News and Events - Academic Term 2017/2018

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!!! Renovations of Block A, Newman Building - New office locations !!!

‌Due to the upcoming renovations in Newman Building, Block A (second and third floor) the School Office and some members of our staff had to be relocated on an interim basis. Read more ->


14th December 2017

Graduate Talks Day 2017

The first SLCL Graduate Talks symposium was held in Newman on December 13, 2017. The day comprised research talks by no fewer than twelve members of the current SLCL PhD student cohort. One of the Talks was conducted via Skype from Brittany and one speaker came from Sligo, while a number of staff members connected to hear the speakers via Skype. Students were at all stages in their research trajectory, from newly-registered students to 2nd year scholars and one student poised to write his final drafts. Read more ->

13th December 2017

Launch of new pathways in 2018

2018 will see the launch of an exciting new four-year BA Humanities degree to complement UCD’s existing BA and our School’s flagship programme the BA International Modern Languages. Read more ->

8th December 2017

Launch of UCD Alumni Chapter in France

In the presence of H.E. Patricia O' Brien, Ambassador of Ireland to France, Prof Michael Brophy, Head of UCD French and Francophone Studies, helped launch the UCD Alumni Chapter in France at the Embassy of Ireland in Paris on Thursday 30 November 2017. Prof Brophy addressed some 140 attendees from a wide range of UCD disciplines. There are currently an estimated 1,500 alumni in France and the Chapter, in conjunction with UCD Alumni Relations, aims to build up a solid and vibrant network serving all of its members who contribute in diverse ways to French and wider continental society and culture. Read more ->

4th December 2017

Graduate Talks Day

The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics is delighted to invite you to attend the SLCL Graduate Talks Day on Wednesday 13th December in A315, Newman Building from 9.15am-3.30pm.


1st December 2017

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion - Consultation Days

Associate Professor Derval Conroy and Professor Mary Gallagher will be talking at the 2-day festival of consultation and learning, taking place this December in the UCD Sutherland School of Law.

Their talks will take place on Thursday, 7th December:

13.15: Associate Professor Derval Conroy, UCD School of Languages, Culture and Linguistics ‘The Equality Debate: An Historical Approach’

15.00: Professor Mary Gallagher, School of Language, Culture and Linguistics: 'How can Irish and European Universities best defend the value of linguistic and cultural diversity, equality and inclusion in a HE Environment dominated by Globish?'

More information can be found here.


27th November 2017

CONFERENCE: Baudelaire’s Afterlives: Immortality and its Discontents

One-Day Symposium at National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 organized by UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics on 15th December 2017

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Charles Baudelaire, who remains one of the most celebrated French writers of the nineteenth century. It is far from clear what Baudelaire himself might have made of his posthumous reputations as poet, critic, translator and theorist of modernity. In campaigning for a seat in the Académie française, he apparently aspired to join its community of literary ‘Immortals’, yet he was also haunted by the intolerable prospect that spleen and ennui might pursue him beyond the grave. In Baudelaire’s mind, there was a risk that immortality might take the form not of the reassuring recognition of posterity, but rather that of the restlessness of the undead. Read more ->

21st November 2017

UCD French Society welcomes the French Ambassador to Ireland Stéphane Crouzat

Hosted by the UCD French Society, the French Ambassador to Ireland Stéphane Crouzat gave a talk entitled 'Brexit and Franco-Irish Relations" on Thursday 16 November in Th. O, Newman Building.


20th November 2017

Constructing the Equality of the Sexes in Seventeenth-Century France

An international conference entitled 'Constructing the Equality of the Sexes in Seventeenth-Century France' was organised by Dr Derval Conroy, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, on 25-26th October in the NUI, Merrion Square. The aim of the conference, which brought together speakers from Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and the US, was primarily to examine the role of the ideas of seventeenth-century France in the development of the philosophical and political underpinnings of what we now call gender equality.

‌Pictured at the 'Constructing Equality in the Early Modern Period' conference, 25-26 October, (L-R) Prof. Siep Stuurman, Utrecht University, Dr Derval Conroy, UCD, Prof. Marie-Frédérique Pellegrin, Université de Lyon 3, M. Marc Daumas, Cultural Services, Embassy of France in Ireland

Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland annual conference 2020

We would like to congratulate Dr Tara Plunkett and her colleagues in Spanish & Portuguese Studies on their successful application to host the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland annual conference in 2020.

Please find more information on the conference here.

College Awareness Week

A nation-wide college awareness week is taking place from 20th to 24th November: Public events in UCD will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening from 6pm from English, Art History, Classics, Folklore, History -- including a poetry slam, tour of the classics and folklore museum and a lecture on "Why Read".

Dr Mary Farrelly will be holding an interactive workshop on cultural exchange on Tuesday, 21st November at 7pm in the Access & Lifelong Learning Centre, UCD.

16th November 2017

HH Stewart Literary Scholarships and Prizes

Congratulations to our NUI award-winners for their recent wonderful successes within the Dr H H Stewart Literary Scholarships and Prizes programme, awards based on the results of the First Arts exams nationally, across all the NUI constituent universities. 

The recipients were Clíona nic Lochlainn (awarded both the Scholarship in Italian, and a commendation in French); Aine Burns (awarded Second Prize in German); and Mairead O'Driscoll (awarded Third Prize in Italian). 

Pictured here at the awards ceremony in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham (L to R): Dr Derval Conroy, Associate Professor of French, Clíona nic Lochlainn, Mairead O'Driscoll,  Aine Burns, Dr Ursula Fanning, Associate Professor and Head of Italian

15th November 2017

EVENT: Austria: tradition and change

The event "Austria: tradition and change" took place on 13th November in our School. We would like to thank the Austrian Embassy, the Ambassador Dr. Helmut Freudenschuss and Ulrike Schöller from the Irish-Austrian society for their visit. Read more ->

13th November

French Film Festival, Irish Film Institute

As part of the retrospective devoted to the work of cult director Jean-Pierre Melville, Douglas Smith will be introducing two films:

Le Silence de la mer (The Silence of the Sea) (Saturday 18 November at 1.30) and Bob le flambeur (Bob the Gambler) (Sunday 19 November at 1.00).

SLCL Research Forum: 17 November, 3.00-4.45, A318

The next meeting of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Forum will take place on: Friday 17 November, 3.00–4.45, in A 318

Three recently appointed colleagues will be presenting aspects of their research:

  • Pascale Baker, ‘New Century, New Bandits?: Robin Hood and the Narcos’
  • Manu Braganca, ‘Theoretical reflections on historical characters in fiction, in general, and Adolf Hitler in French novels, in particular’
  • Phil Entwistle, ‘Building Social Capital in Urban China: The Case of Young Middle-Class Protestants’

All are welcome.

CALL FOR PAPERS: TURMOIL / DANS LA TOURMENTE: Instability and Insecurity in Eighteenth-Century France

International, interdisciplinary conference at the Humanities Institute, UCD Dublin: September 7-8, 2018

Read more->


26th October 2017

UCD Undergraduate Open Day

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18th October 2017

Temporary School Office Hours from 19th - 24th October 2017

EVENT: Il Teatro Emigrato presents 'Il dovere del Medico' by Luigi Pirandello

Place: UCD, NT2 theatre
Date: Monday, 23rd October 2017
Time: 7pm


6th October 2017

Book Launch Ressentiment

You are most warmly invited to the launch by Dr Douglas Smith (UCD) of Jeanne Riou/Mary Gallagher (eds), Ressentiment. On the Limits of Criticism and the Limits of its Critics.

DATE: 12th October 2017
VENUE: Books Upstairs Bookshop, 17, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2
TIME: 6:30pm

Dowlnload invitation here

CONFERENCE: Constructing the equality of the sexes in the early modern period

International Conference, 25th-26th October 2017, NUI

The concept of equality as an intellectual category, and a realizable aim for humanity, remains for many scholars today associated with the eighteenth century. Yet in recent decades, historians of ideas have increasingly acknowledged the role of the seventeenth century in the evolution of egalitarian ideas, despite the dominant mindset of hierarchy and binarism prevalent at the time. The aim of this conference is to examine the ways in which an equality between the sexes is constructed, conceptualised, envisaged, imagined, dramatized, realized or dismissed in early modern France, whilst allowing for the concomitant ambiguities and limitations inevitable within the paradigms of the period. Read more ->

4th October 2017

EVENT: Chinese - Just Another Modern Foreign Language? - Wednesday, 11th October 2017, 1pm

In this talk Gerda Wielander, Head of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Westminster and Associate Professor in Chinese Studies, will address the following questions. Can Chinese be integrated into a standard MFL programme? Is it reasonable to expect similar levels of attainment in European languages and Chinese after three or four years of study? What role can Chinese play in the Modern Languages sector, and what are the main challenges for the sector more widely over the next few years and what role can Chinese play in raising the profile of Languages more widely? The speaker will draw on her work at the University of Westminster, her involvement with the British Association for Chinese Studies, and her previous role at University Council for Modern Languages to answer these questions. She will also present the curriculum structure at Westminster as one example of how the study of European and non-European languages can be successfully integrated.

Wednesday, 11th October 2017  A318, Newman Building, 1pm [Download poster]

3rd October 2017

PUBLICATION: Italian Women's Autobiographical Writings in the Twentieth Century: Constructing Subjects by Assoc Prof Ursula Fanning

This book highlights the centrality of the autobiographical enterprise to Italian women’s writing through the twentieth century—a century that has frequently been referred to as the century of the self. Ursula Fanning addresses the thorny issue of essentialism potentially involved in underlining links between women’s writing and autobiographical modes, and ultimately rejects it in favor of an argument based on the cultural, linguistic, and literary marginalization of women writers within the Italian context.

Ursula Fanning (2017) Italian Women's Autobiographical Writings in the Twentieth Century: Constructing Subjects. New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson university press

UCD Japan Fair - We need to talk about Patrick Lafcadio Hearn

A talk by Prof Mary Gallagher on "Patrick Lafcadio Hearn" the Irishman that "every Japanese person knows!" on Thursday 5th October, 6pm in Theatre 1, Newman Building.

The UCD Japan Fair will run on the Belfield Campus from 28th September to 12th October to highlight and support links between UCD and various partners in Japan. There are a variety of events to choose from - Samurai Warriors to World Rugby, Sushi making to Modern Japanese Culture, A.I. & Robots to Japanese Chess combined with sessions on Research and Exchange opportunities. 

Download the whole programme here.

2nd October 2017

UCD Career Mentoring Programme

Are you starting to think about what you might do after your degree? Maybe you already have a clear idea or maybe you are not so sure. To help you define, or refine, your approach to your future, UCD has developed a Career Mentoring Programme, managed by the UCD Career Development Centre and UCD Alumni Relations. Read more->


27th September 2017

EVENT: SLCL Foreign Film Series 

The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics would like to invite you to the Foreign Film Series. In association with the UCD Cinema we will be screening one movie a month. Read more->

26th September 2017

EVENT: Argentine Film Festival - Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th September

The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics invites you to the Argentine Film Festival on Wednesday, 27th and Thursday, 28th September 2017. On Wednesday we will be showing Widows on Thursdays in Theatre O (Newman Building) at 6pm and on Thursday we will be showing Cassandra at 6pm in the same place. The Thursday film will be preceded by a wine reception at 5pm in A318 (not A108). We are delighted to be welcoming H.E. Dr. Laura Bernal, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic, to the wine reception.

All are welcome.

Please download the flyer here.

26th September 2017

Congratulations to Aoife Ní Chroidheain (Graduate - BA International Modern Languages)

We would like to congratulate Aoife Ní Chroidheain who has been highly commended in the 2017 Undergraduate Awards as one of 15 students in the Language and Linguistics category. The other students in the category are from all over the world, including Australia, US, Hong Kong, UK and Israel. Aoife graduated in September 2017 with a degree in Modern Languages and is off to Oxford to start an MA in German this September.

We wish her all the best for her future academic endeavours.

21st September 2017

Machinae pictae - Idea and image of the machine in Renaissance Italy

The UCD Foundation for Italian Studies was delighted to host Prof. Paolo Galluzzi, Director of the Museo Galileo in Florence, who gave a stimulating, informative and visually fascinating talk on 'Machinae Pictae: Idea and Image of the Machine in Renaissance Italy' on Wednesday September 20th 2017. It was great to see past and present students, colleagues and some members of the UCD science community present at the event.

8th September 2017

Congratulations to Dr Gillian Pye and Dr Siobhan Donovan

We would like to congratulate Dr Gillian Pye and Dr Siobhan Donovan on the successful completion of the Diploma in Teaching and Learning 2015-2017.

8th September 2017

Undergraduate prize in the annual Society for Pirandello Studies essay competition

Ms Helen Grixti, Major in Italian Studies and Art History, has won the undergraduate prize in the annual Society for Pirandello Studies essay competition, with an essay on the most important stylistic feature in the Modernist novel, referencing the work of Luigi Pirandello and Federigo Tozzi.  The essay was originally part of the coursework for ITAL 30020 on Italian Modernist Fiction, convened by Dr Ursula Fanning in Italian Studies. Helen's essay will be published in the next issue of the journal Pirandello Studies.

We would like to congratulate Ms Grixti on her achievement!

7th September 2017

CONFERENCE: Dictators and Degenerates: Modernism, Fascism and the Pursuit of Culture

'Dictators and Degenerates: Modernism, Fascism and the Pursuit of Culture' is an interdisciplinary International Conference organised by the School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics, taking place at the Humanities Institute Friday 15th - Saturday 16th September.  The conference will open with an inaugural event at the Hugh Lane Gallery on Thursday 14th September titled 'Points of Departure: International Perspectives on Irish Modernism'. Read more ->


31st August 2017

The Helga and Hugh Staunton Scholarship (German) - Applications now open

The Helga and Hugh Staunton Scholarship was launched in 2004. The scholarship is valued at up to EUR5000 per annum and is awarded to a registered postgraduate student of proven academic excellence who wishes to pursue postgraduate studies in German at UCD. Applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in German will also be considered. Read more->

29th August 2017

EVENT: Book presentation: From Borges to Nolan: Inception and Postmodern Representation

Javier Campo, with the support of the Argentine Embassy, will be visiting to present his recent book: From Borges to Nolan: Inception and Postmodern Representation on Wednesday 6th September at 1pm in the Humanities Institute. The presentation with film clips and a Q & A at the end will last approximately 1 hour.

Javier Campo has sent the following filmography of Christopher Nolan's films for those interested to watch before the talk.

18th August 2017

EVENT: Machinae pictae - Idea and image of the machine in Renaissance Italy

Professor GalluzziThe Foundation for Italian Studies would like to invite  you to a talk by Paolo Galluzzi, historian of science, and Director of the Museo Galileo, Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza in Florence. 

The talk is part of the Foundation for Italian Studies series of lectures, entitled  'Italy's Golden Ages'

20th September , 6.30pm, NT1, Newman Building, UCD

17th August 2017

Print Culture in Early Modern France, edited by Associate Professor Derval Conroy and Prof. Jean-Paul Pittion launched in NUI, 18th May

On Thursday 18th May, the launch of a special issue of the Irish Journal of French Studies, no. 16 (2016) entitled Print Culture in Early Modern France, took place in the NUI building on Merrion Square. Read more ->

14th August 2017

New undergraduate modules in Chinese Studies available for the academic year 2017-18

The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics is pleased to announce the following undergraduate modules for the academic year 2017-18. Read more ->

13th August 2017

Call for Papers: State and Society Under Xi Jinping: The First Five Years

The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Autumn 2017 marks five years since Xi Jinping acceded to the position of General Secretary of the Communist Party. This one-day workshop will bring together academics and other China professionals to examine developments in China’s politics and society over this period. Read more ->