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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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Queen Mary University of London School of Languages, Linguistics and Film & The Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations warmly invite you to the Inaugural Lecture for the Centenary Professor of German with Professor Rüdiger Görner. 

Beethoven, Hegel & Hölderlin at 250: Thoughts on the presence of triadic structures in their works

Tuesday 17th November 2020, 18.00- 19.30

This very special online event will include musical performance from Queen Mary University Music scholars.

It is rare to be able to celebrate three of the most outstanding voices in philosophy, poetry and music in one year. But 2020 provided us with such an opportunity being the 250th anniversary of Georg W.F. Hegel's, Friedrich Hölderlin's and Ludwig van Beethoven's birth. This lecture will examine the striking triadic structures in the works of all three iconic representatives of German culture. Exploring this one surprising common denominator in their respective works offers a modest contribution to the celebration of their world-wide legacy.
The event will include opening remarks from Professor Matthew Hilton, Vice-Principal (Humanities & Social Sciences) and will be chaired by Professor Parvati Nair, Head of School of Languages, Linguistics and Film.

To register for the event and receive the Zoom link details, please click 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)


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

'Where does der Verstehen come from? Does it matter? 


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
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 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.