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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.



Dates announced for the BASF Webinar Lecture Series on Anglo-German Matters 2020/21:
First Semester 2020/21
Tuesdays 6:30 pm. 
1st December 2020
Lars Iyer (Newcastle University), Nietzsche, Music and the ‘Burbs'
9th February 2021
Philip Oltermann (The Guardian, London/Berlin) – Working as an Anglo-German ‘foreign’ correspondent
16th February 2021
Andrew Hines (Thyssen Fellow at the CAGCR/QMUL and SOAS) – 'From Mythos to Kunstmythos: Anglo-German Cultural Relations in the Age of Brexit and Corona'
9th March 2021
Maike Oergel 
(University of Nottingham) – Britain, Germany and Brexit: The Legacy of the 19th-century ‘Germanic’
23rd March 2021
Mara Delius 
(Die Welt, Berlin) – The meaning of ‘reviewing literature’ in Britain and Germany
1st  June 2021
Peter J. Verovšek (Sheffield), Position of Intellectuals in Britain and Germany

Professor Colin 
B. Grant's translation of Volker Braun's Die Griechen/The Greeks has been published in the Stadtlicher Presse, Hamburg and is the first in a series of Braun's Demos
More information can be found here
Does Germany do it Better? 
An online event with John Kampfner as he discusses his new book Why the Germans do it Better, chaired by Professor Rüdiger Görner. 
Hosted by the British-German Association.
Tuesday 8 September, at 18:30 - 19:30. Registration required. Click here for more information and booking. 

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.  


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


The next BASF Lecture has been cancelled. 

Mara Delius (Die Welt, Berlin) 

The meaning of reviewing literature in Britain and Germany

Please join us for the next BASF lecture on 31 March. 


The Third Thomas Mann Lecture 2019

On 27 November 2019, the third Thomas Mann Lecture took place at the ETH Zurich. The lecture, given by Professor Rüdiger Görner, focused on the visual media that Thomas Mann used very early and consciously for his self-representation in public as an author.

For more information and to watch the lecture (in German), please click HERE


New BASF Lecture Series      BASF logo

BASF Lecture Series on Anglo-German Matters 2019/20

21 January 2020: Maximiliaan van Woudenberg (Cambridge):  Anglo-German Cosmopolitanism at the Villa Diodati in 1816

18 February 2020: Uwe Schütte (Aston University in Birmingham) – The Swastika, Autobahn and Trans Europa Express – Kraftwerk in English Perspectives

10 March 2020: Mara Delius (Die Welt, Berlin) – The meaning of reviewing literature in Britain and Germany

31 March 2020: Maike Oergel (University of Nottingham) – Britain, Germany and Brexit: The Legacy of the 19th-century ‘Germanic’

21 May 2020: Philip Oltermann (The Guardian London/Berlin) – Working as an Anglo-German ‘foreign’ correspondent


Director's RESEARCH SEMINAR 2019/20:

Aspects of British-German Modernism in Culture

& Oscar Levy Research Forum for Nietzsche Studies, Convenor: Josh Torabi, PhD Candidate

Venue: Lockkeeper’s Cottage

Time: 4-6 pm

Sem A

25th October: Encountering W. Lewis’s Tarr

15th November: British Romanticism in Germany around 1910

6th December: Presentations from Research Students

Sem B

31st January: Oscar Levy Nietzsche Forum. (JT)

14th February: Anglo-German transfers in the Visual Arts & Music around 1900

27th March: British-German Philosophical Discourses around 1900

22nd May: Oscar Levy Forum/Presentation from Research Students


Research Fellows and Associates:

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: Cultural Relations in the age of Brexit and Coronavirus - find out more here


The Centre in the Media

„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]


„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


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.