IBC News

Marlen Haushofer Critically Reviewed in New Publication

Monday 21 February 2022
Marlen Haushofer’s five novels, her short stories and books for children, are now bringing her long overdue recognition as one of the most important Austrian writers of the post-war generation. Her most well-known novel, Die Wand [The Wall], in particular, enjoyed international acclaim and has been rediscovered not least through Julian Pölsler’s 2012 film of the same name. As a narrative experiment, the depiction of being trapped in the alps has a special resonance in today's ‘lockdown’ world.

A Virtual Encounter between Andrea Grill and Tess Lewis

Wednesday 15 April 2020
Author Andrea Grill (© Andrea Grill) and Translator Tess Lewis (© Sarah Shatz) With the scheduled Encounter between Andrea Grill and Tess Lewis postponed, in this virtual Encounter author and translator offer a glimpse into their creative process with an online conversation discussing their work. This digital exchange gives a fascinating insight into the working relationship between the two, as well as the practical and theoretical aspects of translation.

Literature in Lockdown. Seán Williams in Conversation with Benjamin Quaderer

Wednesday 15 April 2020
Benjamin Quaderer © Jens Oellermann Liechtenstein may be a country that is only 15 miles long in real life, but it now spans over 500 pages of Benjamin Quaderer's first novel  Für immer die Alpen (Forever the Alps). Inspired by the case of the data thief - or whistleblower? - Heinrich Kieber and the 2008 tax scandal, Quaderer has written a story of international intrigue. But the book is also about the identity of a locality, nestled between Austria and Switzerland.

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  

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.

Job Opportunity - Director, Ingeborg Bachmann Centre

Wednesday 25 October 2017
The IMLR is seeking to appoint a Director of the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature and Culture (IBC). This is a part-time fixed-term appointment (1 day per week), and the appointee is expected to take up the appointment on or as soon after 2 January 2018 as possible. The appointment runs to 31 December 2018 in the first instance.

'Windows' Conference Proceedings Just Published

Friday 20 May 2016
A selection of the papers given at the 'Windows' conference, held at the Institute in July 2013, is now available. Edited by the conference organisers, Heide Kunzelmann and Anne Simon, The Window: Motif and Topos in Austrian, German and Swiss Art and Literature , appears as volume XV in the series 'London German Studies', published by the IMLR in conjunction with iudicium verlag, Munich.

‘Stefan Zweig and Britain’ Conference inspires 'Sunday Times' Article

Wednesday 27 June 2012
The three-day conference jointly organised by the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature at the IGRS, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Austrian Embassy in London, the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations at Queen Mary, University of London, the Leo Baeck Institute London, and the Stefan Zweig Centre, Salzburg, in partnership with the British Library, inspired an article by Clive Davis in the Sunday Times on 10 June 2012. The first major conference on the author since 1981, the event aimed to generate a renaissance in public interest and academic research.