2016 marks the fifth year of Oxford University’s French film competition, in which school pupils are invited to watch a selected French film, and write an essay or script re-imagining the ending. As last year, the competition was open to students across secondary school year groups, with a large number of entrants from pupils in years 7 and 8. We received almost 200 entries, from over 50 schools.
Dr Caroline Warman (Associate Professor of French, Jesus) has received a Teaching Excellence Award for her involvement of fifteen colleges and 102 second-year ML students in translating a collection of sixty Enlightenment texts on Tolerance, promoting the values of tolerance, free speech, liberty and human rights in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.
Dr Jennifer Rushworth (St John’s) has won the Paragraph 2016 Essay Prize competition, for the best article addressing the theme: ‘Mourning’ (article submitted entitled ‘Mourning and Intermittence between Proust and Barthes’, to be published in the November 2016 issue of the journal). She is also the winner of the 2015 Malcolm Bowie Prize, awarded for the best article published in the preceding year by an early-career researcher in the broader discipline of French Studies (for the following article: ‘Derrida, Proust, and the Promise of Writing’, French Studies, 69.2 (April 2015), 205-19).
The OUSU Student-led Teaching Awards provide students every year with direct opportunities to recognise excellence in teaching by nominating their tutors and lecturers for awards in various categories, including Most Acclaimed Lecturer, Outstanding Tutor and Outstanding Supervisor. This year there was a record number of nominations from all four Divisions. At the Awards Ceremony at the Town Hall on 3rd May, in the presence of the Vice-Chancellor, the award for Most Acclaimed Lecturer in Humanities was won by Dr Kevin Hilliard, Fellow and Tutor in German at St Peter’s and Hertford.
The EHRC committee is pleased to announce the first recipients of the new Visibility Award Scheme for staff and students in Modern Languages. Number 4 up is, Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 5x5, the pilot for a multimedia project aimed at making modern language texts more accessible and engaging for today’s students.
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.