13 – 16 May 2015


Spring Meeting in London

Don't mind the Gap
German-British Encounters

13 May 2015
06:30 pm Presentation of the Academy Awards
14 May 2015
02:00 pm Exile07:30 pm Escape and Migration
15 May 2015
06:30 pm Found in Translation
16 May 2015
04:00 pm Übersetzen/Translation07:30 pm Don't Mind the Gap - An Evening...

13 May 2015, 06:30 pm 

British Academy
10-11 Carlton House Terrace

Presentation of the Academy Awards

für Übersetzung

to Anne Birkenhauer
Laudatory Address: Felix Schneider

für die Vermittlung
deutscher Kultur im Ausland

to Neil MacGregor
Laudatory Adress: Klaus-Dieter Lehmann

By Invitation only

14 May 2015, 02:00 pm 

Reform Club
104 Pall Mall


2 pm

Charmian Brinson

Short presentations
  • Jeremy Adler: »By the Rivers of Babylon...« Some Thoughts on Exile
  • Michael Schaich: Past Futures. German Political Exiles during the Second World War
  • Richard Dove: Language and Livelihood: German-speaking Literary Exiles in Britain 1933-45
Texts by Elisabeth Castonier, Hans Gál, Hilde Spiel, Lore Segal, Ingrid Jacoby and Judith Kerr, selected and introduced by Anthony Grenville

Short presentations
  • Rüdiger Görner: Simulationen oder: Exile Revisited
  • Andrea Hammel: Refugees and Exiles in British Memorial Culture after 1990
5 pm

Exile: the current status of research and debate

Sylvia Asmus, Charmian Brinson, Sven Hanuschek, Bea Lewkowicz Moderation: Raphael Gross

Registration is required:

In partnership with
Exile Studies Centre,
School of Advanced Studies,
University of London

14 May 2015, 07:30 pm 

Reform Club
104 Pall Mall

Escape and Migration

Navid Kermani, Aris Fioretos, Maria Stepanowa

Registration is required:

15 May 2015, 06:30 pm 

Institute of Contemporary Arts
ICA, The Mall

Found in Translation:
On the Writing and Translation of Poetry

Michael Hofmann
Jamie McKendrick
Moderation: Jan Wagner

Tickets: ICA

16 May 2015, 04:00 pm 

Goethe Institut
50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road

An exchange between German and British literary translators

With Daniel Göske, Joachim Kalka, Werner von Koppenfels, Klaus Reichert and Jamie Bulloch, Eleanor Collins, Karen Leeder, Shaun Whiteside, Chantal Wright

Registration is required:

In partnership with Goethe-Institut London

16 May 2015, 07:30 pm 

Kings Place
90 York Way

Don't Mind the Gap – An Evening on British and German Literature

Readings with
Simon Armitage
Marcel Beyer
Alfred Brendel
Imtiaz Dharker
Durs Grünbein
A.L. Kennedy
Don Paterson
Terezia Mora
Moderation: Maggie Fergusson, Heinrich Detering

Language: English/German

Tickets: Kings Place

In partnership with Goethe-Institut London and Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations, Queen Mary University of London

More than 60 members of the Academy including renowned German writers, poets, as well as historians und philosophers will converge in London from 13 to 16 May 2015 to share with their British colleagues.