2013 Robson-Scott Scholarship Winner

Friday 10 May 2013
The Institute is delighted to announce that the 2013 William Robson-Scott Travelling Scholarship has been awarded to Michael Wood (Edinburgh). Established in memory of Professor W.D. Robson-Scott, Honorary Director of the Institute of Germanic Studies from 1968 to 1973, the scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to assist a postgraduate student registered at a University in the UK to travel abroad in connection with research bearing on the languages and literatures of the German-Speaking countries, the Netherlands, or Scandinavia.

Former Institute Student wins 2013 Prize for Promoting Culture in Germany

Tuesday 7 May 2013
Steffen Stadthaus has been awarded this year’s prize for the promotion of regional culture in Westphalia-Lippe. The award is in recognition of his research into the unpublished work of the writer Gustav Sack (1885-1916), and the exhibition he initiated in the Museum for Westphalian Literature in Oelde. The citation credits Stadthaus for bringing a largely forgotten, though major and exciting, author back to prominence.

2012 Bithell Prize Winners

Friday 26 April 2013
The Institute is delighted to announce that the 2012 Jethro Bithell Prize has been awarded to Steven Jefferson.  The Alice Emily Bithell Prize has been awarded to Ghoncheh Dolatshahi, also of King’s College London.

Theatrical Lives from Vienna to London: Treasures from the Miller Archive Exhibition

Wednesday 10 April 2013
The lives of refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe now seem to us extraordinary: leaving behind family and friends, taking with them from their homeland little more than the will to resist, they rebuilt their lives in an alien and sometimes unwelcoming society. Yet many, like Jewish actors Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller, who left Vienna after the German annexation of Austria 75 years ago, went on to achieve significant success in their adopted country.

Winner of the 2013 Sylvia Naish Lecture Prize

Monday 25 February 2013
The Institute is delighted to announce that the winner of this year's Sylvia Naish Lecture Prize is Mr Sean Williams of Jesus College, Oxford. Sean is in his third year of research for his doctoral thesis on the significance of the preface in German literary culture in the long 18th century. He will give the Sylvia Naish Research Student Lecture on at 6 pm on Thursday, 21 March 2013, in Room G37 of the University of London's Senate House . His topic will be '"Vorrede zu Vorreden": Jean Paul's Pretexts for Literary Parody'.

Gems in an Austrian Jewish Exile Theatre Collection Uncovered in Blog

Wednesday 16 January 2013
Archivist Clare George has started a blog about her work on the Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller papers. Martin and Hannah were Austrian Jewish actors, active in the theatre in 1930s Vienna, who came to London as refugees in 1939. After Hannah’s death in 1998, their son Daniel deposited the papers at the Institute, and last year the Miller Trust agreed to fund an archivist to sort them and make them more accessible to researchers.

Dr Clare George appointed to Catalogue Miller Archive at the Institute

Wednesday 15 August 2012
The Institute is delighted to announce that Dr Clare George will be joining the IGRS as the Miller Project Archivist early in September. The project, expected to be completed in a year, involves sorting, accessioning, cataloguing, and indexing the Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Papers to archival standards, so making  the Archive accessible to academic demand. The post is generously funded by the Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Trust.

Institute Fellow Part of Team awarded AHRC Research Grant for Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories Project

Wednesday 15 August 2012
Dr Colette Wilson, Visiting Fellow at the IGRS, Dr Jay Prosser at the University of Leeds, Leslie Hakim-Dowek at the University of Portsmouth, and Dr Gabriel Koureas at Birkbeck College, University of London, have been awarded  £36k by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in support of  a research project entitled Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories . The project grew out of the series of Photography Research Seminars organised by Dr Wilson at the Institute.