Artistic Expressions and the Great War, A Hundred Years On

Saturday 30 January 2021
The Great War set in motion all of the subsequent violence of the 20th century. The war took millions of lives, led to the fall of four empires, established new nations, and negatively affected others. During and after the war, individuals and communities struggled to find expression for their wartime encounters and communal as well as individual mourning. Throughout this time of enormous upheaval, many artists redefined their role in society, among them writers, performers, painters, and composers.

IMLR joins UCML in Expressing Concerns at the UK's Withdrawal from Erasmus+

Friday 15 January 2021
The IMLR and its six research centres have joined the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) and learned societies and organisations to express concerns at the withdrawal of the UK from the Erasmus+ programme. The UK government is urged to reconsider its position and to ensure that the Turing scheme offers the same or increased global opportunities compared to the Erasmus+ programme. Read the full letter sent to the Rt Hon Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education

IMLR/OWRI release New Report on the Latin American Community in Southwark

Friday 18 December 2020
London’s Latin American community is the eighth largest, and one of the fastest growing, non-UK born populations in the city ( McIlwaine and Bunge 2016) . The recognition of Latin Americans as an ethnic minority in the UK has been long claimed by the Latin American community and in 2012, Southwark became the first council in the UK to recognise Latin Americans as an ethnic group. In 2018, Southwark Council in partnership with the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, secured funding to work with the Latin American community organisations in Southwark.

Audio Walk 'On the Trail of 1930s Refugees in Bloomsbury' Launched

Friday 13 November 2020
The Institute is delighted to announce that the audio walk ‘On the Trail of 1930s Refugees in Bloomsbury’ is now available. Bloomsbury's cheap boarding houses and Bohemian reputation made the area a magnet for refugees from Nazi Europe, and it was from here that support for the refugees was coordinated. In turn the refuges contributed to the British anti-Nazi propaganda war, and activists plotting the downfall of the Nazis were spied on by MI5 agents.

Professor Charles Burdett appointed to IMLR Directorship

Tuesday 27 October 2020
The Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Charles Burdett as its new Director. Currently Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Durham, he will succeed Professor Catherine Davies, who directed the Institute for more than five years. Professor Burdett will assume the full-time Directorship from 15 January 2021. Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex will continue to serve as Acting Director until this date. 

Das Wort der Zukunft. 2020 DAAD-IMLR Competition Launched

Thursday 1 October 2020
Das Wort der Zukunft is the theme of the 2020 German Language Competition, the seventh in a series organised by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the IMLR. They say that new words capture the zeitgeist. New circumstances and events encourage us to create new terms to describe the world and slowly but surely, these new words become part of our everyday language. For example, on a trip to Germany, were you ever asked ‘Bist du fly?’ [Are you in a good mood?]  Similarly, in English, ‘upcycling’ was named Word of the Year 2019 by the Cambridge Dictionary.

2019 Alice Emily Bithell Prize-Winners Announced

Friday 17 July 2020
The Alice Emily Bithell Prize for 2019 has been jointly awarded to Sophie Kellam and Romney Wood. 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. Sophie Kellam was awarded a First Class degree in German and Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London.

UK-Wide National Languages Strategy Launched

Wednesday 8 July 2020
The British Academy, AHRC, ASCL, British Council, and UUKK have launched their proposals today for a UK-wide national languages strategy with the publication of ‘ Towards a National Languages Strategy: Education and Skills’ , with recommendations for actions to be taken over the next five years.

'Disorderly Eating' Seminar Proceedings Now Available

Tuesday 7 July 2020
The papers given at the CCWW seminar entitled  ‘Disorderly Eating: Food and Disruption in Contemporary Women’s Writing’, held on 1 December 2017, have just appeared as a Special Issue of the Journal of Romance Studies (20.2).