All posts tagged: languages


Encountering Covid-19: lessons from languages

As increasing numbers of epidemiologists and journalists highlight the UK government’s consistently missed opportunities to tackle the spread of Covid-19, Dr Joseph Ford, early career researcher at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, wonders why questions about the role of language and narrativisation have yet to be asked.

Concept modelling

Concept modelling for dummies

Michael Pidd, director of the University of Sheffield’s Digital Humanities Institute, explains how, while trying to understand the evolution of early modern thought by modelling the semantic and conceptual changes which occurred in English printed discourse between c.1500 and c.1800, they created a powerfully transparent tool for exploring texts in meaningful ways.


# PoTW: Sing-a-Lang!

To mark The European Day of Languages, the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), School of Advanced Study, University of London, has organised a concert of song in languages from across the globe performed by the New London Children’s Choir and the N10 Choir. The programme of music for ‘Sing-a-Lang’ which takes place on 26 […]

Digital diasporas

Digital diasporas: languages, cultures and communities across borders

Migration and the rapid rise of digital media and communications are arguably two of the defining features of our contemporary age, says Dr Naomi Wells a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR).  While individuals and groups migrating across borders is not a new phenomenon restricted to the present day, we […]


#PoTW: The Journal of Romance Studies Annual Symposium

The Journal of Romance Studies annual symposium celebrates excellence in modern languages research with a specific focus on the romance languages. Co-ordinated by the editors of the in-house journal of the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), it will present cutting-edge research from SAS researchers and affiliated colleagues. The programme is divided into two sessions – ‘New […]


#PoTW: How to respect communities in international development work: languages and cultural knowledge

This free, one-day international conference on 27 June will explore how languages and cultural understanding affect international development, and help to respect communities. Taking place at Senate House from 9am–6pm, it has been organised by the Universities of Reading and Portsmouth, with support from the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC), and the Institute […]

Music Soares

#PoTW: Surrealism and music in France, 1924–52: Alexander Soares recital

Join us at Senate House on 8 June for a music recital of relevant French repertoire by outstanding young pianist, Alexander Soares. This event, part of the ‘Surrealism and music in France, 1924–52: interdisciplinary and international contexts’ conference organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research, will include works by Boulez, Messiaen and Jolivet.

Virtual travel isn’t such a new idea

Image: a picture of Jerusalem from the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493) The explosion of virtual reality (VR) technology is transforming how we think about travel, says Dr Matthew Coneys. With a VR headset and the right app you can enjoy a risk-free ascent of Everest, or visit the Australian outback without the inconvenience of flying halfway around […]