German Culture & Language

This group was started in 2014 to foster an interest in the German language and in German-speaking countries and their culture.  Meetings will be in German or English ( or both ) as indicated below and are generally on the third Thursday of the month.


Co-Convenors: Philippa Sondheimer and Daniel Wolverson.


We focus on German-speaking countries and their culture.




Friday 21st September 2018 - “Berlin - between East and West – between Yesterday and Tomorrow”.  Talk in English in BRLSI Cities series by Marion Löhndorf ( German Embassy speaker)


Thursday 18th October 2018 – “Die Kohlenwasserstoff-Wirtschaft früher, heute und in Zunkunft” Talk in German by Dr Randolf Kӧhn, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry , University of Bath. 


Thursday 15th November 2018 The end of the First World War from the German perspective – a talk in English by Robert Grözinger, teacher of Economics at Bath Academy and contributor to “eigentümlich frei”


Wednesday 5th December 2018 – “German Christmas Concert and Singalong” – carols as usual with anyone who wants to joining in, a few solos by volunteer members of Minerva choir, followed by refreshments and Scrabble. Collection for Julian House.






19th October 2017 Die Philosophie von Hegel – bilingual talk by Andreas Wasmuht.


Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel saw the light of the world in Stuttgart on 27 August 1770 and over the decades that followed became one of the Greats of Western Philosophy.  The talk will explore Hegel, the man and his life long quest to establish a philosophical system that explained everything as he outlines in his magnum opus, the Phenomenology of Spirit.


16th November 2017 - Joint meeting with BRLSI Literature and Humanities Group - talk in English about Günter Grass by Dr Debbie Pinfold of the Department of German, Bristol University.


7th December 2017 - Singing and Scrabble in German and English We rare hoping to sing German Christmas Carols at the Bath Christmas Market ( applications forms only issued today 17th Oct ) and collect money for Julian House.  The back to BRLSI for German and English refreshments and Scrabble.


Friday  16th March 2018 Building Relationships with Germany after BREXIT - a talk in English by Wera Hobhouse, Lib Dem MP for Bath.


Friday 20th April 2018 The German Ocean:Medieval Europe around the North Sea - a talk in English by Brian Ayers of the University of East Anglia - part of the BRLSI Oceans Series