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Chris Young

University of Cambridge

Chris Young is Head of the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Pembroke College. A Germanist by training, he is also Co-Director (with Professor Sir Christopher Clark) of the Cambridge DAAD Research Hub for German Studies, and founder and Director of the Cambridge-LMU Strategic Partnership, Cambridge’s first institution-wide partnership with any university. He has primary teaching and research interests in medieval German literature and language and the history of European (and in particular German) sport. He has been a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (Cologne), a Permanent Visiting Fellow of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduiertenschule für literaturwissenschaftliche Studien der FU Berlin (2010-12), a Visiting Fellow of the Institut für Zeitgeschichte Munich (2018) and an Honorary Fellow of the Historisches Kolleg Munich (2018). He is co-founder and editor of de Gruyter’s series Companions to Modern German Culture, of the University of California Press’s series Sport in World History, and is a member of the editorial team of the Zeitschrift für deutsches Altertum. His monograph The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany (UC Press, 2010, with Kay Schiller) was the first book to win the prizes of both the British and North American Societies for Sports History. In 2021, his The Whole World was Watching. Sport in the Cold War (Stanford University Press, 2020, edited with Robert Edelman) also won the latter’s anthology prize. Literary Beginnings in the European Middle Ages (Cambridge University Press, edited with Mark Chinca) appeared in 2022. He is currently completing a revisionist account of the 1936 Olympics, German sport in the interwar period, and Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia, as well as an edited collection on the Boycott Olympics of 1980 and 1984 for Cornell University Press.