Filomena Viana Guarda is Professor in the Department of German Studies at the University of Lisbon where she teaches German Literature and Culture, Literary Studies and Intercultural Communication at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She studied at the Universities of Coimbra (Portugal) and Munich (Germany) and received her Ph.D. from the University of Lisbon (Portugal) in 1998. She is also a member of the Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC) at the Portuguese Catholic University where she researches German post-unification and intercultural literature in the context of Culture and Conflict Studies.

She has presented several papers at national and international conferences and published on German and Swiss authors of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her most recent papers focus on Peter Stamm, Catalin Dorian Florescu, Reinhard Stöckel, Eugen Ruge and Juli Zeh. She is co-editor of Discursos de Memória. Espaço. Tempo. Identidade (Lisboa 2008), Rahmenwechsel Kulturwissenschaften (Konigsmann & Neumann 2010), Conflict, Memory Transfers and the Reshaping of Europe (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2010), Kulturbau. Aufräumen. Ausräumen. Einräumen (Peter Lang 2010) and editor of Formas de Ver e Dizer (UCEditora, 2011).

Her present research interests include the most recent German and Swiss Literatures (after 1990) and the study of History and Postmemory, focusing mainly on third-generation World War II narratives, on the portrayal of the former East Germany (GDR) in literature and film and on the reappearance of the family novel after the turn of the century.