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Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations

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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.


Neonationale Gebärden im heutigen Britannien

Professor Rüdiger Görner talks about 'Neonationale Gebärden im heutigen Britannien' - Wieder einmal suggeriert der politisch jederzeit abrufbare Mythos: Wir gegen den Rest der Welt. Auf welchen Wurzeln basiert das Nationalgefühl der Briten? 

The Audio is in German, published bz SWR2 on 19th November 2017. Please click HERE to listen.

BASF MA Bursary

The BASF (Ludwigshafen/Germany) bursaries for the MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations for 2017/18 were awarded to Catherine Mason and Gesa Musiol.

A Bursary from the Anglo-German Club in Hamburg is available for MA students in Anglo-German Cultural Relations.

The CAGCR congratulates Ms Richelle Whitehead, the 2016/17 recipient of a BASF MA Bursary on her award of the QMUL Draper's Company Prize 2017 for her outstanding results in the MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations. 

Forthcoming Event

Hans Blumenberg and the Theory of Polictical MythGraphic of men-birds

Date: Saturday, 17 March 2018, 10:00 to 17:00

Venue: Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), University of London, Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

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In recent years, the phenomenon of political myth has attracted increasing scholarly attention. In its wake, the concept of political myth has begun to establish itself as a relevant concept of political theory. The increasing interest in political myth seems to be related to the rapidly changing landscape of contemporary politics. Especially in the context of political rhetoric, identity politics and collective action, the theory of political myth has often proved to be a vital source of fresh and illuminating insights.

Since Chiara Bottici’s A Philosophy of Political Myth (2007), the theoretical framework of political myth has been successfully enriched by integrating seminal concepts from Hans Blumenberg’s theory of myth. Under the influence of Bottici’s work, recent theorists of political myth tend to underline, for instance, that one of the most important functions of political myths is to create ‘significance’. But what does it mean to create significance, as a specific dimension of political communication or political action? How do political myths construct collective identities and thereby affect political agency? Are political myths always nefarious and related to propaganda and misinformation, or might they have a legitimate use under some circumstances?

The workshop will focus on the importance of the work of Hans Blumenberg in relation to these questions and will offer close readings and interpretations of two recently published texts from the Blumenberg Nachlass: ‘Präfiguration’ (which deals with political myth and its relation to National Socialism) and ‘Moses der Ägypter’ (which examines the use of political myth in relation to the trial of Adolf Eichmann), and include lectures on Blumenberg’s most fruitful and challenging contributions to developing a more refined theory of political myth.


Felix Heidenreich (IEP, Paris/University of Stuttgart)

Jean-Claude Monod (ENS, Paris)

Herbert De Vriese (University of Antwerp)

Geert Van Eekert (University of Antwerp)

Angus Nicholls (Queen Mary, University of London) 


Advance registration required by February 17th.

Please contact Herbert De Vriese, email:

Held in conjunction with the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations at Queen Mary, University of London, and the Centre for European Philosophy at the University of Antwerp. 

Research Colloquia 2017/18

The 2017/18 CAGCR FRIDAY RESEARCH SEMINAR series will focus on Nitzsche in connection with 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

Time & Venue: 4-6 pm at Lockkeeper’s Cottage, QMUL/Mile End Campus. The full programme can be downloaded here: CAGCR Friday Research Seminar Programme 2017/18 [PDF 85KB].

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 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.

Writers in Residence 2016/17

The Centre's Writer in Residence from 25.09. - 17.11.2017 was Daniela Danz.

Alissa Walser will be the Centre's next Writeer in residence from 02.02. - 12.04. 2018, and

Karl-Heinz Ott will be Writer in Residence from 21.02. - 29.03. 2018 for the first part of his residency, and return to QMUL in spring 2019. 

Visit our writers in residence page for more details.

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.


Professor Rüdiger Görner receiving the Cross of Order from the German Ambassador Dr Peter Ammon

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 thorugh 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.

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.


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