Focus on Refugees in the Covid-19 Pandemic

Wednesday 1 April 2020
The current pandemic has rapidly come to dominate politics and society the world over. In the EU, national border controls, travel restrictions and lockdowns have suspended everyday life as we know it. Over and above the need to control the virus, the longer-term implications of these measures have already become key topics in the debate over our present and future. Overcrowded refugee camps have posed a health hazard even before Covid-19 struck. With the European response focused on nation states and citizens, stateless refugees are left without any means of self-preservation.

Qualified for the Future. New British Academy Report

Friday 27 March 2020
The British Academy has published a new report, entitled Qualified for the Future . This builds on their 2017 publication The Right Skills , which articulated the skills that are gained from the study of the Arts and Humanities. This new report seeks to provide quantitative evidence for the tangible benefits of those skills to the UK workforce, economy and society, not only now but in the future.  

Job Opportunity: Director of the IMLR

Monday 10 February 2020
The School of Advanced Study (SAS) invites applications for the full-time post of Director of the Institute of Modern Languages Research.

Opportunity in German and Austrian Exile (Miller Studentship)

Wednesday 5 February 2020
A Martin and Hannah Norbert-Miller Trust doctoral studentship is available for entry in October 2020 to graduates wishing to focus their research on German-speaking exile, preferably in the UK. Relevant disciplines are: history, politics, socoiology, migration, the arts. Applications for research based on the archival holdings of the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies at the IMLR, such as the papers of the Anglo-Austrian Society or those of the writer and broadcaster Robert Lucas , would be particularly welcome.

2020 Sylvia Naish Lecture Competition Winner Announced

Tuesday 21 January 2020
The winner of this year’s Sylvia Naish Lecture competition is Katherine E. Calvert , who will be giving her lecture entitled ‘The Idealised Mother and the Socialist Movement in Weimar Germany’ at the Institute on Thursday, 2 April 2020. Katherine is a research student at the University of Sheffield, sponsored by the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities.

Memory and Postcolonial Studies

Thursday 2 January 2020
In the postcolonial reassessment of history, the themes of colonialism, decolonisation and individual and collective memory have always been intertwined, but it is only recently that the transcultural turn in memory studies has enabled proper dialogue between memory studies and postcolonial studies. This volume explores the synergies and tensions between these areas of study across literatures and media from Europe, Africa and the Americas, and intersections with Asia.

Clare George Discusses 'Laterndl' Project on BBC

Thursday 21 November 2019
Dr Clare George, Miller Project archivist at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR)/Senate House Library (SHL), discusses her research into the Laterndl , the Austrian political cabaret theatre established by a group of exile actors and writers from Nazi-occupied Austria during the Second World War, on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking programme,.