IMLR relaunches with conference on Post-National Modern Languages

Tuesday 15 October 2013

A day of debate and discussion on Saturday, 7 December 2013 will (re)launch the Institute under its new name but will also emphasise its continuing mission to promote and facilitate research in Modern Languages in the UK.

Despite or because of current challenges facing the sector, IMLR is determined to emphasise the pivotal role of Modern Languages in Humanities research. This is due to the obvious multilingualism, internationalism and interdisciplinarity of its work, but also to the fact that its research agendas, along with the professional identities it creates, are marked and shaped by fundamental questions concerning: cultural communication and difference; the local, national and global; the relationships between history, place, and cultural and textual production. We have chosen the topic for today’s discussion in light of the pressing issues that have emerged in recent years concerning our object(s) of study and their new polycentrisms, but also because of the perceived need for much more dialogue between our language areas and the comparative agendas this can generate.

The event, including lunch, refreshments and reception, is free, but advanced registration is essential by close of play on Thursday 28 November. To do this, please contact Dr Christopher Barenberg :; tel.: 020 7862 8738.

We wish to thank the School of Advanced Study for its generous support of this event.

Programme (29.11.2013)