Skip to main content
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

Patron: Alfred Brendel, since 2011

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

Founding Director: Professor Rüdiger Görner

Centre Secretary: Jana Riedel

 

________________________________ 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BASF Lecture

23rd November 2021

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

Reister for the event here.

 ________________________________ 

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

 ________________________________

 

Happy Birthday Niedersachsen - Documentary presented by Queen Mary alumnus 

Former Queen Mary doctoral graduate Dr. John Goodyear presents German TV documentary celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of Lower Saxony

2021 marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of the German federal state of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) by the British military government. Located in northwestern Germany, it brought together the former Prussian province of Hanover with the states of Braunschweig, Oldenburg, and Schaumburg-Lippe in 1946. To mark this anniversary, the German public television broadcaster NDR broadcast Happy Birthday Niedersachsen, a 45-minute documentary produced by Zentralfilm in Hanover and presented in German by former Queen Mary graduate Dr. John Goodyear.

The documentary is available to watch here

 ________________________________

The Director’s Friday Research Seminar 2021/22

Sem A: 17:00 - 19:00
Sem B: 16:00 - 18:00
Venue: Arts One Room 1.25 & Zoom 

Reciprocities

29th October 2021:     Participants introducing their respective Research Project

26th November 2021:  William Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale or Why Bohemia is bordering the Sea in                                                 Ingeborg Bachmann’s rendering

17th December 2021: Christopher Marlow, Doctor Faustus

4th February 2022:     Research Presentations (I) & Andreas Gryphius, Carolus Stuardus

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

1st April 2022:           Research Presentations (II) & George Eliot, The Natural History of German Life

29th April 2022:         Hugo v. Hofmannsthal, Walter Pater/ Englisches Leben

27th May 2022:          Research Presentations (III) 

 ________________________________

Watch the recording of the event 'The Marble Song. A Novel. A Commented Reading with Rüdiger Görner, hosted by The Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft Rhein-Main e.V. on Thursday, June 24, 2021. 

"The Marble Song", situated in London and Lucerne, is a novel about an obsession, or rather fixation, with the writer Hedda Södervedt as developed by Lionel Flower, a second-rate journalist and writer. He tries to establish contact with her, eventually with success, and will in fact be commissioned to write a "dual life" of Södervedt and Aaron Proctor. But there is a significant interference in the shape of Claudia, a Swiss designer, who keeps writing emails to Lionel. She found a number of his texts in the internet and has grown extremely fond of them and, she thinks, their author, too. She hopes, or so it seems, to enter a relationship with him but when he finally succumbs to her desire to visit her in Lucerne, the encounter causes nothing but disillusion and disappointment, mainly on Claudia’s part. 

Click here to watch the recording. 

  ________________________________

 

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

________________________________

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

BASF logo

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]

________________________________

„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.

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.