The Centre for Contemporary German Literature was founded in 1993 under the directorship of Professor Rhys Williams and dedicated itself to researching the work of living writers and poets of German. Over the next fifteen years it hosted fifteen visiting writers, including the 2009 Nobel Laureate Herta Müller, whose work became the subject of specially produced volumes published by University of Wales Press.  In 2008 the directorship passed to Professor Julian Preece and the designation changed to the Centre for Contemporary German Culture in order to encompass film as well as literature.