Exile Centre Members

Professor Charmian Brinson

Professor Charmian Brinson is Honorary Treasurer of the Centre and Emeritus Professor of German at Imperial College London. Her main areas of interest are political exile and women in exile. Publications include The Strange Case of Dora Fabian and Mathilde Wurm: A Study of German Political Exiles in London during the 1930s (Berne/London, 1997); ‘“In the exile of internment” or “Von Versuchen aus einer Not eine Tugend zu machen”: German-speaking women interned by the British during the Second World War’ in Politics and Culture in Twentieth Century Germanyedited by W. Niven and J. Jordan (Rochester, N.Y., 2003); [edited with R. Dove] Stimme der Wahrheit: German-language Broadcasting by the BBC (Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, 2003); [with M. Bearman et al.] Wien-London, Hin und Retour: Das Austrian Centre in London, 1939 bis 1947 (Vienna, 2004); [with A. Müller-Härlin and J. Winckler] ‘His Majesty’s Loyal Internee’: Fred Uhlman in Captivity (London 2010); [edited with M. Malet], Exile in and from Czechoslovakia during the 1930s and 1940s (Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, 2009); [with R. Dove] Politics By Other Means: The Free German League of Culture in London 1939-1946 (London, 2010); [with R. Dove] A Matter of Intelligence. MI5 and the Surveillance of Anti-Nazi Refugees (Manchester, 2014); [edited with M.Malet] 'Warum schweigt die Welt?' Die Entführung von Berthold Jacob. Eine Dokumentation (Berne, 2014); '"Very much a Family Affair": The Kuczynski Family and British Intelligence' in Voices from Exile. Essays in Memory of Hamish Ritchie edited by I. Wallace (Leiden, 2015).

Dr Jana Barbora Buresova

Dr Jana Buresova was the Research and Information Assistant at Refugee and Migrant Justice (formerly the Refugee Legal Centre), prior to being awarded the Martin Miller Bursary for Doctoral Study at the then Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies (now IMLR), University of London. Her thesis topic was 'The Dynamics of Forced Female Migration from Czechoslovakia to Britain, 1938‒1950', facets of which she has drawn upon and developed for a number of conferences and publications concerning exile, including ‘The Czech Refugee Trust Fund in Britain, 1939-1950’, in Exile in and From Czechoslovakia During the 1930s and 40s (Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, Vol. 11, [2009]), and ‘From a Far Away Country: Some Aspects of Czechoslovak Cultural Life in Britain During WWII’, in Twentieth Century Wars in European Memory edited by Jozef Niznik (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2013). She is a committee member of IMLR’s Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, is actively involved in the Association of Jewish Refugees Audio-Visual Testimony Archive project, and undertaking post-doctoral research. Her key areas of interest are political exile past and present, and particularly Czechoslovak women in exile.

Rachel Dickson

Rachel Dickson (MA, Courtauld Institute) is an art historian and Head of Curatorial Services at the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum. Her area of research interest focuses on the two waves of Jewish migration into Britain from the late 19th century onwards, following Ben Uri's survey exhibition (2009-10) Forced Journeys: Artists in Exile, c. 1933-45. Recent publications include: [with Sarah MacDougall and Ulrike Smalley] 'High and Low Art produced in the Isle of Man Internment Camps during World War II' in Cultural Heritage and Prisoners of War: Creativity Behind Barbed Wire edited by G. Carr and H. Mytum (London, 2011); '"Jewish Artists will be lost to Jewry without Jewish Support”: the Ben Uri Art Society and Emigré Artists 1933-51 in Netzwerke des Exils: Künstleriche Verflechtungen, Austausch und Patronage nach 1933 edited by B. Dogramici and K. Wimmer (Berlin, 2011); [with Sarah MacDougall] 'Fred Feigl in England, 1939–1965: “Modern Art is a Sputnik”' in Friedrich Feigl: The Eye Sees the World (Cheb CZ, 2016); 'A Real Temple of Jewish Art’? – A Century of Ben Uri in London 1915-2015' in  Art and Religion in London edited by A. Rosen and C. Reddaway (London, 2016); 'Heinz Kiewe – An Emigré Journey from Onchan to Oxford' in Ark of Civilization edited by S. Crawford and K. Ulmschneider (Oxford, 2016); 'Elisabeth Tomalin - Emigré Designer 1912-2012: "The only joy in life is being creative"‘ in Gender and Exile (Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, 2017); [ed. with Marian Malet, Sarah MacDougall and Anna Nyburg] Applied Arts in British Exile from 1933: Changing Visual and Material Culture (Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, 2018); '"The Man from the Bauhaus": The Lost Career of Werner "Jacky" Jackson' (Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, 2018); [with Sarah MacDougall] 'Mapping Finchleystrasse: Mitteleuropa in North West London' in Arrival Cities: Migrating Artists and New Metropolitan Topographies in the 20th Century edited by Burcu Dogramaci, Mareike Hetschold, Laura Karp Lugo, Rachel Lee and Helene Roth (Louvain, 2020/jstor.org).

Professor Richard Dove

Ϯ 18 January 2022

Professor Richard Dove is Emeritus Professor of German at the University of Greenwich. His research interests centre on Expressionism, German and Austrian exile in Britain and theatre in exile. Publications include He was a German. A Biography of Ernst Toller (London, 1990); [German edition] Ein Leben in Deutschland (Göttingen,1993); [edited with S.J. Lamb] German Writers and Politics 1918-39 (Basingstoke, 1992); Journey of No Return: Five German-speaking Literary Exiles in London 1933-45 (London, 2000); [German edition] Fremd ist die Stadt und leer… (Berlin, 2003); [edited with an introduction] Die Reise nach Deutschland von Karl Otten (New York/Berne, 2000); [with M. Bearman et al.] Wien-London, Hin und Retour: Das Austrian Centre in London 1939 bis 1947 (Vienna, 2004); [edited] Totally un-English? Britain’s Internment of Enemy Aliens in Two World Wars (Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, 2005); ‘“Im Vertrauen auf Ihre Einfühlungsgabe …” Karl Otten, Heinz Schöffler und die Neuentdeckung des literarischen Expressionismus in Deutschland’ (Jahrbuch der Deutschen Schillergesellschaft, 2006); [with C. Brinson] Politics by Other Means. The Free German League of Culture in London 1939-1946 (London 2010); [with C. Brinson] A Matter of Intelligence. MI5 and the Surveillance of Anti-Nazi Refugees (Manchester, 2014); Foreign Parts: German and Austrian Actors on the British Stage 1933-1960 (Cambridge, 2017).

Dr Anthony Grenville

Dr Anthony Grenville is Chairman of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies. He is co-editor of the monthly journal of the Association of Jewish Refugees, and was co-director of the programme of filmed interviews ‘Refugee Voices: The Association of Jewish Refugees Audio-Visual Testimony Archive’ and the exhibition ‘Continental Britons: Jewish Refugees from Nazi Europe’ (2002). His main research interest is the history of the Jewish refugees from the German-speaking countries who came to Britain to escape Nazism. Publications include Continental Britons: Jewish Refugees from Nazi Europe (London, 2002); [edited with M. Malet] Changing Countries: The Experience of German-speaking Exiles from Hitler in Britain, from 1933 to Today (London, 2002); [with M. Bearman et al.] Wien – London, Hin und Retour: Das Austrian Centre in London 1939 bis 1947 (Vienna, 2004); Jewish Refugees from Germany and Austria in Britain 1933-1970. Their Image in the 'AJR Information'  (London/Portland, 2010); Stimmen der Flucht: Österreichische Emigration nach Großbritannien ab 1945 (Vienna, 2011); and most recently Encounters with Albion: Britain and the British in Texts by Jewish Refugees from Nazism (Oxford, 2018); Encounters with Albion. Britain and the British in Texts by Jewish Refugees from Nazism (Cambridge, 2018).

Dr Andrea Hammel

Dr Andrea Hammel is Reader in German at Aberystwyth University. She is currently Co-Director of the AHRC Network 'Holocaust Writing and Translation' and has had funding from the Claims Conference and the British Academy to facilitate research on the Kindertransport which will result in a monograph. She is member of the executive of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Exilforschung. She was involved in compiling an Online Database of British Archival Resources Relating to German-speaking Refugees, 1933-1950 (BARGE). Her research interests include exile literature, especially by women writers; German-Jewish women; autobiographies and memoirs. Selected Publications: [edited with Bea Lewkowicz] The Kindertransport 1938/39: New Perspectives (Amsterdam, 2012);[edited with Godela Weiss-Sussex] ‘Not an Essence but a Positioning’: German Jewish Women Writers, 1900-1938 (Munich/London: Meidenbauer/IGRS, 2009); Everyday Life as Alternative Space in Exile Writing: The Work of Anna Gmeyner, Selma Kahn, Hilde Spiel, Martina Wied and Hermynia Zur Mühlen, (Berne/Oxford: Lang, 2008); [edited with W. Benz and C. Curio] Kindertransporte 1938/39 (special issue of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 2004).

Dr Bea Lewkowicz

Dr Bea Lewkowicz is co-director of the programme of filmed interviews ‘Refugee Voices: The Association of Jewish Refugees Audio-Visual Testimony Archive’. She also co-directed the exhibition ‘Continental Britons: Jewish Refugees from Nazi Europe’ shown at the Jewish Museum, London, in 2002. Her research interests include oral history; trauma and memory; diasporas; nationalism and ethnicity; the Jews of Salonika; and German-Jewish refugees in Britain. Publications include The Jewish Community of Salonika: History, Memory, Identity (London, 2006); ‘“After the War We Were All Together”: Jewish Memories of Post-War Thessaloniki’ in After the War Was Over. Reconstructing the Family, Nation, and State in Greece, 1943-1960 edited by M. Mazower (Princeton, 2000); ‘“Greece is My Home, But…”: Ethnic Identity of Greek Jews in Thessaloniki’ (Journal of Mediterranean Studies, 1994); ‘Das Selbstverständnis junger Juden in Thessaloniki’ in Stadtmosaik Thessaloniki edited by W. Kokot (Bonn, 1990).

Sarah MacDougall

Sarah MacDougall (MA, Reading) is Head of Collections and the Ben Uri Research Unit for the Study of the Jewish and Immigrant Contribution to British Visual Art since 1900 at Ben Uri Gallery and Museum. Related exhibitions include: Forced Journeys: Artists in Exile, c. 1933-45 (2009); Refugees: the lives of Others (2017) and Finchleystrasse: German artists in exile in Great Britain and Beyond (2018). Publications include: [with Rachel Dickson and Ulrike Smalley] 'High and Low Art produced in the Isle of Man Internment Camps during World War II' in Cultural Heritage and Prisoners of War: Creativity Behind Barbed Wire edited by G. Carr and H. Mytum (London, 2011); '“Separate Spheres of Endeavour”: Experiencing the Émigré Network in Britain, c. 1933-45'  in Netzwerke des Exils: Künstleriche Verflechtungen, Austausch und Patronage nach 1933 edited by B. Dogramici and K. Wimmer (Berlin, 2011); ‘“Looks Like Tomato Soup and Smells Faintly of Vanilla”: Paul Hamman’s Life Mask of Lion Feuchtwanger’ (International Feuchtwanger Society Newsletter, 17); [with Rachel Dickson] 'Fred Feigl in England, 1939–1965: “Modern Art is a Sputnik”' in Friedrich Feigl: The Eye Sees the World (Cheb CZ, 2016);  ‘“Meine Heimat is in my heart and my head”: Women Artists in Exile – Eva Frankfurther and Susan Einzig’ in Gender and Exile (Yearbook of the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies, 2017); [ed. with Marian Malet, Rachel Dickson and Anna Nyburg] Applied Arts in British Exile from 1933: Changing Visual and Material Culture (Yearbook of the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies, 2018); '”The Craftsman’s Sympathy: Bernhard Baer, Ganymed and Oskar Kokoschka’s King Lear’ (Yearbook of the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies, 2018); [with Rachel Dickson] 'Mapping Finchleystrasse: Mitteleuropa in North West London' in Arrival Cities: Migrating Artists and New Metropolitan Topographies in the 20th Century edited by Burcu Dogramaci, Mareike Hetschold, Laura Karp Lugo, Rachel Lee and Helene Roth (Louvain, 2020/jstor.org).
 

Dr Anna Nyburg

Dr Anna Nyburg’s doctorate, subsequently published as Émigrés: the Transformation of Art Publishing in Britain (Phaidon, 2014), focused on the art publishing houses set up by German and Austrian refugees to Britain, as well as on book design and production by other refugees in the field. From Leipzig to London: the Life and Work of the Émigré Artist Hellmuth Weissenborn (her biography of the refugee artist Hellmuth Weissenborn) was published by Oak Knoll in 2012. She has also contributed articles on other aspects of exile to the Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies (Leiden: Brill): on ‘Food in Exile’ (vol. 16), ‘Margarete Berger Hamerschlag and the Theatre: Vienna, Rome, London’ (vol. 14), and ‘“Dein grosser Brief war ein Ereignis”: the Private and Professional Correspondence of the Refugee Art Historians Hilde and Otto Kurz’ (vol. 9), and gave a paper on ‘Motherhood and Exile’ at the Centre’s triennial conference on ‘Gender and Exile’ in 2014. She was on the editorial/translation team of Bruno Cassirer Publishers Ltd. Oxford 1940–1990. An Annotated Bibliography with Essays (English and German) (Vandenhoeck, 2016), to which she also contributed a chapter entitled ‘A Consideration of the Art Publishing Landscape in Oxford in the 1940s: Bruno Cassirer Publishers Oxford, Phaidon and the Oxford University Press’, and contributed two articles to Matrix. A Review for Printers and Bibliophiles: ‘The Search for Hellmuth Weissenborn’ (vol. 31) and ‘Emigrés’ (vol. 33). Dr Nyburg has since concentrated on other aspects of the refugee contribution to design in this country, becoming a consultant on the Victoria & Albert Museum's project to digitise archives of Jewish Refugee Designers. She spoke on émigrés in the British fashion industry at the Ben Uri centenary exhibition Out of Chaos and at the Oxford Continuing Education Programme (2016). On the latter programme she has also spoken on refugee designers, publishing in exile, and internment art. Her chapter on refugee publishers in Oxford is to appear in Ark of Civilisation (OUP, forthcoming, 2017);  [ed. with Marian Malet, Rachel Dickson, and Sarah MacDougall] Applied Arts in British Exile from 1933: Changing Visual and Material Culture (Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, 2018); 'Textile in Exile: Refugee Textile Surface Designers in Britain' (Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, 2018). 

Dr Ines Schlenker

Dr Ines Schlenker is an independent art historian with a special interest in National Socialist, 'degenerate' and émigré art. After completing a degree in management and economics at the University of Tübingen, she studied art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, completing her PhD in 2000. Hitler’s Salon, her study of the officially approved art in the Third Reich as shown at the Great German Art Exhibition, was published in 2007. She compiled the catalogue raisonné of Marie-Louise von Motesiczky’s paintings (2009) and co-edited the painter’s correspondence with the writer Elias Canetti which appeared in 2011. Milein Cosman. Capturing Time, her book on the recently deceased émigré artist, was published in February 2019.

Dr Jennifer Taylor

Dr Jennifer Taylor (Minutes Secretary) is an independent researcher who has published extensively on Exile in Great Britain. Her articles on the exile press include ‘"Something to make people laugh?”: Political Content in the Isle of Man Internment Camp Journals, July-October 1940’ in ‘Totally Un-English?': Britain’s Internment of 'Enemy Aliens' in Two World Wars (Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, 2005); ‘Zeitspiegel, Young Austria, Austrian News. Die Pressearbeit des Austrian Centre’ in Wien – London, Hin und Retour: Das Austrian Centre in London 1939 bis 1947 edited by M. Bearman et al. (Vienna, 2004). Publications on radio propaganda include ‘Grete Fischer: “Outside Writer” for the BBC’ in Stimme der Wahrheit? (Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, 2003); ‘The Propagandists’ Propagandist: Bruno Adler’s “Kurt und Willi” Dialogues as Expression of British Propaganda Objectives’ in Immortal Austria (Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, 2006) while her contribution to the Centre’s triennial Conference held in 2011 was a paper on ‘Die Zwei Genossen’the Cold War sequel to Adler’s ‘Kurt und Willi’ series. Other research interests include German-speaking Czechs exiled in Great Britain. She has published several articles on Ernst Sommer and Ludwig Winder, and is currently working on the internment of so-called ‘Enemy Aliens’ in the Second World War; ‘”We Have More Than Enough”’, her study of conditions in Huyton Internment Camp in 1940 appeared in the Liverpool History Society Journal in 2009 and an edited series of eye-witness accounts from that camp entitled Civilian Internment in Britain during WW2: Huyton Camp appeared in 2012. Re-Educating German Prisoners of War after WWII appeared in 2018.

Professor Ian Wallace

Ϯ 2 February 2021

Professor Ian Wallace is Emeritus Professor of German at the University of Bath. His current research focuses on the work of German writers exiled in France and the United States after January 1933. He is President of the International Feuchtwanger Society and organiser of the Society’s forthcoming conference on ‘Feuchtwanger and Film’ (Los Angeles, September 2007). He is General Editor of German Monitor and a founder member of the executive committee of the Association Exil en Paradis (Sanary-sur-Mer). Recent publications include essays on Fritz Lang, Lion Feuchtwanger and Stefan Heym; Voices from Exile. Essays in Memory of Hamish Ritchie edited by I. Wallace (Leiden, 2015).

Former Visiting Fellows and Scholars

2021-2022

Till Greite is an Early Career Researcher, a member of the Berlin-based PhD-Net ‘The Knowledge of Literature’ and a researcher in Princeton University’s Goethe-project. His doctoral thesis, just completed at the Humboldt University Berlin, and entitled ‘Die leere Zentrale. Berlin, ein Bild aus dem deutschen Nachkrieg. Eine literaturgeschichtliche Begehung’, focuses on literary Berlin between the 1930s and 1960s, notably on authors of the so-called ‘Lost Generation’ seen from both sides: the exiled authors and writers of the ‘inner emigration’. During his stay in London as a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Visiting Scholar at the Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies, he will work on a follow-up research project about the Berlin-born British poet, translator and critic Michael Hamburger, who came to the UK as a refugee in 1933 at the age of nine. Hamburger was to become one of the key figures in mediating German and Austrian literature in the UK and the English-speaking world. Entitled ‘Michael Hamburger and the “No man’s land of languages”’, the project centres on Hamburger’s idea of a ‘phenomenology of exile’, which he developed in his critical writings. The theoretical focus will be accompanied by archival research on the Michael Hamburger Archive held at the British Library. In connection with his research on German exile Greite also re-edited the principal work of the novelist, and friend of Walter Benjamin, Wilhelm Speyer’s Das Glück der Andernachs (1947), a novel about late 19th-century Berlin (forthcoming with Lilienfeld, Düsseldorf). His wider research interests are in the theoretical field of phenomenology, hermeneutics and philosophical anthropology in which he has published articles on Max Scheler, Hans-Georg Gadamer and Hans Blumenberg.  

Dolors Sabaté is Professor of Modern and Contemporary German Literature at the University of Santiago de Compostela. She received her PhD from the University of Barcelona and her current research focuses on literature written in German by exiled women from a gender and cultural perspective. She has taught as a Lecturer at the University of Bamberg and has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Krakow, Lecce, Freiburg and the EPHE in Paris. She has been a DAAD Fellow and runs the projects of the inter-university network Vitruvia, including ExFemLiOn, an autobiographical content repository of exiled German-language women writers. The research she carries out as a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Visiting Fellow focuses on Erna Pinner (1890-1987), graphic artist, photographer, painter and writer, especially known in the artistic and intellectual context of Germany of the 1920s. Pinner undertook numerous trips throughout Europe, Africa and Latin America. Her travel experiences are included in Pinner's early work which is clearly influenced by the ideas of Social Darwinism. During her exile in London, Pinner became an illustrator of works of popular science, being herself the author of this type of work – Curious Creatures (1953) and Born Alive (1959). The aim of the research is to verify the dimension of Pinner's ideological discourse in his work in exile.  [June-July 2022]

Kathryn Sederberg is Assistant Professor of German Studies at Kalamazoo College (USA). She received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a dissertation entitled ‘Germany’s Rubble Texts: Writing History in the Present, 1943-1951’. Her main research areas include 20th-century German culture, autobiography and memoir, war and gender, and National Socialism and its legacies. She has published on diaries and literature from the Second World War and the post-war period, including an article on hybrid ‘Brieftagebücher’ (letter-diaries) at the war’s end, and on time and history in crisis diaries. As a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Visiting Fellow, she will continue her study of refugee diaries: ‘Journaling Displacement: Jewish Refugee Accounts 1933-1945’. With a focus on the experience of non-prominent German and Austrian Jewish refugees, this project analyses the role of the diary as a site (space, practice) where the writing subject is shaped by processes of acculturation and explores new concepts of self, home, and belonging. [June 2022]

2019-2020

Sam Dolbear completed his PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2018, where his work formed around a diagram of diasporic friendship, composed by Walter Benjamin in 1932: a representation of a generation fractured by various social, political and economic crises. As a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Visiting Fellow, he will continue this work through the examination of two figures on the diagram: the radio-producer, composer and poet Ernst Schoen (1884-1960) and the physician, sexologist and chiromancer Charlotte Wolff (1897-1986), both of whom settled in London after 1933. The project forms around questions of sensory disintegration in exiled life, through various strains of sonic and haptic modernisms. In addition to this research, he teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, and Skidmore College, and has published and edited extensively including Walter Benjamin: The Storyteller (Verso, 2016), edited and translated with Esther Leslie and Sebastian Truskolaski and, most recently, three self-published pamphlets on The Arcades Project, co-edited with Hannah Proctor. With a number of others, he has also recently founded MayDay Radio, an audio collective based in London. [September 2019-June 2020]

Anna-Dorothea Ludewig is a researcher at the Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European-Jewish Studies, Potsdam, and lecturer at the University of Potsdam and at the Bundeswehr University, Munich. She has been a member and academic coordinator of the Graduate School ‘MAKOM. Place and Places in Judaism’ and received her PhD from the University of Potsdam in 2007. More recently she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Regensburg and, in 2016, was Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College, NH. Since 2010 she has been member of the editorial staff of the online periodical MEDAON – Journal for Jewish Life in Research and Education. She is currently working on a research and book project (Habilitation): ‘Jewesses – Images of Femininity in 20th-Century German Literature’. Recent publications include: [co-ed. with Steffen Höhne] Goethe und die Juden – die Juden und Goethe. Beiträge zu einer Beziehungs- und Rezeptionsgeschichte (Berlin/Boston, 2018); [with Elke-Vera Kotowski and Hannah Lotte Lund) Zweisamkeiten. Zwölf außergewöhnliche Paare in Berlin (Berlin, 2016); [co-ed. with Ulrike Brunotte and Axel Stähler] Orientalism, Gender, and the Jews. Literary and Artistic Transformations of European National Discourses (Berlin/Boston 2015). [February 2020]

2017-2018

Gisela Holfter is Senior Lecturer in German and Joint Director of the Centre for Irish-German Studies at the University of Limerick, Ireland. She studied in Cologne, Cambridge and St. Louis. Prior to her appointment in Limerick in 1996, she worked in Dunedin (NZ) and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her research interests include German-Irish relations; German literature (19th century to contemporary writing); exile studies; intercultural communication and Business German. She is a member of the PEN German-speaking Writers Abroad and has published on Heinrich Böll, Ludwig Hopf, Ernst Lewy, Annette Kolb and Friedrich Engels among others. Her latest book (with Horst Dickel) is An Irish Sanctuary: German-speaking Refugees in Ireland 1933-1945 (2017). During her Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Visiting Fellowship, she will pursue her research into the links between British and Irish aid organisations helping German-speaking refugees. [May-June 2018]

Eva-Maria Thüne holds a Professorship of German Language and Linguistics at the School of Modern Languages and Literature, Translation and Interpretation at the University of Bologna (Italy); she is also Dean of the International MA Degree Course, 'Language, Society and Communication’. She held a Fellowship at the Bogliasco Foundation in 2008, and at Clare Hall, Cambridge, in 2017. Apart from research in the analysis of spoken language in literature (e.g. Thüne 2017, Schwitalla/Thüne 2014, Thüne 2015) and studies in the field of German as a Foreign Language (2010) and German Sociolinguistics (Thüne/Elter/Leonardi 2009), one of her main interests is the interaction of migration and language (mainly from the point of view of the reconstruction of language biographies). For many years she has been engaged in research on what is called in German the 'Israel-Korpus. Emigrantendeutsch in Israel', a corpus of interviews with German speaking refugees (so called 'Jeckes') who settled in Palestine, a project led by Professor Anne Betten of the University of Salzburg (Austria) between 1989 and 1994. Thüne’s investigations have centred on speech representation in the interviews (2008), the importance of objects in this special form of migration (2009), the representation of identity (2010), metaphors of roots (2011; 2015), body experience and identity (2013), and the linguistic expression of grief resulting from loss and separation (2016) -  the latter being part of the volume Emotionsausdruck und Erzählstrategien in narrativen Interviews. Analysen zu Gesprächsaufnahmen mit jüdischen Emigranten, edited by Simona Leonardi, Eva-Maria Thüne and Anne Betten, Würzburg (Königshausen & Neumann). During her Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert Miller Visiting Fellowship , she will pursue her research by comparing the interviews she has collected in the UK in 2017 with German-speaking refugees of the pre-war period with the collection of interviews which form the basis for the book Changing Countries (2002) conducted by a group of researchers of the IMLR. [February-March 2018]

2017-2018

Bettina Brandt received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and holds MA degrees in French and German Language and Literature from the University of Utrecht. She taught at Harvard, MIT, Columbia University, Barnard College and Montclair State University before joining the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Pennsylvania State University. Brandt has published articles and book chapters on 20th- and 21st-century literature, the literatures and arts of the historical and the neo avant-gardes, literary multilingualism (especially Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Herta Müller, Yoko Tawada); global early modern relations, and, most recently, she started working on Austrian-Jewish relations and the Holocaust. Brandt co-edited Herta Müller. Politics and Aesthetics (University of Nebraska Press, 2013) and China in the German Enlightenment (University of Toronto Press in 2016). She is also the co-translator of Yoko Tawada’s De Berghollander (Voetnoot, 2010) and has translated a dozen shorter Tawada pieces in various Dutch and English-language journals and books. During her stay at the Institute Brandt will be working on a new monograph tentatively entitled 'With Love from Vienna: Contextualizing the Daily Life of Viennese Elderly Jews after the Anschluss’. In the last two decades Holocaust studies have seen a notable shift in focus, moving away from examining the persecutors towards the study of Jewish daily life in the German Reich, often through ego-documents such as letters, diaries, memoirs or other personal objects. 'With Love from Vienna' follows this trend and contributes to it by concentrating on a still understudied group — elderly Jews in Vienna awaiting emigration to safe havens, including the USA, often via the UK. The former was, of course, a difficult destination because of the American immigration quotas that were not increased despite intensified anti-Semitism across much of Europe, and, especially relevant here, age discrimination. [April-May 2017]

Christine Ivanovic received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Erlangen University, Germany, as well as her Habilitation in Comparative Literature and in German Literature. Following eight years as foreign professor for German Literature at Tokyo University, she moved to Austria in 2011 where she currently holds a Berta Karlik Professorship in Comparative Literature at the University of Vienna. Her PhD thesis dealt with Paul Celan's readings of Russian poetry. She is especially interested in the works of German and Austrian writers in exile, as well as in exophonic writing, and has published widely on both topics. Currently her work focuses on the twin sisters Ilse Aichinger and Helga Michie, born in 1921 in Vienna. While Ilse Aichinger is a German writer of high repute – whose literary work comprises a novel and eight volumes of prose, radio plays and poems, and has been awarded several important literary prizes – Helga's art work has so far found little recognition. Helga emigrated at the age of 17 with one of the last Kindertransporte to London where she still lives. Very little is known about her life story, even though she came into contact with many famous writers and artists who also emigrated to England from Austria or the former Habsburg Empire. Helga herself composed and also published a small number of poems and other literary texts as well as literary translations. In her later years she became an artist and produced remarkable graphical works which have been shown in three exhibitions. The project to be conducted at the IMLR traces Helga Michie's life story and her connections with other émigrés from Austria, and will result in an exhaustive documentation of her artwork which will be published and presented at the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies at the Institute in spring 2017. [December 2016]

2015-2016

Alice Lovejoy is Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and Moving Image Studies Program, University of Minnesota and is a film and cultural historian whose research examines governmental and institutional media cultures in transnational perspective. Her research has been supported by fellowships and grants from, among others, the American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright-Hays, and Fulbright, and her writing has appeared in journals including Screen, The Moving ImageEast European Politics and Societies and Cultures, and Film Comment, where she has also worked as an editor. In 2015, Indiana University Press published her book Army Film and the Avant Garde: Cinema and Experiment in the Czechoslovak Military, with a companion DVD of thirteen short films. As Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Fellow at the Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, she will conduct research for her current project on exile-government film-making in World War II London. [May-June 2016]

2014-2015

Anne Martina Emonts is Assistant Professor of German Culture at the University of Madeira, Portugal. Her Masters (Madeira) in Portuguese Contemporary History, won her the National Award for Feminist Studies in Portugal, and was published in 2001. In 2006 she completed her PhD at the University of Madeira: Mechtilde Lichnowsky – Sprachlust und Sprachkritik. Annäherung an ein Kulturphänomen, published in 2009 by Königshausen & Neumann). She is co-editor of Encontro entre Culturas. Conferências sobre temas luso-germânicas (Funchal: DRAC/BCE 2012) and Mulheres: Feminino, Plural (Funchal: Nova Delphi 2013). As a senior researcher in the Culture and Conflict Sub-Group at the CECC (Communication & Culture Research Centre) at Lisbon University, her current research interests include the cultural heritage of war in the 20th century, gender studies and the transfer of (German-Jewish) modernisms in literature and visual art. She cooperates with the research group ‘Escritura autobiográfica de escritoras judeo-alemanas (s. XIX y XX)’ at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Her work as a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Fellow at the Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies will focus on Mechtilde Lichnowsky’s ‘voluntary exiles’ and cultural life among others exiled in London before World War I and after World War II. [April-July 2015]

Kate Roy completed her PhD at the University of Manchester in 2008 and has subsequently been a postdoctoral researcher and recipient of small grants from among others, the Universities of Tübingen and Innsbruck, and from the DAAD, the Berlin State Library, and the Leverhulme Trust. She was most recently a Lecturer in German at the University of Leeds. Her current research project, tentatively entitled ‘1001 Re-tellings: Emily Ruete’s Memoiren einer arabischen Prinzessin in a literary context’, explores how both the writings of Emily Ruete (1844-1924), born Sayyida Salme, daughter of the Sultan of Oman and Zanzibar, and the rewritings of her life story, have intersected with different discourses over time, including Orientalism, German colonialism, and Islam in/and the West. As a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Fellow at the Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, she will work with material relating to the figure of Rudolph Said-Ruete, Emily Ruete’s son, a committed pacifist and long-time London resident, focusing on the narratives produced both by his own collection of pamphlets and popular literature from the First World War, gifted to Senate House Library, and by his recent novelistic reimagining. [September-December 2014]

Klaus Seidl obtained his doctorate at the University of Munich where he worked as a Research Assistant at the Department for Modern and Contemporary History. His thesis investigated the final phase of the German revolution of 1848 focusing on non-violent protest and public opinion, and will be published by Ferdinand Schöningh (Paderborn). Most recently he held a post-doctoral fellowship at the German Historical Institute in Washington DC. His current research project is a biography of the liberal German historian Veit Valentin (1885-1947) who migrated to London (and later to the USA) in 1933, having being dismissed from his post as 'politically unreliable'. As a Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Fellow at the Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, Klaus will work with material relating to Valentin’s time as a special lecturer at University College London, his involvement with German émigré networks, and the English perception of the refugee scholars. [October – November 2014]

2013-2014

Christian Cargnelli studied at the University of Vienna and completed his thesis on Austrian film personnel in British exile at the University of Southampton in 2008. Since the early 1990s, he has been doing extensive research on film exile and exile film, and since 1998 has been teaching film history and film exile at the University of Vienna. From 2004 to 2007 he worked in the AHRC-funded research project ‘German-speaking Emigrés in British Cinema, 1925-1950’ at the University of Southampton. In 2009-10 he was part of the research project ‘Filmwissenschaft in Wien 1929-1980’ which explored the history and development of film studies in Austria. His edited or co-edited volumes include Aufbruch ins Ungewisse. Österreichische Filmschaffende in der Emigration vor 1945 (1993), the melodrama reader Und immer wieder geht die Sonne auf. Texte zum Melodramatischen im Film (1994), Schatten. Exil. Europäische Emigranten im Film noir(1997), Carl Mayer, Scenar[t]ist (German & English, 2003), Gustav Machaty - Ein Filmregisseur zwischen Prag und Hollywood (2005), and Destination London: German-speaking Emigrés and British Cinema, 1925-1950 (2008). He has also worked as a film journalist for many years, curated film retrospectives, and organized several international conferences. He was twice (2004, 2006) nominated for the Willy Haas Award (best publication on German-language film). At the Institute he will pursue his interests in continental film personnel in Britain in the 1930s and 1940s. [September-December 2013]

Isabella Ferron studied at the University Ca' Foscari in Venice, then at the University of Tübingen. In 2008 she was awarded a doctorate by the University of Munich for her thesis on Wilhelm von Humboldt's philosophy of language (published in 2009 by Königshausen & Neumann as 'Sprache ist Rede'. Ein Beitrag zur dynamischen und organizistischen Sprachauffassung Wilhelm von Humboldts.She also studied at the Humboldt-University in Berlin (2010-2012), where she held a DAAD Fellowship from October 2011 to February 2012. In October 2012 she was awarded a one-month Fellowship at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach to work on Rudolf Borchardt's image of Italy. She teaches German at the University of Padua and her interests lie in literary theory, philosophy, German and English literature, cultural studies. Among her recent publications are: ‘”Die Sprache ist das bildende Organ des Gedankens”. Ein Nachdenken über die Sprachreflexion Wilhelm Humboldts und ihren Einfluss auf die Entstehung der modernen Sprachwissenschaft und Sprachphilosophie’ (2007); ‘Von der Wahrheit (1947): Zur Rolle der Sprache bei Karl Jaspers’ (2009); ‘Schelling und die Sprache. Einige Anmerkungen zu Schellings Nachdenken über die Sprache. Von der Philosophie der Kunst bis zu dem pasigraphischen Versuch’ (2009); ‘Wilhelm von Humboldts Übersetzung von Aischylos' Agamemnon (1816). Ein singulärer Beitrag zur Entstehung des Begriffs “Deutsche Nation“’ (2011). Her current research is on the work of Rudolf Borchardt and German literature in the first half of the 20th century, and on exile literature. Her research project at the Institute will deal with the work of Rudolf Majut and his relationship with the George Circle. [October-December 2013]

2012-2013

Laure Guilbert holds a PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute of Fiesole in Italy. Her monograph Danser avec le Troisième Reich. Les danseurs modernes sous le nazisme [Dancing with the Third Reich. Modern Dancers under Nazism] was published by Éditions Complexe in 2000 (new edition by André Versaille Éditeur in 2011). She has taught mainly in performing arts departments in Paris 3, Versailles, Metz and Lille Universities. From 2002 onwards she has been in charge of the dance publishing department of the Paris National Opera. Her current research project concerns the exile and diasporas of the German choreographic world in the 1930s and 1940s. During her stay at the Institute, she will focus her attention on the German refugees in Great Britain. [October-December 2012]

Martina Kolb is Assistant Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University. She taught in the Humanities Core Program at Bilkent University in Ankara, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study at the Universities of Constance and Bologna. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University, a graduate degree (Staatsexamen) in Modern Philology from the University of Tübingen, and an MA in German Studies from the University of Oregon. She is the author of Nietzsche, Freud, Benn, and the Azure Spell of Liguria (University of Toronto Press, 2013). She has also published articles on Dante’s and Brecht’s love poetry, on Benn’s poetics, on Freud’s Nietzscheanism, on Brecht, Weigel and the Asian stage, on Pound’s prison writing, and on the uncanny in Uwe Johnson. She has translated Benn into English, and interviews with Holocaust survivors into German, and is contributing editor of Bloom’s Major Dramatists: Bertolt Brecht. Her main research interests are place, displacement, and emotion in art and literature, with an emphasis on geo-poetics, exile studies, the inter-arts, and psychoanalysis. She is in the process of writing a book on visual and verbal representations of fear and pain. During her stay at the Institute, she will work on the chapter that examines Ingeborg Bachmann’s exilic poetics. [May-June 2013]

Hadwig Kraeutler graduated in 1974 from the Academy of Fine Arts and the University in Vienna, and holds a doctorate from the School of Museum Studies at University of Leicester. Her thesis was published as a monograph, Otto Neurath. Museum and Exhibition Work. Spaces (Designed) for Communication (Peter Lang, 2008). From 1992 until 2012 she was on the staff of the Belvedere in Vienna, and has been lecturing and publishing about museum communication and learning, exhibition design, and its interpretive potential for engaging (with) the users. Her research interests are basically interdisciplinary and concern museology, communication, art and cultural history, exhibition texts and evaluation, more recently with a focus on exile studies. Her current research concerns the life story and scholarship of Alma S. Wittlin (1899-1992), an exiled Austrian museologist, writer, and educationalist. During her stay at the Institute, she will focus her attention on this émigré’s time and networks in Great Britain. [March 2013]