Commemorating Conflict

Thursday 1 December 2016
One of Europe’s youngest nations and the most recent member-state of the European Union, Croatia, forged its national identity in the so-called Homeland War, the bloody civil conflict that raged between 1991 and 1995 and ultimately led to independence from Yugoslavia. Since then, a culture of war commemoration has emerged that continues to shape and define contemporary Croatia.

First Luisa Selis Fellowship Winner

Tuesday 15 November 2016
We are delighted to announce that Sonita Sarker has been awarded the first Luisa Selis Fellowship. Funded by the Fondazione di Sardegna in memory of anthropologist Luisa Selis, who specialised in the cultural memory of Sardinia, this new Fellowship enables researchers in this field (ethnography, anthropology and/or literature for example) to conduct research at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory  at the Institute of Modern Languages Research  and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Londra  (IIC).

Experimental Narratives Conference Publication

Monday 31 October 2016
A selection of the papers given at the IMLR's Experimental Narratives conference has been published as a special issue of the Journal of Romance Studies   (16.1, 2016), entitled Reading Practices in Experimental Narratives , edited by Emanuela Patti. 

APPG on Modern Languages Launches Checklist

Monday 17 October 2016
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages today launches Brexit and Languages: A Checklist for Government Negotiators and Officials highlighting four essential language-specific objectives of the Brexit process: 1. Guaranteeing residency status for EU nationals already living in the UK and safeguarding future recruitment of EU citizens to address the shortage of language skills 2. Continuing full UK participation in the Erasmus+ programme (noting the examples of  Norway and Switzerland)

The Endings where Cultures Meet - New DAAD/IMLR Writing Competition

Monday 17 October 2016
The DAAD and the IMLR are looking for story-tellers willing to spin a yarn about migration – in German. Following on from the success of the 2014 poetry competition organised in conjunction with the British Museum’s ‘Germany – Memories of a Nation’ exhibition, and the translation competition based on Annett Gröschner’s novel Walpurgistag  in 2015, the IMLR and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are again joining forces to mount the third writing challenge for all learners and lovers of German.

Do We Need a Common Tongue?

Thursday 13 October 2016
Announcing a new £20 million language fund earlier this year, David Cameron argued that English classes would help disenfranchised Muslim women and those ‘more susceptible’ to extremism in Britain’s divided communities. In response, he stood accused of playing ‘dog-whistle politics’ by political opponents and Muslim campaigners, who argued the figures of non-English speakers in the UK have been greatly exaggerated.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Translingual Communities, European Languages and Digital Humanities Wanted

Thursday 13 October 2016
The Institute of Modern Languages Research is seeking a highly qualified, independent and talented Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Translingual Communities, European Languages and Digital Humanities to join a University of London, School of Advanced Study-based research team, led by Professor Catherine Davies and Professor Jane Winters, contributing to the AHRC Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) programme ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community’ (CLDRC).

IMLR Launches Regional Conference Grant

Friday 7 October 2016
The Institute is delighted to announce its new Regional Conference Grant Scheme. The scheme aims to support the study of modern languages outside London, to promote inter-institutional collaborations, and bring together scholars from the wider region as participants or attendees. Two awards are expected to be made each year, with a maximum of £2,000 being awarded per application. Applications for events planned for the period 1 September 2017 to 30 June 2018 are now invited. The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 January 2017. Further details / how to apply

IMLR Celebrates New Blog

Friday 16 September 2016
The IMLR’s blog, Living Languages , has been launched with an inaugural post from our Director, Professor Catherine Davies. Read about what the IMLR can offer you, whether it’s holding an event, hosting a Visiting Fellowship or providing a rich environment to study for a research degree. Subscribe to the blog and you will receive notifications when a new post is published.