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Welcome to the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations

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

Interested in our MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations? Apply now.


Dr Kaltërina Latifi

The Centre welcomes Visiting Research Fellow Dr Kaltërina Latifi with the following research projects:

• “Shakspeare’s Hamlet”, critical edition of A. W. Schlegel’s Hamlet translation, including a diplomatic transcription of Schlegel’s draft manuscript (Dresden)
• Hans Max von Aufseß, War Diaries, Channel Islands 1943– 1945, critical edition (assistant: Moritz Ruppe)

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.

Call for Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme 2017

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film at Queen Mary University of London encourages outstanding postdoctoral scholars to apply to the 2017 round of the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme.
For more information and how to apply please download the Call Document.

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.

Research Colloquia 2016/17
In 2016/17 the Director’s Friday Research Seminar on AGCR will focus on The Psychology of Anglo-German Wagnerianism.
Time & Venue: 4-6 pm at Lockkeeper’s Cottage, QMUL/Mile End Campus (please note that some dates have a different venue - for full details please check the programme)

Dates: 7th October 2016; 28th October 2016; 9th December 2016; 27th January 2017; 17th February 2017; 17th March 2017; 19th May 2017.

Please download the full programme here.

Writers in Residence 2016/17
The Centre welcomes Ulf Stolterfoht who will be Writer in Residence from 26.09. to 04.12.2016 Profile
Barbara Honigmann will be our Writer in Residence from 16.01. to 26.03.2017.

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.

Forthcoming Events

14 October 2016


‘Deeply Moving’ - The Independent
‘It made you feel as if you were at the centre of an Arctic gale with frost on your chin!’ - The Guardian

Following the sell-out success of their 2016 Götterdämmerung: The Twilight of the Gods experience, the Arensky Chamber Orchestra invites you to enter the Realm of the Holy Grail on October 14th from 8pm, at the Hospital Club, Covent Garden.

This is the world premiere of Parsifal Fantasy, a journey through the opera’s finest music, arranged for the intimacy of a chamber ensemble. Experience the music of Wagner’s last great opera so close up, so clear and so electrifying that you feel like you’re part of the orchestra.

Read on for more information and a special ticket offer for friends of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations.

One of the UK’s leading ensembles, the ACO specialises in interactive and experiential performance, based at it’s ground-breaking venue, The Hospital Club in Covent Garden.

As you enter our cabaret salon home, you’ll begin with themed food and drink inspired by the music. Then there'll be a pre-concert show by soloists from the orchestra. Next, there’ll be a live programme note filled with stories that take you behind the scenes: deep into the meaning behind the notes and the lives of the extraordinary man that wrote them.

Then it's the main event, with the full Arensky Chamber Orchestra. Once so noble and pure, the Realm of the Grail is a twilight world of shame and decay. Amfortas, its King, lies disgraced and in agony - seduced by a magical temptress and wounded by his own Holy Spear. Until he is absolved of his sins, he refuses to reveal the Grail and its healing power has seeped from the land.

Beyond the walls of his castle, a wicked sorcerer lies in wait hoping to steal the Grail, a woman cursed for centuries desperately seeks redemption and a young fool searches for the enlightenment that can restore balance to this world.

This is Wagner’s Parsifal. This is The Quest for the Grail.

For 20% off tickets to The Quest for the Grail use this special booking link.

To find out more about the Arensky Chamber Orchestra, visit

20 October 2016

Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (GfdS) Lecture; organised by the CAGCR's Linguistics section Prof. Dr. Dr. Georg Schuppener (Leipzig, Trnava, Aussig): "Warum 21 einundzwanzig heißt"
Mile End Campus, Francis Bancroft Building, room 1.06, 5pm - 6:30pm.
For details see:

Ecce homo intellectualis – Oscar Levy’s Nietzschean Mission

31 March 2017

One-day conference at the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations, Queen Mary University of London
In cooperation with the Swiss Embassy London, the Goethe Institute London, Leo Baeck Institute at QMUL, and Mrs Julia Rosenthal (London/Oxford)
Convenor: Professor Rüdiger Görner (CAGCR/QMUL)
Conference Assistant: Ms Richelle Whitehead, B.A. (QMUL)

The date of 28 March 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Oscar Levy, the editor of the first authorised English translation of Friedrich Nietzsche’s works. (1909-1913, 18 vols.). Levy was also the translator of Heine, Gissing and Disraeli, as well as being a poet, essayist and critic in his own right. Together with his essays on Nietzsche, including fascinating studies into the history of the philosopher’s early reception in Britain, this unique body of work is nowadays largely forgotten.

The anniversary provides an ideal occasion for a re-appraisal of his engagement with Nietzsche’s works in the context of his wider European concerns. Together with the Leo Baeck Institute, the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations at Queen Mary University of London will hold a one-day conference on Levy’s intellectual legacy with major emphasis on his Nietzsche studies. Contributors will include Professors Christian Benne (Copenhagen), Duncan Large (UEA) and Dan Stone (RHUL). A new edition of Levy’s letters during the gestation of the Nietzsche translation and its subsequent worldwide diffusion, as well as a facsimile edition of his last, most controversial polemic work, ‘The Idiocy of Idealism’ (William Hodge: 1940) – the blurb for this book written by George Bernard Shaw characterises Levy as a “thoroughly tactless Nietzchean [sic] Jew” – are planned to be available at the conference.

International Conference on
Biography in Britain and Germany
Comparing Theories and Practices

14-16 June 2017

Venue: London Notre Dame – The London Global Gateway
University of Notre Dame, 1-4 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG

and the Goethe Institut, London
50 Princes Gate Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PH

In collaboration with
QMUL, Centre of Anglo-German Cultural Relations
Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, University of Cologne
Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Biographie, Wien
Goethe Institut, London
(host institution) University of Notre Dame – The London Global Gateway

This conference, the first in a series organized by The Centre for Anglo-German Cultural relations at Queen Mary University of London, The Morphomata Institute for Advanced Study in the University of Cologne and the Ludwig Boltzmann Centre for Biographical research in Vienna, will focus predominantly on 19th and 20th century examples of biographical writing with reflections on practices in, and resonances of, this genre. Some of the questions that will need to be addressed on a comparative basis refer to the cult of biography, the pitfalls of “hero and hero-worship” (Carlyle) and its ambiguous impact on the culture of biography, individualism and biography, practices of writing biographies in Britain and Germany and their cultural status.

(programme to be announced)

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
Click here for more information.

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.