Institute and DAAD launch Poetry-Writing Competition in conjunction with ‘Germany – Memories of a Nation’ Exhibition

Monday 15 September 2014
Each of the iconic objects in the exhibition opening at the British Museum this autumn tells a story. The competition organised by the IMLR in conjunction with the German Academic Exchange Service invites secondary school students, undergraduates and members of the public to bring these stories to life by writing a ‘Dinggedicht’, or poem based on one of the exhibits.

Catherine Davies appointed Director of the Institute of Modern Languages Research

Tuesday 22 July 2014
The Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) has great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Professor Catherine Davies as its new director. Currently Professor of Hispanic and Latin American studies at Nottingham University, Catherine Davies will succeed Professor Bill Marshall, who returns to the School of Languages, Cultures and Religions at the University of Stirling. She will assume the directorship from 1 August 2014 on secondment from Nottingham. Dr Katia Pizzi will serve as Acting Director until this date.  

Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration

Tuesday 1 July 2014
The Great War continues to play a prominent role in contemporary consciousness. With commemorative activities involving 72 countries, its centenary is a titanic undertaking: not only ‘the centenary to end all centenaries’ but the first truly global period of remembrance.

New Publication

Thursday 19 June 2014
Aventures et expériences littéraires: Écritures des femmes en France au début du vingt-et-unième siècle is the latest title to be published arising from an event organised by the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing at the IMLR.

2014 William Robson-Scott Travelling Scholarship Winner

Tuesday 20 May 2014
Katharina (Ina) Linge has been awarded the 2014 Robson-Scott Travelling Scholarship to enable her to consult the Sigmund Freud Archives at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Katharina, who is registered as a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, is working on the life writings of gender and sexual ‘deviants’ in the context of sexology and psychoanalysis in Germany and Austria between 1900 and 1933.

Katia Pizzi's Pinocchio Wins Award

Tuesday 20 May 2014
It has just been announced that Katia Pizzi's Pinocchio, Puppets and Modernity: The Mechanical Body has been selected as the 2012 Edited Book Award winner. The award, made by the Children's Literature Association, is in recognition of the significant contribution to children's literature scholarship made by the book.

Miller Archive Catalogue Online

Friday 14 March 2014
The Institute is pleased to announce that the cataloguing of the Miller Archive, the papers of Austrian exile actors, Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller, is complete.

2013 Bithell Prize Winners

Monday 10 February 2014
The Institute is delighted to announce that the winners of the 2013 Bithell Prizes are Judith Vonberg (QMUL) and Nicholas Potter (KCL). Judith Vonberg beat stiff competition to win the Jethro Bithell Prize, awarded for the best performance in German in an MA/MRes programme at one of the Colleges of the University of London. She presented a dissertation entitled 'The Denken/Handeln topos: Hamlet in post-1945 Germany' as part of her MA degree course in Anglo-German Cultural Relations at Queen Mary, University of London.

Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Bursary for Doctoral Study at the IMLR

Tuesday 14 January 2014
Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates who wish to focus their research on German-speaking exile, preferably in the UK. Topics may include literature, politics, history, sociology, migration, or the arts. (The previous bursary holder’s topic of research dealt with the dynamics of forced female migration from Czechoslovakia to Britain, 1938-50.) A working knowledge of German would be advantageous.