‘Brexism – Reflections on Political Irrationalism’

19. April 2018 19:00

Prof. Rüdiger Görner

The ‘Brexit’ is a watershed experience in postwar British and European history. Its implications are still as unclear as the political psychology behind it. In this lecture, Professor Rüdiger Görner will examine some of the political and cultural aspects of the Brexit and discuss the problematic fallout of this development, which has adopted an ideology-like character. Based on his numerous publications on the subject, which will appear in book form with Universitätsverlag Winter in Heidelberg to coincide with this lecture, he will also assess the consequences of Brexit for Anglo-German relations.

The participants have the option of purchasing his recent book after the talk, and it will be a pleasure for Prof. Görner to sign your personal edition.

Biographical Notes:

  • Born: 4. Juni 1957 in Rottweil/Neckar
  • 1979-1981: University of Tübingen (German Literature, History with Musicology and Philosophy)
  • 1981-1984: University College London (German with English
  • 1980-1984: Fellow of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
  • 1984: MA (Tübingen) and BA (London)
  • 1984-1991: Lecturer in German atUniversity of Surrey
  • 1986-92: Founding Member and Member of the Advisory Council of the Lord Lothian Foundation
  • 1989: PhD (Surrey) ‘Aesthetic Identity and the Poetics of the Self with specific reference to Hölderlin’
  • 1991-1997: Reader in German at Aston University in Birmingham
  • 1991: DAAD Visiting Lecturer at Heidelberg University
  • 1993-95: Member of the DAAD Advisory Board, London
  • 1995: British Academy Guest Fellow at the Universities of Konstanz and Freiburg
  • 1997-2004: Professor of German at Aston University in Birmingham
  • 1999-2004: Director of the Institute of Germanic Studies (IGS), University of London
  • 2001: Founding Director of the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature at IGS, UoL
  • Since 2004: Professor of German at Queen Mary University of London
  • Since 2005: Founding Director of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations
  • 2012/13: Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study ‘Morphomata’ University of Cologne
  • 2012: Deutscher Sprachpreis der Henning Kaufmann-Stiftung
  • Since 2012: Fellow of the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung
  • 2013/14: Georg Trakl Visiting Professor at the University of Salzburg
  • 2016: Reimar Lüst Prize der Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung
  • 2017: Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) of the Federal Republic of Germany


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