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8 Jan 2019

Historian to follow in the footsteps of distinguished academics and deliver 2019 Miller Memorial Lecture

Dr Robert Knight. Dr Robert Knight.

A Loughborough University historian of post-war European politics has been invited to give the 2019 Miller Memorial Lecturer at the University of London School of Advanced Studies (Institute of Modern Languages Research).

Dr Robert Knight, of the School of Social Sciences, will deliver his lecture titled ‘Drawing and blurring the lines after National Socialism: Austria and West Germany compared’ on 28 November 2019 and says being invited to do so is “a great honour”.

The memorial lecturers were established through the generosity of the families of Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert, who were both well-known actors forced to flee from the Nazis in 1938.

In Britain, Martin Miller made a name for himself with his Hitler parodies, broadcast by the BBC into Nazi-occupied Europe, and he then acted in many classic films such as the Third Man and The Ladykillers.

The Miller Memorial Lectures are in the field of exile studies and previous lectures have been delivered by renowned academics and influencers including scientist and broadcaster Heinz Wolff, IT entrepreneur and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley, the Germanist Professor Jeremy Adler and historian Professor Mary Fulbrook.

Dr Knight commented: “I feel that it's a great honour to be invited to give London University’s 2019 Miller Memorial Lecture. I am particularly honoured to follow in the footsteps of such distinguished figures.”

This is the second exciting announcement for Dr Knight, who discovered in November last year he had been awarded the Sir Peter Ustinov Guest Professorship at Vienna University for the 2019 summer semester.

More information on the Professorship can be found here. Further details of the Miller Memorial Lecture can be found on the dedicated webpage.