We’re delighted to confirm that Bill Marshall’s secondment as part-time Director of the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR; formerly the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies) has been renewed for a final period until 31 March 2014. The Institute is one of ten within the School of Advanced Study (SAS), located within the central University of London building at Senate House in Bloomsbury. Its mission is a UK-wide one, and consists of facilitating, promoting (and sometimes initiating) research in the Humanities.
Bill became Director of the then IGRS (Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies) in 2011, and his appointment there has led to major opportunities for Arts and Humanities at Stirling. Colleagues (and PhD students) from Modern Languages at Stirling have participated in an AHRC Skills Development programme on Film Studies and in Impact workshops and the Institute’s main journal has facilitated publications. Bill is currently working with Stirling colleagues on developing another AHRC Skills bid, on Africa and/in Modern Languages, and will be holding a meeting of conveners of Masters degrees in Translation Studies at the IMLR in a few months. A Stirling colleague and postgraduate student will also be organising there a colloquium on the new French horror cinema.
The IMLR will be celebrating its relaunch under the new name with a conference on Post-National Modern Languages on 7 December 2013, and we look forward to continuing to find ways for Stirling colleagues and students to take advantage of the opportunities our relationship with the IMLR offers over the months ahead.