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Monika Lendermann wins the 2021 Alice Emily Bithell Prize

Thursday 28 April 2022
The Institute is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2021 Alice Emily Bithell Prize is Monika Lendermann. Monika, a student at King’s College London, graduated with a BA in European Studies (German), at the top of her cohort. Her dissertation, on Women’s Autobiographical Writing and Gendered Conceptions of National Identity in German South-West Africa, 1905-12, which examined works by Helene von Falkenhausen, Margarethe von Eckenbrecher, Maria Karow and Clara Brockmann, was described by examiners as being of postgraduate-level work and of clearly publishable quality.

New Kindertransportees Study ‘important and timely’

Wednesday 6 April 2022
With the dwindling number of Kindertransportees alive today, the living memory of this rescue operation is being transformed into cultural memory, a trend noticeable in the publication of popular Kindertransport fiction since the beginning of the 21st century. This change in memory invites the following questions: how is the child refugee’s experience remembered, represented and reimagined in literature? And, consequently, what understanding of the Kindertransport is being transmitted to the following generations?

2022 Sylvia Naish Lecture Winner Announced

Monday 4 April 2022
The IMLR is delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s Sylvia Naish Lecture competition is Rhoslyn Beckwith . Rhoslyn, a research student at the University of Swansea writing on the cultural afterlives of Queen Luise of Prussia and Empress Elisabeth (Sisi) of Austria, takes as her subject the postmodern literary commemorations of Empress Elisabeth in the 21 st century.

Marlen Haushofer Critically Reviewed in New Publication

Monday 21 February 2022
Marlen Haushofer’s five novels, her short stories and books for children, are now bringing her long overdue recognition as one of the most important Austrian writers of the post-war generation. Her most well-known novel, Die Wand [The Wall], in particular, enjoyed international acclaim and has been rediscovered not least through Julian Pölsler’s 2012 film of the same name. As a narrative experiment, the depiction of being trapped in the alps has a special resonance in today's ‘lockdown’ world.

Richard A. Dove

Monday 24 January 2022
With great sadness, the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies at the IMLR announces the passing on 17 January 2022 of their friend and long-serving colleague, Richard Dove.

‘Translating Constraints’ Now Available

Friday 14 January 2022
Translation is an activity subject to various constraints, both inherent to the practice of translating, and relative to the general conditions of international cultural exchanges.

'Together Across Cultures' German Language Competition Now Open

Monday 10 January 2022
The eighth German-Language Competition, organised by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the IMLR, is now open. This year’s theme, ‘ Zusammen  ̶  Together Across Cultures ’, celebrates friendship across borders and cultures within the German-speaking countries. Competitors can write a story, poem or song, make a video or podcast, draw a comic or cartoon. The entry must be written or spoken in German. Entries are invited from learners and lovers of German at all levels.

Just Published: Émigré Voices (Exile Yearbook)

Wednesday 15 December 2021
Volume 21 of the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies' Yearbook has just been published. Entitled  Émigré Voices , the editors present twelve oral history interviews with men and women who came to Britain as Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria in the late 1930s. Many of the interviewees rose to great prominence in their chosen career, such as author and illustrator Judith Kerr, actor Andrew Sachs, photographer and cameraman Wolf Suschitzky, violinist Norbert Brainin, and publisher Elly Miller. 

'Reimagining the Family' Now Available

Monday 13 December 2021
Reimagining the Family is the first book-length study of representations of lesbian mothering in French literature. Focusing on female-authored texts published between 1970 and 2013, the book explores how literature reflects, engages with and even anticipates the recent, highly charged debates on the rights of same-sex couples and parents in France. Centred around the notion of 'reimagining', the book examines how literature interrogates the normative definition of the family as a heterosexual, biological unit.

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