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Goethe Institute Manchester

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Professor Nicholas Saul <[log in to unmask]>

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Professor Nicholas Saul <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Fri, 1 Dec 2000 14:35:08 +0000

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Dear Colleagues

It gives me no pleasure to report on the latest
development in the story of the Goethe-Institut at
Manchester.

This popular and successful institution, which has served
the needs of business, schools, universities and
individuals interested in German culture and language in
the city of Manchester and the entire north of England for
thirty-three years is effectively being shut down. From 30
June 2001 there will be two staff, a representative of the
centre and an administrative assistant. Despite the
constant and intense demand, there will then exist neither
structures nor personnel to carry on the work of teaching
German and providing support to ambitious enterprises,
hard-pressed schools and resource-hungry universities.
Cultural events will cease. The Library will close. Over
twenty jobs will be lost. The Goethe-Institut in London
will be left to provide for an additional population of
some twenty million in a catchment area stretching from
Birmingham to Lancaster, Liverpool to Newcastle,
Aberystwyth to Hull.

This is happening because the GI budget has been
restricted to historical levels, whilst the GI is
simultaneously committed to opening new branches elsewhere.
The deplorable plan by the British Council to close four
regional centres in Germany, which would leave only the
Berlin office as its presence in Germany, may have been a
political factor in the GI's decision.

The Friends of the Goethe Institute Manchester have pledged
to campaign against the proposed closure. Similar campaigns
have already achieved considerable success in France and
Italy. As a first step, the Friends of the Goethe Institute
are collecting the signatures of interested parties who
support this initiative. Please take a little time to visit
the website http://www.liv.ac.uk/fogim, where a membership
application form can be downloaded. Signatures can be sent
direct to [log in to unmask] and will be mounted on the
site.

Nicholas Saul on behalf of the Friends

Those who also wish to support the campaign against
the closure of British Council offices in Germany, go to
http://www.uni-bayreuth.de/departments/Prinz-Albert-Gesellschaft/

Please post this message on. A German version follows.

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen

ich leite eine trostlose Nachricht weiter.

Das Goethe-Institut hat die praktische Schließung
des Standorts Manchester beschlossen. Seit 33 Jahren dient
das GI Manchester mit großem Erfolg als Zentrum für die
Vermittlung der deutschen Sprache und Kultur in einem der
größten Ballungsräume Englands. Profitiert von der
intensiven Mitarbeit mit dem Institut haben zahlreiche
Unternehmen, Hunderte von Schulen, Dutzende von
Universitäten, Tausende von interessierten Individuen. Ab
30. Juni 2001 werden im Institut nur noch ein "Entsandter"
aus München und eine Hilfskraft arbeiten. Alle Strukturen
werden aufgelöst, über zwanzig hochqualifizierte
Kolleg/innen werden entlassen, der Unterricht findet nicht
mehr statt, die Bibliothek schließt, Kulturverstaltungen
werden abgeschafft. Der Standort London soll in Zukunft
weitere 20 Millionen Bewohner Nordenglands mit diesen
Dienstleistungen versorgen.

Das geschieht, weil die Bundesregierung dem GI
gleichzeitig die Auflage gemacht hat zu sparen und weitere
Standorte des Goethe-Instituts außerhalb von Europa zu
gründen. Geholfen hat sicherlich auch nicht die jüngst
bekannt gewordene unkluge Entscheidung des British Council,
seinerseits nicht weniger als vier Standorte (Hamburg,
Köln, Leipzig, München) in Deutschland zu schließen.

Die Initiative Friends of the Goethe Institute
Manchester wurde vor kurzem ins Leben gerufen, um gegen die
geplante Schließung anzukämpfen. Ähnliche Initiativen
hatten in Italien, in Frankreich schon Erfolg. Deswegen
bitten wir alle Interessierten, die Friends of the Goethe
Institute Manchester zu unterstützen. Eine
Unterschriftenaktion wurde gestartet. Texte, darunter auch
Beitrittsformular der Friends sowie ein Appell, sind übers
Internet zugänglich unter http://www.liv.ac.uk/fogim.
Unterschriften können auch direkt an [log in to unmask]
per e-mail geschickt werden und erscheinen auf der Webseite.

Nicholas Saul i.A. Friends

Interessierte Bürger/innen beider Länder, die die Sorge
der Initiatoren um die Zukunft der englischen Kulturarbeit
in Deutschland teilen, sind aufgerufen, dem Bayreuther
Appell beizutreten, unter
http://www.uni-bayreuth.de/departments/Prinz-Albert-Gesellschaft/.

Bitte weiterleiten!


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Professor N.D.B. Saul
Head
Department of German
Director
Humanities Graduate School (Arts)
University of Liverpool
Modern Languages Building
Chatham Street
GB-Liverpool L69 7ZR

Tel.: 00 44 151 794 2351/2 (Büro)
      00 44 151 428 8614 (privat)
Telefax: 00 44 151 794 2307

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