Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature (IBC)

Austria’s contribution to modern German-language literature has been both rich and varied, embracing major novelists (Kafka, Musil), dramatists (Schnitzler, Bernhard), as well as poets (Rilke, Celan) of international repute.

The Ingeborg Bachmann Centre, established at the then Institute of Germanic Studies in 2002 with the support of Erste Bank, the Österreichische Nationalbank, the Austrian Cultural Forum, and the Österreich Kooperation, explores this contribution by means of its writers-in-residence programme and by organising lectures, seminars, workshops and reading groups.

The outcome of an innovative form of cross-institutional cooperation, this exciting academic initiative concentrates on 20th-century Austrian literature, focusing above all on developments from 1945 onwards, and takes as its figurehead Ingeborg Bachmann , whose poem ‘Abschied von England’ encapsulates the challenge presented by other cultures and the difficulties of comprehending them.

All our events are open to anyone interested.

We are indebted to the Austrian Cultural Forum in London and the Bithell Bequest Fund (University of London) for their continued sponsorship.

ZWEI WOCHEN ENGLAND

Zwei Wochen EnglandA volume of texts by the IBC's Writers-in-Residence compiled to celebrate the first ten years of the Bachmann Centre. Edited by Heide Kunzelmann, with photographs by Valeska Hass, the volume is published by Sonderzahl Verlag.
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  • If you would like to find out more about the Centre and its events please contact the Centre's Director:
    Dr Heide Kunzelmann
    Ingeborg Bachmann Centre
    IMLR, University of London
    Senate House, Malet Street
    London WC1E 7HU
    Tel: 020 7862 8959
    Email: heide.kunzelmann@sas.ac.uk

  • KONSTANZE FLIEDL

    gave the 4th Biennial Ingeborg Bachmann Centre Lecture: 'A Farewell to Words. Zu den Übersetzungenen von Bachmanns Abschied von England'

    HEAR DORON RABINOVICI

    in conversation with Daniel Wildmann and Heide Kunzelmann (2012). Photo by Susanne Schreyer. In conjunction with the Austrian Cultural Forum London

    ILSE AICHINGER

    Ilse Aichinger (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich/Timpe)

    Inspiring Austrian Women. Celebrating International Women's Day at the Austrian Cultural Institute

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