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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Annual Lecture- Lyndal Roper 21 Nov 2019Annual Lecture: Lyndal Roper on ‘Emotions and the German Peasants’ War 1524-25′

When: Thursday 21st November, 2019, 6.30pm

Venue: Arts Two Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London

We are delighted that Professor Lyndal Roper (Oxford) will give the Centre for the History of Emotions Annual Lecture for 2019 on Thursday 21st November at 6.30pm in the Arts Two Lecture Theatre, QMUL, Mile End Campus. Professor Roper’s lecture is titled ‘Emotions and the German Peasants’ War 1524-25′. Tickets are free but booking is essential.


How should historians study emotions to help them understand the past? The German Peasants’ War of 1524/5 was the biggest popular uprising in Western Europe before the French Revolution. It altered the course of the Lutheran Reformation, making it far more conservative. Thousands were slain as the revolt was bloodily suppressed. If we are to understand what made people risk everything they had to engage in rebellion, we need to understand their emotions, and we also need to understand theology differently. This paper outlines the emotional patterns of the Peasants’ War and asks how they can help explain what happened.

Doors at 6.00pm, lecture at 6.30pm. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in the Arts Two Building. For directions to Mile End and a campus map, see bit.ly/QMcampusmap.

All welcome, but booking via Eventbrite is essential.


Adrian von Buttlar (Freie Universität Berlin) – Cultural Transfer in Matters of Architecture

Adrian von Buttlar BASF Lecture 26 Nov 2019

We are delighted to invite you to the second lecture of our 2019-20 BASF Lecture Series by Adrian von Buttlar, entitled:

'Cultural Transfer in Matters of Architecture: Leo von Klenze in Britain 1836/1851/1853'

When: Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 6.15pm

Venue: Room: 1.28, Arts One, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End campus

Anglo-German cultural transfer in art, architecture and design from the late 18th to the mid-20th centuries provides a wide and fascinating field of research: The import of the english landscapegarden, neo-palladianism, neo-gothic, the aesthetics of the picturesque and the innovations of the industrial revolution on the continent was matched by the growing english interest in the achievements of german romantic idealism: for instance public education (Bildung) by stately art-and-craft schools, academies, museums, monuments and neo-humanistic building programmes. The lecture presents a fairly unknown chapter of this subject:

Leo von Klenze (1784-1864), Court Architect and Chief Surveyor of Public Building in Bavaria, in 1836 was invited to London by the Select Committee of Arts and Manufacture for a Hearing to rise taste in Britain, especially in regard to the applied arts. As the leading capacity in modern museum-architecture Klenze in 1851 returned to London from St. Petersburg, where he had inspected the rise of his New Hermitage Museum, to visit the World Exhibition (and nearby to critize Paxton´s Crystal Palace). Nevertheless, suggested by Prince Albert, he received the Gold Medal of the RIBA and in 1853 was again invited by the House of Commons to the Select Committee on the National Gallery, where he fostered Henry Cole´s (unrealized) plans for a new National Museum to be erected in Hyde-Park by very innovative ideas. His flexible Neo-Grec, which allowed to combine diverse historic elements with a modernist, functional structure was highly esteemed in Britain. 


New BASF Lecture Series      BASF logo

BASF Lecture Series on Anglo-German Matters 2019/20 

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


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: 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)



Dr Heidi Liedtke, Travel Writing in the Victorian Era


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.

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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.


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.