Creative Multilingualism

This is a wonderful project, funded by the AHRC’s Open World Research Initiative. I am extremely chuffed to be part of it. The four-year research programme investigating the interconnection between linguistic diversity and creativity and involves six leading UK and US universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, and, of course, Reading! 🙂 Ok I might be a bit biased here but please, click around via the above link and judge for yourself!

GRiB – German resources in Britain:

A network of organisations committed to increasing awareness of the rich variety of German language resources in Britain, with the primary aim of creating, maintaining and developing an online gateway offering information on and access to different institutions with relevant library and archival holdings. GRiB’s target audience includes professional researchers and librarians, students and teachers in all sectors of education, and the interested general public.

 History of Modern Language Learning and Teaching in Britain

An AHRC-funded project led by Professor Nicola McLelland and co-investigator Dr Richard Smith, which ran from July 2012 to July 2014. It looked at the history of modern language learning and teaching in the UK, and its future in education.  You can read about it on the AHRC website here. Although the project has now finished, there is a follow-on website which  includes details of how to join the AILA research network for the history of language learning and teaching (HoLLT). Download Professor McLelland’s article ‘Why learn German? Answers since 1600’ here.


IMLR – Institute of Modern Languages Resources:

The IMLR is one of the ten Institutes that make up the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. The Germanic Studies Library is  located on the 4th floor of Senate House. Its holdings are devoted principally to German language and  literature from their respective beginnings to the present day, with substantial collections of books, journals, microfiches, theses and archives covering these fields.


(Not) Made in Germany? Imaging Germany from the Outside:

A project of the Institute for German Studies (IGS) at the University of Birmingham, led by Dr. Nicholas Martin, which started in January 2015.  The network will bring staff and postgraduate students from German universities and the worldwide DAAD German Studies Centres to the IGS in a series of five research visits focused around the five core themes of the project: Economics, Politics, Education, History, and Culture.

Oxford German Network:

The Oxford German Network is the first university-led cultural network, launched in September 2012 by the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages. It facilitates personal contact between individuals with similar interests, and opens up enjoyable opportunities for communicating with people from another culture in their language. It acts as a beacon for the study of languages in the UK and conducts research into the status and uptake of German to promote language provision at national level. By connecting up academic institutions, cultural organisations, businesses, and policy-makers locally, nationally, and internationally, the Oxford German Network fosters an active interest in productive cross-cultural cooperation. Wunderbar!

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