PhD Success: Sophia Xiao

Dr Sophia Xiao recently completed her PhD thesis ('Rethinking Binarism in Translation Studies. A Case Study of Translating the Chinese Nobel Laureates of Literature') in Translation Studies in MLAC. We asked her to tell her more about her research, her future plans and her time in Durham.   Congratulations on your PhD! Can you tell… Continue reading PhD Success: Sophia Xiao


MLAC EVENTS BULLETIN: 4th-10th December

  Monday 4th December   Analysing Breaking Bad 17:30-18:45, ER157, Daniel Grausam, James Smith, Sam Thomas Breaking Bad is commonly regarded to be one of the greatest television dramas of all time. In this seminar Durham researchers will discuss how their current projects intersect with a variety of the show's themes. DANIEL GRAUSAM will discuss… Continue reading MLAC EVENTS BULLETIN: 4th-10th December

PhD Success: Marzia Beltrami

Dr Marzia Beltrami completed her PhD thesis ('The spatial dimension of narrative understanding. Exploring plot types in the narratives of A. Baricco, A. Camilleri, and I. Calvino') in Italian Studies in June at Durham University, after an MA in Oxford and a BA in Milan. We caught up with her to learn more about her… Continue reading PhD Success: Marzia Beltrami

PG Student News: Alexandre Burin’s critical edition of decadent French poet Jean Lorrain

Alexandre Burin is only starting his second year of PhD study in Durham, but he is already the co-editor of the first critical edition of Le Sang des Dieux, a poetry collection by fin-de-siècle French author Jean Lorrain. In his thesis (supervised by Dr Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze and Dr Sam Bootle), Alexandre explores the works of… Continue reading PG Student News: Alexandre Burin’s critical edition of decadent French poet Jean Lorrain

PhD Successes

As another academic year nears its end, it's time to recognise the achievements of four MLAC students who have recently completed their PhDs. Congratulations to all of you! Michael Foulkes has successfully defended his thesis “An Analysis of Writing as a Career in Seventeenth-century France Based on a Comparative Study of the Career Histories of Jean racine,… Continue reading PhD Successes

Upcoming MLAC Events

The MLAC events bulletin is now winding down for the year, but don’t miss these exciting events in the department over the next couple of weeks. Remember to send any MLAC-related stories to us here at the blog, using the contact buttons above. Conference: World Literatures and the New Totalitarianism 15th May 2017, 13:00, IMLR/Senate… Continue reading Upcoming MLAC Events


Monday 13th March Banipal Visiting Writer Fellow 2017, Ali Bader, reads from his short story 'The Corporal' and his new novel Liar Takes All 16:00-18:00, ER247 Iraqi author Ali Bader, the Banipal Visiting Writer Fellow 2017, will give a talk to MLaC staff and students with readings from his short story ‘The Corporal’ and his… Continue reading MLAC EVENTS BULLETIN 13th-19th March

MLAC EVENTS BULLETIN: 27th February – 5th March

Talks and Events  Monday 27th February IAS Fellows' Seminar - Urban Social Movements: contentious performances in a challenging era 13:00-14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Professor Ida Susser (Hunter College, USA) In the light of the sharp turn to the right in the United States and the same trends in many parts of Europe, this seminar… Continue reading MLAC EVENTS BULLETIN: 27th February – 5th March

MLAC EVENTS BULLETIN: 20th – 27th February

Monday 20th February IAS Fellows' Seminar - Aristotle’s Account of Measurement 13:00-14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Dr Barbara Sattler (University of St Andrews, UK) This paper analyses Aristotle’s account of measurement and shows how it allows him to react to problems with determining the quantity of a motion, as they arose from Zeno’s dichotomy… Continue reading MLAC EVENTS BULLETIN: 20th – 27th February


Monday 13th February IAS Fellows' Seminar - High-resolution in vivo imaging of the human retina: A window of opportunity for visual neuroscience 13:00-14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Professor Hannah Smithson (Oxford University, UK) Our research focuses on the neural mechanisms that underlie perception. Using a newly developed Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (AOSLO), which… Continue reading MLAC EVENTS BULLETIN: 13th-19th FEBRUARY