Italian film showing this evening – Bicycle Thieves – Ladri di biciclette

Italian flagWe are pleased to invite you to the next film of our Italy through its films series, featuring Bicycle Thieves – Ladri di biciclette.

We will be meeting in Lecture Theatre B at Avenue Campus at 6:15pm on Monday 29th October. All welcome! A brief description of the film by Adam Bingham states: “The film traces a voyage through Italy whose implicit postscript is that tomorrow and the next day ad infinitum the same camera could film the same streets and record similar stories featuring all-too similar people in identical situations; and in this at least, Ladri di biciclette is paradigmatic neorealism.” (Directory of World Cinema: Italy, edited by Louis Bayman, Intellect Books Ltd, 2012. ProQuest Ebook Central,

The 2019 eLearning Symposium – call for papers extended!

eLearning Symposium 2019
The Call for Papers for the 2019 eLearning Symposium has been extended! The new deadline will be 31st October 2018, with presenters to be notified of acceptance by 15th November.

For more information about this event, which will run on Friday 25th January 2019, please see the eLearning Symposium website and the eLearning Symposium Twitter account.

Italian film showing this evening – Rome Open City – Roma Città Aperta

Italian flagWe are pleased to invite you to the first film of our Italy through its films series, featuring Rome Open City – Roma Città Aperta.

We will be meeting in Lecture Theatre B at Avenue Campus at 6:15pm on Monday 15th October and there will be a short introduction by Louis Bayman followed by a discussion after the screening. All welcome!

We are attaching a critique to the film which we hope will serve as a useful glimpse into this masterpiece of Neoralism.

Italy through its films – launch event tonight!

Italian flagYou are cordially invited to the launch of Italy through its Films on Monday 8th October 2018, Avenue Campus, Lecture Theatre B, 6pm to 7pm for an overview of the screening programme and an introduction to how to understand film as art and as a creative glimpse into the society it comes from. All welcome, book your free ticket via Eventbrite!

Please see below the list of films in our programme and also more details about each film.

Italian film season programme

Confucius Institute Open Day 2018

Confucius Day 2018On Wednesday 10th October the Confucius Institute is holding an open day in the Hartley Suite at Highfield Campus. The event will run from 5pm-7pm and with include Chinese music, cultural workshops and refreshments. There will be a jumble sale at SUSU selling Chinese-style accessories. This event is free – just turn up on the day!

There is more information on the downloadable event poster.

Open days this weekend

September 2018 open daysWelcome to everyone coming to the University of Southampton open days this weekend!

You can find out more about what’s on offer on the official University open day website and by following #UoSOpenDay on Twitter.

Don’t forget you can also follow our Twitter account @ModernLangs and take a look at our departmental website.

Enjoy your day!

The eLearning Symposium is back!

eLearning Symposium 2019

Following a three-year break, the department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton is delighted to invite you to the new re-branded eLearning symposium, previously successfully run by LLAS, the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies.

The Symposium will take place on Friday 25th January 2019 and the theme is “New perspectives: eLearning symposium rebooted. Language learning and technology in new educational landscapes.”

The key dates and further information can be found on the event website and Twitter account. If you have any questions, please email Erin Forward, the Conference Administrator, at We look forward to seeing you there!

The Basque Child Refugees from the Spanish Civil War – history and memory

28 June 2018 1330-1630: Building 6, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton

The University of Southampton, which houses the Basque Child Refugee Archive in its Special Collections, plays host to an afternoon of talks, followed by an opportunity to see a new exhibition of work by the artist Claire Hignett. Booking is essential.

• Introduction and welcome: Dr J Beswick, University of Southampton
• The Spanish Civil War and the battle for the souls of the Basque children: Dr P Anderson, University of Leeds
• The Basque children in Suffolk – a local study: Dr E Packard, University of Suffolk
• The Spanish Civil War refugees and the French “concentration” camps of 1939: Dr G S Soo, University of Southampton
• The teachers from Spain who accompanied the Basque children into exile: Carmen Kilner, Basque Children Association 1937
• Questions, discussion and summary: Dr G S Soo

From Bilbao to Southampton to Salford: an exhibition of work by Claire Hignett

1630-1730: Level 4 Gallery, Hartley Library, Highfield Campus

An opportunity to view the exhibition, with tea.

Booking instructions

Tickets for the event can be booked through Eventbrite.

Critical Realist Discourse Analysis, Motherhood and Gender: A Systematic Method of Analysis

4-6pm on Thursday 19th April, Building 6, Room 1081, Highfield Campus

In this talk, Dr Wendy Sims-Schouten (University of Portsmouth) proposes a method for undertaking applied critical realist discourse analysis (CRDA) with a specific focus on talk around motherhood, female employment and daycare generated from interviews with Dutch and English mothers (N=40).

This will be done through providing a framework, a method, for making sense of the participants’ narratives and accounts, looking at discursive and non-discursive factors through proposing three distinctive phases (a scaffolding phase, a data collection phase, and a synthesised discourse analysis phase) grounded in Bhaskar’s critical realist approach. Focusing on abduction, retroduction and Bhaskar’s (2014) ‘laminated systems’ (irreducible mechanisms that influence a phenomenon at different levels/scales) Sims-Schouten aims to provide insight into causal variables and structures that scaffold the participants’ narratives.

You can register for the talk on Eventbrite.

“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.