New directions: how languages promote research and internationalisation in higher education

Date: 23 April, 2010
Location: University of Glasgow - Gilmorehill G12 cinema - 9 University Avenue - G12 8QQ
Event type: Seminar

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This seminar is jointly organised by the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies and the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (University of Glasgow). It focuses on the important role played by languages in research and internationalisation in higher education and will include sharing of practice round the following themes:

  • Challenges of research: why languages are important in Humanities and Social Science research
  • Access to primary sources and the impact of reliance on translations
  • Contribution of the UK language-based area studies centres to research capacity
  • Community outreach
  • Internationalisation
  • Student perspectives on language needs in research.


  • There is no charge to attend this event for employees and postgraduate students of publicly funded UK higher educational institutions and other institutions with a subscription to the Higher Education Academy.
  • There is a charge of £50 for employees and postgraduate students of private institutions/organisations and non-UK institutions to attend this event.
  • Please note that we reserve the right to charge a £30 cancellation fee if you do not notify us at least 48 hours beforehand that you are unable to attend.
  • Full details of our charging policy are available.
  • Lunch will be provided.

Programme for 23 April 2010
Time Session
9.45-10.10 Registration and coffee
10.10-10.15 Welcome
Professor Richard R Berry, Director of the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow
10.15-10.45 Languages and Internationalisation of the postgraduate curriculum
Dr Clare McManus-Czubinska, Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow
10.45-11.15 Idolatrous Cannibals in Golden Palaces: How language knowledge improves research in East Asia
Dr Thomas McAuley, White Rose East Asia Centre, University of Sheffield
11.15-11.30 Coffee
11.30-12.00 Challenges of teaching and research in Islamic Law
Dr Ayesha Shahid, University of Hull
12.00-12.30 Teaching History at Newcastle
Professor Tim Kirk, Newcastle University

Lunch (Sponsored by Humbox)

Humbox Project presentation, Kate Borthwick, Subject Centre for LLAS

13.30-14.30 Languages meeting the challenges of postgraduate research in Humanities and Social Sciences: the research student perspective

Looking for Polish in the city
Rachel Clements, Newcastle University

Studying racism in Europe
Brendan McGeever, University of Glasgow

Studying Hungarian for research needs
Colin Vernall, University of Glasgow

Why language matters when conducting qualitative research
Taulant Guma, University of Glasgow

Theory, metaphor and translation:  why language matters to historians of science
Mary Bailes, University of Glasgow

14.30-14.45 Coffee
14.45-15.15 Opportunities for languages in universities’ internationalisation strategies: report on research findings
Dr Hannah Doughty, Scottish CILT, University of Strathclyde
15.15-16.00 Languages support for community outreach
“Are the Barn Doors Open?” Interpreting at Edinburgh Festival

Dr Margaret Tejerizo, University of Glasgow

Working with migrant communities
Professor Alison Phipps, University of Glasgow
16.00 Close