School of Modern Languages & Cultures
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures consists of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and the Centre for Foreign Language Study. Its community of academics, teachers and support staff aims to foster a world-class student experience in all its disciplines. Some 80 full-time members of staff are engaged in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, offering expertise in a wide range of subjects, including language, literature, cultural history, cinema and visual culture, and translation; this is reflected also in an exciting range of taught degrees at postgraduate level. Sections within the School figure regularly in the top five in national league tables such as the Good University Guide and the Complete University Guide.
The Centre for Foreign Language Study offers learners not taking a specialist degree in Modern Languages, including students, staff and members of the public, the opportunity to learn a range of languages from beginners to more advanced levels.
A top-ranking School of Modern Languages in the UK
In the recently published Complete University Guide 2018, the School of Modern Languages and Cultures of Durham University is ranked 2nd in French, German, Italian, Hispanic Studies, Middle Eastern and African Studies and Russian & East European Languages, 3rd in East and South Asian Studies (a new entry in the league table). At the institutional level, Durham is currently ranked 6th in the UK.
Wednesday 24 October 2018
- French Seminar Series: Book launch for 'Laforgue, Philosophy, and Ideas of Otherness' 5:00pm, A56 (Elvet Riverside 1), Dr Sam Bootle
Sunday 28 October 2018
- Extinction Elegies: An Evening of Poetry, Music and Ecology 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Hatfield College Chapel
Tuesday 30 October 2018
- MLaC Language Café 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Durham Student Union, Dunelm House
Wednesday 31 October 2018
- School Of Modern Languages & Cultures Work in Progress Seminars: Untrodden Paths: New Discussions in Cultural Research 12:00pm, ER141 (Elvet Riverside 1)
Thursday 8 November 2018
- School Lecture Series: Looking Back at Transnationalizing Modern Languages 4:00pm, ER146 (Elvet Riverside 1), Prof Charles Burdett
Wednesday 14 November 2018
- School Of Modern Languages & Cultures Work in Progress Seminars: New Conversations About Teaching Research and Practices 12:00pm, ER141 (Elvet Riverside 1)
- MLAC graduate’s translation shortlisted for the 2018 National Book Award
- Ribera: Art of Violence Exhibition
- Visualidades en conflicto: Symposium and Exhibition in Mexico City in Memory of Professor Andrea Noble
- Dr Hernández Adrián, International visiting Scholar in Colombia
- The Bigas Luna Tribute San José Declared Event of National Cultural Interest
- Book launch - The Beauty of the Death Cap by Prof Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze
- Abir Hamdar wins Durham University Impact Award
- Disoriental Translation recommended by the New York Times
- Dr Viktoria Ivleva discusses Catherine the Great of Russia on BBC World Service Radio
Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship Competition
The Northern Bridge studentship competition for 2018 has now been launched. For general information see http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk/ or for language area contacts see the postgraduate funding page
Durham in World Top 30 for Arts and Humanities
Durham University has been recognised as a global leader in Arts and Humanities in a prestigious international league table.