1 Oct 2014 → …

Areas of expertise

  • PE English - Narratives, Feminism, Affect and emotions studies, Narrative Analysis, gender and sexuality studies, Utopianism, Fan Studies, Philosophy of Fiction, creative methods, Practice Theory, Historical Fiction, Historiography, Adaptation, Memory Studies, Cultural Memory, Cultural and Creative Industry, literature, Publishing Industry, European studies, International Relations, History of Ideas, Cosmopolitan Studies

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2020 - Master of Arts, Political Sciences, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn (2017 - 2020)
  • 2019 - Master of Arts, English Literatures and Cultures, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn (2015 - 2019)
  • 2015 - Bachelor of Arts, English Studies, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn (2011 - 2015)
  • Funded by, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (2013 - 2019)
  • Séjour Erasmus, Université Paris 3 - Nouvelle Sorbonne (2016 - 2017)

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