About Colloquium 2019
Clare Hall, Cambridge
You are cordially invited to join our colloquium bringing together leading scholars from the United Kingdom and Germany for a conversation exploring the depth and degrees of 'Anglo-German Encounters and Transfers' during the eighteenth and nineteenth century.
Organised by the Department of German and Dutch and Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge, and hosted in the beautiful Richard Eden Suite in Clare Hall, this two-day colloquium will further the dialogues on cultural, intellectual, technological, scientific and commercial encounters and transfers between England and Germany.
The political union between the Electorate of Hanover and Great Britain (1714-1837) stimulated cultural, intellectual, technological, medical, scientific and commercial encounters and transfers between England and Germany. For example, Coleridge's studies at Göttingen, a Hanoverian University, are well known. It is only recently, however, that Coleridge's engagement with the Enlightenment methods of the Göttingen library has been understood as a site of new research and historical methodology that had a significant impact on Coleridge's critical thinking, and his study of literature, method, and philosophy.
The example of Coleridge is not an isolated encounter or transfer. Thomas Beddoes imported so many books that over half of his library was comprised of German medical books. While at Jena and Weimar, Henry Crabb Robinson met Madame de Stäel, the brothers Schlegel, Goethe and Schiller. Many Germans, such as Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, Carl Friedrich Gauss and Christian Gottlob Heyne, were elected fellows of the Royal Society. In turn, Sir Joseph Banks, Robert Lowth, and Count Rumforth (aka Sir Benjamin Thompson), were members of the Königliche Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften [Royal Society of Sciences]. The active book trade between London and Hanover transformed the Göttingen Library into the largest depository of eighteenth-century English texts outside of Great Britain and North America. By the time of Queen Victoria's reign, English universities were incorporating aspects from German counterparts in Berlin and Bonn, and George Eliot and Thomas Carlyle were becoming established mediators of German intellectualism for an English audience.
You are cordially invited to join this discussion by leading scholars from the United Kingdom and Germany. Organised by the Department of German and Dutch and Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge, this two-day colloquium will further the dialogues on cultural, intellectual, technological, scientific and commercial encounters and transfers between England and Germany.
The colloquium will conclude with a roundtable discussion.
- Professor Tim Fulford (De Montfort University)
- Dr John Guthrie (University of Cambridge)
- Dr Philipp Hunnekuhl (Universität Hamburg)
- Professor Maike Oergel (University of Nottingham)
- Professor Eugenia Perojo (Universidad de Valladolid)
- Professor Lynda Pratt (University of Nottingham)
- Lead Curator Susan Reed (British Library)
- Professor Elinor Shaffer (University of London)
- Dr Neil Vickers (King's College London)
- Dr James Vigus (Queen Mary University of London)
- Dr Maximiliaan van Woudenberg (Clare Hall, Cambridge)
We look forward to seeing you at Clare Hall in Cambridge!
Professor Elinor Shaffer
Dr Maximiliaan van Woudenberg
Last updated: 25 February 2019