2020 Sylvia Naish Lecture Competition Winner Announced

Tuesday 21 January 2020
The winner of this year’s Sylvia Naish Lecture competition is Katherine E. Calvert , who will be giving her lecture entitled ‘The Idealised Mother and the Socialist Movement in Weimar Germany’ at the Institute on Thursday, 2 April 2020. Katherine is a research student at the University of Sheffield, sponsored by the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities.

Clare George Discusses 'Laterndl' Project on BBC

Thursday 21 November 2019
Dr Clare George, Miller Project archivist at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR)/Senate House Library (SHL), discusses her research into the Laterndl , the Austrian political cabaret theatre established by a group of exile actors and writers from Nazi-occupied Austria during the Second World War, on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking programme,.

The Dynamics of Forced Female Migration from Czechoslovakia to Britain, 1938-1950

Tuesday 3 September 2019
The study of Czechoslovak women refugees in Britain is noticeably missing from current research and Anglo-Czechoslovak historiography. This book by Jana Barbora Buresova explores the diverse experiences, dilemmas and contributions to Britain of these women within a socio-political context, commencing with the 1938 Munich Agreement that precipitated exile.

'Urban Microcosms 1789-1940' Now Available

Friday 23 August 2019
Urban microcosms are small-scale communal spaces that are integral to, or integrated into, city life. Some, such as railway stations or department stores, are typically located in city centres. Others, such as parks, are less quintessentially metropolitan, whilst harbours or beaches are often located on the peripheries of cities or outside them altogether. All are part of a network of nodes establishing connections in and beyond the city. Together, they shape and inflect the infrastructure of modern life.

Victoria & Albert 200 Competition Winners

Monday 1 July 2019
The winners of the 6th DAAD-IMLR German writing competition were celebrated at an event on 28 June held at the German Embassy. Marking the 200th birthdays of both Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, competitors had been asked to put themselves in the shoes of Victoria or Albert (or both) and create a letter or exchange of letters between the couple, whose love affair became legendary. Competitors were free to choose their own medium: a poem, letter, rap song, play or whatever else came to mind.

German Author Fontane’s 200th Birthday Celebrated

Wednesday 26 June 2019
Today sees the publication of Wandern und Plaudern mit Fontane. Literarische Begegnungen mit der Mark-Brandenburg heute [Walking and Conversing with Fontane. Literary Encounters with the Brandenburg Region Today], a volume of specially commissioned texts by contemporary authors creatively engaging with Fontane’s Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg (1862).