Dr Arddun Hedydd Arwyn BA, MA, PHD (Aberystwyth) is a lecturer in Modern History. She is a historian of modern German history, focusing on social and cultural history. Dr Arwyn studied for a BA and MA in European History, specialising in Germany, at Aberystwyth University. She completed her PhD thesis entitled 'The Flight from East Prussia. The Social Memory of East Prussians in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1945-2010' in 2013, also at Aberystwyth University. After working as a research assistant on the AHRC funded project 'European Travellers to Wales 1750-2010' for Bangor University she returned to Aberystwyth to take up a lectureship in modern History.
Dr Arwyn specialises the history of Germany in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her current research project is centred on the ethnic cleansing of Germans from Eastern Europe after the Second World War, with particular focus on the history of the province of East Prussia. Her main interests include the oral history and memory of individuals forced to flee or migrate from East Prussia and the way in which these experiences have been portrayed. Other topics also covered are individual memories of the Third Reich and the end of the Second World War. She also has a strong interest in the German concept of Heimat and the ways in which memory and myth making have shaped a particular version of East Prussian history. Using a range of sources including oral history interviews, memoirs, published and documentary material Dr Arwyn is interested in addressing wider questions not only German history but also in memory and migration studies.
Arddun teaches a variety of history modules through both the mediums of Welsh and English.
- See Modules List
- The Two Germanies and the Cold War, 1945-1975
- Post 1933 German History, Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide, World War Two in Germany, Memory, Oral History.