Archived ebulletin: February 2007

News summary

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This bulletin contains information on the following:

  1. Subject centre events
    • 1.1 Area Studies and the Globalised World Conference
    • 1.2 Preparing our students for the languages professions: implications for the curriculum
    • 1.3 Digital Language Labs
    • 1.4 Postgraduate Conference: Identity information
    • 1.5 Linking Teaching and Research in languages, linguistics and area studies
    • 1.6 Subject Centre Department Visits
    • 1.7 ESD: Call for Scotland Mini-Project bids
    • 1.8 Virtual Learning Environment Languages User Group - 3rd Annual Meeting New Horizons in VLE use for languages
  2. Funding opportunities and calls for bids
    • 2.1 Routes into Languages
    • 2.2 Student Award 2007
    • 2.3 Mini-project Funding
    • 2.4 ESD : Call for Scotland Mini-Project bids
  3. Events, call for papers, news from other institutions or organisations
    • 3.1 Link to other events
    • 3.2 Pragmatics and Intercultural Communication 'The PIC Project'
    • 3.3 Erasmus Mundus Workshop and Help Desk

1. Subject centre events

1.1 Area Studies and the globalised world conference

Tuesday 27 February 2007,
British Library Conference Centre, London

LLAS has joined with the British Library (Eccles Centre), the UK Council for Area Studies Associations (UKCASA) and the Canadian High Commision in London to organise this high profile conference. Keynote speakers are Lord Giddens (London School of Economics) and John Ralston Saul, Co-chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. There is a charge of 27.00 to attend the conference. A full programme and downloadable registration form is available at our events page

1.2 Preparing our students for the languages professions: implications for the curriculum

Friday 9 March 2007,
Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London

This conference aims to take a broader perspective on the languages professions. It will focus on the graduate skills and competences that are valued by employers and will examine ways in which universities can make key employability skills more explicit to languages students. There will be contributions from employers and careers advisors and presentations on innovative university language programmes which are designed to prepare students for the world of work.

To register, please go to: our events page

1.3 Digital language labs: exploring good practice

Thursday 15 March 2007,
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London

The Centre of Excellence in Multimedia Language Learning at the University of Ulster, is delighted to announce that it is organising a Symposium entitled: Digital Language Labs: Exploring Good Practice.

This one-day event, assisted by the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, will take place at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS at the University of London on 15 March 2007. It will provide an opportunity for colleagues to critically explore pedagogy-led use of digital labs in language learning and to share best practice.

A programme will be available soon on our events page. Please visit that site for more information and to register for the event.

1.4 Postgraduate conference: identity information

4 April 2007,
University of Manchester

The Subject Centre is sponsoring a lecture at this event, which will be the first ever conference to incorporate all the departments in the Faculty of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures at The University of Manchester. This exciting inaugural event aims to be all inclusive and embrace all modern foreign languages; it will treat the notion of Identity Formation in literature, art, film and media studies. Full details, including a call for papers, are available on the University of Manchester's website. For further details, please go to: our events page

1.5 Linking teaching and research in Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies

Tuesday 10th July 2007,
Avenue Campus, University of Southampton

Cost 40 (20 for postgraduate students) Debates about the links between teaching and research in UK higher education have intensified in recent years, as both teaching and research have come under increased pressure for performance, accountability and assessment.

Keynote speakers:
Clare Mar-Molinero, Head of Modern Languages, School of Humanities, University of Southampton Alan Jenkins, Westmininster Institute, Oxford Brooks University Registration is now open for this event. A provisional programme is available on the event page

1.6 Departmental visits

Members of Subject Centre staff are available to visit individual departments on request.

For a menu of visit options see our departmental visits page

1.7 Virtual learning environment languages user group - 3rd annual meeting. New Horizons in VLE use for languages

29 March 2007,
Nottingham Trent University

This event is being organised by the VLE Languages User Group and the LLAS Subject Centre is assisting with registrations.

For further details please contact Trevor Pull at: and to register please email the Subject Centre at:

2. Funding oppportunities and calls for bids

2.1 Routes into languages

Routes into Languages: Calls for Bids and update

  1. Routes into Languages has now issued calls for bids for HEIs to establish
    • Regional consortia for cross-sector collaboration
    • Two national networks, one for translation, one for interpreting
    • Deadline for submission of proposals: 30 March 2007
    • More information at the Routes website
  2. Research project: Languages and International events
    The Routes into Languages team is re-issuing the call for bids for this research project.

Research question: What is the role of HE Language Departments in high profile international events, both in supporting the events, and in the embedding legacies of language-learning and cultural awareness?

Funding available: 40,000 including VAT and overheads for a nine month project Deadline for submission of proposals: 30 March 2007

For the latest information on all aspects of the Routes into Languages Programme including the outcome of the bids for the Community Languages and Enterprise research projects, go to the Routes website

2.2 Student award 2007

The Subject Centre is giving students the chance to offer their opinions and experiences in a 1000-word essay entitled What advice would you give to students starting your course? This opportunity is open to anyone studying Languages, Linguistics or Area Studies as part of their HE course. There is a 250 prize for the winning entry, which will be featured on the Subject Centre website. For further details see our news page. If you would like some competition postcards and/or posters, please email the Subject Centre at:

Closing date 16th March 2007

2.3 Funding available - mini-projects

Deadline : 10 February 2007

The Subject Centre is pleased to announce a new round of funding available for mini-projects in the following Subject Areas:

Area Studies, Literary, Cultural and Political Studies (as part of a modern languages programme), Theoretical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Phonetics and Phonology, Computational Linguistics

Expressions of interest giving an outline of the proposed project, budget requested and expected outcomes should be sent to the Subject Centre at: by 10th February 2007.
For more information see our news item

2.4 ESD : Call for Scotland mini-project bids

The HE Academy Education for Sustainable Development Project has issued a call for grant funding bids from Scottish HE Institutions designed to promote and disseminate good practice in this area.

For more information on this please email John Canning on DEADLINE : Midday on 16 April 2007

3. Events, call for papers, news from other institutions or organisations

3.1 External events

Please visit our events page for events, calls for papers, news items which are not organised by LLAS Subject Centre.

3.2 Pragmatics and intercultural communication 'The Pic Project'

Announcement of the end of the project's funding period and its findings so far.
Please see the news article

3.3 Erasmus mundus workshop and help desk

15 February 2007,
Regent's College, Regent's Park, London

In anticipation of the next deadline for the submission of applications under Action 1 of the Erasmus Mundus Programme which is 30 April 2007 the UK Socrates-Erasmus Council is holding a WORKSHOP and HELP DESK to provide information on the key features of the Programme and guidance on the application process. The workshop will run from 10.00 am to 15.00 pm and the charge to attend will be 50.

For further information please visit the Erasmus events page

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Sue Nash
Senior Administrator
Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies
Modern Languages
School of Humanities
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ

tel: 023 8059 4814
fax: 023 8059 4815

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