The Centre for Modern Languages Research at the University of Aberdeen (CMLR) promotes and disseminates research carried out in Modern Languages (including Francophone Studies, German Studies and Spanish and Latin American Studies). It invites staff, including ECRs from and outwith Aberdeen to share their research on any aspect of Modern Languages research by organising regular research seminars (on campus and on-line). It also hosts the Aberdeen membership of the Migration and Diversity in the British Isles Scientific Interest Group (part of an international consortium of 18 partners in France, UK and Ireland). The Centre will also contribute to the University’s Interdisciplinary Challenge area of Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity.

The aim of the CMLR is to make Modern Languages researh more visible both within and beyond the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture. It seeks to create a platform for exchange of ideas in the broad and interdisciplinary area of ML amongst staff and PGR students.

Professor Nadia Kiwan and Professor Ed Welch (co-directors)

Past events: the Centre’s activities in 2020-21

  • Dr Laura Martin, University of Glasgow: ‘Imagination and the Collective Unconscious as Gift: CG Jung in the Anthropocene’, 24 February 2021
  • Prof Nina Paris, University of Stirling: 'The UNREST project: War, Museums, Memory and Interpretation.' 17 March 2021
  • Affiliated events: Scotttish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities Workshop: Decolonizing Methodologies and Approaches: The Modern Languages Perspective (7 May 2021) with Prof Nadia Kiwan; Prof Ed Welch (Aberdeen), Prof David Murphy (University of Strathclyde), Dr Rachel Douglas (University of Glasgow)
    This workshop explored how work in Modern Languages engages with current debates on decolonizing academic research and practice. It will consider the contribution of Modern Languages to date, in terms of the critical and theoretical paradigms developed within its disciplines, and what further questions need to be asked. In particular, it will explore what it might mean to decolonize research methodologies in Modern Languages, from the formulation of research questions to the use and critical interrogation of archives.

CMLR plans for research activity 2021-2022 (in development)

  • Dr Eve Hayes, Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of London, School of Advanced Study: ’Legal Identity, Race and Belonging in the Dominican Republic’, 6 October 1-2.30pm.
  • Dr Fraser McQueen, University of Aberdeen/Stirling: 'Literary grands remplacements in French and eco-fascism', 20 October, 2-3.30pm.
  • Professor Laurence Grove, University of Glasgow: ’The Comics Canon’, 26 January 2022, 1-2.30pm.
  • Dr Peter Baker, University of Striling: 'Theory and Practice of a Cinema of the Peoples: The Films of Alberto Muenala and Rupai', 9 February 2022, 1-2.30pm.

Associated Staff and Networks

Research Centre Directors
  • Professor Nadia Kiwan (co-director)
  • Professor Ed Welch (co-director)
Associated Staff
  • Prof N Kiwan
  • Dr A Larkin
  • Dr C O’Connor
  • Dr S Potts
  • Dr R Ravet
  • Dr B Tribout
  • Prof E Welch
  • Dr K Macleod
  • Prof M MacLeod
  • Prof M Watson
  • Dr Alec Macdonald
  • Dr Pia Coira
  • Dr T Beaney
  • Dr K Krylova
  • Dr G Sharman
  • Ms S. Link
  • Dr J Barker
  • Dr B Bareiro
  • Dr M Sanchez Ortiz
  • Prof P Schell
  • Prof T Stack
  • Dr E. Anderson
  • Dr S Casini
Associated Research Students
  • Marianne Fossaluzza
  • Jehane Zouyene
  • Jonathan Tyrens
  • Clarissa Novello
  • Lauren Cuthbert
  • Isabella Engberg