Welcome to the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations

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

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News and Events


Date: 10 March 2015, 6.30pm
Venue: Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Campus, Arts One, Hitchcock Cinema (Room G.19)

The members of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations at Queen Mary University of London kindly invite you to attend a reading with our Writer in Residence, Ilija Trojanow. Mr Trojanow is highly regarded in Germany and will give us an insight into his current work.

The reading will be in German.
All welcome! Please feel free to bring along other interested parties.

Writer, Translator and Publisher Ilija Trojanow was born in Bulgaria and has lived in Germany, Kenya, Nairobi and later in Bombay, after his family had fled Bulgaria. After his studies in Munich he founded a publishing house and has been writing several critical books, essays and newspaper articles since. In 2006, his bestselling novel "Der Weltensammler" (Hanser) was published and awarded with the “Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse”. In his work he critically addresses political and cultural issues. In the 1990s Trojanow wrote several non-fiction and travel books about Africa, published an anthology of contemporary African literature and translated African authors into German. His first novel, "Die Welt ist groß und Rettung lauert überall", published in 1996. It recounts his family's experiences as political refugees and asylum seekers. Subsequently, the science fiction novel "Autopol", was created on the internet as a "novel in progress" ("Hundezeiten"), a travel account of a visit to his Bulgarian homeland, and books dealing with his experiences in India.

Trojanow’s books have been translated in 25 languages and awarded with several prizes.

Over the past years he has also taught at various universities and in 2013 raised his critical voice towards the US and the NSA.

Angermion Lecture 2015
On 26 January 2015, Ambassador Peter Ammon and his wife Marliese Heimann-Ammon hosted the Angermion Lecture 2015 with Professor Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). This event formed part of the German Embassy Talks series.
For full event information please go here.

25 March 2015
Guest Lecture: Lord Stephen K Green
Date: 6:30pm, 25 March 2015
Venue: ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, ArtsTwo Building, Mile End Campus, E1 4NS

Lecture Title: Reluctant Meister
How Germany's Past is Shaping its European Future
For more details and to book a place please go here.

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 2015.
They were awarded to two full-time MA students.

Postgraduate Journal e-transfers
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We are pleased to announce our writers in residence for 2014/2015:
Abbas Khider 13.10.14 - 21.12.2014
Thomas Meinecke 20.10.14 - 15.12.2014
Ilija Trojanow 01.02.15 - 15.04.15

German Literature Week May 2015
Watch this space! Dates to be announced.

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, 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.