2017-18 Annual Visiting Fellowships Competition Now Open

Wednesday 25 January 2017
The IMLR's annual Fellowships competition offers opportunities for visiting scholars, with or without funding, to conduct research into any field relevant to the work of the Institute. Up to fifteen Visiting Fellowships/Scholarships are available for 2017-18 on a non-stipendiary basis, tenable at the Institute or at one of the IMLR's six research centres: Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies  

New Title in Bithell Series of Dissertations Available

Monday 23 January 2017
Volume 45 in the Institute's 'Bithell Series of Dissertations' is now available.  13th-century author Konrad von Würzburg has long been recognised as an exceptionally self-conscious poet, who frequently reflects on the nature, status and function of poetry, and who at times appears more concerned with the sparkling surface of his discourse than with the events he narrates. Taking these observations as a starting point, Esther Laufer's book is the first comprehensive examination of the metapoetics in his Trojanerkrieg .

'Nina Bouraoui, Autofiction and the Search for Selfhood' Published

Tuesday 13 December 2016
The motif of the ‘identity quest’ features strongly in much contemporary French women’s writing, but nowhere more so than in the work of French-Algerian author Nina Bouraoui. Author of numerous books since 1991 and winner of the 2005 Prix Renaudot , Bouraoui persistently explores the question of self-expression in her work, experimenting with a variety of self-representational modes and emphasising the importance of language to the construction of her sense of self.

Commemorating Conflict

Thursday 1 December 2016
One of Europe’s youngest nations and the most recent member-state of the European Union, Croatia, forged its national identity in the so-called Homeland War, the bloody civil conflict that raged between 1991 and 1995 and ultimately led to independence from Yugoslavia. Since then, a culture of war commemoration has emerged that continues to shape and define contemporary Croatia.

First Luisa Selis Fellowship Winner

Tuesday 15 November 2016
We are delighted to announce that Sonita Sarker has been awarded the first Luisa Selis Fellowship. Funded by the Fondazione di Sardegna in memory of anthropologist Luisa Selis, who specialised in the cultural memory of Sardinia, this new Fellowship enables researchers in this field (ethnography, anthropology and/or literature for example) to conduct research at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory  at the Institute of Modern Languages Research  and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Londra  (IIC).

Experimental Narratives Conference Publication

Monday 31 October 2016
A selection of the papers given at the IMLR's Experimental Narratives conference has been published as a special issue of the Journal of Romance Studies   (16.1, 2016), entitled Reading Practices in Experimental Narratives , edited by Emanuela Patti. 

APPG on Modern Languages Launches Checklist

Monday 17 October 2016
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages today launches Brexit and Languages: A Checklist for Government Negotiators and Officials highlighting four essential language-specific objectives of the Brexit process: 1. Guaranteeing residency status for EU nationals already living in the UK and safeguarding future recruitment of EU citizens to address the shortage of language skills 2. Continuing full UK participation in the Erasmus+ programme (noting the examples of  Norway and Switzerland)

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.