Luke Springman, associate professor of languages and cultures

Luke Springman, associate professor of languages and cultures

Luke Springman
Luke Springman was awarded a $5,740 research grant by The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany.

The DAAD awards highly competitive, merit-based grants to scholars world-wide for use toward study and research in Germany. Springman’s research will investigate the genre of educational films called Kulturfilme, which were intended for young people during the German Weimar Republic (1918-1933).


He will investigate especially films that have to do with Africa and Germany’s colonial aspirations during the democratic republic that preceded the Nazi period. Springman will conduct his research from June 1 to July 31 primarily at the Film Division of the German National Archives in Berlin, Germany.

Scholarship 2009

August - Luke Springman, associate professor of German and chair of BU's Department of Languages and Cultures, lectured at the 20th Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children's Literature in Frankfurt, Germany, from August 8 to 12.

His lecture, "Die Vermarktung des 'dunklen Kontinents'im Afrikabild der Kinder- und Jugendliteratur der Weimarer Republik (Marketing the 'Dark Continent' in the Image of Africa in Children's Literature of the Weimar Republic)," was given to more than 400 scholars from 43 countries. The theme of the Congress was Children's Literature and Cultural Diversity.