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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Waves of Difference – Trends and Tendencies in Contemporary German Literature
18th – 20th May 2015
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Queen Mary's Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations and its Writers in Residence Programme the CAGCR has devised Waves of Difference – a festival which celebrates the Centre and its programme by showcasing contemporary German Literature at its best. For this occasion six prizewinning former residents – Angela Krauß, Terézia Mora, Matthias Politycki, Gregor Sander, David Wagner and Michael Wildenhain – will be giving readings in different locations in and around London. All six writers will then come together on Wednesday evening for the absolute highlight of the festival: a bilingual reading and discussion at the Goethe Institute London, hosted by the renowned journalist and broadcaster Rosie Goldsmith under the title “Trendspotting. Six German Authors in London”.

Details of all events are given below. Most events are open to the public, many are bilingual, all are free of charge. If you are interested in, or intrigued by, contemporary German literature, come and join us as often as you can: you will not be disappointed.

16th May
• Reading of Terézia Mora at the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung (not open to the public). Terézia Mora will be reading at the London meeting of the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung, Darmstadt.

18th May
• Wine Reception to celebrate 10 years of the QMUL Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations (on invitation only).
6.30 p.m.
Senior Common Room, Queens Building, QMUL, Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS

19th May
• Gregor Sander will be reading in the Deutsche Schule London (not open to the public).

• David Wagner will be reading excerpts from his novel “Leben” and other works at the University of Cambridge.
6 p.m.
Parlour, Magdalene College, Magdalene Street, Cambridge CB3 0AG

• Reading and discussion with Angela Krauß at the Institute of Modern Languages Research
As part of the series “Encounters: Writers and Translators in Conversation” Angela Krauß and her translator Margret Vince will give a reading of excerpts from Krauß's novel Im schönsten Fall (2011) in German and in English translation, followed by a discussion of practical and theoretical issues related to translation and a mini translation workshop for the audience.
5.30-7.30 p.m.
Institute of Modern Languages Research Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

• Reading of Matthias Poliycki at the University of Bristol

• Reading of Michael Wildenhain

20th May
• “Trendspotting. Six German Authors in London”
What’s trending on the German literary scene? Rosie Goldsmith will be discussing this question with Angela Krauß, Térezia Mora, Matthias Politycki, Gregor Sander, David Wagner & Michael Wildenhain – who will also be reading from new, specially translated texts.
6.30 for 7 p.m.
Goethe Institute London, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PH

Deutsche Schule London
Goethe Institute London
Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR)
King’s College London
Royal Holloway, University of London
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
University of Nottingham

Generously supported by:
Deutscher Literaturfonds Darmstadt
Goethe Institute London
Queen Mary University of London

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.

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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.