The School of Modern Languages houses eight subjects – Arabic, Comparative Literature, French, German, Italian, Persian, Russian and Spanish – three Research Institutes – European Cultural Identity Studies, Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and Eastern European Studies, and Contemporary and Comparative Literature. Some 50 members of staff, 50 postgraduate students and 500 undergraduates come together to form a dynamic and cohesive academic community. Language teaching combines the latest digital technology and a strong emphasis on accuracy and fluency, facilitated by regular small group teaching. Our research and teaching are closely linked, allowing us to draw on world-leading scholarship to teach across an exceptionally broad range of literatures and cultures, from medieval to twenty-first century.
Upcoming conferences and events
Affect and belonging - Galicia and Ireland - 21 March 2014
The Forgotten Years: Post-War Mexico (1848-1853) - 13-15 June 2014
Provisional Conference Programme (PDF, 454 KB)
Invisible Empires: Italy and Economies of Exchange - 18–19 June 2014
‘What is the Contemporary?’ - 1-3 September 2014
a multi-disciplinary international conference hosted by ICCL
Women in French in Scotland: Annual Colloquium 2014 - 19 September 2014
Parliament Hall, University of St Andrews
Khamriyya as a World Poetic Genre: Comparative Perspectives on Wine Poetry in Near and Middle Eastern Literatures - 2-5 October 2014
Call for papers (PDF, 490 KB)
Postgraduate Funding OpportunitiesThe School of Modern Languages is offering funding opportunities for Postgraduate study for 2014/15 September entry.
5 March 2014
ICCL Research Seminar
Prof Julia Vaingurt (University of Illinois, Chicago)
"I drink, therefore I am: immoderate meditations and the poetics of intemperance in Venedikt Erofeev's Moscow to the End of the Line."
4.15pm, Quad 31
5 March 2014
Cineclub Juan Pablo Rebella
"La mirada de Icíar Bollain"
Leo (2000), J L Borau
4pm, School 6
6 March 2014
PG research seminar
"Madame de Genlis (1746-1830): Reconstructing Society in post-Revolutionary France"
"Phraseology in Classic Arabic literature in Al-Andalus"
4.30pm, Arts seminar room 2
7 March 2014
German Research Seminar – Workshop/Poetry reading
Speaker: Jan Wagner
This event will be held in German.
11am, Castlecliff Lecture Room F2
10 March 2014
Russian Research Seminar
"The Secularity of the Novel and the Embarrassment of Dostoevsky's Idiot"
4pm, Buchanan 216