“Physical Pain and Barroque Suffering in Modern Spanish History” – the 2018 Perez de Ayala Lecture

The annual Perez de Ayala Lecture will be given by Javier Moscoso, Research Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the Institute of History of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The lecture is entitled “Physical Pain and Barroque Suffering in Modern Spanish History” and will be held at 6pm on Wednesday 25th April 2018 at Avenue Campus.

To see more information and to book your place visit the Humanities events website.

Call for papers extended – BAAL Language Learning and Teach SIG, July 2018

University of Southampton

The deadline for submitting a propsal to “Language teaching and learning in unstable times, and in changing political landscapes”, the BAAL SIG running on 12th-13th July 2018, has now been extended to Wednesday 21st March. You can find out more about the event from our previous blog post.

Get Ready for Southampton!

Get Ready for Southampton

The eLanguages team in Modern Languages and Linguistics have launched the 2018 edition of the free online course Get Ready for Southampton. This course aims to show what life and study is like for international students at the University of Southampton, and provides an opportunity for students to network prior to arrival. Last year over 3200 students used the course, and this year over 50 students had signed up within an hour of its launch. This is the eighth summer that this course has been run, and so far it has been used by over 15000 prospective international students.

The course is free to all international students who are coming to Southampton or just interested in a course of study with us. If you are an international student and would like to take the course, find out more on the Get Ready for Southampton website.

Italian film showing today: Profondo rosso / Deep Red (Dario Argento, 1975)

Italian flagThe Italian film Profondo rosso / Deep Red (Dario Argento, 1975)(126 minutes, English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm on Monday 12th March 2018. Review, introduction and discussion via Skype by Emilio Audissino. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube.

Dario Argento è stato chiamato “l’Alfred Hitchcock italiano”, un maestro della suspense. In realtà, più che della suspense, Argento è maestro di fantasie sanguinolente e della vera e propria paura, ma come il regista inglese, Argento è uno “stilista”, tutti i suoi lavori mostrano una grande attenzione estetica per la composizione fotografica e per l’eleganza visiva. Profondo Rosso è da molti considerato il suo capolavoro, il rappresentante di maggior successo di quel genere chiamato “giallo”, un tipo di thriller all’italiana caratterizzato da un assassino misterioso e psicopatico e da omicidi altamente coreografati e sadicamente ingegnosi. Il film racconta la vicenda di un jazzista britannico che, trovandosi in Italia per un contratto d’insegnamento, assiste a un omicidio e si ritrova così coinvolto in un’investigazione privata che svelerà un agghiacciante segreto del passato e metterà la sua stessa vita in serio pericolo. Il film si avvale di una celebre colonna musicale che unisce il rock progressive dei Goblin con il jazz di Giorgio Gaslini, senza contare una ninna-nanna inquietante difficile da dimenticare…
Dario Argento has been hailed as “the Italian Alfred Hitchcock,” a master of suspense. Actually, more than suspense, Argento is a master of gruesome fantasies and outright fear, but like Hitchcock, Argento is a “film stylist”. All his works present a great aesthetic concern for careful photographic composition and visual elegance. Profondo Rosso is generally considered to be his masterpiece, the most successful representative of a genre called “giallo,” a type of Italian thriller characterised by mysterious and deranged killers and highly choreographed and sadistically inventive murders. The film tells the story of a British jazz musician who, while in Italy for a teaching engagement, witnesses a murder and as a consequence is caught up in a personal investigation that will expose a horrifying secret from the past and will put his own life in grave danger. The film features a celebrated score that mixes Goblin’s progressive rock with Giorgio Gaslini’s jazz, not to mention an unforgettably sinister lullaby…

Second call for papers – 14th Annual Conference of the BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG

University of Southampton


“Language teaching and learning in unstable times, and in changing political landscapes” – the 14th Annual Conference of the BAAL Language Learning and Teaching Special Interest Group

12 & 13 July 2018

Hosted by the Centre for Language Learning, Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR), Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (MLL), University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Proposal deadline is Friday 16th March 2018

CONFERENCE THEME: “Language teaching and learning in unstable times, and in changing political landscapes”

The theme of the LLT SIG conference at Southampton in 2018 will enable participants to discuss the challenges offered to traditional language education policy and practice by increasing interconnected globalization and changing conceptions of identity, accompanied by a rise in global migratory flows, resurgent nationalism and social inequality. These challenges have both foreseen and unforeseen consequences for the development and implementation of language education policy, and for teaching, learning and assessment practices. We invite papers and posters which make a contribution to understanding the issues which arise in the pre-school, school, and university language curriculum, in community-based and online learning and teaching contexts, and in the evaluation and management processes which shape language education experiences.


Abstracts are invited on any aspect of language teaching and learning, based on research in Applied Linguistics or related perspectives on language education. Abstracts which address the conference theme, and which relate to lesser taught languages, such as Chinese, will be particularly welcome.
Proposals are invited for paper presentations of 20 minutes + 5 minutes for questions. Poster proposals are also welcome. A title + abstract of maximum 250 words should be submitted. Abstracts should report original research and profile the context, objectives, method(s), and results of your study.
All proposals should be submitted by 16 March 2018 here.

Italian film showing today: L’ora legale / It’s the Law (Salvatore Ficarra e Valentino Picone, 2017)

Italian flagThe Italian film L’ora legale (Salvatore Ficarra e Valentino Picone, 2017)(89 minutes, Italian subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6:30pm on Monday 5th March 2018. Review, introduction and discussion by Leonardo Provvedi. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube.

A Pietrammare, un paesino della Sicilia, gli abitanti sono stanchi del livello di corruzione e malaffare dell’amministrazione comunale, guidata dal sindaco Gaetano Patanè. All’avvicinarsi delle elezioni un altro candidato, Pierpaolo Natoli, decide di sfidare Patanè presentandosi con un programma che promette di riportare nel paese i valori dell’onestà e di ristabilire il rispetto delle regole. Malgrado tutte le previsioni, Natoli riesce ad essere eletto sindaco e comincia a mantenere le promesse fatte in campagna elettorale. Ma le cose non andranno esattamente come previsto. I protagonisti di questa commedia sono Salvo e Valentino (Ficarra e Picone), parenti del nuovo sindaco Natoli, due personaggi molto diversi tra loro che rappresentano i diversi atteggiamenti degli italiani di fronte alla politica.
The residents of Pietrammare, a small town in Sicily, are fed up with the corruption and dishonesty of the local administration, which is led by Mayor Gaetano Patanè. As local elections approach, he is challenged by another candidate, Pierpaolo Natoli, who runs on a programme that promises to bring back honesty and reestablish legality. Against all odds, Natoli is elected as the new Mayor and begins to fulfill the promises made during his electoral campaign. But things don’t go as planned. The protagonists of this comedy are Salvo and Valentino, who have family ties with the new mayor and who, with their opposing characters, represent the Italians’ different attitudes towards politics. A topical film after the Italian general election yesterday.