Prof Guido Rings

Guido Rings

Professor of Postcolonial Studies

Director of the Research Unit for Intercultural and Transcultural Studies (RUITS)

Guido is an expert on postcolonial literature and film. At our research unit RUITS, he leads projects on postcolonial perspectives, intercultural communication and transcultural developments in narratives of conquest, colonization and migration.

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Before taking up his professorial role, Guido was Head of Modern Foreign Languages and Reader in Intercultural Studies at Anglia Ruskin University. He was also Visiting Professor at Seoul University (South Korea, 2013), Bayreuth University and Düsseldorf University (Germany, 2012/2010), and he is co-founder and co-editor of German as a Foreign Language (GFL) and Interdisciplinary Mexico (iMex), the first fully refereed internet journals in Europe for their respective fields.

Research interests

  • Postcolonial perspectives and identity constructs in contemporary literature, film and theatre
  • European migrant cinema and literature
  • 19th- and 20th-century Romance literature (Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese)
  • German literature and film


  • Postdoctoral thesis (‘Habilitation’) in Romance Literature, University of Trier
  • PhD Romance Literature, University of Trier
  • MA equivalents in Spanish literature, German studies and History
  • PGCE for Spanish, German and History

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Consultant for the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Union
  • Peer reviewer for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
  • Consultant for Cambridge University Press (CUP) and Routledge
  • External examiner for Birkbeck College, London, and Oxford Brookes University
  • Peer reviewer for several academic journals, including the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Current Issues in Language Planning and Iberoamericana

Selected recent publications

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Rings, G. and Dolle, V., 2014. Glocal identities in contemporary Mexican theatre and performance. Special issue of iMex III, 6 2014, pp.1-105.

Rings, G., 2012. Identity and Otherness in contemporary Chicano cinema. Special issue of iMex I, 2, pp.4-115.

Rings, G. and Hal, C., 2010. Cultural Encounters in Contemporary German Cinema. Special issue of GFL 11, pp.1-150.

Rings, G., 2010. Broken Conquest. Identity and Otherness in the contemporary Hispanic novel, cinema and theatre (original title: La Conquista desbaratada. Identidad y alteridad en la novela, el cine y el teatro hispánicos contemporáneos). Madrid: Iberoamericana.


a) Over 50 peer reviewed articles for a wide range of international journals and edited books, including:

‘Nicolás Echevarría’s ”Cabeza de Vaca”, in: Christian Wehr (ed.): Antología del Cine Mexicano (forthcoming). 2014

‘Between life and death in a high-capitalist society: The poor in Baudelaire’s “Le spleen de Paris”’, in: Archiv 166/251, pp. 394-408. 2014

‘The conquered conqueror in Carlos José Reyes’ “El carnaval de la muerte alegre”: blurring or shifting traditional boundaries?’ (original title: ‘El conquistador conquistado en “El carnaval de la muerte” alegre de Carlos José Reyes: ¿disolviendo o desplazando las fronteras tradicionales?’), in: Verena Dolle (ed.): La representación de la Conquista en el teatro latinoamericano de los siglos XX y XXI. Hildesheim, New York: Olms, pp. 133-148. 2013

‘Mannerist tendencies in contemporary Italian narrative: Vincenzo Consolo and the labyrinth of memory’ (original title: ‘Manieristische Tendenzen in der zeitgenössischen italienischen Narrativik: Vincenzo Consolo und das Labyrinth der Erinnerung’), in: Bernhard Huss, Christian Wehr (eds.): Mannerism: Interdisciplinary studies on an aesthetic style between formal experiment and historical significance. Berlin: Lang, pp. 413-429. 2013

‘From Goyas “Desasters of War” to Rossellini’s “Paisà”. Patriotic, patriarchal and dark romantic continuities’ (‘Von Goyas “Desastres de la Guerra” bis Rossellini’s “Paisà”. Patriotische, patriarchalische und schauerromantische Kontinuitäten’), in:  Ursula Hennigfeld (ed.): Goya im Dialog der Medien, Kulturen und Disziplinen. Freiburg: Rombach 2013, pp. 103-128. 2013

‘Robinson Crusoe today: Continuities and discontinuities from Daniel Defoe's literary work to Robert Zemeckis's “Cast Away”’, in: Anglistik 22/2, pp.119-136. 2011

‘Questions of identity: Cultural encounters in Gurinder Chadha’s “Bend it like Beckham”’, in: Journal of Popular Film and Television 39/3, pp. 114-123. 2011

‘Madrid: Neo-colonial spacing in contemporary Spanish cinema?’, in: Godela Weiss-Sussex, Katia Pizzi (eds.): Cultural Identities of European Cities, London: Lang, pp. 205-229. 2010

Recent presentations and conferences

‘German-British encounters. Questions of cultural differences and interconnectedness’. Public lecture for VHS-Germany, 11 October 2013.

‘De Naufragios a Cabeza de Vaca: ¿Viajes de la monoculturalidad a la transculturalidad ?’. Invited paper for international conference Imaginaires et Inter-culturalité Europe-Amérique: réception et genres, 12 April 2013, University of Nantes, France.

Mannerism in contemporary Italian narrative: Vincenzo Consolo’s labyrinths of memory’ (original title: ‘Manierismus in der zeitgenössischen italienischen Narrativik: Vincenzo Consolo und das Labyrinth der Erinnerung’). Invited paper for international conference Mannerism: Interdisciplinary Studies on an Aesthetic Style between Formal Experiment and Historical Significance, 26 September 2012, University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany.

El conquistador conquistado en “El carnaval de la muerte alegre” de Carlos José Reyes’. Invited paper for international conference La conquista en el teatro latinoamericano, 31 May 2012, Rauischholzhausen Palace, Gießen University, Germany.

‘Making the most of your stay abroad. The mono-cultural challenge revisited’. Public lecture for Cambridge University Press, 17 March 2011, Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

‘Preparing your stay abroad. The mono-cultural challenge’. Invited paper for international SOCNET conference, 22 October 2010, Málaga University, Spain.