Languages in the UK - A Call for Action

Monday 4 March 2019
'The UK has the potential to become a linguistic powerhouse. If it did, it would be more prosperous, productive, influential, innovative, knowledgeable, culturally richer, more socially cohesive, and, quite literally, healthier.

'Pacifist and Anti-Militarist Writing in German, 1889-1928'

Wednesday 13 February 2019
Pacifist and Anti-Militarist Writing in German, 1889-1928 has been published. Edited by Andreas Kramer (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Ritchie Robertson (University of Oxford), the volume explores opposition to war and militarism among a range of German-language authors in a period roughly defined by two international bestsellers: Suttner’s Die Waffen nieder! (1889) and Remarque’s Im Westen nichts Neues (1928).

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.