IMLRA day of debate and discussion will (re)launch the Institute under its new name but will also emphasise its continuing mission to promote and facilitate research in Modern Languages in the UK.

Despite or because of current challenges facing the sector, IMLR is determined to emphasise the pivotal role of Modern Languages in Humanities research. This is due to the obvious multilingualism, internationalism and interdisciplinarity of its work, but also to the fact that its research agendas, along with the professional identities it creates, are marked and shaped by fundamental questions concerning: cultural communication and difference; the local, national and global; the relationships between history, place, and cultural and textual production. We have chosen the topic for today’s discussion in light of the pressing issues that have emerged in recent years concerning our object(s) of study and their new polycentrisms, but also because of the perceived need for much more dialogue between our language areas and the comparative agendas this can generate.

The event, including lunch, refreshments and reception, is free, but advanced registration is essential. To do this, please contact Dr Christopher Barenberg:; tel.: 020 7862 8738.

Full programme.

Ahead of the launch we have interviewed a few of the speakers. You can find our Q&A with Paul Julian Smith, Professor at The Graduate Center, City University, here (Part 1) and here (Part 2). Another Q&A with Charles Forsdick, the James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool and President of the Society for French Studies, will follow tomorrow.

Date and time: 07 December 2013, 09:00 – 18:00

Room G22/26 (Ground Floor)
Senate House, Malet Street,
London WC1E 7HU (UK)

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