News & Events
Departmental research seminars
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)
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.
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.
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.