News & Events

Departmental research seminars


Recent publications

Dr Andrea Hammel: New Literary and Linguistic Perspectives on the German Language, National Socialism and the Shoah. Edinburgh Yearbook of German Studies, Vol.8, Camden House, New York, co-edited with Peter Davies


Conferences / symposia / workshops

Dr Wini Davies was one of the plenary speakers at the Taal & Tongval Colloquium in Ghent, Belgium on November 28, 2014.

Dr Wini Davies gave a paper at a workshop on 'Schulisches Schreiben im plurizentrischen Raum' held in Vienna on October 10, 2014.

Dr Wini Davies took part in the international conference Plurizentrik des Deutschen zwischen Norm und Praxis on June 27, 2014 at the University of Basel.

Dr Wini Davies co-organised and contributed to a workshop on 'Deutsch im gymnasialen Unterricht: Deutschland, Luxemburg und die deutschsprachige Schweiz im Vergleich' in Koblenz on March 8, 2014

Professor David Trotter was a plenary speaker at a colloquium "Repenser l'histoire du français: la mise à l'écrit et ses conséquences", Université de Neufchâtel, 5-6 June 2014.

'Memory in post-1945 Art and Literature' A workshop at Aberystwyth University, 3-4 July 2014.  Organisers:  Natasha Alden (English and Creative Writing), Andrea Hammel (European Languages) and Christopher Webster van Tonder (School of Art)

International honours

Professor David Trotter, Head of the Department of European Languages and Director of the Anglo-Norman Dictionary project, has been elected a foreign corresponding member (correspondant étranger) of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres in Paris.

The Académie, founded in 1663 as an initiative by Louis XIV's foreign minister, Colbert. Since 1805 it has been housed in the former site of the “Collège des Quatre-Nations”, on the quai de Conti near the Pont des Arts. It constitutes one of the five Academies of the Institut de France. There are at any one time 50 correspondants étrangers.

According to its charter, the Academy “is primarily concerned with the study of the monuments, the documents, the languages, and the cultures of the civilizations of antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the classical period, as well as those of non-European civilization.

'Parmi les « médiévistes » se réunissent des savants dont le champ d’étude est très diversifié dans le temps (l’ensemble du Moyen Âge traditionnellement poursuivi jusqu’à la Renaissance, et aujourd’hui peu à peu étendu au XVIIème siècle) comme dans l’espace (à l’Occident se trouve agrégé le monde byzantin), et plus encore selon la nature des problèmes affrontés.'

Professor David Trotter has been elected President of the Société de Linguistique Romane for 2013-16. Founded in 1924, the Société de Linguistique Romane (SLiR) is the most important and most prestigious international learned society concerned with the linguistics and philology of the Romance languages. It has a global membership. Professor Trotter, as the 25th president, is only the second British academic to be so honoured (Professor John Orr was President in 1965/66). The SLiR publishes one of the leading journals in the field (the Revue de Linguistique Romane, on whose editorial committee Professor Trotter has served for a number of years). It organises triennial congresses: that in 2004 took place in Aberystwyth (the only occasion to date on which the congress has been in the British Isles). As an international scientific society concerned with the history, development, and linguistics of the Romance languages, the SLiR publishes and accepts conference papers in any of the Romance languages, inclduign so-called "minority" languages, since from the point of view of the Romance "family" all Romance languages are of equal importance. It proceeds on the assumption that Romance-language scholars can either speak/understand all the necessary languages or that they can deploy “receptive multilingualism”, i.e. that speakers of Romance languages can understand other Romance languages even if they are not necessarily able to speak them. A typical day at a SLiR congress would involve listening to academic papers delivered in five or six Romance languages, and speaking three or four of them. Languages other than Romance languages are excluded, so English (unusually nowadays) is not accepted.

Teaching news

Rose Sillars for winning best postgrad teacher award in the 2013-2014 student-led teaching awards, and to
Matthew Richards for being highly commended in outstanding teacher category.


Final-year exams

Congratulations to all our finalists and in particular to all those students who obtained a First Class in their oral examination:


Clark, Samuel                                     72

Greed, Emma-Liisa, Katherine              73

Harris, Rebecca Mary                          72

Jackson, Kurtis                                   74

Woollacott, Gabriella                           72


Burns, Cecilia Marie                           70

Cook, Hayley Joy                               76

French, Matthew                                74

Mortimer, Holly Olivia                         77

Petrusevica, Elina                              70

Smith, Joseph Edward                        70


Brosschot, Marian                              70

Costa, Tatiana                                   70

de Vial, Lucy                                     71

Jackson, Kurtis                                  71

Judd, Rhiannon Rose                          74

Karp, Barbara                                   70

Kisimova, Kristin                               72

Leyva, Iris Roel                                 73

Lock, Rebecca                                   70

Smeeton, Hannah                              70

Stanecka, Angelika                            72

Watson, Hannah                                71


International summer school

Dr Wini Davies was an invited speaker at an international summer school for postgraduate students in Kiel, Germany in August 2014.