Calling Translators: Austrian Cultural Forum Translation Prize

Friday 16 February 2018
The Austrian Cultural Forum has just launched its second Translation Prize. Professional and aspiring German-into-English translators are invited to submit translations of contemporary Austrian prose writing. The application deadline is 13 July 2018 . Winners will be announced in September 2018 and the prizes will be awarded at an event at the Austrian Cultural Forum London in November 2018. Further details  

IMLR Director interviewed in Pagina 12

Thursday 8 February 2018
Professor Catherine Davies, Director of the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), is interviewed by the Argentinian newspaper, Pagina 12 . In the Spanish-language article, she discusses the importance of language skills for effective cross-cultural communication and diplomacy, the falling numbers of modern languages students in the UK and the IMLR’s conferences in Spain on British-Argentine relations, one in Seville this week, one in Salamanca in October (part-funded by the AHRC's Open World Research Initiative [OWRI]).

2018 Sylvia Naish Lecture Competition Winner Announced

Wednesday 7 February 2018
The winner of this year’s Sylvia Naish Lecture competition is Francesca Roe , who will be giving her lecture entitled ‘"Von Satanischem Geschlecht": Gender and the Simulacrum at the Fin de Siècle on Thursday, 12 April 2018 .

Award of 2017 Alice Emily Bithell Prize

Wednesday 7 February 2018
Grace Moran has been named as the winner of the Alice Emily Bithell Prize for 2017.  The Prize, established in memory of Dr Alice Emily Bithell of Birkbeck College, is awarded annually for the best performance in modern literature papers in German at BA level.

New Guide to Romance Collections in the Senate House Library and Institutes

Wednesday 10 January 2018
Philippe Garnier et al., Dialogues en quatre langues ( 1656) The IMLR website now hosts an interactive guide to the Romance language collections in Senate House Library and the libraries of the School of Advanced Study. It offers a broad overview of the collections, identifies some of the key areas of strength within and across individual libraries, and provides information on how to locate and access these unique resources.

Ingeborg Bachmann Centre Director Appointed

Tuesday 9 January 2018
The Institute is delighted to announce that Andrea Capovilla has been appointed as Director of the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature and Culture at the IMLR. Dr Capovilla read German, History and Philosophy at the University of Vienna, graduating with an MA dissertation entitled ‘Irmgard Keuns Romane im Kontext der Neuen Sachlichkeit’. Her doctoral thesis, Der lebendige Schatten. Film in der Literatur bis 1938 was published by Böhlau in 1994.

EU seeks Translators

Tuesday 12 December 2017
The European Commission's translation service is recruiting external translation capacity to translate EU documents into and out of the EU official languages. Anyone offering translation from French, Hungarian, Romanian or Bulgarian into English, or from English into Dutch, Czech, Irish or Maltese is invited to apply. The link below includes the invitations to tender, tender specifications, draft framework contract and a Q&A document (published 6 December 2017).

Chatting with Luther – Competition Winners Announced

Tuesday 5 December 2017
Shutterstock/Elena Dijour/2 Chairs in the Tuilleries The winners of the 2017 German writing competition, organised by the IMLR and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have just been announced. 1st prize in the Secondary Schools category went to Victoria Adjei (North London Collegiate), with 2nd being awarded to Panayotis Galatis (City of London School) and 3rd to Alex Davies (King’s College School, Wimbledon).

Landscapes of Memory

Friday 1 December 2017
Landscapes of Memory: Trauma, Space, History is now available. Since Auschwitz, and more and more frequently today, places that were theatres of mass suffering and other atrocities are becoming common features of our cultural landscape. What should we do with these places? Keep them as they were, to remind us of what actually took place there, as ideal museums of past evils? Or should we transform them and, if so, into which forms and according to which principles? Which pasts do these places transmit, and how?

The Right Skills? British Academy Report on Arts and Humanities Degrees Published

Tuesday 28 November 2017
The British Academy’s latest report, entitled The Right Skills. Celebrating Skills in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences , has just been published. Chaired by Professor Sir Ian Diamond, FBA, FRSE, FAcSS, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, the steering group looked at the benefits of degrees in the arts, humanities and social sciences, the value of which are sometimes questioned as not being relevant and not equipping students with a tangible skill set.