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.
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.
Monday 15 May 2017
- Conference: World Literatures and the New Totalitarianism 1:00pm, IMLR/Senate House, London
Wednesday 17 May 2017
- Ecologies and the Arts Research Group & IMEMS Workshop: Professor Connie Scarborough [Texas Tech University] 3:00pm, Palace Green Learning Centre, Durham
- Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies: Bob Mills (UCL) 'The 'Anthropological Machine' in Medieval Art: Cows, Martyrs & Other Animals' 5:00pm, A56, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University
Thursday 18 May 2017
- Transnationalism Research Group & Centre for Jewish Culture, Society and Politics Lecture: Professor Jonathan Freedman [Michigan] 'Walter Benjamin's Paris, Capital of Jewish Aesthetic Modernity' 5:00pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidans College, Durham University
Wednesday 31 May 2017
- Performance and Performativity Research Group, Opening lecture: Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky (Professor of Media Studies and Gender Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum) 5:00pm, Russkiy Mir Centre, A29, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University
Monday 3 July 2017
- Annual Conference of the Society for French Studies 9:00am, Durham University
- Professor Nicholas Saul has just completed a short lecture tour in North America
- Jonathan Long delivers public lecture at UC Berkeley: Photography and Pacifism in the Weimar Republic
- T M Johnstone archive brought into daylight for Undergraduate Arabists’ Workshop at Palace Green Library
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures celebrates the Persian New Year
- The Fourth Durham Chinese Speech Competition took place on 1 March 2017
- Dr Victoria Ivleva awarded BASEES (British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies) Women's Forum Article/Chapter Prize for 2017
- 5th Postgraduate Colloquium in Translation Studies took place in February 2017
- Durham University co-hosts a new Bigas Luna Tribute in Barcelona