Consistently ranked in the UK top five
This is one of the largest and most successful Schools of Modern Languages in the UK bringing together research in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic, Italian, Japanese and Russian Studies. It is consistently ranked in the top five in national league tables, and as part of Durham University’s renowned Faculty of Arts and Humanities, lies in the world’s top 50 in the QS World University Rankings.
The School’s reach spans Europe, the Arab world, Russophone Eurasia, Hispanic America, and the Far East, and their mutual socio-cultural, intellectual and linguistic relations. The School federates expertise to generate innovative research practices and activities that cross historical, geographical and methodological boundaries.
Our vision is for the School to be known internationally for exercising disciplinary leadership and establishing an integrated intellectual approach to studying and researching in Modern Languages and Cultures in the 21st century. To achieve this vision, we are developing a strong ethos of collaboration based on the idea of translation and transculturality in its widest sense - transmission, interpretation and sharing of languages, ideas and histories.
We are undertaking a full review of our undergraduate curriculum with the aim of further strengthening our flagship BA in Modern Languages and Cultures and are also developing a new BA in Visual Culture and Film. We have also reviewed postgraduate provision and from 2018/2019, will be offering a new taught MA in Languages, Literatures and Cultures, which will run alongside our successful MAs in Translation, and in Visual Arts and Culture.
We are ranked second in the country in most areas in the Complete University Guide and feature in the top 5 in all major national league tables.
Complete University Guide 2017
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The School’s reach spans Europe, the Arab world, Russophone Eurasia, Hispanic America, and the Far East, and their mutual socio-cultural, intellectual and linguistic relations. The School federates expertise to generate innovative research practices and activities that cross historical, geographical and methodological boundaries. The School’s research culture is based around particular strengths in:
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies
- Visual and Performance Studies
- The Sciences and the Humanities
Much research in the School is interdisciplinary, involving areas such as literary study, cultural history, translation studies, philosophy, and film and visual culture. This is facilitated through the university-wide research infrastructure which is particularly supportive of interdisciplinary enquiry. In the School, there are currently seven research groups active or in development: Digital Studies, Ecology and the Arts, Justice and the Arts, Translation, The Life of Texts, Performance and Performativity, and World Cinema and Cosmopolitics.
The School plays a leading role in Faculty and University-wide research groups, including the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Centre for Cultural Ecologies, the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, and the Centre for Medical Humanities, and plays an important role in the University’s prestigious Institute of Advanced Study, which promotes world-class research across the Faculties.
The School is a key contributor to one of four major research programmes to which the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) awarded funding in 2016 as part of its Open World Research Initiative (OWRI).
It is part of a consortium headed by the University of Manchester, which was awarded c. £4 million to develop a large interdisciplinary research programme titled “Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community” (2016 – 2020).
As part of its commitment to local regeneration through internationalisation, the School is engaged in collaborative activities with Auckland Castle Trust around the Spanish Art in County Durham initiative (www.aucklandcastle.org/spanish-gallery)
Durham University has extensive library and special collection holdings in areas of interest to scholars in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.
There are currently just under 50 active researchers in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, divided into eight separate language areas. They are supported by 40 specialist language teachers and 11 members of professional support staff.
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