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Patron: Alfred Brendel, since 2011
Professorial Research Fellow (em.): Irène Heidelberger-Leonard

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Research Colloquia 2017-18 - Programme Announcement
The 2017/18 CAGCR FRIDAY RESEARCH SEMINAR series will focus on Nietzsche in connection with the Oscar Levy Forum (OLF) for Nietzsche Studies at Queen Mary University of London.

The programme dates for 2017 are as follows:

20th October: Oscar Levy on Nietzsche
3rd November: G. B. Shaw, Man and Superman or: Thus Spoke Zarathustra revisited
1st December: Bertrand Russell on Nietzsche

The full programme can be downloaded HERE. For more information and how to register, please go to Forthcoming Events.

Professor Rüdiger Görner receives the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

Many Congratulations to our Centre's Director, Professor Rüdiger Görner, who has been awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by Germany's Ambassador Dr Peter Ammon. This is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation.

Professor Görner is an internationally renowned academic, author as well as literary and cultural critic who has been living in Britain since 1981. Ever since he has tirelessly committed to building bridges through cultural engagement between Germany and the UK.

Previously awarded the prestigious Reimar Lüst Prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (in 2015), Professor Görner has been described as “an indispensable champion of lasting German-British friendship,” and an inspiration to the next generation of Anglo-German scholars.


From 14–16 June 2017, the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations hosted the ‘International Conference on Biography in Britain and Germany: Comparing Theories and Practice’. The Conference was in collaboration and co-organised with Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, University of Cologne; Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Biographie, Wien; Goethe Institut, London and the University of Notre Dame – The London Global Gateway (host institution).

Participants and attendees enjoyed a rich programme of keynotes and papers read by eminent figures and authors of the genre of biography. Thought-provoking contributions were given on biographical writing about figures like Kleist, Ernst Jünger, Jean Améry, Arthur Schnitzler, Wilhelm II., Henry Crabb Robinson, Stefan Zweig and Richard Friedenthal. Discussed were also literati, such as Alexander Pope, Rudolf Borchardt, but also biography as a genre in talks like ‘Biographie - den neuen Wein in alte Schläuche?‘ by Wilhelm Hemecker (LBI, Wien), ‘Single, double, and group biography: the challenges’ by Rosemary Ashton (UCL), and ‘Räume als Konstituenten des Jungen Wien’ by David Österle (Vienna).

„Ist es nicht das scheitern das die Biographen anlockt?“ – Rüdiger Safranski, London, June 2017

The following recording is the keynote by Rüdiger Safranski(Badenweiler/Berlin), ‘Über Biographien’ (‘About Biogaphies’).

In his keynote, Rüdiger Safranski, literary scholar, philosopher and biographer of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Goethe, Schiller, and many others, examines the question of ‘identity’ as a German tradition, talks about his secret love for German masters of literature, what encouraged him to write biographies, what he learned from writing them, and why every one of us is a biographer.

To listen to Rüdiger Safranski‘s keynote please click the Play button below.
(The keynote is approx. 50min, followed by a Q&A.)

‘Biography reminds us of the significance of everyday existence’ – Frances Spalding, London, June 2017

The following recording is the keynote by Frances Spalding(Cambridge) – ‘The Perils of Biography’.

Frances Spalding, the eminent art historian and biographer of Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, talks about the complexities and obstacles of writing biography in the pre-digital age. She examines some of the questions that are being asked of biographers today, such as: ‘How does the biographer combine factual accuracy with innovation? Must a strong narrative drive be at the expense of contingencies? How do we reconcile the private individual with the demands of public life? What is our responsibility to a past, which in some ways remains open and not complete, while we write about it in the present and for the future?’

To listen to Frances Spalding‘s keynote please click the Play button below.
(The keynote is approx. 50min, followed by a Q&A.)

MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations

The Department of German at Queen Mary University of London is pleased to announce the availability of two remaining bursaries for its Masters programme Anglo-German Cultural Relations 2017/18 entry. The bursaries, provided by BASF (Ludwigshafen/GERMANY) will cover full-time fees for home (UK) and EU students.

This unique, specialist course has been designed to provide expert knowledge in a thriving interdisciplinary research environment that facilitates original, thought-provoking research in an expanding field. It seeks to bring together artists, curators, designers, researchers and practitioners who want to pursue an international career in the arts and/or research.

To apply for this bursary, applicants are invited to submit a short dissertation research proposal (no more than 300 words in English or German) and a letter of motivation together with their application. We recommend that applicants submit their application for the MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations by the 19th June 2017. For informal enquiries please contact Professor Rüdiger Görner:

Further information about the bursary:
Students applying for a bursary will need to meet the following criteria:
• Hold an upper second or first class BA degree
• Be UK or EU applicants (international students are not eligible for this scheme)
• Applying for full-time September 2017 entry

The application process is as follows:
• Apply online:
Apply HERE
• Complete admission application form
• Provide copies of all your Higher Education Certificates
• Provide an academic reference

Decisions will be determined by a suitable panel.
Deadline for bursary applications: 12pm on 19th June 2017

Dr Kaltërina Latifi

The Centre's Visiting Research Fellow is Dr Kaltërina Latifi with the following two research projects:

• “Shakspeare’s Hamlet”, critical edition of A. W. Schlegel’s Hamlet translation, including a diplomatic transcription of Schlegel’s draft manuscript (Dresden)
This project is supported by the Suhrkamp Foundation, Berlin.

• Hans Max von Aufseß, War Diaries, Channel Islands 1943– 1945, critical edition (assistant: Moritz Ruppe)
This project is externally funded by an anonymous benefactor.

Biographical note:
Kaltërina Latifi (born 1984) studied Germanistik and philosophy at the University of Lausanne (BA), editorial philology and textual criticism at the University of Heidelberg (MA), in 2015 she obtained her PhD in German philology at the University of Heidelberg with a thesis on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s poetics. Elected President of the E.T.A. Hoffmann Society for a three-year period 2017-19; as from 2017 co-editor of the E.T.A. Hoffmann yearbook.

The Centre of Anglo-German Cultural Relations congratulates its Patron, Alfred Brendel KBE, on his ECHO-Klassik 2016 award for his life-time achievement as pianist and writer.

Writers in Residence
Our forthcoming Writer in Residence will be announced shortly.

Visit our writers in residence page for more details.

BASF MA Bursary
The BASF (Ludwigshafen/Germany) bursary for the MA in Anglo German Cultural Relations for 2016/17 was awarded to Ms Richelle Whitehead, BA.

Bursary from the Anglo-German Club in Hamburg
- for MA students in Anglo-German Cultural Relations -
Two travel bursaries were donated by the Anglo-German Club in Hamburg for research to be conducted in Germany on Anglo-German Cultural Transfers in 2016.

Postgraduate Journal e-transfers
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The Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations (CAGCR) was inaugurated on 1 December 2005 by the German Ambassador, Thomas Matussek. The guest of honour for this occasion was Dr Paul Oestreicher, the Dean of Coventry Cathedral and initiator of the Dresden Trust. The CAGCR was established in order to promote the study of cultural transfers and interrelations between Britain and the German speaking world (including Austria and the German speaking parts of Switzerland).

Housed in the Department of German within the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film as a Research Centre of the faculty for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Centre has three main goals:

  • The facilitation of innovative research on Anglo-German cultural relations with special reference to the fields of literature, language, intellectual history and comparative cultural practice, to be published in the Centre's refereed Yearbook, ANGERMION.
  • The provision of high quality postgraduate teaching on Anglo-German cultural relations through an MA programme and through PhD supervision.
  • Outreach to the academic and general public through public lectures, colloquia and conferences on important Anglo-German themes and questions with a significant Anglo-German dimension.