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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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Angela Findley (Gloucester) – The Other Side

We are delighted to invite you to the first lecture of our 2019-20 BASF Lecture Series.

When: Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 6.30pm

Venue: Arts One Lecture Theatre

Angela Findlay-BASF Lecture Series 2019-20

Synopsis:

How do you express national guilt and apology rather than pride and patriotism? How do you remember what you would rather forget?

In this country, very little is known about Germany’s unique post-WW2 process of remembrance. With all traditional forms of memorial deemed irrelevant and inappropriate, German artists instead sought ways to honour the victims of one of history’s darkest periods. The ensuing and on-going ‘counter memorial’ movement places extraordinary art forms in key locations often at the heart of German cities, encouraging visitors to take personal responsibility for keeping the memories and lessons of the past alive. The results are brave, challenging, moving and inspiring.

Biography:

Angela Findlay is a professional artist, accredited lecturer and writer with a long career of teaching art in prisons both in England and Germany. Her Anglo-German roots and interest in the redemptive role of art in society led to extensive research into Germany’s complex post-WW2 process of remembrance and the transgenerational transmission of trauma/guilt. Angela is currently writing a book further exploring these subjects.

No registration is required. Please find the full schedule of the BASF Lecture Series below.

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New BASF Lecture Series      BASF logo

BASF Lecture Series on Anglo-German Matters 2019/20

15 October 2019:  Angela Findlay (Gloucester)  The Other Side

26 November 2019: Room 1.28 ArtsOne
Building: Adrian von Buttlar (Freie Universität Berlin) – Cultural transfer in Matters of Architecture: Leo von Klenze in Britain 1836/1851/1853

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

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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

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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)

 

Affiliated:

Dr Heidi Liedtke, Travel Writing in the Victorian Era

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The Centre in the Media

„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.

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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.