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English Translation of Bloch's 'Avicenna and the Aristotelian Left' Published

Thursday 8 November 2018
Ernst Bloch’s short masterpiece Avicenna and the Aristotelian Left gives a striking account of materialism that traces emancipatory elements of modern thought to medieval Islamic philosophers’ encounter with Aristotle. This classical text of 20 th Century German philosophy is more relevant today than ever, and has just been translated into English by Loren Goldman (University of Pennsylvania) and Peter Thompson, Emeritus Reader in German, University of Sheffield, and founder of the Ernst Bloch Centre .

2018 Language Show at Olympia (9-11 November)

Wednesday 7 November 2018
Now in its 30th year, Europe’s largest language event returns to Olympia in 2018 with new dates and improved talks, classes and features, the latest products and techniques, ways to learn, ways to teach as well as fun and entertainment.

Job Opportunity at the IMLR for ECR in French Studies

Wednesday 10 October 2018
The IMLR is seeking a full-time Early Career Researcher in French/Francophone Studies. The post is available on a fixed-term basis for a twelve-month period commencing in November 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Reframing Language Education for a Global Future

Friday 21 September 2018
In its report, just published, the Transnationalizing Modern Languages Research Project calls for the reframing of the study of modern languages in Higher Education in the UK and, more broadly, of approaches to the study of languages and cultures. The report identifies three issues within the context of declining recruitment that urgently need addressing:

Encounters with Albion

Thursday 30 August 2018
While much has been written about British attitudes to the Jewish refugees from Hitler who fled to this country after 1933, little attention has been paid to the ways in which those refugees perceived and depicted their (often somewhat reluctant) hosts. From their impressions on arrival, through the tumultuous events of World War II and mass internment, and on into the long period of integration after 1945, Anthony Grenville expertly traces the development of refugee responses to their new homeland.

Television Drama in Spain and Latin America Just Published

Tuesday 14 August 2018
Paul Julian Smith's latest book, Television Drama in Spain and Latin America addresses two major topics within current cultural, media, and television studies: the question of fictional genres and that of transnational circulation. While much research has been carried out on both TV formats and remakes in the English-speaking world, almost nothing has been published on the huge and dynamic Spanish-speaking sector.

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.

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