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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

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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

Ecce homo intellectualis – Oscar Levy’s Nietzschean Mission

31st March 2017

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

28th 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.); translator of Heine, Gissing and Disraeli, poet, essayist and critic. 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 (Kopenhagen), 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 by George Bernard Shaw characterising 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)

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

Provisional dates: 7th October 2016; 11th November 2016; 9th December 2016; 27th January 2017; 17th February 2017; 17th March 2017; 19th May 2017.

Writers in Residence from September 2016

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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.