Borderlands of Memory

Thursday 17 January 2019
Volume 11 in the series 'Cultural Memories' has just been published. 

Professor Andrea Reiter (1957-2018)

Monday 26 November 2018
With the untimely death of our colleague Professor Andrea Reiter after a long illness courageously borne, the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies at the IMLR has lost a much valued and respected member. Andrea was a member of our committee for over ten years. She never stinted in travelling to London from Southampton, where she taught at the University, to attend events and meetings held by the Research Centre, and she contributed fully to its activities.

Kindertransport hard to describe as a success

Thursday 22 November 2018
In her latest article Kindertransport expert Andrea Hammel argues that the programme that was to save the lives of 10,000 children should not be seen as the unmitigated success it is often portrayed. In online magazine  The Conversation (22 November 2018), she outlines the heavy price paid by the child refugees who came over in the transports just before the start of WW2. 

English Translation of Bloch's 'Avicenna and the Aristotelian Left' Published

Thursday 8 November 2018
Ernst Bloch’s short masterpiece Avicenna and the Aristotelian Left gives a striking account of materialism that traces emancipatory elements of modern thought to medieval Islamic philosophers’ encounter with Aristotle. This classical text of 20 th Century German philosophy is more relevant today than ever, and has just been translated into English by Loren Goldman (University of Pennsylvania) and Peter Thompson, Emeritus Reader in German, University of Sheffield, and founder of the Ernst Bloch Centre .

2018 Language Show at Olympia (9-11 November)

Wednesday 7 November 2018
Now in its 30th year, Europe’s largest language event returns to Olympia in 2018 with new dates and improved talks, classes and features, the latest products and techniques, ways to learn, ways to teach as well as fun and entertainment.

Job Opportunity at the IMLR for ECR in French Studies

Wednesday 10 October 2018
The IMLR is seeking a full-time Early Career Researcher in French/Francophone Studies. The post is available on a fixed-term basis for a twelve-month period commencing in November 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Reframing Language Education for a Global Future

Friday 21 September 2018
In its report, just published, the Transnationalizing Modern Languages Research Project calls for the reframing of the study of modern languages in Higher Education in the UK and, more broadly, of approaches to the study of languages and cultures. The report identifies three issues within the context of declining recruitment that urgently need addressing:

Encounters with Albion

Thursday 30 August 2018
While much has been written about British attitudes to the Jewish refugees from Hitler who fled to this country after 1933, little attention has been paid to the ways in which those refugees perceived and depicted their (often somewhat reluctant) hosts. From their impressions on arrival, through the tumultuous events of World War II and mass internment, and on into the long period of integration after 1945, Anthony Grenville expertly traces the development of refugee responses to their new homeland.