‘Translating Constraints’ Now Available

Friday 14 January 2022
Translation is an activity subject to various constraints, both inherent to the practice of translating, and relative to the general conditions of international cultural exchanges.

'Together Across Cultures' German Language Competition Now Open

Monday 10 January 2022
The eighth German-Language Competition, organised by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the IMLR, is now open. This year’s theme, ‘ Zusammen  ̶  Together Across Cultures ’, celebrates friendship across borders and cultures within the German-speaking countries. Competitors can write a story, poem or song, make a video or podcast, draw a comic or cartoon. The entry must be written or spoken in German. Entries are invited from learners and lovers of German at all levels.

Just Published: Émigré Voices (Exile Yearbook)

Wednesday 15 December 2021
Volume 21 of the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies' Yearbook has just been published. Entitled  Émigré Voices , the editors present twelve oral history interviews with men and women who came to Britain as Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria in the late 1930s. Many of the interviewees rose to great prominence in their chosen career, such as author and illustrator Judith Kerr, actor Andrew Sachs, photographer and cameraman Wolf Suschitzky, violinist Norbert Brainin, and publisher Elly Miller. 

'Reimagining the Family' Now Available

Monday 13 December 2021
Reimagining the Family is the first book-length study of representations of lesbian mothering in French literature. Focusing on female-authored texts published between 1970 and 2013, the book explores how literature reflects, engages with and even anticipates the recent, highly charged debates on the rights of same-sex couples and parents in France. Centred around the notion of 'reimagining', the book examines how literature interrogates the normative definition of the family as a heterosexual, biological unit.

'Smell and Social Life' Now Available

Monday 13 December 2021
Literary references to smell in social contexts have a long tradition. However, the significant contribution of odour imagery to our moods and emotions goes largely unnoticed, which accounts for the comparatively late attention paid to smell in research into the significance of sensory images in literature. The well-known capacity of smell motifs to affirm and disrupt social and aesthetic norms cuts across historical periods, but the ways in which specific literary-historical periods renew motifs of smell in social life have remained underexplored.

Just Published: Opposing Patriarchy

Tuesday 23 November 2021
The latest title in the series 'imlr books' is now available. Entitled Opposing Patriarchy: Women and the Law in Action in Pre-Unification Italy (1815-1865) , the volume by Sara Delmedico examines the shifts in state boundaries and socio-economic structures which deeply affected the political landscape in nineteenth-century Italy, coinciding with changes to the legal system.

Translating Cultures Theme: Final Report

Monday 22 November 2021
In a world increasingly characterised by transnational and globalised connections, the need for understanding within, between and across cultures and languages is stronger than ever. Political upheaval triggering the mass movements of people, the rapid development of digital communications and the constant evolution of transport technologies are just some of the forces that are reconfiguring cultures and societies in the 21st century.

John L. Flood

Friday 12 November 2021
The Institute announces with much sadness that Professor John L. Flood, Honorary Fellow of the IMLR, passed away early on 4 November 2021.   

The Heritage of a Transit Camp

Saturday 30 October 2021
The former camp of Fossoli in northern Italy was established in 1942 by the Royal Italian Army as a camp for prisoners of war, later becoming a Nazi-Fascist concentration and transit camp for political opponents, Jews and forced labourers. After the war it became a Catholic community for orphans and a camp for refugees from the former Italian territories of Istria until 1970. A complex system of memory and heritage stems from the legacy of the former camp: its remains, the Museum and Monument to the Political and Racial Deportee by architects BBPR, and the synagogues of Carpi.

Andreas W. Mytze

Monday 18 October 2021
Friends and colleagues at the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Andreas Mytze. As editor of the journal europäische Ideen , which he founded in 1973, his contacts with East German dissidents earned him a Stasi dossier. He moved from Berlin to London, where for many years he cultivated contacts with former refugees from Nazism and contributed significantly to research into the literary culture of the German-speaking exiles. An obituary can be found at