Annika Stendebach studied History at NUI Galway for the academic year 2012-13. She served as the Erasmus representative on the Coiste during her time there. Annika is originally from Mainz (Germany) and one of numerous Mainz students who have become active members of the CS during their Erasmus year in Galway. She became acquainted with An Cumann Staire when attending as a particpant at the IHSA Conference 2012 in Galway. Apart from photographing that year’s numerous guest lectures and trips, Annika was heavily involved in organising the inaugural “History Month” as part of the Fo-Choiste.
She is studying English language and History (Bachelor of Education) at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and her research interests focus around the social and cultural history of early modern Europe, especially within a microhistorical approach. During Annika’s time at NUIG her interest in magic, superstition and popular culture was aroused, which was reflected in her paper at the IHSA conference 2013 in Belfast. Annika speaks English, French, Spanish and Latin as well as her native tongue, German. She also successfully attended a year-long course of Irish language at Áras na Gaeilge during her Erasmus time at Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh.