Cross-Language Dynamics Project Opportunities at the IMLR

Wednesday 1 February 2017
In connection with the OWRI AHRC-funded interdisciplinary project, the IMLR is now offering Visiting Fellowships in the field of languages and communities, as well as a Doctoral Studentship in the Culture of Latin American communities in the UK. The research will feed into the  ‘ Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community’  based at the IMLR.

Award of Bithell Prizes

Thursday 26 January 2017
The Bithell Prizes for 2016 have been awarded to  Alyson Richens  and Stephanie Homer . The Alice Emily Bithell Prize , for the best performance in the modern literature papers of the University of London's BA examination, was awarded to Alyson Richens, who completed a BA Honours degree at King’s College London, and achieved grades of over 80 in all her final-year literature papers. Currently on the MSt course at the University of Oxford, Alyson is expected to return to King’s in the autumn to embark on PhD research.

2017-18 Annual Visiting Fellowships Competition Now Open

Wednesday 25 January 2017
The IMLR's annual Fellowships competition offers opportunities for visiting scholars, with or without funding, to conduct research into any field relevant to the work of the Institute. Up to fifteen Visiting Fellowships/Scholarships are available for 2017-18 on a non-stipendiary basis, tenable at the Institute or at one of the IMLR's six research centres: Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies  

New Title in Bithell Series of Dissertations Available

Monday 23 January 2017
Volume 45 in the Institute's 'Bithell Series of Dissertations' is now available.  13th-century author Konrad von Würzburg has long been recognised as an exceptionally self-conscious poet, who frequently reflects on the nature, status and function of poetry, and who at times appears more concerned with the sparkling surface of his discourse than with the events he narrates. Taking these observations as a starting point, Esther Laufer's book is the first comprehensive examination of the metapoetics in his Trojanerkrieg .

'Nina Bouraoui, Autofiction and the Search for Selfhood' Published

Tuesday 13 December 2016
The motif of the ‘identity quest’ features strongly in much contemporary French women’s writing, but nowhere more so than in the work of French-Algerian author Nina Bouraoui. Author of numerous books since 1991 and winner of the 2005 Prix Renaudot , Bouraoui persistently explores the question of self-expression in her work, experimenting with a variety of self-representational modes and emphasising the importance of language to the construction of her sense of self.

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)