Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations

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


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The Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations is delighted to announce the international conference:

Two Centuries of Anglo-German Correspondences: Celebrating Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, George Eliot and Theodor Fontane

in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Town of Coburg, Germany.

BOOK your ticket HERE.

When: 26 - 28 June 2019

Where: The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum

This international conference marks the outstanding contributions to British-German cultural exchange by four key figures, all born in 1819: Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, George Eliot and Theodor Fontane. In four thematically oriented sections, this landmark conference will consider aspects of British-German cultural transfer in the areas of literature/ history of thought; travel; science/knowledge; arts & music. Some of the leading experts in the field will contribute to the exploration of affinities and differences between these cultures in the Victoria era. The thematic scope of the conference will range from respective forms of mutual perception in various areas of cultural life at the time, royal collecting practices, artistic, philosophical and literary renderings and reflection of Otherness.

Download the Conference Programme [PDF 164KB].

This event is jointly supported by the Victoria and Albert Museum, Stadt Coburg, Germany and the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations, the Queen Mary Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS), and the School of Language Linguistics and Film at Queen Mary University of London.

Please register via the V&A's What's On.


Research Fellows and Associates:

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

Additional current research projects and publications [DOC 21KB]


Visiting Research Fellows 2018/19 (short-term):

Dr Franz Fromholzer, Forms of Literary and Discursive Styles

Dr Cecilia Muratori, Jakob Böhme Reception in the UK

Nicolas von Passavant, Poetry of the Baroque


Honorary Research Fellow:

Professor Marko Pajevic (Tartu)



Dr Heidi Liedtke, Travel Writing in the Victorian Era


The Anglo-German Research Colloquium will continue from the autumn semester 2019.


The Centre in the Media

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.


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 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.