The School of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises the departments of Arabic, Chinese & Japanese, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, 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. The School's departments 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 non-specialist learners, including students, staff and members of the public, the opportunity to learn a range of languages from beginners to more advanced levels.
The top-ranking School of Modern Languages in the UK
Four of the School's Departments are ranked first in their subject in the 2015 Complete University Guide. Arabic (Middle Eastern & African Studies), French, German and Hispanic Studies (Iberian Languages) have all secured first place, and Italian and Russian are ranked in second place. This league table takes into account four factors: entry standards, student satisfaction, research assessment and graduate prospects.
Wednesday 3 June 2015
- Russian Department Seminar: Professor Jan Levtchenko of Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russian Federation) 'Resort on the Outskirts: the Prerequisites of Moscow-Tartu Semiotic School' 4:00pm, Russkiy Mir Centre, A29, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University
Friday 5 June 2015
- Justice and the Arts Research Group Workshop: Terrorism and Affect 9:30am, Pennington Room, Grey College, Durham University
Thursday 18 June 2015
- Workshop: Visual culture in medical humanities 10:30am, Van Mildert College, Durham University
Monday 22 June 2015
- Centre for Humanities Innovation Durham workshop: The Emerging Humanities: Strategies for the Future 9:00am, IAS Seminar room, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green
Wednesday 1 July 2015
- Colloque International: 'Pour une Réévaluation de la Circulation Manuscrite et Textuelle du Discours de la Servitude Volontaire' 9:00am, Senate Suite, University College, Durham University
- Professor Daniel Newman presents his book The Sultan’s Sex Potions at the Bradford Literary Festival
- Dr Marie Isabel Matthews-Schlinzig and Dr Catherine Moir collaborate with Durham School on Germany’s Confrontation with the Holocaust in a Global Context
- Dr Tom Wynn awarded £23K by the Modern Humanities Research Association
- Dr Annalisa Cipollone appears on Radio 4's Today programme
- Professor Carlo Caruso to deliver the Clara Florio Cooper Memorial Lecture
- Professor Nicholas Saul awarded Fellowship by the Morphomata Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Cologne
- Dr Abir Hamdar interviewed by Jadaliyya about her recent publication: 'The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature'
- Dr Andy Byford [Russian] awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship 'Science of the Child in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia, 1881-1936
- New Publication from Dr Abir Hamdar Islamism and Cultural Expression in the Arab World (Routledge, 2015)
- Conference: Diplomacy and Literary Exchange: England and Italy in the long 18th Century
- Two members of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Professor Jonathan Long and Professor Janet Stewart, have helped to secure a Leverhulme Doctoral Studentships Award in Visual Culture, which brings more than £1million to the University
- Roman Catholic Art in Chile and England: a project funded by Santander Universities