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

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News and Events

19 January 2015
An Evening with our Writer in Residence Thomas Meinecke
Date: 5pm, 19 January 2015
Venue: Frances Bancroft 3.15, Mile End Campus, QMUL, E1 4NS

Event flyer.

Thomas Meinecke, the current Writer in Residence at the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations at Queen Mary University of London has been described as the intellectual, or the theorist, among the German practitioners of Pop Literature. Alongside a very successful career as a musician and DJ, he is one of the foremost cultural commentators in Germany. He first came to literary prominence with the novel Tomboy, which, as the title suggests, embodies in a particular kind of docufiction the theories of postmodern gender studies. His second Novel, Hellblau, Pale Blue, pursues the intersectional discourse into a brilliant dissection of race. Both have been translated into American English by Daniel Bowles. His third novel, called Musik, Music is a brilliant example of a queer novel, which uses historical anecdote and an astonishingly wide and deep knowledge of popular music to deconstruct a wide variety of identity discourses and to demonstrate that this work of deconstruction has been going on in a variety of surprising places for much longer than one might imagine.

To celebrate Thomas Meinecke’s Residence, Queen Mary will be holding a four part evening event. It will start with a discussion between Meinecke and second year translation students about translation issues, focusing mainly on the opening of Tomboy, and will continue with a bilingual reading of passages from Pale Blue. This will be followed by a contextualization of Meinecke’s work by Dr Charis Goer of the University of Bielefeld and an appreciation of Musik by Dr Robert Gillett of Queen Mary University of London, and the evening will end with Meinecke himself playing selected tracks to illustrate the uses he makes of music in the novel.

The event is part of the programme of the literature and cultural transfer sections of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations, but is also part of the German Department’s Research Seminar series. It should be of particular interest to comparative literature students, gender studies students, and anybody interested in the history of popular music in the 20th century.

29 January 2015
A lecture to launch the 'Germans in Britain' Exhibition
Date: 6:30pm, 29 January 2015
Venue: ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, ArtsTwo Building, Mile End Campus, E1 4NS

Queen Mary University in partnership with the Migration Museum is delighted to invite you to the launch of the 'Germans in Britain' Exhibition. At 6:30pm, Emilie Oléron Evans will deliver a lecture entitled "Nikolaus Pevsner, a 'Kunsthistoriker' in Britain". This will be followed by a reception to allow time to enjoy the exhibtion itself.
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.