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. 

‘Stefan Zweig and Britain’ Conference inspires 'Sunday Times' Article

Wednesday 27 June 2012
The three-day conference jointly organised by the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature at the IGRS, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Austrian Embassy in London, the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations at Queen Mary, University of London, the Leo Baeck Institute London, and the Stefan Zweig Centre, Salzburg, in partnership with the British Library, inspired an article by Clive Davis in the Sunday Times on 10 June 2012. The first major conference on the author since 1981, the event aimed to generate a renaissance in public interest and academic research.

Jewish Italian Authors of the 20th Century - Alain Elkann

Tuesday 26 June 2012
Alain Elkann, born in New York in 1950, is a distinguished Italian novelist, intellectual, and journalist, who has written extensively about the Jews in Italy, their centrality to Italian history, and the relation between the Jewish faith and other religions. He writes regularly for "La Stampa", "Lo Specchio", "Nuovi Argomenti", "Capital", "Amica", "Panta" and other newspapers and magazines.

Project Archivist sought for Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Archive

Tuesday 26 June 2012
Applications are now invited for an archivist to catalogue the Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Papers and make the Archive accessible in response to academic demand. The project involves sorting, accessioning, cataloguing, listing and indexing the material and manuscripts comprising the Miller Archive to archival standards. The post, funded by the Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Trust Fund, is available on a 9-month fixed-term contract, with a possible 3-month extension.