Dr. Javier Muñoz-Basols is the Principal Investigator of the recently-launched “Portal de lingüística hispánica – Hispanic Linguistics”, a Digital Humanities project devoted to promoting and disseminating research in Spanish Language and Hispanic Linguistics.
In June Prof. Jane Hiddleston and Dr Laura Lonsdale ran three workshops for Year 10 pupils from two East London schools, Haggerston School in Hackney and St Paul’s Way Trust School in Tower Hamlets, where a very high proportion of students speak more than one language.
Telling a story in just 100 words is no easy task, but our entrants were up for a challenge. What impressed the judges was not just how complete these stories could be, but how they managed to surprise the reader, reimagining familiar situations from a new perspective. The judges chose to award a joint first prize in the Years 7-11 category, and a first prize in the Years 12-13 category.
The University of Oxford has been ranked 3rd in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for Modern Languages, just behind Harvard University and the University of Cambridge, with the coveted top five-star rating for research, innovation, and teaching.
The Sub-Faculty of Spanish will host the V Foro Cervantes on 6 and 7 March. The Foro Cervantes is a collaboration between the University of Oxford and the Instituto Cervantes in London to present to British academia some of the Spanish writers best known to critics and to the reading public.
The University of Oxford, founded some nine centuries ago, has enjoyed the closest links, throughout its long history, with the great centres of learning across Europe. The Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages has been in the vanguard of welcoming and integrating students and scholars from the whole Continent to work with its own academic community in promoting knowledge of European languages, cultures and society.
Annabel Rowntree, a first year doctoral student at LMH, has been announced as the runner up of this year’s Juan Facundo Riaño Essay medal. The competition is run by ARTES, the Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group, and looks for the best essay on the art, architecture or visual culture of the Hispanic world. Annabel, who works on the Spanish Golden Age, submitted an essay entitled “Habsburg Hyperbole: Luca Giordano and La gloria de la monarquía hispánica” where she analyzed a fresco in Madrid’s Escorial palace for its symbolic political value.
Oxford University has come top in the 2016 QS World University Rankings for Modern Languages. The annual QS World University Rankings is a comprehensive guide to the world’s top universities in a range of popular subject areas. Using data on reputation and research citations, the rankings highlight the 200 top universities in the world for 30 individual subjects.
Seven UK universities made the top 50 for Modern Languages, with the University of Oxford ranked first.
Researchers from six universities with joint expertise in over 40 languages will collaborate with 16 external partners to investigate the connection between languages and creativity in an ambitious research programme funded by the AHRC. The £4 million Oxford-led programme on Creative Multilingualism forms part of the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI), together with programmes led by Cambridge, King’s College London and Manchester. Over four years, they will seek to place languages at the heart of academic and public life.
6 January 2016: More than 100 students and academics from Oxford University have translated extracts from great French writers of the eighteenth century to demonstrate the importance of freedom and tolerance in French literature and thought.
A book of these translated quotations is to be published tomorrow to mark the one-year anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.
It is targeted at the general public and the authors hope it will be used for teaching in schools.
Dr Caroline Warman of the Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, who led the project, said: ’We hope people will be excited by the texts and that it will help them to reflect on the world we live in now.
‘We want this book to reach people thinking about tolerance and intolerance, and to inspire them to connect with our history, as they discover that major European thinkers of the past also wrote passionately about these topics.
25 Jun 2015: PhD candidate Diego Rubio has won the 2015 Award from the BritishSpanish Society for his substantial contribution to our understanding of the Early Modern Political Thought and the cultural history of Britain and Spain.
The Awards Ceremony was hosted by the Ambassador of Spain to the United Kingdom at his residence in London in May 2015. Mr Rubio gave a speech on the value of the Humanities and the importance of scholarships to ensure equal access to higher education.
The BritishSpanish Society is a registered charity and a non-political organisation which aims to promote friendship and understanding between the people of Britain and Spain through knowledge of their respective customs, institutions, history and way of life. Thanks to the generous support of corporate and institutional sponsors, the Society runs an annual scholarship programme for postgraduate students. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit to British and Spanish students to enable them pursue postgraduate studies and, in the process, foster British-Spanish understanding between individuals and institutions.
Edwin Williamson, the King Alfonso XIII Professor of Spanish Studies and Fellow of Exeter College, has been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for two years from October 2015 to complete a book on “The Making of Don Quixote: How Cervantes Came to Write the First Modern Novel”. This will be a critical study of of Cervantes’s evolution as a writer during the last three decades of his life (1585-1616), with a particular focus on the process of composition of his great masterpiece, now a classic of world literature, in the context of the author’s other writings and the Spanish culture and society of his time.
One of the Faculty’s graduate students, Amaranta Saguar García, supervised by Dr Juan-Carlos Conde of the Sub-Faculty of Spanish, has been announced as one of the winners of the prestigious Fifth International ‘Academia del Hispanismo’ prize. The prize is awarded to the best doctoral theses completed during the year in the field of Hispanic Literature. Amaranta will have her work published by Editorial Academia del Hispanismo as a result of this success. Her thesis dealt with Fernando de Rojas’s medieval masterpiece, Comedia o Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea (better known simply as the Celestina).
Tutors: Dr María del Pilar Blanco, Dr Ben Bollig, Dr María Donapetry, and Dr Claire Williams
Our nomination for a Teaching Excellence Award has been approved by the Humanities Division. This award is made in recognition of the high quality of our teaching and the important contribution which we make to the teaching of Latin American Studies in general and Latin American Film Studies in particular.
Film is an integral part of a number of undergraduate modern languages courses at Oxford and has also been one of the most important emerging areas in Latin American studies in recent years. We have worked together to develop a shared paper on Latin American cinema. The option proposed an innovative format that took into account the mixed level of expertise in film amongst potential students and the different areas of expertise of the teaching team.
The course thus gives students the opportunity to discover and explore major movements in the history of cinema in Latin America, from the radical experiments and manifestos of the 1950s and 60s to the slick blockbusters and internationally successful co-productions of the twenty-first century, including…
The impact of the introduction of the EBacc performance measure can be felt in this year’s GCSE numbers, with modern foreign languages up by 15.8%.
French numbers are up from 153,436 to 177,288 (up 15.5%). German up from 57,547 to 62,932 (up 9.4%). Spanish up from 72,606 to 91,315 (up 25.8%). Other languages up from 29,843 to 31,368 (up 5.1%).
The figures show a change in market share: Spanish now represents over a quarter of GCSE entries (25.2%), taking one percentage point each from German (17.3%) and other languages (8.6%), while French retains just under half of total entries (48.9%).
The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities – Taylor InstitutionNovember 1-2, 2013Conveners: Martin McLaughlin and Javier Muñoz-Basols
The first of three annual EHRC workshops on translation will be held on 1-2 November 2013 in TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities), Woodstock Rd, and in the Taylor Institution, St Giles.
Conveners: Martin McLaughlin and Javier Muñoz-Basols, with the assistance of Dr Elisabetta Tarantino
If you are interested in studying Modern Languages at Oxford, and would like to get a taster of what it would be like, why not apply to take part in a UNIQ Summer School?
UNIQ Summer schools are for UK students from state schools, currently studying for AS Levels (lower sixth form). The courses for 2012 will include French, German, Spanish and a new course in Beginners’ Languages. As well as engaging in an intense academic programme which will give you a good idea of what studying at Oxford is like, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a varied social programme including theatre trips, sports activities, and drama workshops.
The Vice-Chancellor gives notice that he will make an appointment to the de Osma Studentship during Michaelmas Term 2010. The Studentship is open to members of the University of Oxford.
Nationality: Any nationality
Level of study: Undergraduate and Graduate students
Subject: Candidates should be concerned with Spanish studies, such as Spanish art history, Spanish language and literature, Spanish history, geography, or archaeology. They must, when presenting their applications, provide evidence that they have sufficient knowledge of both written and spoken Spanish to enable them to make proper use of the facilities of the Instituto as well as a detailed account of their proposed study.