After six years of engaged and effective service, Professor Angus Nicholls (Queen Mary) has stepped down as Honorary Secretary of the English Goethe Society and co-editor of its Publications. The Society is deeply grateful for his many contributions to our work, including an acclaimed conference on our first president, Max Müller, which led to the first book version of a PEGS double issue to be published by Routledge (volume 85, no. 2-3, Friedrich Max Müller and the Role of Philology in Victorian Thought, co-edited with John R. Davis).
We are delighted that his colleague Professor Astrid Köhler has succeeded Angus. Astrid studied Germanistik at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität (Jena) and wrote her PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin. She first came to the UK as DAAD Lektorin at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, started as a Lecturer at Queen Mary in 1995 and is now Professor of German Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies there. The subject of Astrid's PhD thesis - published as Salonkultur im klassischen Weimar: Geselligkeit als Lebensform und literarisches Konzept (Stuttgart: Metzler 1996) - underlines the relevance of her research for PEGS. Astrid is also a specialist on the literature and cultural history of the GDR and has published two monographs in that field: Brückenschläge: DDR-Autoren vor und nach der Wiedervereinigung (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2007); and most recently Klaus Schlesinger: Die Biographie (Berlin: Aufbau 2011).
Warm thanks to Angus, and a warm welcome to Astrid!
W. Daniel Wilson
Last updated 26 September 2018