Inaugural Lecture Series

In September 2014 the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, launched its Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures (CASiLaC). To mark the occasion Professor Charles Forsdick, James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool and AHRC Leadership Fellow for the Cultural Translations theme gave an inaugural talk on Monday, September 29 titled Locating Languages: Disciplinarity, Interdisciplinarity, Public Understanding.

The presentation responds to the increasing public interest in questions of translation, and also to the growing visibility of matters of language in public policy and debate. My overall aim is to consider these developments in the light of discussions about the current state and future direction of Modern Languages and of cognate areas of study, underlining the core contribution to such cross-disciplinary innovations of research and scholarship on language and culture. I will also focus on the urgent and related project of enhancing public understanding of research in these areas, notably in relation to key areas of public interest such as migration and mobility, multiculturalism and multilingualism, and conflict and security. Finally, the presentation underlines the role of units such as the new Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures in realizing these aims, not least in asserting a clear disciplinary identity for Modern Languages, in imagining new types of language-led and cross-disciplinary collaboration, and in achieving fresh forms of wider communication’. This event was supported by the UCC Strategic Research Fund

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Dr Abigail Brundin

(Cambridge University) delivered a Public Lecture on ‘Domestic Devotions: the Place of Piety in the Renaissance Italian Home’ , February 12 2015.

Professor Daniela Berghahn

(Royal Holloway, University of London) delivered a lecture on Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe: The Evolution of a Research Project on March 26 2015. A podcast of this event will be posted shortly.

Professor Joëlle Aden

(Université Paris-Est Créteil) delivered a lecture on Performative Approaches to Foreign and Second Language Education: Intercultural Contexts and Perspectives. Talk to mark the inauguration of the new research cluster Culture as Performance – Performance as Culture
in the Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures (CASiLaC), School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University College Cork, Ireland