2019 Sylvia Naish Lecture Competition Winner Announced

Tuesday 12 February 2019
The winner of this year’s Sylvia Naish Lecture competition is Doriane Zerka, who will be giving her lecture entitled 'Constructing Identities: Depictions of Iberia in Medieval German Literature' on Thursday, 4 April 2019. Doriane is a final-year research student at King's College London. She read European Studies at Queen Mary University of London, where she graduated with First Class Honours in German and Hispanic Studies, and went on to the University of Cambridge where she wrote her MPhil thesis on Dietrich von Bern in the Kaiserchronik and the Nibelungenlied .

2018 Bithell Prize-winners Announced

Tuesday 5 February 2019
Mrs Margaret May, Ms Eleanor Gratton and Ms Nancy Wilson are the Bithell Prize-winners for 2018. The Jethro Bithell Prize , for the best performance in a University of London MA or MRes with a minimum German component of 50%, was awarded to Mrs Margaret May, a student on the IMLR’s MRes course, for her dissertation ‘Objects and Jewish Identity in Fictional Works by Georg Hermann, Barbara Honigmann and Katja Petrowskaja’. The external examiner commented ‘I have rarely read a masters’ dissertation as well-written and persuasive as this’.

Borderlands of Memory

Thursday 17 January 2019
Volume 11 in the series 'Cultural Memories' has just been published. 

Professor Andrea Reiter (1957-2018)

Monday 26 November 2018
With the untimely death of our colleague Professor Andrea Reiter after a long illness courageously borne, the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies at the IMLR has lost a much valued and respected member. Andrea was a member of our committee for over ten years. She never stinted in travelling to London from Southampton, where she taught at the University, to attend events and meetings held by the Research Centre, and she contributed fully to its activities.

Kindertransport hard to describe as a success

Thursday 22 November 2018
In her latest article Kindertransport expert Andrea Hammel argues that the programme that was to save the lives of 10,000 children should not be seen as the unmitigated success it is often portrayed. In online magazine  The Conversation (22 November 2018), she outlines the heavy price paid by the child refugees who came over in the transports just before the start of WW2. 

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: