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Configuring ‘World Theatre’

Date: 20-21 June 2019

Venue: Project Room (1.06), 50 George Square, Edinburgh

A two-day conference on Gaining Global Perspectives on Transnational and Intercultural Drama and Performance.

Organisers: Dr Julia Prest and Dr Michael Wood

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Configuring World Theatre

Invented Tradition: Russian Realism as Will and Representation

Annual conference of the 19th-century study group of the British Association for Slavic and Eastern European Studies (BASEES)

Date: 17 June 2019
Venue: Parliament Hall, St Andrews

Keynote speaker: Dr Hilde Hoogenboom, Arizona State University

Organiser: Dr Margarita Vaysman,

Conference web site:

Cross-Sector Annual Conference on New Perspectives on Language Teaching and Learning

Date: 15 June 2019

Venue: University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building

The Applied Languages section of School of Humanities at the University of Dundee, the School of Modern Languages of the University of St Andrews and the University of Aberdeen are hosting the Cross-Sector Annual Conference on New Perspectives on Language Teaching and Learning, on Saturday, 15 June 2019 at the University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building.

The theme of the conference is “Widening Participation” and itseeks to explore widening participation in its widest sense in relation to Modern Languages and language learning, from encouraging language uptake amongst learners from all backgrounds, to reflecting on different approaches to and techniques of ab initio language teaching.

We welcome proposals for workshops as well as presentations of projects on innovative ways of teaching Modern Languages at school and at university level.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Creative skills
  • Enterprise
  • Technology-enhanced learning (TEL)
  • Independent learning
  • Innovative assessment
  • Peer feedback
  • Translation and interpreting skills
  • Bilingualism and multilingualism in the classroom
  • Transition from school to university
  • Innovative approaches to ab initio teaching
  • The pros and cons of streaming
  • Developing confidence in language learners

Please express your interest by midnight on Monday, 15 April 2019, by sending your proposal to Marion Spöring ( as a titled, Word or PDF attachment of not more than 250 words in length. Your proposal should include your name and organisation. The successful participants will be notified by 1 May 2019.

For further information see also:

'Lost Detectives: Adapting Old Texts for New Media'

Wednesday 22nd May 2019
4.30 pm, School 5

Exhibition Launch and Reception, with Claire Whitehead and Carol Adlam

Following on from the successful talk in April, this event will see Dr Claire Whitehead from the Russian Department and author-illustrator, Carol Adlam, introduce and launch a selection of the artwork from their 'Lost Detectives' project. The event will begin with a short introduction to the project and latest progress in School 5 before moving out to see the artwork in situ in the St Salvator's Chapel cloister gallery. Drinks and strawberries will be served as you look at the artwork and we'll be happy to take any questions. All are very welcome.

We have also launched a Lost Detectives web site related to the project, where you can find more information.

‌Bonaparte: German Culture and Napoleonic Occupation conference

Date: 2-3 May 2019 

Venue: Byre Studio 

Organiser: Prof Sean Allan

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OWRI Germanic conference

The Politics of Contemporary German Culture

Date: 26-27 April 2019

Venue: Byre Studio and Parliament Hall

Organiser: Dr Dora Osborne

Register online

Inaugural lecture - Professor Seán Allan

“Redesigning Utopia. Enlightenment Optimism and the Socialist Imaginary in Postwar Europe”

Date: 17 April, 5.15pm

Venue: School III

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Press Play: Creative Interventions in Research and Practice

MACRO-ASILO and British School at Rome

28-29 March 2019

Keynote speaker: Professor Doris Sommer (Harvard), BSR, March 29th, 6pm

‘Press Play’ Exhibition (British School at Rome)
29 March - 12 April 2019

Full programme at:

Conference programme (PDF, 701 KB)

Conference poster (PDF, 1,371 KB)

Exhibition brochure (PDF, 1,954 KB)

Society for Italian Studies: PG Colloquium 2018 – Body Narratives

Date and time: 16th November 2018 9am to 5pm (Gateway Boardroom)

This year edition of the annual SIS PG Colloquium will take place here in St Andrews and is organised by PhD students in the Department of Italian. The postgraduate conference will take place at the Gateway Building, where students presentations will be held in panel sessions, followed by a poster session. Dr Emma Bond will deliver the first keynote address (title: Writing Migration through the Body). The day will be closed by a public lecture by Dr Gragnolati to take place in School 5 at 6pm.

For more information about abstracts selected, participants and the detailed programme, visit our conference website. To sign up for attendance, register on Eventbrite.

See also: Colloquium event page on Facebook

Organisers: Rebecca Walker, Daniele Lei

SIS PG Colloquium: Public Lecture by Dr Gragnolati

Date and time: 16th November 2018 – 5pm (School 5)

Dr Manuele Gragnolati (Université de Paris Sorbonne; Somerville College Oxford) will be delivering a public lecture to close the SIS Postgraduate Colloquium taking place earlier the same day. Everyone is invited to attend. The title of the lecture is:

Diffracting Dante’s Paradiso with Pier Paolo Pasolini and Elsa Morante: Corporeality, Sexuality, Aesthetics

Reflections on Holistic Approaches to End of Life Care

University of St Andrews, Byre Theatre, Lawrence Levy Studio

17th October 2018, 10am-5pm

The event will host a number of select invited speakers and specialists in palliative care and art therapy, an acting company who work with medical humanities, a film director, a poet and educator, postgraduate students working on poetry and the sick body, and a selection of academics to debate the validity of the project ‘Poetry and Film in Palliative Care’.

The day will open with a presentation by the Investigators, a report on the Literature Review conducted by a research assistant, to outline the genesis of the project, its academic insights and therapeutic effects.

The afternoon will be dedicated to hearing and debating various experiences by artists, educators, and a film director. The day will be accompanied by plenty of group workshopping, pop-up acting and reflection on poetry and film as therapy.

The event will also be completed by a Byre World event, in the same venue, where Amy Hardie’s documentary ‘Seven Songs for a Long Life’ will be projected to the public of St Andrews town, in order to ensure that the project is open to public engagement. The Film Projection will be preceded by a short performance, and followed by a 15-minute inspiring workshop with the audience and a Q+A with the film director, Amy Hardie.

Further information:

This event is sponsored by The Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh & The Russell Trust Development Fund

Transgenerational Writing Workshop 

Date: 16 October 2018

Venue: Byre Theatre

Organiser: Dr Elise Hugueny-Leger

This workshop is a joint event, between staff and students on the Honours module 'Creative Writing in French', and members of the St Andrews branch of the Franco-Sottish Society. It aims to bring together participants from different backgrounds and ages to share memories and share the experience of writing in a second language. Texts produced during the event will contribute to the 'Write in French' project, alongside texts written during our first transgenerational workshop (

Second International Poetry Forum Conference

Science in Culture
Arts of Welfare and European Cultures of Care
The Role of the Arts in the Evolution of Health Care and Education (1752 – 1948)

University of St Andrews

Venue: Byre Theatre Studio & Parliament Hall

3-4 October 2018

Conference organisers:

Dr Rossella Riccobono (University of St Andrews), Prof. Claire Davison (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Further information and call for papers

With many thanks for the financial support of The St Andrews Poetry Forum, The School of Modern Languages (Univ. of St Andrews), The Italian Cultural Institute (Edinburgh).

Poetry forum conference 2018

Rwanda After 1994: Stories of Change

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International Conference
Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Friday 6th July 2018

Organised by Prof Nicki Hitchcott and Dr Hannah Grayson

Conference programme (Word, 93 KB)

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Literature and Video Games: Beyond Stereotypes

An interdisciplinary Leverhulme International Network event hosted by University of St Andrews

20-21st June 2018

Organised by Prof. Margaret-Anne Hutton (Univ. of St Andrews Modern Languages; Leverhulme Network P.I.); Prof. Gregor White, Dr Robin Sloan and Dr Dayna Galloway (Abertay Univ., Dundee), Dr Matthew Barr (Univ. of Glasgow)


Christopher Brookmyre; Val McDermid; Rhianna Pratchett; Simon Meek

Further information and call for papers


An exhibition

5-11 June 2018

School of Modern Languages
Arts Lecture Theatre Foyer

Conker is the latest exhibition to come out of the ongoing collaboration between Castlebrae Community High School in Edinburgh and the AHRC-funded large grant project ‘Transnationalizing Modern Languages. Pupils from Castlebrae explore different aspects of cultural translation through their creative practice.

The work in this exhibition is inspired by seedpods from Scotland and Namibia which symbolize our new connection with partners at the University of Namibia and Van Rhyn Primary School in Windhoek.

Entry free

New perspectives on Language Teaching & Learning: Cross-Sector Annual Conference 2018

9th June 2018

Organised by Kirsten Mericka, Eglantine Pillet and Stefania Triggiano (University of St Andrews), Carmen Garcia del Rio, Marion Spöring and Brigitte Edelston (University of Dundee)

Conference web site:

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A Reading by Catalan Poet Francesc Parcerisas

Followed by a round table with

Robert Crawford
Anna Crowe
Peter Mackay

Chaired by Jordi Larios

Friday 11th May 2018, 5-7pm
Gateway Boardroom, Gateway Building, St Andrews

For further information, contact the event organiser: Elodie Laügt (


Sous les pavés, la plage ! 1968-2018

Friday 13 April, Parliament Hall, St Andrews

Conference organised by the Department of French, School of Modern Languages. Contact: Dr Gavin Bowd,

Conference programme

10 am  Bienvenue

10.15 Sian Reynolds, ‘When the shops ran out of sugar: May 1968 and everyday life.’

10.45 Bill Kidd, ‘The May events in cartoon and caricature from the student press.’

11.15 Pause

11.30 Mairi Chittleburgh, ‘From Salut les copains! to Antisocial: Music, Revolution and May 68.’

12.00 Dina Iordanova, ‘1968 in FILM.’

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Gavin Bowd, ‘May 68 through British eyes.’

14.00 Daniel Clayton, ‘With a pistol in his pocket and revolution in the air: Geographies and geographers in May 68.’

14.30 Pause

14.45 ‘Days of Rage, Tears of Grief....’: John Burnside, author of Ashland & Vine, in conversation with Stuart Kelly, author of The Minister and the Murderer.

15.30 Claire and Keith Brewster, ‘Mexico 68: “A veritable oasis in a troubled world”?’

16.15 Close

Conference on José Ortega y Gasset

26 – 27 January 2018

Department of Spanish
School of Modern Languages
University of St Andrews

Conference organisers:
Ricardo Fernández and Jordi Larios

Conference venues:
The Byre Theatre, Studio (Friday 26 January)
Parliament Hall (Saturday 27 January)

Conference registration


Friday 26 January

09.30-10.30 - Registration

10.30-10.45 - Welcome

10.45-11.45 - Inaugural lecture

Jordi Gracia (Universitat de Barcelona), “José Ortega y Gasset: Flaquezas morales de un pensador radical”

11.45-12.45 - Beatriz Caballero Rodríguez (University of Strathclyde), “José Ortega y Gasset y María Zambrano: Una relación intelectual bidireccional”

Santiago Bertrán Pérez (University of Edinburgh), “Crisis de creencias, alteración y cambio de estado: Sobre algunas ideas de Ortega en la novela Corazón tan blanco, de Javier Marías”

12.45-14.00 - Buffet lunch

14.00-15.00 - Melania Stancu (University of Bucharest), “El ciprés-llama a través del cristal de la ventana: Una aproximación a las teorías orteguianas sobre la metáfora”

Ricardo Fernández (University of St Andrews), “Meditaciones de Ramón: La práctica y las ideas estéticas de Gómez de la Serna y Ortega y Gasset en paralelo (1911-1914)”

15.00-15.30 - Coffee break

15.30-16.30 - Paolo Scotton (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca), “Intellectuals, Public Opinion and Democracy: On Ortega y Gasset’s Social Education”

Jordi Larios, (University of St Andrews), “The Arthurian Legend, Ortega’s ‘raciovitalismo’, and Jarnés’s Fiction”                             

16.30-18.00 - Wine reception

18.30 - Conference dinner

Saturday 27

10.00-11.00 - Jordi Anglés “El sueño ibérico”   

Alec F. Dinnin (University of Florida), “Consensus, Inauthenticity, and Ideology in José Ortega y Gasset’s Political Thought”

11.00-11.30 - Coffee break

11.30-12.30 - Keynote address:

Xon de Ros (University of Oxford), “The Poet and the Thinker: The Dialogue between Antonio Machado and José Ortega y Gasset”

12.30-14.00 - Buffet lunch 

14.00-15.30 - Juan Bagur Taltavull (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), “Liberalismo y totalitarismo según José Ortega y Gasset y Michael Oaekeshott”

Jorge Brioso (Carleton College) and Jesús María Díaz Álvarez (UNED), “La Guerra Civil y el exilio. Valoraciones de la conflagración española en José Ortega y Gasset, José Gaos y Julián Marías”

15.30-16.30 - Antolín Sánchez Cuervo (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid), “El pensamiento de Ortega bajo la lente del exilio republicano en México. Continuidades y rupturas”

Nino Kebadze (University of Massachusetts Boston), “Ortega beyond Ortega: From Interpretation to Appropriation”

16.30 - Conference ends

Christian Arab Cultural Semantics on the Eve of the Nah?a

ERC Project
Language – Philology – Culture
Arab Cultural Semantics in Transition

University of St Andrews
Research workshop

St Andrews, Scotland, 15-18 October 2017

Download workshop programme (PDF, 496 KB)

One Thousand and One Nights: Comparative Perspectives on Adaptation and Appropriation

31 August – 1 September 2017

A conference funded by the Honeyman Foundation and the School of Modern Llanguages at the University of St Andrews

Convener: Dr Orhan Elmaz,

Conference web site

Research workshop 

Philology as Literature – Literature as Philology: Critical and Aesthetical Interactions in Arab Culture and Beyond

Bamff, Scotland 9-12 July 2017

Download programme (PDF, 464 KB)

Contact: Dr Kirill Dmitriev,

Medicine, Literature and Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World
3-5 July 2017

School of Modern Languages

Conference web site

For further information please contact Dr Ted Bergman,

In Conversation with Bahram Beyzaie

University of St Andrews

23 and 24 June 2017

Bahram Beyzaie, the renowned Iranian playwright and filmmaker, will be receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of St Andrews on 22 June 2017. The awarding ceremony will be followed by a two-day workshop on 23 and 24 June to celebrate his unique, scholarly and creative contributions to Iranian culture, cinema and theatre in the last 55 years. The event  includes the presentation of several academic papers on Bahram Beyzaie's cinema and theatre, the screening of his first full-length feature film Ragbar (Downpour 1972) and the solo performance of the first part of his play, Shab-e Hezar-o-Yekom (The One Thousand and First Night, 2003) by Mojdeh Shamsaie.

The event is free and open to public in whole or parts through pre-booking. For more information and booking, please contact Dr Saeed Talajooy

For further information, please visit the Workshop web page.


Friday (13.45- 21.00): Lecture Theatre A, Bute Medical Building, Queen’s Terrace, St Andrews KY16 9TS (MAP)

Saturday (13.00- 17.30pm): Lecture Theatre, New Arts Building, The Scores, St Andrews, (KY16 9AX)

Saturday (17.30- 7pm): The Barron Theatre, 95 North Street, ST Andrews (KY16 9AD)

Identities In Transition: Cultural Representations of the Galician Diaspora

16 - 17 June 2017

Department of Spanish, University of St Andrews

Organiser: Dr Catherine Barbour,

Conference web site

Der Fontane Ton: Stil im Werk Theodor Fontanes
8-10 June 2017

School of Modern Languages

Conference web site

For further information please contact Dr Michael White,

New perspectives on Language Teaching & Learning:Cross-Sector Annual Conference 2017

7 June 2017

Venue: St Andrews, Parliament Hall, Located in St Mary’s College, South Street. Access directly from pavement of South Street and not from St Mary’s Quadrangle.

This event is free, refreshments and catering will be provided.

The conference was organised by Insa Hartung, Odile Rimbert, and Stefania Triggiano with the support of the School of Modern Languages, the DAAD and CAPOD.
For more information, contact Odile Rimbert on

New perspectives on Language Teaching and Learning

Conference web site

International research conference 

Khamriyya as a World Poetic Genre: Comparative Perspectives on Wine Poetry in Near and Middle Eastern Literatures
American University of Beirut, 3-7 May 2017

Conference information 

Preliminary programme (PDF, 795 KB)

Contact: Dr Kirill Dmitriev,

Kurdish Literature Research Event
14th April 2017, 4-7pm
Venue: Byre Conference Room

School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews

Research event information and abstracts (Word, 15 KB)

Contact: Dr Saeed Talajooy,

Courtly Literature
10-11 April 2017

School of Modern Languages

Call for papers (PDF, 289 KB)

For further information please contact Dr Victoria Turner,

St Andrews Festival of Translation

31 March – 8 April 2017

Festival information and programme

Science and Culture
31 March - 1 April 2017

Poetry Forum, School of Modern Languages

Conference web site

For further information please contact Dr Rossella Riccobono,

Post-revolutionary persian poetry posterContemporary Post-Revolutionary Persian poetry: movement and crisis
13-14 March 2017

School of Modern Languages

The symposium which is entitled ‘Post-Revolutionary Persian Poetry: Movements and Crises’ will be held on 13 and 14 March 2017 and will contain papers in English and in Persian. Scholars and poets interested in the symposium must send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Dr Saeed Talajooy ( by 9th January 2017. Each speaker will be given 20 minutes to present his or her paper. A selection of papers will be published in two special issues of a peer-reviewed journal on Contemporary Persian Poetry. The essays selected for the purpose must be between 6000 to 8000 words and must be prepared before 21 September 2017. 

Call for papers (English) (Word, 17 KB)

Call for papers (Persian) (Word, 17 KB)

"Dialogues of Power: Political (Re)presentations in the Arts"
28-29 October 2016
School of Modern Languages
More information

Institute for Contemporary and Comparative Literature

Tom McCarthy

Twice Booker short-listed; author of Satin Island, Remainder, C, Men in Space

Public Lecture

'Recessional - or, the Time of the Hammer'

Monday 12 September, 6pm,
Byre Theatre Studio

'Ill-informed anyone who would announce himself his own contemporary,'wrote Mallarme, 'when the past ceased and when a future is slow to come, or when both are mingled perplexedly to cover up the gap: In this lecture, novelist Tom McCarthy interrogates the notion of the interval or interruption, placing its strange temporality at the heart of what he understands by the term 'fiction'.

Public reading from Satin Island:

Tuesday 13 September, 9 - 10am
Byre Theatre Studio

Institute for Contemporary and Comparative Literature; Dept. Anthropology; Dept. English; CAPOD. Enquiries to Prof M-A Hutton

Download poster (PDF, 5,769 KB) 

‘Culture and Cultural Production in Iran: Past and Present’
17th, 18th and 19th June 2016 in Byre Theatre

School of Modern Languages and Institute of Iranian Studies
Convener: Dr Saeed Talajooy
More information

Conference on Research Methodologies
6-7 May, Medical & Biological Science, Seminar Rm 1
Organisers: Jordi Larios (University of St Andrews) & Catherine Davies (Institute of Modern Languages Research)
Programme (Word, 19 KB)

'Handel's Ariosto: Passions and Performance' (Recital by Scottish Opera)
19th Feb 2016, free entry, 18:00 in Younger Hall
Part of the celebration of Orlando Furioso 500th Anniversary
For more information see:

'Ariosto in Scotland'
19th Feb 2016, free entry, 11-15:30 Parliament Hall
Part of the celebration of Orlando Furioso 500th Anniversary
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Conference on Catalan Narrative 1870-2015

Friday 4 December - Sunday 6 December

Dept of Spanish & the Institute for Contemporary and Comparative Literature
School of Modern Languages
University of St Andrews

Conference organiser: Jordi Larios

Conference on Catalan Narrative 1870-2015 (Word, 21 KB)

For more information see:

MXUK logo redMexico and the United Kingdom: Past and present perspectives


Parliament Hall
University of St Andrews

23-25 October 2015

Conference website

The School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews is hosting a major interdisciplinary conference on British-Mexican relations since independence in 1821, bringing together a formidable group of scholars from both Mexico and the UK, together with stakeholders and practitioners currently engaged in forging links between the two countries.

MXUK logo blackThe conference is being organised in response to the “Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom” and “Year of the United Kingdom in Mexico” ( initiated by Britain and Mexico’s governments following their recent commitment to forge a new era of bilateral relations. Confirmed speakers already include His Excellency the Mexican Ambassador Diego Gómez Pickering, ‌Dr Josefina Zoraida Vázquez (El Colegio de México), Dr Silvestre Villegas Revueltas (UNAM), Professor Paul Garner (University of Leeds), Professor Patience Schell (University of Aberdeen), Professor Alan Knight (University of Oxford), Dr Keith Brewster and Dr Claire Brewster (University of Newcastle), Professor Mark Aspinwall (CIDE), and Yves Hayaux du Tilly (Chairman of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce-GB)‌. 

For further details, please email conference organiser; Professor Will Fowler,

Society for Seventeenth-Century French Studies

Thirty-Eighth Annual Conference

University of St Andrews

2-4 July 2015


La Royauté et les Rois

Programme (Word, 40 KB)

Further information


Iphigenie in Tauris

In January 2015, rehearsals began for the Byre Opera's production of Gluck's Iphigenie in Tauris using a new English translation of the libretto prepared by Julia Prest and students on FR4110 Translating French Opera.  The opera will be performed in the Byre Theatre on 15, 17 and 18 June.

Link to article on FR4110 Translating French Opera in Times Higher Education (June 2015)

Rehearsal photos and full event information

Iphigenie rehearsal


New Voices in 21st Century Spanish Fiction

8th May 2015

The Department of Spanish at the University of St Andrews, with the generous support of Santander Universities, will be holding a one-day international symposium on 21st-Century Spanish Fiction on the 8th of May 2015. There will be two distinguished Spanish writers in attendance: Pablo Sánchez (Barcelona, 1970), author of Caja negra (2005) and El alquiler del mundo (2010); and Mercedes Cebrián (Madrid, 1971), author of El malestar al alcance de todos (2004), La nueva taxidermia (2011), and El genuino sabor (2014). ALL WELCOME. 

For programme and further details (including free registration), please visit:

Dante's Convivio

Lectura Dantis 20 Meeting posterLectura Dantis Andreapolitana

Cosmology, philosophy, love, nobility, virtue and vice; just some of the subjects discussed by Dante in poetry and prose in the four books of his unfinished Convivio, the banquet of knowledge.

Friday 13th March 2015 Parliament Hall, St Andrews

The twentieth meeting of the LDA continues the series with a day of lectures on Dante’s Convivio, again bringing leading Dante Scholars to St Andrews.

Further information and the full programme

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After DownfallAfter Downfall: 10 years of the Nazi Past in German Culture

A workshop co-hosted by the Department of German and the Institute for Contemporary and Comparative Literature (ICCL) at the School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews, 27th-28th February 2015.

Online registration:
After Downfall: 10 years of the Nazi Past in German Culture

Complete event information and programme (PDF, 1,041 KB)

French Occupations, 1914-1944-2014

A day conference hosted by Forum for Modern Language Studies and the Centre for French History and Culture

Friday 5 December 2014

Rm B216, Buchanan Building, Union Street, University of St Andrews, UK

Conference programme

The Contemporary and its Histories

SIS postgraduate colloquium

7th November 2014
University of St Andrews

Conference Information

Download programme (PDF, 288 KB)

Khamriyya as a World Poetic Genre: Comparative Perspectives on Wine Poetry in Near and Middle Eastern Literatures

Research workshops:

St Andrews, 1-4 November 2014
Cambridge, 22-25 October 2015

Further event information, posters and downloads

Women in French in Scotland: Annual Colloquium 2014

Friday 19 September 2014
Parliament Hall, University of St Andrews

Workshop registration

Conference programme (Word, 109 KB)

Colleagues and PG students (of all sexes/genders) are invited to submit a 400-word abstract for a 20-minute paper on any relevant aspect of French or Francophone literature, history or culture, broadly conceived.  Topics might include, among others, Women Writers, Women’s Studies, Female Authorship, Female Spectatorship, Gender and Sexuality, Teaching Gender Studies, Gender and the Curriculum.  The event will culminate in a table ronde debate open to the public on Gender Equality in Academia Today: Myth or Reality?

Please submit your abstract to Julia Prest ( by 31 March 2014.

We look forward to welcoming you to St Andrews in September!

‘What is the Contemporary?’

A multi-disciplinary international conference hosted by the Institute for Contemporary and Comparative Literature
1-3 September 2014

Conference web page
Conference registration

Invisible Empires: Italy and Economies of Exchange

18–19 June 2014

International conference

Conference registration

Conference programme (PDF, 3,206 KB)

The Forgotten Years: Post-War Mexico (1848-1853)

International Conference

13-15 June 2014
Parliament Hall 

University of St Andrews
Department of Spanish, School of Modern Languages 

Conference Programme (PDF, 453 KB)

La mirada de Icíar Bollaín

One day symposium

30 May 2014

Department of Spanish, University of St Andrews

Video recordings

Affect and belonging - Galicia and Ireland

21 March 2014

IECIS workshop

Workshop programme (Word, 16 KB)

Research Colloquium

Forum for Modern Languages Studies

Love Today: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Monday 16 December 2013 3–7 pm
School III, United College, University of St Andrews

For further information, contact Dr Michael Gratzke, School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews, Fife KY16 9PH, UK ( or visit the Research Colloquium page.

PG-NOISIS - Inaugural workshop

20th September 2013
University of St Andrews

Full programme and workshop information

The Middle Ages in the Modern World

University of St Andrews
25-28 June 2013

A multidisciplinary conference on medievalism in the post-Middle Ages

Conference information and call for papers

Arab-Russian and Arab-Soviet Literary Ties

Exploratory Workshop

Saint Petersburg State University
St Petersburg, Russia

20-22 June 2013

Faculty of Asian and African Studies
Saint Petersburg State University (Russia)
Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature
Boston University (USA)
Department of Arabic in the School of Modern Languages
University of St Andrews (Scotland)

Workshop information

Red Laboratories: Exchanges Between Science and the Arts and Culture in Eastern Europe and Russia

22nd annual conference of the
University of St Andrews
Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central, and Eastern European Studies

1 June 2013, 8.45-18.30

Scotland’s Secret Bunker

Conference information

Postgraduate Linguistics Workshop

The Linguistics Institute of St Andrews at the University of St Andrews is pleased to announce its upcoming Postgraduate Linguistics Workshop, which will take place on 25 March 2013.

This one-day workshop aims to be unique in creating an informal environment in which postgraduate students can share their own research and discuss broader issues in Linguistics. As such, we will be hosting themed panels, a poster session and innovative sessions which include a world café event and a session on 'Life in Linguistics'. As such, this workshop not only provides a platform for students to discuss linguistic topics and to network, but ultimately aims to develop future researchers in the field.

For further information on the workshop, please visit our website:

For regular updates on the workshop, please follow us on Twitter: @PGLWStA

For Her Centenary: Homage to Elsa Morante

Friday, November 30 2012

For more information about the event, please visit the web pages of the Centre for Open Studies

Download event programme (PDF, 553 KB) 

1st Honeyman Conference
At the Crossroads of Arabic Literature:
The Arabic Literary Heritage in the Context of World Literature

Honeyman conferenceUniversity of St Andrews
School of Modern Languages
Department of Arabic

27–30 September 2012
Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews, Scotland

Call for papers (PDF, 199 KB)
Link to online shop for registration 

The objective of the conference is to investigate the history of Arabic literature in its relation to other literary traditions and to explore various aspects of cultural exchange and their impact on Arabic literature in a diachronic perspective.

Arabic literature as represented by such works as A Thousand and One Nights has traditionally been perceived as the product of an exotic culture. Like a strange fruit it can be admired and enjoyed, but remains essentially alien and might often appear to exist in an impressive, yet self-contained, isolation. In reality, it has been characterized throughout its long history by its breadth, diversity and intense periods of interaction with other literatures and cultures.

For further information, please see conference web page, or contact Dr Kirill Dmitriev,

Emblems of Nationhood: Britishness 1707–1901

A multidisciplinary conference organised by
the Schools of Art History, English and Modern Languages

University of St Andrews, 10th–12th August 2012

Revisiting New Latin American Cinema from its Periphery: a Dialogue between Academics and Mario Handler

Thursday 7th June 2012 10:00 to 17:15

Arts Lecture Theatre

This one-day symposium will revisit New Latin American Cinema through the Uruguayan case. Much has been written about films made in countries such as Argentina, Brazil or Cuba, but less about smaller nations which had their own film production and participated in festivals and debates during the prolific period of the 1960s and 1970s, when cinema played its own revolutionary role.

The event is funded by Santander Universities, the Centre for Film Studies and the Department of Spanish at the University of St Andrews.

For further information, please contact Beatriz Tadeo Fuica at

Symposium information (PDF, 97 KB) 
Symposium programme (PDF, 54 KB)  

University of St Andrews
Institute of European Cultural Identity Studies
in association with the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies

Rethinking Humanism

An International conference at St Andrews,
Thursday 28 June - Friday 29 June 2012

Further information and call for papers
Conference programme (PDF, 928 KB) 

University of St Andrews
Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies
21st Annual Conference

Orthodox Ecclesiology and Modernity

Saturday 17 March 2012
Arts Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, The Scores, St Andrews

Organisers: Dr Oliver Smith (Russian); Dr Mark Elliott (Divinity)

Conference information
Register for the conference

Download conference poster (PDF, 1.1Mb)

Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference

6-9 July 2011
University of St Andrews
Department of Italian, School of Modern Languages

The Department of Italian is hosting the next Biennial Conference of the Society for Italian Studies. For any enquiry about the conference, please contact Dr Claudia Rossignoli at

Society for Latin American Studies  SLAS logo
47th Annual Conference

8-10 April 2011
University of St Andrews
Department of Spanish, School of Modern Languages

The Department of Spanish of the School of Modern Languages of the University of St Andrews is hosting the 47th Annual Conference of the Society for Latin American Studies. For conference enquiries, please contact or

For further information, including registration and accommodation details, please visit the SLAS conference webpages.

Borders and Boundaries: Italian Women Writers of the 19th, 20th and 21st century; 21-22 March 2011

Scrittrici del Diciannovesimo, Ventesimo e Ventunesimo secolo: attorno ai Confini e alle Frontiere, 21-22 March 2011, University of St Andrews

Department of Italian Conference

Border ConferenceThe themes of Borders and Boundaries are recurrent within the literature of women writers; images of confinement are frequent in relation to domesticity (confinement within domestic walls, political institutions, or indeed the institution of the convent), and in bildungsromans.

The concepts of Borders and Boundaries have also become pivotal in post-colonial and feminist discourses as metaphors for going beyond prefixed identities; theories of hybridity, nomadism, cyborgs, all derive from the concept of boundary-crossing.

The topos of Borders and Boundaries can then be expanded into a symbolic area of research which brings together different approaches. It can be interpreted as confinement to fight and overcome, or from a post-colonial perspective as a three-dimensional reality behind which conflicts lurk. This conference investigates the theme of Borders and Boundaries within narrative, autobiography, and poetry by Italian women writers from the Nineteenth century to today.

Please register your attendance by 1 February 2011
at the latest by paying via the St Andrews online shop. There is no separate  registration form.

Conference Programme (PDF, 912 KB)

Conference web pages

For conference enquiries, please contact Dr Rossella Riccobono (
or Dr Patrizia Sambuco (

Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies
20th Annual Conference
The Class of 2011: Secondary School Education in Post-Soviet Russia

CRSCEES conference - Class of 2011Saturday, 19th March, 2011
9am to 6pm
School 5, St Salvator's Quad, North Street, St Andrews

Conference programme
Conference registration

For further details please contact:
Dr Emily Finer, School of Modern Languagues, email:
Dr Jeremy Howard, School of Art History, email:
Dr Frances Nethercott, School of History, email:

Stone carving sireneWomen in French in Scotland
One-Day Conference
Saturday 5 March 2011

The WIFIS one-day conference will be organised in 2011 by Professor Lorna Milne of the University of St Andrews.

The conference has been running for almost 10 years and offers an opportunity for discussion and networking to academics with similar professional and research interests. It is organised by female colleagues from Scottish Universities, and we welcome papers by or about women in French from postgraduate students as well as established scholars from Scotland and beyond. This year's conference is timed to be as close as possible to International Women's Day, and allows us to deepen our links to the new team at the Institut Français d'Ecosse (, who are kindly allowing us to use their premises.

Over the years the conference has gained a reputation for its collegial atmosphere and supportive conviviality as well as the high quality of the papers presented. We look forward to an excellent turn-out again this time.
Please register your attendance by 4 February 2011 at the latest by paying via the St Andrews online shop here. There is no separate  registration form.

Further information and outline programme (Word, 62 KB)

Abstracts and academic/general queries: Professor Lorna Milne, WIFIS conference organiser, St Andrews University, email

Practical queries/payment information: Barbara Fleming, WIFIS conference administrator, St Andrews University, email

WIFIS blog: visit

University of St Andrews
International Conference:
21st-Century European Literature: Mapping New Trends

15-17th September 2010

Conference pages

XIV TALLER DE ESPAÑOL / Fourteenth Spanish Workshop

18 June 2010
University of St Andrews
Department of Spanish, School of Modern Languages

This workshop will once again be a great opportunity to dive into the spoken world of Spanish exploring topics relevant to Highers and Advance Highers. The Taller counts with the participation of the Consejería de Educación de la Embajada de España. As usual, the official language of the day will be Spanish.

More information on Taller

The Damned and the Venerated. The Memory, Commemoration and Representation of the Nineteenth-Century Mexican Pronunciamiento

11-13 June 2010

The Damned and the Venerated. The Memory, Commemoration and Representation of the Nineteenth-Century Mexican Pronunciamiento is the third and last in the AHRC-funded Conference Series on the Pronunciamiento in Independent Mexico, 1821-1876. Professor Bill Beezley, Professor Michael P. Costeloe, Professor Paul Garner, Professor Brian Hamnett, Rodrigo Moreno, Dr Antonia Pi-Suñer Llorens, Dr Flor de María Salazar Mendoza, Dr Pedro Santoni, Dr Guy Thomson, Dr Deborah Toner, Dr Richard Warren, Dr Verónica Zárate Toscano, and members of the St Andrews-based AHRC-funded Pronunciamientos Project, will be gathering in St Andrews from 11 to 13 June 2010 to discuss how pronunciamientos were celebrated and commemorated in the nineteenth-century; which ones were condemned and criticised for de-stabilizing the Republic; whether the fiestas that celebrated the victorious pronunciamientos and pronunciados contributed to the legitimisation of the pronunciamiento as an accepted metaconstitutional means of effecting political change; how nineteenth-century historians and artists represented the pronunciamiento; and how the historiography has interpreted this forceful form of petitioning subsequently.

The Caucasus: Imagining Freedom, Negotiating Dominion

International Conference on the Caucasus
University of St Andrews

16th-17th April 2010

Organised by The Centre for Russian, Soviet and Central and Eastern European Studies, University of St Andrews

Caucasus Conference information (Word, 245 KB) 

University of St Andrews International Conference

Second MOSAICI Conference:  Poetry in Conflict

Date: 15-17th March 2010

Special Guests: Valerio Magrelli, Laura Barile, Alberto Bertoni, Marco Fazzini

Sponsored by The Italian Cultural Institute (Edinburgh); StAnza (Scotland's International Poetry Festival); The University of Glasgow; The University of Hull; The University of St Andrews; SIS (The Society for Italian Studies); The St Andrews Poetry Forum

Politics, Conflict, and Insurrection: The Experience and Development of the Pronunciamiento in Nineteenth-Century Mexico
19-21 June 2009

St Salvator's College & New Hall
University of St Andrews

Department of Spanish, School of Modern Languages
Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK

Conference programme (PDF, 95 KB)

Russian Department Research Seminar in Association with Rossica and Scotland-Russia Forum

Friday 24th April
School 1

Dmitri Bykov, Novelist and Biographer:
Contemporary Russian Literature: The Writer's Perspective

Russian Research Seminar:

Teaching Russian Language Today: New Methodologies and Technologies in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language
Saturday 26 April 2008
Quad room 31 and School V, St Salvator's Quad, North Street, St Andrews

Russian Research Seminar 2008 information (PDF, 94 KB)

Conference on the Cultural Links between Galicia and Uruguay:
Ribadeo, 14-16 September 2007

Galicia-Uruguay conference information 2007 (PDF, 398 KB)

Summer School & Conference on the Method of Lexical Exceptions

2 - 8 September 2007

Lexep 2007 conference information (PDF, 101 KB)
Lexep 2007 conference programme (PDF, 84 KB)
Lexep 2007 conference abstracts (PDF, 143 KB)

Europe and its Others. Interperseptions past, present, future

Institute of European and Cultural Identity Studies
6-8 July 2007

IECIS 2007 conference information (PDF, 93 KB)

Language Contact and Minority Languages on the Littorals of Western Europe

St Andrews Institute for Language and Linguistic Studies
11-13 June 2004

SAILLS 2004 conference information (PDF, 150 KB)