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.
Thursday 19 October 2017
- Structuring Knowledges: Translating Structures/Structuring Translations: Tricky ‘Originals’ and Literary Translation: A Workshop with Karen Emmerich and Others - Dr Karen Emmerich (Princeton University) 12:00pm, ER207, Elvet Riverside II, Durham University
- Russian Department Seminar: Irwin Weil, Emeritus Professor at Northwestern University 'Boris Godunov, from Pushkin to Mussorgsky, with reference to Shakespeare 1:00pm, Russkiy Mir Centre, A29, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University
- Public Lecture: Structuring Knowledges: Translating Structures/Structuring Translations: Difference at the ‘Origin’, Instability at the ‘Source’: Translation as Translingual Editing – Dr Karen Emmerich (Princeton University) 5:00pm, ER153, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University
Saturday 21 October 2017
- Teikyo University Festival 10:00am to 4:00pm, Lafcadio Hearn Cultural Centre, Teikyo University, Durham
Wednesday 25 October 2017
- Work In Progress Seminar: Dr Dusan Radunovic and Dr Abir Hamdar - Visual Culture from Transnational Perspectives 12:00pm to 1:00pm, ER153, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University
Thursday 26 October 2017
- New Publication from Dr William Schaefer 'Shadow Modernism: Photography, Writing, and Space in Shanghai, 1925-1937' (Duke University Press, 2017)
- New critical edition from Alexandre Burin
- Seven job vacancies in Modern Languages
- Dr Luke Sunderland's new book published
- New Play on Cancer by Abir Hamdar
- Tyneside Cinema and Durham University present 'What's Left? A Century in Revolution' (29 September-8 October)
- Tina Kover (O'Donnell) - translation of Manette Salomon by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
- Visiting Professorship for Dr Dusan Radunovic at the Higher School of Economics in Russia
- Dr Rebekah Clements awarded a Major ERC Starting Grant
- Durham student blogs about Voltaire
- New Bigas Luna Tribute in Mexico City this August
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