The Endings where Cultures Meet - New DAAD/IMLR Writing Competition

Monday 17 October 2016
The DAAD and the IMLR are looking for story-tellers willing to spin a yarn about migration – in German. Following on from the success of the 2014 poetry competition organised in conjunction with the British Museum’s ‘Germany – Memories of a Nation’ exhibition, and the translation competition based on Annett Gröschner’s novel Walpurgistag  in 2015, the IMLR and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are again joining forces to mount the third writing challenge for all learners and lovers of German.

Do We Need a Common Tongue?

Thursday 13 October 2016
Announcing a new £20 million language fund earlier this year, David Cameron argued that English classes would help disenfranchised Muslim women and those ‘more susceptible’ to extremism in Britain’s divided communities. In response, he stood accused of playing ‘dog-whistle politics’ by political opponents and Muslim campaigners, who argued the figures of non-English speakers in the UK have been greatly exaggerated.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Translingual Communities, European Languages and Digital Humanities Wanted

Thursday 13 October 2016
The Institute of Modern Languages Research is seeking a highly qualified, independent and talented Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Translingual Communities, European Languages and Digital Humanities to join a University of London, School of Advanced Study-based research team, led by Professor Catherine Davies and Professor Jane Winters, contributing to the AHRC Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) programme ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community’ (CLDRC).

IMLR Launches Regional Conference Grant

Friday 7 October 2016
The Institute is delighted to announce its new Regional Conference Grant Scheme. The scheme aims to support the study of modern languages outside London, to promote inter-institutional collaborations, and bring together scholars from the wider region as participants or attendees. Two awards are expected to be made each year, with a maximum of £2,000 being awarded per application. Applications for events planned for the period 1 September 2017 to 30 June 2018 are now invited. The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 January 2017. Further details / how to apply

IMLR Celebrates New Blog

Friday 16 September 2016
The IMLR’s blog, Living Languages , has been launched with an inaugural post from our Director, Professor Catherine Davies. Read about what the IMLR can offer you, whether it’s holding an event, hosting a Visiting Fellowship or providing a rich environment to study for a research degree. Subscribe to the blog and you will receive notifications when a new post is published.

Adalgisa Giorgio becomes IMLR Associate Fellow

Thursday 1 September 2016
Dr Adalgisa Giorgio (Bath) has been appointed an Associate Fellow at the IMLR. The Fellowship runs for five years in the first instance. Adlagisa Giorgio is an acknowledged specialist in Italian women's writing and a long-standing member of the Steering Committee of the Centre for the Study of Women's Writing (CCWW) at the Institute, contributing to its online resources, publications, events and Fellowships programme. Further details .

Ernst Bloch Centre Transfers to the IMLR

Friday 15 July 2016
Founded in 2007 at the University of Sheffield, the Centre for Ernst Bloch Studies has transferred to the IMLR, where it will be known as the Ernst Bloch Centre for German Thought.

Fragile Memory

Friday 1 July 2016
Fragile Memory, Shifting Impunity is an interdisciplinary study of commemorative sites related to human rights violations committed primarily during dictatorial rule in Argentina (1976-1983) and Uruguay (1973-1985). Taking as a departure point the ‘politics of memory’ – a term that acknowledges memory’s propensity for engagement beyond the cultural sphere – this study by Cara Levey shifts the focus away from exclusively aesthetic and architectural readings of marches, memorials and monuments to instead analyse their emergence and transformation in post-dictatorship Argentina and Uruguay.

Cold War Cities

Friday 1 July 2016
The Cold War left indelible traces on the city, where polarities on the global stage crystallized and intersected with political and social dynamics predating and bypassing the Blocs.