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Excavating Buried Memories in the Railways beneath London and Berlin

Friday 6 July 2018
Networked Remembrance is the first book to explore questions of urban memory within what are some of the most commonly experienced subterranean margins of the contemporary city: underground railways. Using London’s and Berlin’s underground railways as comparative case studies, this book reveals how social memories are spatially produced – through practices of cartography and toponymy, memory work and memorialization, exploration and artistic appropriation – within the everyday and concealed places associated with these transport networks.

Re-Educating German POWs after WW2

Monday 2 July 2018
At the end of WWII there were over 400,000 German POWs housed in 1,500 camps throughout the UK. Some were very young and had received their education under the Nazi system. To enable them to take their place in a democratic post-war Germany re-education was necessary. Some 200 lecturers travelled the length and breadth of the country to lecture in the camps and prepare the prisoners for civilian life. 

Sylvia Naish Visiting Fellowships and Scholarships for 2018-19 Announced

Thursday 21 June 2018
Sylvia Naish Visiting Fellowships have been awarded to Margit Dirscherl and Robert Leucht . Dr Margit Dirscherl (Munich) will be spending September 2018 at the Institute pursuing her research into Thomas Mann’s theoretical conceptualisation of railway stations, and Dr Leucht (Zurich) will be at the IMLR in January and February conducting research into Alexander Pope and the German writers of the mid-18 th century.

Winner of 2019 Luisa Selis Visiting Fellowship Announced

Thursday 21 June 2018
The IMLR and Istituto Italiano di Cultura Londra  (IIC) have pleasure in announcing the winner of the 2019 Luisa Selis Fellowship competition. Dr Sara Delmedico (Cambridge), whose topic of research is ‘Being a Woman in 19 th -Century Sardinia. Love, Seduction and Reputation in the Law in Action’ will spend April, May and June 2019 at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory  at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, and at the  Istituto Italiano di Cultura Londra  (IIC).

Winner of 2018-19 Miller Visiting Fellowship Competition Announced

Thursday 21 June 2018
Cole Collins has been awarded a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Visiting Fellowship for 2018-19. Currently in the final stages of his PhD research at the University of Edinburgh, Cole Collins will be based at the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies at the Institute from February until May 2019, during which time he will conduct research into the representations of women in a British context in the collages of Kurt Schwitters.

2018 DAAD-IMLR Competition Launched

Friday 1 June 2018
‘Auf deutschen Spuren’ is the title of this year’s competition, jointly organised by the DAAD and the IMLR. Following previous forays into poetry, prose, translation and dramatic dialogue, the fifth competition breaks new ground in asking entrants to make a short video on the theme ‘In the footsteps of German-language culture’.

2018 Robson-Scott Travelling Scholarship Winner

Friday 18 May 2018
Sarah Muller is this year’s winner of the William Robson-Scott Travelling Scholarship. The holder of MA degrees from the Universities of Glasgow and Sheffield, Sarah is currently in her second year of PhD research at the University of Sheffield working on primary school students’ linguistic repertoires and the Luxembourg education system, where German is the language of instruction although over 60% of students come from a romanophone background.

Speaking to a Global Future Online

Thursday 8 March 2018
Videos from the 'Speaking to a Global Future' conference are now available online. The footage from the Speak to the Future Campaign's fifth annual conference provides very strong advocacy for the increasing importance of languages and language learning at this defining moment for the country's future, and are co-badged with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.   1. Jon Benjamin , Director of the Diplomatic Academy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (25 mins) 2. Dr Adam Marshall , Director General of the British Chambers (12 mins)

Calling Translators: Austrian Cultural Forum Translation Prize

Friday 16 February 2018
The Austrian Cultural Forum has just launched its second Translation Prize. Professional and aspiring German-into-English translators are invited to submit translations of contemporary Austrian prose writing. The application deadline is 13 July 2018 . Winners will be announced in September 2018 and the prizes will be awarded at an event at the Austrian Cultural Forum London in November 2018. Further details  

IMLR Director interviewed in Pagina 12

Thursday 8 February 2018
Professor Catherine Davies, Director of the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), is interviewed by the Argentinian newspaper, Pagina 12 . In the Spanish-language article, she discusses the importance of language skills for effective cross-cultural communication and diplomacy, the falling numbers of modern languages students in the UK and the IMLR’s conferences in Spain on British-Argentine relations, one in Seville this week, one in Salamanca in October (part-funded by the AHRC's Open World Research Initiative [OWRI]).

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