Consistently ranked in the UK top five
We are one of the largest and most successful Schools of Modern Languages in the UK, bringing together and teaching in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic, Italian, Japanese and Russian Studies. The School 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, East Asia, and their mutual socio-cultural, intellectual and linguistic relations. We pool our 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 embrace a strong ethos of collaboration based on the idea of translation and transculturality in their widest sense - transmission, interpretation and sharing of languages, ideas and histories.
In April 2018 we established and hosted the inaugural International Conference, 'Our Uncommon Ground'. This was the first in a regular series of UK-based gatherings of the Modern Languages and Cultures research community whose aim is to promote the productive exchange of ideas across existing subject boundaries.
We are introducing exciting changes to our undergraduate curriculum with the aim of further strengthening our flagship BA in Modern Languages and Cultures and the Year Abroad. On the basis of our distinctive research strengths, we run three successful MA programmes in Translation Studies; in Languages, Literatures and Cultures; and in Visual Culture. Our new BA in Visual Arts and Film will welcome its first student cohort in 2019.
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is ranked second in the country in most areas in the Complete University Guide and features in the top 5 in all major national league tables.
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). The Transnational Communities Strand of the initiative is led by Durham University.
To help us deliver our strategic vision, we are seeking to recruit to a number of positions by September 2020.
Chinese studies is a growth area at Durham, and we are seeking to make two appointments in this field. The first is an Assistant Professor (Academic Track) in Chinese Studies. We welcome applications from candidates with specialisms in any area of Chinese Studies that fits with the research strengths of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. We particularly welcome applications from those specialising in the literature, visual culture, and/or art history from any period from the Song to the Qing dynasties. We will also consider candidates with expertise in comparative literary or visual studies.
The second post is an Assistant Professor (Teaching Track) in Chinese Studies and Interpreting / Translation, who will contribute to our undergraduate Chinese Studies programme as well as to the MA in Translation Studies. The successful applicant will have expertise in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at all levels, and in teaching Chinese and English interpreting and translation.
In order to strengthen and further develop our MA in Translation Studies and build on the School’s transcultural approach to Modern Languages, we are also seeking to recruit an Assistant Professor (Academic Track) in Translation Studies and French. The successful candidate will have a research background in intersemiotic translation and the ability to teach translation from English to French and/or vice-versa at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
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|Fixed-Term Teaching Fellow in Translation Studies and French, with expertise in CATS||School of Modern Languages and Cultures||Grade 7 (£33,199-£39,609)|
|Teaching Fellow in Italian||School of Modern Languages and Cultures||Grade 7: (£33,199-£39,609 per annum)|
|Assistant Professor (Teaching) Japanese||School of Modern Languages and Cultures||Grade 7 (£33,199 - £39,609 per annu,|
|Assistant Teaching Fellow in Japanese||School of Modern Languages and Cultures||Grade 6 (£26,243 - £32,236 per annum)|
The School's reach spans Europe, the Arab world, Russophone Eurasia, Hispanic America, East Asia, and their mutual socio-cultural, intellectual and linguistic relations. The School pools expertise to generate innovative research practices and activities that cross historical, geographical and methodological boundaries. The School’s research culture is based around our distinctive 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 by the university-wide research infrastructure which is particularly supportive of interdisciplinary enquiry. In the School, there are currently seven research groups active or under development: Digital Studies, Ecology and the Arts, Transnational Cinema, Translation and Linguistics, The Life of Texts, Performance and Performativity, and Bodies, Texts, Nations.
The School plays a leading role in Faculty and University-wide interdisciplinary 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 Institute of 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 (https://www.aucklandcastle.org/spanish-gallery/) and the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art (https://www.durham.ac.uk/zurbaran/).
Durham University has extensive library and special collection holdings in areas of interest to scholars in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. Of particular note is the exceptional Oriental Museum (https://www.durham.ac.uk/oriental.museum/), which hosts three Designated Collections, recognised by the Arts Council as of national and international pre-eminence. The University also has a distinguished collection of Western art.
Alongside full AV-equipped teaching rooms, the University also has language laboratories equipped with translation software, and a high-specification interpreting suite.
There are currently just under 50 active researchers in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, across eight language areas. They are supported by approximately 40 specialist language teachers and 12 members of professional support staff.
Every research active member of staff is supported by a long-term research advisor who, for instance, offers guidance on funding opportunities and collaborators, comments on draft papers or book proposals, and acts as a sounding board to develop new ideas and research themes, as well as providing more general career development advice.
Learn More: durham.ac.uk/mlac/staff