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Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations
Tower Bridge and Brandenburger Tor
Tower Bridge and Brandenburger Tor

Patron: Alfred Brendel, since 2011

Honorary Professorial Fellow (em.): Irène Heidelberger-Leonard (London)

Founding Director: Professor Rüdiger Görner

Centre Secretary: Jana Riedel

 

Interested in our MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations? Apply now.

Patron: Alfred Brendel, since 2011

Honorary Professorial Fellow (em.): Irène Heidelberger-Leonard (London)

Founding Director: Professor Rüdiger Görner

Centre Secretary: Jana Riedel

 

Interested in our MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations? Apply now.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dates announced for BASF Webinar Lecture Series on Anglo-German Matters 2021/22

Chair: Rüdiger Görner (QMUL/CAGCR)

Tuesdays 6:30 pm. 

19th October 2021

Panel Discussion with Peter Barnes (British-German Association), Ruth Krahe (DAAD), Katharina von Ruckteschell-Katte (Goethe Institut), Paul Smith (British Council/Germany): Anglo-German Cultural Relations: Quo vadis? Problems and Possibilities

23rd November 2021

John Kampfner (Berlin/London) t.b.c) The New German Government - A British Perspective on its international challenges

7th December 2021

Heike Zech (Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg): Museum and Exhibition Culture. A Comparison

18th January 2022

John Guthrie (Cambridge): Johann Jacob Bodmer’s translation of Milton’s “Paradise Lost”

15th February 2022

William Donahue (Notre Dame): Dresden – a Matter of Conscience

22nd March 2022

Charmian Brinson (Imperial): German-speaking Refugees in British Propaganda during the Second World War

17th May 2022 (EXCEPTIONALLY at 8 pm)

Miranda Eva Stanyon (Melbourne): Divided by a common tongue? Hoffmann and De Quincey on a European smash-hit aria

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Event Announcment:

OSCAR LEVY AND THE LEGACY OF THE ALIENS’ ACT

In cooperation with the Oscar Levy Forum for Nietzsche Studies at Queen Mary University of London

Date: 25th October, 2021

Venues: 54 Russell Square, London and University Women’s Club, 2 Audley Square London W1K 1DB

Organizers: Julia Rosenthal (Oxford), Rüdiger Görner (QMUL)

in cooperation with Josh Torabi (Chair of the Levy Forum at QMUL) and Richelle Whitehead.

 

11:00               Meeting at 54 Russell Square

12:45               Buffet Lunch at UWC / Levy Exhibition perusal                   

14:30               Julia Rosenthal:                                    Introduction

14:45               Rüdiger Görner (QMUL):     “We are all believers now – in fact, ready to believe anything.” The Legacy of a historic Querdenker

15:15               Philip Rawlings (QMUL):                   Oscar Levy and the Aliens Act 1919

15:45               Tea

16:30               Helmut Heit/Gert Theile (Weimar): Levy und das Lama. Oscar Levy in Weimar

17:00               Address by Michael Allan followed by piano recital 

 

RSVP by 1st October 2021 to Ms Richelle Whitehead, BA, MA, at r.whitehead@qmul.ac.uk              

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The Director’s Friday Research Seminar 2021/22

16:00 – 18:00
Venue (t.b.c.)

Reciprocities

29th October 2021        William Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale or Why Bohemia is bordering the Sea

26th November 2021:   Christopher Marlow, Doctor Faustus

17th December 2021:   Andreas Gryphius, Carolus Stuardus

4th February 2022:        Charles Burney, Musical Journeys through the German Lands

4th March 2022:           George Eliot, The Natural History of German Life

1st April 2022:            Hugo v. Hofmannsthal, Walter Pater/ Englisches Leben 

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Dr Andrew Hines, the Thyssen Research Fellow at the Centre, is working on a report with Professor Rüdiger Görner on cultural relations in the age of Brexit and Coronavirus. 

As part of the research, Dr Hines has started a blog to provide regular updates on the research and how it relates to current affairs. 

You can read the blog here.  

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Comments on the Day: 

Angela Findlay, who gave one of this year's BASF lectures, is an Anglo-German artist, writer and public speaker. In her most recent blog post, she asks: How should we celebrate VE day 75 years on? Her personal approach to Anglo-German relations inspires reflections on remembrance, reconcilliation and alternative ways to commemorate the past. 

Read her blog here

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BASF Lecture Series on Anglo-German Matters 2021/22

19th October 2021: Panel Discussion with Peter Barnes (British-German Association), Ruth Krahe (DAAD), Katharina von Ruckteschell-Katte (Goethe Institut), Paul Smith (British Council/Germany): Anglo-German Cultural Relations: Quo vadis? Problems and Possibilities

23rd November 2021: John Kampfner (Berlin/London) t.b.c) The New German Government - A British Perspective on its international challenges

7th December 2021: Heike Zech (Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg): Museum and Exhibition Culture. A Comparison

18th January 2022: John Guthrie (Cambridge): Johann Jacob Bodmer’s translation of Milton’s “Paradise Lost”

15th February 2022: William Donahue (Notre Dame): Dresden – a Matter of Conscience

22nd March 2022: Charmian Brinson (Imperial): German-speaking Refugees in British Propaganda during the Second World War

17th May 2022 (EXCEPTIONALLY at 8 pm): Miranda Eva Stanyon (Melbourne): Divided by a common tongue? Hoffmann and De Quincey on a European smash-hit aria

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Here is a selection of the CAGCR's media events: 

„Brexit ist 19. Jahrhundert - irgendwie.“ 

Rüdiger Görner gives an interview with Thomas Ihm, disucssing the Centre, Anglo-German relations, literature and Brexit. 

Listen to the interview here on SWR2 from 01.02.2020. 

[45 minutes in German]

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„Zusammenhalt des United Kingdom steht auf dem Spiel“  DFL Interview image Sept 2019

Rüdiger Görner im Gespräch mit Anja Reinhardt (Deutschlandfunk Köln/Berlin)

Rücktritte, mögliche Neuwahlen und ein Gesetz gegen einen No-Deal-Brexit: Die letzte Woche sei der vorläufige Gipfel einer Implodierung der britischen Regierung gewesen, sagte der Literaturwissenschaftler Rüdiger Görner im Dlf. Vieles sei gewollt und herbeigeführt worden, auch von Premierminister Boris Johnson.

To listen click HERE

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Guter Europaer-Nietzsche

Our Centre Director Professor Rüdiger Görner presented on SWR2 Wissen:

Wo ist das gute Europa? Eine Identitätssuche

Wie könnte ein gutes "Europa" aussehen? Antworten gibt der Kultur- und Literaturwissenschaftler Rüdiger Görner, er nimmt den Philosophen Nietzsche zur Hilfe, um sich mit dessen Bild vom guten Europäer auf Identitätssuche zu begeben.

Professor Rüdiger Görner discusses the question of European identity, the future of Europe, and its boundaries and divisions in light of the upcoming elections and political developments. Reflecting on Nietzsche's untimely philosophy - that is once again, timely - he discusses the concept of the 'good European' in relation to contemporary concerns in Europe.

[30 mins - in German]

Listen here.

Dr Kaltërina Latifi (University of Göttingen): Research Fellow (The Aesthetics of the Fragment)

Additional current research projects and publications [DOC 21KB]

Dr David Anderson: Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (‘Declinism’: Nostagia and Decay in British and German Post-war Culture)

Visiting Research Fellows 2019/20:

Dr Cecilia Muratori, Jakob Böhme Reception in the UK

Honorary Research Fellow:

Professor Marko Pajevic (Tartu)

Thyssen Research Fellow:

Dr. Andrew Hines

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 Modern Languages and Cultures 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  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  on Anglo-German cultural relations through an  and through .
  • Outreach to the academic and general public through  on important Anglo-German themes and questions with a significant Anglo-German dimension.