The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Glasgow is the home to scholars working in a variety of languages on a variety of cultures. As part of the College of Arts in the 4th oldest university in the English-speaking world, the School shares the University’s ambition to be a broad-based, research intensive institution with a global reach.
Because the School of Modern Languages and Cultures has for many decades consistently been a leading centre for research in modern languages, its research informs its undergraduate teaching and attracts postgraduate students. It disseminates its research through articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, through monographs and edited volumes, and through significant contributions to other media. Many of the School’s members are of recognisably international excellence, with notable strengths in visual cultures, mediaeval and early modern, and cultural history, while the wide range of languages available facilitates a critical engagement with the intercultural.
Stirling Maxwell Centre
The new Stirling Maxwell Centre builds upon the tradition of scholarship in the field of text/image interaction fostered by the Centre for Emblem Studies, whilst widening its scope so as to underline research in areas of modern visual culture. Our research is multidisciplinary, bringing together Modern Languages, History of Art, English and Scottish Literatures, Histories, History of Science, HATII, GCMRS, the Hunterian and Glasgow University Library, as well as working closely with external bodies (Glasgow Museums, Historic Scotland) and key partners across the world (University of Illinois, Getty Institute).
The Stirling Maxwell Centre fosters postgraduate research and contributes to undergraduate teaching. We hold regular seminars via the Glasgow Emblem Group, host visiting scholars as Stirling Maxwell Fellows, are actively involved in digitisation projects, and produce a book series, Glasgow Emblem Studies.
Language Centre Library
The Language Centre Library supports language learning and teaching within the University, providing a range of resources, facilities and training to all categories of users in support of the learning, teaching and research of the languages and cultures of the School, including a collection of digital, audio-visual and printed material.The Library is located on the ground floor of the Hetherington Building and offers some 10,000 items are currently available in 60 languages.
The Language Centre
The School's teaching is supported by the excellent technical resources in the Language Centre on the ground floor of the Hetherington Building. Multimedia, Internet, CALL and satellite facilities are available on site for students of languages.
SMLC Computing lab
The SMLC Computing Lab gives students access to : 24 PCs with CSCE installed as well as area specific software, a network printer and two wall-mounted plasma TVs.
Glasgow University Library
SMLC's research culture is nourished by a first-rank university library with substantial holdings in all major European languages and in congnate areas (English and Scottish language and literature, comparative literature, philosophy, etc.) and a richly endowed Special Collections department.
SMLC postgraduate research students host a series of postgraduate seminars and presentations, normally held at 5pm in the Stepek Seminar Room (317) in the Hetherington Building.
The School runs a research seminar series with invited speakers, normally on Wednesdays at 1pm in the Stepek Seminar Room (317) in the Hetherington Building.