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14th June 2018

Aligning Language Assessment in Higher Education with the Common European Framework (CEFR): A Quality Assurance Approach

Aligning Language Assessment in Higher Education with the Common European Framework (CEFR): A Quality Assurance Approach was the subject of a seminar on Friday 9 June in Maynooth University, jointly organised by Siobhán Donovan (UCD, German Studies, SLCL) and Aoife Ní  Ghloinn (Centre for Irish-Language Research, Teaching and Testing, Maynooth University) and funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and the Centre for Irish-Language Research, Teaching and Testing at Maynooth University. Read more ->

7th June 2018

UCD Festival: Reading Beyond Borders

‌At the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics we are passionate about exploring what culture means and finding out about how communication works. Stories are powerful – they help us to articulate who we are but they can also help us to see through other eyes or to escape to new horizons. In this exhibition we share with you some of our favourite books in translation: good reads from around the world that will transport you to other times, places and states of mind.

9th June 2018, 12pm to 5pm, Newman Building (opposite Theatre P & Q)

All Welcome (free entry)


Ajiaco, Rum and Coffee: Food and Identity in Leonardo Padura’s Detective Fiction

A new edited collection entitled "Blood on the Table: Essays on Food in  International Crime Fiction" has just been published with McFarland Books. It contains a chapter written by Dr Diana Battaglia titled Ajiaco, Rum and Coffee: Food and Identity in Leonardo Padura’s Detective Fiction. 

'This is the first book to focus explicitly on the semiotics of food in crime fiction. Tackling the subject from a multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective, it includes approaches from cultural studies, food studies, media studies and crime fiction studies.  The collection offers readings, across a range of media, of twentieth- and twenty-first-century crime fiction from Australia, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, the UK, and the US. Authors studied include Anthony Bourdain, Arthur Upfield, Sara Paretsky, Andrea Camilleri, Fred Vargas, Ruth Rendell, Stieg Larsson, Leonardo Padura, Georges Simenon, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, and Donna Leon. Television productions analyzed here include the Inspector Montalbano series (1999-ongoing), the Danish-Swedish Bron/Broen (2011[The Bridge]), and its remakes The Tunnel (2013, France/UK) and The Bridge (2013, USA).'

For more information: 
(opens in a new window)https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/blood-on-the-table/

writeAUT Literature Competition 2018

Our finalists of the writeAUT Literature Competition 2018 had the pleasure to attend the award ceremony in the Austrian Cultural Forum London on the 20th of April. It was a sunny day filled with creative vibes, intellectual achievements and the joy of browsing through literature, film and music prizes, which were handed over to the finalists of German studies students from Ireland, Scotland and England. The first prize was a weekend trip to Vienna! Read more ->

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30th April 2018

Good luck to all our Final-Year French students, the Class of 2018!

We are wishing good luck to this year's Final-Year French students for the upcoming exams and their future endeavours.

24th April 2018

German: Made in Austria

The event 'German: Made in Austria' took place on Wednesday, 28th of March at 5pm and was organised and presented by our OEAD Lektorin Anneliese Rieger. Students at the event discussed the differences between Austrian/German, Swiss/German and German/German as well as how to effectively use a monolingual German dictionary.

Presentations on Switzerland and Austrian idioms were given by Dr Siobhán Donovan and Prof Herbert Herzmann (Emeritus, Senior Lecturer in German at UCD).

18th April 2018

TALK: Vanitas Imagery in Still Lifes with Musical Instruments: the Case of Evaristo Baschenis

16th April 2018

Book Launch: Mystical Islam and Cosmopolitanism in German Literature

You are invited to attend the launch of Mystical Islam and Cosmopolitanism in Contemporary German Literature: Openness to Alterity by Joseph Twist (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2018). Details of the book can be found (opens in a new window)here.

Location: Goethe-Institut (62 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2)

Time: 27th April at 18.00

5th April 2018

Guest Speaker Talk: Diderot et le texte comme laboratoire de pensée

You are all cordially invited to come hear a talk on Diderot in French by Dr Margaux Whiskin (Warwick) next Tuesday 10 April @12pm in Newman Theatre 1. The talk will take place within the framework of the final year module FR30280 Diderot: Creative Iconoclast.

3rd April 2018

READING: Renate Ahrens - Alles, was folgte (2017)

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22nd March 2018

writeAUT - Literaturwettbewerb / Literature competition 2018

We happily announce that Áine Burns, Caoimhe Donnelly, Amelia Goonerage and Daire Hannon are 4 out of 17 nominees for this years writeAUT essay writing competition prize, in which 9 universities from Ireland, Scotland and England participated.

The winner will be announced on the 20th April in the Culture Forum of the Austrian Embassy in London. The first prize is a weekend trip to Vienna! 

The online-voting for the winner is still going on, go online and vote for your favorite text! 

(opens in a new window)http://writeaut.at

Congratulations to Áine, Caoimhe, Amelia and Daire!!!

15th March 2018

The do's and don'ts of Impact: The Transnationalizing Faith Project as a Case Study in Reaching Non-Academic Audiences

Dr James Hodkinson (Warwick) invites you to look at Islam through the eyes of the German-speaking world in his exhibition TRANSNATIONALIZING FAITH from 3rd–4th April in the Newman Building (ground floor concourse).

Accompanying talks by Dr Hodkinson:
•Introductory talk on 3rdApril, pm in F103A (Newman Building)
•Talk on academic impact and outreach on 4th April, 14-16.00 in the Humanities Institute. You can find more information HERE.

Film screening with the Turkish-German director Neco Çelik

You are invited to a free film screening with the Turkish-German director Neco Çelik, taking place at the German Ambassador's Residence on 27th March 2018, 6.30pm. The films are in German without English subtitles, so a good grasp of the language is needed.

Further details about the director, the event, and how to sign up can be found here: (opens in a new window)https://germaninireland.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/film-screening-with-neco-celik/

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26th February 2018

German Colours Debate 2018: Irland soll in die Nordsee verlegt werden

We would like to congratulate this year's winners of the German Colour debate! The team from University College Dublin could claim the win, (from left to right) Graínne Ní Fhrighil, Ellen Walsh, James Wyatt, Sophie Bonvicsini Bennett, Emily Lennon (Kapitänin)

The debate took place on 21st February at 7pm in Trinity College.

21st February 2018

Cambridge Undergraduate Conference in German Studies

We would like to congratulate Seán O Keeffe and Juliet McFadden on their successful attendance at the recent Cambridge Undergraduate Conference in German Studies which took place on Saturday, 10th February 2018.

Read Seán's thoughts on the conference here.

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31st January 2018

Talk: Connections and Contacts on the Global Stage: Contemporary Quebec and Irish Theatre‌

‌The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics and The School of English, Drama and Film are pleased to present The James M. Flaherty Lecture. The talk on 'Connections and Contacts on the Global Stage: Contemporary Quebec and Irish Theatre' will be given by Professor Jane Koustas (Brock University, Ontario) on Thursday 22 February, 4 pm in the UCD Humanities Institute (H204).

This lecture has been made possible by a James M Flaherty Visiting Professorship from the Ireland Canada University Foundation, with the assistance of the Government of Canada

Oxford Book Launch: Italian Women's Autobiographical Writings in the Twentieth Century

The TORCH Gender and Authority research network and the Italian Postgraduate Seminars invite to the launch of Dr Ursula Fanning's Italian Women's Autobiographical Writings in the Twentieth Century. The book launch will be held in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages Building in 47 Wellington Square, Oxford on Monday, February 5th at 5.15pm.

More information can be found (opens in a new window)here.

29th January 2018

Knowledge across Boundaries: Women, Translation, and Scholarship in Italy’s Long Eighteenth Century

A lecture by Helena Sanson Reader in Italian Language, Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Clare College Against the background of Italy’s multilingual and multicultural context, this lecture investigates the role of women translators in the circulation of ideas and the dissemination of knowledge in the long Eighteenth century. Engaging in translation has at times been deemed a less threatening way for women to contribute to an otherwise hostile literary environment, a compromise between their artistic aspirations and the perils involved with authorship of imaginative literature. Research on the topic shows, however, that this understanding of the role of translation for women is limiting: far from being an ancillary activity, Italian women of letters often devoted themselves to translation as a means of expressing their scholarship, erudition, or civil engagement.

Date: Friday 9th February 2018
Time: 2 to 3.30pm
Place: UCD, Newman Building, Room G109

The event is organized by Francesco Lucioli (UCD) and generously supported by: Italian Institute of Culture, Dublin UCD Foundation for Italian Studies UCD School of Languages Cultures and Linguistics

Conduct Literature for and about Women in Italy 1470-1900:Prescribing and Describing Life, edited by Helena Sanson and Francesco Lucioli (Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2016)

The volume offers a fascinating insight into the changing role of women across the centuries, by tracing some of the main features of conduct texts in the Italian tradition, from the last decades of the fifteenth century to the postunification period.

Book launch with Dr Ursula Fanning (UCD), Dr Francesco Lucioli (UCD), Dr Helena Sanson (University of Cambridge, Clare College)
Date: Thursday 8th February 2018
Time: 6.30 pm
Place: Italian Institute of Culture, 11 Fitzwilliam Square East, D 2

The event is generously supported by: Italian Institute of Culture, Dublin, UCD Foundation for Italian Studies & UCD School of Languages Cultures and Linguistics

25th January 2018

SLCL welcomes Professor Jane Koustas, M. Flaherty Visiting Professor

French and Francophone Studies, SLCL is delighted to host Professor Jane Koustas from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario. Professor Koustas currently holds the James M. Flaherty Visiting Professorship through the Ireland Canada University Foundation. This is a “a premiere international exchange programme commemorating Canada’s former Minister for Finance, and great friend of Ireland, James M. Flaherty”. The programme funds two Canadian and two Irish visiting professors to pursue research, to develop networks, and to promote collaboration between the two countries.

Professor Koustas’ research project entitled “Contemporary Quebec and Irish Theatre: National Identity and Global Reach” examines the global trajectory, success, impact, and focus of contemporary Irish and Quebec theatre, tracing their growth from nationalistically motivated drama to global theatre in which identity, citizenship and belonging are fluid concepts. The study engages a reconsideration of the nation/performance relationship in both contexts.  Professor Koustas considers primarily, though not exclusively, the globalisation of Frank McGuinness and Marina Carr (Ireland) and Larry Tremblay and Carole Fréchette (Quebec) whose work, while anchored in the national context, rejects or defies the nationalist label.

Bock launch: Italian Women's Autobiographical Writings in the Twentieth Century

We would like to congratulate Assoc Prof Ursula Fanning on the publication of her book Italian Women's Autobiographical Writings in the Twentieth Century: Constructing Subjects. The volume was presented by Prof. Sharon Wood, Professor Emerita of Italian at the University of Leicester. The launch took place on 23rd January in the (opens in a new window)Istituto Di Cultura - Dublino and was followed by a reception.

23nd January 2018

Workshop: "Aligning university languages assessments with the Common European Framework of Reference for the Languages (CEFR): a quality assurance approach".

Maynooth University, Friday 8 June 2018, 9.30-17.00 (exact location on campus TBC)

This workshop, jointly organised by SLCL and the Department of Modern Irish in Maynooth, is targeted at those teaching and assessing languages at higher-education institutions in Ireland who would like guidance on how to apply the CEFR and ensure quality language assessment in their contexts. It will consist of keynote talks by leading experts on the CEFR, Dr Enrica Piccardo and Dr Brian North; a hands-on workshop using the newly developed online tool for self-evaluation of CEFR-related teaching and assessment; presentations on best practice in assessment in Irish higher-level institutions, and a roundtable, including a discussion of the implications of the recently published Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education, 2017-2026. For further information contact (opens in a new window)siobhan.donovan@ucd.ie or (opens in a new window)aoife.nighloinn@mu.ie.

Funded by the National Forum for Teaching and Learning, Seminar Series scheme for 2017-18.

22nd January 2018

Book Launch: Italian Women's Autobiographical Writings in the Twentieth Century

You are warmly invited to the launch of Italian Women's Autobiographical Writings in the Twentieth Century: Constructing Subjects by Ursula Fanning (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017). The volume will be presented by Prof. Sharon Wood, Professor Emerita of Italian at the University of Leicester who has published widely in the areas of modern Italian fiction and theatre, and is especially interested in women's writing.

The launch takes place at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 23rd January in the Italian Institute, and will be followed by a reception.

Guest lecture: What is Neo-Capitalism? On Pier Paolo Pasolini's Petrolio.

The Foundation for Italian Studies is holding a guest lecture on Wednesday, 7th February at 6.30 in Th. Q, Newman Building, UCD. The lecture " What is Neo-Capitalism? On Pier Paolo Pasolini's Petrolio" will be given by Federico Luisetti, Associate Professor of Italian Culture and Society at the University of St. Gallen. Frederico Luisetti is the author of books and essays on critical theory, literature, and visual studies, including (opens in a new window)The Anomie of the Earth: Philosophy, Politics, and Autonomy in Europe and the Americas (with John Pickles and Wilson Kaiser, eds., Duke University Press, 2015).

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14th December 2017

Graduate Talks Day 2017

The first SLCL Graduate Talks symposium was held in Newman on December 13, 2017. 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.  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.

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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 (opens in a new window)here.

College Awareness Week

A nation-wide college awareness week is taking place from 20th to 24th November: (opens in a new window)https://www.collegeaware.ie/ 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).

(opens in a new window)http://ifi.ie/frenchfest

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->

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26th October 2017

UCD Undergraduate Open Day

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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 ‌.

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->

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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 (opens in a new window)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 ->

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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 ->

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