Upcoming events

The School of Modern Languages holds a variety of events, from research seminars to conferences, workshops to talks with leading literary figures. All listed events are open to staff, students and members of the public unless otherwise stated.

Upcoming events





28 November 2018 Dr Maria Urban (University of Amsterdam) 'Narrating the Past, Contesting the Present': the Resistance in the contemporary Italian novel. Dr Maria Urban (University of Amsterdam) will explore the revival of the Resistance’ and its articulation in the contemporary novel arguing that the fictional antifascism is a powerful metaphor to address social and political issues of the present, and to promote new forms of both literary and political engagement.
12 December 2018 Dr Emma Staniland and
Dr Maite Maite Usoz de la Fuente
(University of Leicester)
Gender identities in Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Literatures Part of the Modern languages seminar series for 2018/19. Princesas y Antiprincesas: re-inscribing and re-writing female gender identity in contemporary Latin American adolescent and children’s literature, plus Girl, interrupted: intertextuality in Marta Sanz's Daniela Astor y la caja negra (2013)
16 January 2019 Professor Sarah Knight (University of Leicester) Sois sage aux despens de Rome et de la Grèce: Learning from classical, Renaissance and modern Antigones This talk examines the kinds of lessons that classical, Renaissance and modern authors representing the story of Antigone variously in English, French, Greek and Latin were interested in delivering.
25 March 2018 Prof. Lise Gauvin (Université de Montréal) and Madeleine Monette America is also a Québec novel Literary Encounter with award-winning Québec writers Lise Gauvin and Madeleine Monette. With the generous support of the Québec Government Office in London.

4-5 April 2019

Dr María Pía López

Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) 2019 Conference

In line with previous conferences, SLAS2019 will be an opportunity for explorations of any aspect of Latin American Studies, from any theoretical and disciplinary perspective. We have an optional conference theme that speakers are invited to address, which focuses on the Politics of Identity in Latin America. Call For Papers: The University of Leicester is delighted to invite proposals for the 2019 Society for Latin American Studies conference.

Past events

16 May 2018 Dr Conrad James and Dr Barbara Spadaro Crossing boundaries: culture, language and identities Dr Conrad James (Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, University of Birmingham) will be deliver ‘Global Caribbean Poetry: Reading Frank Baez’ and Dr Barbara Spadaro (Lecturer in Italian History and Culture, University of Liverpool) will later deliver ‘Beyond Borders. Transnational Italy: Translating Modern Languages Research into an Immersive Exhibition’.
17 May 2018 Marta Sanz Pre-Symposium event with Spanish author Marta Sanz The second installment of our 1968 Symposium event. Marta will be visiting the University of Leicester to speak on the subject of the body in, and as political discourse, a recurring theme in her literary work.
18 May 2018 Dr Mariano Mestman The Legacy of 1968 in Latin America: Making the Personal Political This symposium concludes the three-day event which begins with a workshop on 4 May 2018 and the pre-symposium event on 17 May 2018.
27 October 2018 Lydia Hind and Dr Robert Kenny Sing and celebrate with Coro Nostro Join us to celebrate the 25th year of the choir Dr Robert Kenny founded in 1993 as The Modern Languages Chamber Choir, later re-named Coro Nostro.

Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies

Seminar Series 2017/18

 All seminars will take place in the George Porter Building, Lecture Theatre C from 4:30 – 6:00pm


Date Speaker Title Workplace



Prof. Kirsten Malmkjær

Why does language matter to translation?


University of Leicester



Dr Binhua Wang


The role of interpreters in history: Analysis of several major historical events in early Sino-British contact

University of Leeds



Alshaymaa Alharbi

Factors influencing the translator's choice of Foreignization and Domestication in the translation into Arabic of neologisms and idioms in the Harry Potter series

University of Leicester




Prof. Sarah Knight

Early modern Latin: Imagined community or universal language?

University of Leicester




READING WEEK - no seminar






Prof. Myriam Salama-Carr

History of translation and Euclid's Elements

University of Manchester




Rosalind Harvey

Down the rabbit hole: A (practical) journey into literary translation

University of Warwick



Dr Michelle Min-Hsiu Liao

A multi-faith, multilingual, and multimodal study: Translations in St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

Herriot-Watt University



Dr Sarah Maitland

Hermeneutics for translators; or, cultural translation in action

Goldsmiths, University of London

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