Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

Welcome from our Chair

Welcome to MLCS! Winter term is well underway here, with courses, research projects and Community Service Learning projects all in full swing. But thoughts are turning to spring and summer, with plans for summer study abroad programs and summer research projects bringing excitement as well.

We are in the midst of the next round of graduate admissions into our re-vamped graduate programs (MA- Thesis, MA- Course-based and PhD) in MLCS. We offer specializations in Applied Linguistics, Media and Cultural Studies, Translation Studies and Transnational and Comparative Literatures. Graduate students create individualized portfolios with modules that are tailored towards professional development, giving students opportunities to engage with Community Service Learning, benefit from our strong series of teaching workshops, and write for a variety of audiences. I hope you will browse our website to learn more about these programs.

Earlier this term, our amazing graduate students organized and hosted a very successful conference on “(Dis)Connections,” featuring their own great panels as well as a keynote address on  “Feminist Protest Culture and Craftivism in the Trump Era,” by Dr. Hester Baer, from the University of Maryland College Park. We also held a Three Minute Thesis competition here in MLCS for our graduate students and some of our students will be competing in the 3MT competition held in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research later this term.

Our MLCS undergraduate Honors students will be hosting an undergraduate research conference, on “Echoes: Exploring Identity in a Globalized World.” Our annual Nobel Prize celebration is back, this year featuring the work of Bob Dylan, performed and translated into many languages. Check out our events page to find the various events sponsored by MLCS each month.

Our faculty members continue to win teaching awards and garner grants for their research and creative activity. Most recently, Dr. Iman Mersal, Associate Professor of Arabic, was awarded both a grant from the Edmonton Arts Council's Cultural Diversity in the Arts Grant program and a Canada Council for the Arts Program Grant for her work on a new book of poetry called "Lakna." Iman and her poetry have been long recognized around the world in many ways, with these grants yet another important recognition of the quality and significance of her work.

Our Emeritus Professors are also hard at work. Congratulations go to Dr. Tom Priestly, Emeritus Professor of Slavics, on the publication of his translation into English of Jani Virk’s book, The Last Temptation of Sergij (in Slovene Zadnja Sergijeva skusnjava). Dr. Raleigh Whitinger, Emeritus Professor of German, was recently honored with the publication of Translation and Translating in German Studies: A Festschrift for Raleigh Whitinger, ed. by John L. Plews and Diana Spokiene.

Links on the left-hand side of this page will take you to more information about our people, our undergraduate and graduate programs, our study abroad options, our on-going research projects, our journals, and more.  Please browse our website, come by Arts 200 to visit, or enroll in our terrific courses in order to find out where in the world studies in MLCS may take you! 

Laura J. Beard
Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies
The University of Alberta