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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


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The Future of Anglo-German Cultural Relations: a CAGCR Workshop

Time and Date: 10.45 - 15.00, Friday, 11th June, 2021

Location: Zoom (for the link, please email Dr Andrew Hines -

The relationship between the English- and German-speaking lands of Europe is both an idea and practical phenomenon. As the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations has pointed out since its inception, the history of cultural exchange across this linguistic Grenze has long nourished the spirit of both. But what does it mean in 2021?

Five years since the Brexit referendum, what does it mean to speak of Anglo-German cultural relations? How did we get here, and where are we going? As we emerge into an era where the imaginaries of cultural isolation coalesce into new realities, and the cultural forms that underpin the European public sphere transform, how can and how should these spaces be refigured? What can we learn from each other?

This workshop marks the commencement of a programme of enquiries seeking to answer these questions, as well as to formulate new ones. The workshop will proceed with participants giving five- to ten-minute summaries of their papers (which will have been sent in advance to participants) before opening up to a wide-ranging discussion.

Attendance as an observer is open to any HE researcher and for any members of the CAGCR. During the workshop, we will endeavour to incorporate observer questions into the discussion as fitting.

Workshop Schedule:

10.45 – 11.00: Opening Remarks (Dr David Anderson (Queen Mary), Dr Andrew Hines (SOAS/Queen Mary)

11.00 – 11.30: Dr. Peter J. Verovšek (Sheffield)

Title: Direct Engagement or Discursive Impact?: Public Philosophy in the United Kingdom and Germany

11.30 – 12.00: Dr David Anderson (Queen Mary)

Title: Replays and re-figurations: on ‘heritage’ and ‘Heimat’ since the 1980s

12.00 – 13.00: Lunch

13.00 – 13.30: Andreas Musolff (UEA)

Title: The Nation as a Body Metaphor

13.30 – 14.00: Dr Andrew Hines (Queen Mary/SOAS) and Dr Cillian Ó Fathaigh (AHRC/DFG Spaces of Translation Research Project)

Title: What Makes Global Britain Global?

14.00 – 14.30: Jonathon Catlin (Princeton University, Fulbright Germany Fellow, 2019–2020)

Title: Wounds of Democracy: Theodor W. Adorno for our Times

14.30 – 15.00: Closing Remarks (Dr David Anderson (Queen Mary), Dr Andrew Hines (SOAS/Queen Mary)



The most recent BASF lecture, given by Peter J. Verovšek (University of Sheffield), entitled 'Direct Engagement or Discursive Impact?: Public Philosophy in the United Kingdom and Germanyis now available to download: Peter Verosek Lecture .


The most recent BASF lecture, given by Maike Oergel (University of Nottingham), entitled 'Britain, Germany and Brexit: The Legacy of the 19th-century ‘Germanic’' is now available to download in 2 parts: 

Maike Oergel Lecture Part 1

Maike Oergel Lecture Part 2



The two latest BASF lectures are now available to watch.

Click to download Philip Oltermann Lecture  'Inverting the inverted pyramid: Writing about Germany as an Anglo-German "foreign" correspondent'.

Click to download Andrew Hines' Lecture  on Anglo-German Cultural Relations in the Age of Brexit and Corona. 


Professor Rüdiger Görner's Inaugural Lecture, Beethoven, Hegel & Hölderlin at 250: Thoughts on the presence of triadic structures in their works, is now available to watch here


Virtual Event: Video now available 

Oskar Kokoschka in Exile, a talk by Rüdiger Görner, author of the new biography, Kokoschka: The Untimely Modernist

In this first event in the new 2021 Ben Uri Research Unit lecture series, Rüdiger Görner, author of an acclaimed new biography of Austria's most celebrated Expressionist painter, Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980), now available in an English translation, discusses the artist’s artistic and political position within the context of his years in exile in Britain. Although Kokoschka played a major role in shaping European art in the twentieth century and had an international reputation at the time of his first emigration to Prague, he was not yet well-known in Britain upon his arrival in England in 1938. This fascinating lecture throws new light upon his experiences, reception and work including his impressions of London, his portrait commissions and his series of now celebrated paintings criticising the Allies’ unassertive response to Hitler’s policy of aggression.
A recording of the event is now available to watch here


Read the latest blog post by Thyssen Research Fellow, Dr Andrew Hines here.

'Fragile Systems: On John le Carré and Europe'


The Centre is pleased to present a new online exhibition launched by its PhD candidates Jana Riedel and Matthew Shaul in collaboration with German artist Catrine Val. Living Memory is a poignant and astonishing series of photographic portraits of London’s Jewish community, presented alongside the stories of the sitters’ experiences and histories. As the Holocaust slips slowly from living memory amid the most profound dislocation the world has experienced since the 1930s, Val records her subjects’ impressions of arrival and integration, their observance – or not – of their Jewish faith and the place of the German language in their lives. The project has personal resonance for Val, who seeks context and a greater understanding of her own Jewish heritage.

Living Memory is supported by the German Embassy London and the Goethe-Institut London as part of their invitation to Anglo-German creative teams to ‘Stand Together and Go Virtual’ during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The online exhibition can be viewed here.


The Director’s Friday Research Seminar in CAGCR 2020-21


All WEBINAR Seminars will take place at 4 pm on the following Fridays:


23rd October 2020 - Dionysos revisited (?) The Poetry of Friedrich Nietzsche and Oscar Wilde (RG)

20th November 2020 - A Lost Inheritance: A comparison of Hermann Fiedler’s and Jethro Bithell’s poetry anthologies, published for school use between 1911 and 1941' (CM)

11th December 2020 - Presentation of PhD candidates of their work (I)

29th January 2021 - Anglo-German Poetry before World War One

26th February 2021 - Poetic Expressionism

26th March 2021 - Rilke in English translation

23rd April 2021 - Presentation of PhD candidates of their work (II)

14th May 2021 - Greek mythological imagery in Elisabeth Langässer’s Frühling 1946   and W.H. Auden’s The Shield of Achilles, Josef Weinheber’s Zwischen Göttern und Dämonen and in Auden’s poem Josef Weinheber (CM)


Dates announced for the BASF Webinar Lecture Series on Anglo-German Matters 2020/21:
First Semester 2020/21
Tuesdays 6:30 pm. 
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), Direct Engagement or Discursive Impact?: Public Philosophy in the United Kingdom 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
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


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 Fellow 2020-2023:

Dr Josh Torabi

Visiting Research Fellow 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.