2019 Alice Emily Bithell Prize-Winners Announced

Friday 17 July 2020
The Alice Emily Bithell Prize for 2019 has been jointly awarded to Sophie Kellam and Romney Wood. The Prize, established in memory of Dr Alice Emily Bithell of Birkbeck College, is awarded annually for the best performance in modern literature papers in German at BA level. Sophie Kellam was awarded a First Class degree in German and Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London.

UK-Wide National Languages Strategy Launched

Wednesday 8 July 2020
The British Academy, AHRC, ASCL, British Council, and UUKK have launched their proposals today for a UK-wide national languages strategy with the publication of ‘ Towards a National Languages Strategy: Education and Skills’ , with recommendations for actions to be taken over the next five years.

'Disorderly Eating' Seminar Proceedings Now Available

Tuesday 7 July 2020
The papers given at the CCWW seminar entitled  ‘Disorderly Eating: Food and Disruption in Contemporary Women’s Writing’, held on 1 December 2017, have just appeared as a Special Issue of the Journal of Romance Studies (20.2).

'Rethinking "Minor Literatures"' Articles Now Available

Thursday 18 June 2020
The latest in Modern Languages Open ’s Special Collections series probes Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s much-debated notion of ‘minor literature’ in the context of contemporary Jewish writing by women writers situated within the German-language literary landscape, highlighting both new issues in German Jewish literature and culture and innovative approaches to the framework of ‘minor literature’.

Kaha Mohamed Aden joins CCWW Author Pages

Thursday 18 June 2020
Kaha Mohamed Aden. Still from the documentary La quarta via. Mogadiscio, Italia (2012) © Simone Brioni Kaha Mohamed Aden is the latest in the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women Writers' dedicated author pages.

IMLR Students Write on the Kindertransport in Jewish Historical Studies

Thursday 30 April 2020
IMLR PhD students Stephanie Homer and Angharad Mountford have both had articles published in volume 51 of the open-access journal Jewish Historical Studies . Download their articles here: Stephanie Homer: The resilience of the refugee: how Kindertransport memoirs complicate understandings of 'resilience' . Angharad Mountford: 'All the leaves have lost their trees': the Kindertransport as an experience of uprooting in the poetry of Gerda Mayer .

AMLUK established as a Special Interest Group of UCML

Tuesday 28 April 2020
The AMLUK Special Interest Group (Alliance of Modern Languages, Area Studies and Linguistics Subject Associations UK) was formed with the goal of fostering discussion across three subject areas with porous boundaries: Modern Languages, Area Studies, and Linguistics. This Special Interest Group emerged out of those conversations with the intention of bringing together these disciplinary fields more formally to explore common ground, with a particular focus on research strategy, identity and delivery.

UCML launches Specialist Interest Group for ECRs

Friday 24 April 2020
The University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) is pleased to announce the creation of a Special Interest Group for Early Career Academics . The main initiative on the agenda for the immediate future is the creation of an Early Career Charter that will be shaped by members of the SIG. UCML is looking forward to involving a broad range of people who self-identify as ECAs, with the goal of representing the diverse community in Modern Languages.

A Virtual Encounter between Andrea Grill and Tess Lewis

Wednesday 15 April 2020
Author Andrea Grill (© Andrea Grill) and Translator Tess Lewis (© Sarah Shatz) With the scheduled Encounter between Andrea Grill and Tess Lewis postponed, in this virtual Encounter author and translator offer a glimpse into their creative process with an online conversation discussing their work. This digital exchange gives a fascinating insight into the working relationship between the two, as well as the practical and theoretical aspects of translation.

Literature in Lockdown. Seán Williams in Conversation with Benjamin Quaderer

Wednesday 15 April 2020
Benjamin Quaderer © Jens Oellermann Liechtenstein may be a country that is only 15 miles long in real life, but it now spans over 500 pages of Benjamin Quaderer's first novel  Für immer die Alpen (Forever the Alps). Inspired by the case of the data thief - or whistleblower? - Heinrich Kieber and the 2008 tax scandal, Quaderer has written a story of international intrigue. But the book is also about the identity of a locality, nestled between Austria and Switzerland.