New Staff 2017

New Staff 2017

Issued: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:00:00 GMT

  • Ms Marie Meechan joined the School of Modern Languages and Cultures in September 2017 as permanent Head of School Administration after working in the School on a temporary basis for two months. Qualified in Social Sciences as well as Business and Accounting, Marie has an extensive background and rich experience working both in education and in the areas of business and finance. Most recently, she held a senior position with the National Autistic Society at Daldorch House School in Ayrshire. Her career has spanned roles in both state and independent schools and she has a genuine enthusiasm for education and welcomes the challenges SMLC brings.


  • Dr Manon Mathias joined the School of Modern Languages and Cultures in August 2017 as Lecturer (French). Manon Mathias worked as Lecturer in French at the University of Oxford (2010-2011), Bangor University (2011-2012), and the University of Aberdeen (2013-2017) before joining Glasgow in 2017. Her research examines the literary, visual, medical and scientific culture of nineteenth-century France. Her first monograph, Vision in the Novels of George Sand was published by OUP in 2015. She is now writing her next monograph, Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century French Culture. Her teaching mainly focuses on nineteenth-century texts and she has just launched ‘Food and Culture in France’ as a new Honours option. She is on the executive committee for the Medical Humanities Research Centre and chairs the Medical Humanities discussion group.

  • Elisa Segnini joined the School of Modern Languages and Cultures in July 2017 as Lecturer in Italian. She holds an MA in Modern Languages and Literature from the University of Bologna and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. Before moving to Scotland, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies in Canada, holding positions at Dalhousie University, The University of Western Ontario and the University of British Columbia. Her research relates to the fields of Comparative Literature, Translation Studies and Italian Studies and focuses primarily on two areas: transnational modernism and contemporary multilingual fiction. Her articles have appeared in journals such as The Journal of World Literature, The Journal of European Studies, Forum Italicum, the Italianist, The Canadian Review for Comparative Literature, The Pirandello Society of America. Her ongoing project, “Translating Culture for the Stage: The Case of Luigi Pirandello” is supported by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Her forthcoming book is entitled Fragments, Genious and Madness: Masks and Mask-Making in the Modernist Imagination. She is the co-editor of special issue of The Translator dedicated to multilingual fiction and self-translation in the Italian context, which is scheduled for publication in 2018. Her next project, titled “The Global travel of Italian Multilingual Fiction: Translation Routes and History” engages with fiction that involves more than one language and the routes through which it achieves international visibility.

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  • Miss Helen Colman joined the School of Modern Languages and Cultures in July as Administration Assistant in SMLC's Language Resources Library.
  • We also welcome two temporary lecturers in Portuguese Ms Madalena Bizarro and Dr Pedro Leal, as well as a temporary International Mobility Coordinator Natalie Finlayson.
  • This years's new Native Language Teachers who joined the School in September include Ms Beata Subczakas (Polish), Ms Claudia Martinez Mendez (Spanish), Miss Lea Masciocchi (French), Mr Salim El Akioui, Ms Emilie Guiraud. While the new Comparative Literature and International Mobility General Teaching Assitants are Hussein Mitha, Ana Markovic, Olga Alison, Eleanor Caldwell and Izumi Kuroda.
  • While we are welcoming newcomers, we would also like to greet the latest edition to the SMLC "family" George Patrick Michael Munro Hunt, born to Dr Jenny Munro Hunt, Learning & Teaching Administrator, on 1 October at 8am, weighing 8lb 1oz. Congratulations to Jenny and her husband John! 


  • And welcome to the world also Dante Filippi Veale, the newborn son of Guy and Rose who arrived at one minute past 5pm on 20th November, weighing a healthy 7lb2oz. Guy works in the Language Resources Library in SMLC. 


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