Literatures, Languages & Cultures


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Meet our graduates: Shuangyi Li

The winner of this year’s Anna Balakian Prize is a three-time Edinburgh graduate who completed his PhD in French in 2015 and is now a Swedish Research Council Research Fellow at Lund University.

The digital humanities, the ‘Vandegrifter’, and me: Dr Robyn Pritzker

The recent English Literature PhD graduate traces her journey from book historian to digital encoder of Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson’s previously-unknown short stories.

Meet our graduates: Francesca Triggs

While working as a trainee solicitor, Francesca (MA Hons, 2017) has recently had her research on “Positive Energy” in Chinese discourse published in the British Journal of Chinese Studies.

Meet our graduates: Bárbara Fernández Melleda

Having completed her PhD in Chilean Women's Poetry in 2019, Bárbara is now an Assistant Professor in Latin American Studies at the University of Hong Kong.

PhD graduate wins Man Booker International Prize 2019

Jokha Alharthi reflects on her time in a "literature paradise" as a postgraduate student of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies in Edinburgh.

Meet our graduates: Harriet Warman

Based in the Scottish Borders, Harriet completed our Film Studies MSc in 2010 and is now Partnerships Coordinator at Regional Screen Scotland. She is also the founder of feminist film project, Behind the Curtain.

Meet our graduates: Katherine Irving

A film programmer and educator, Katherine completed our Film Studies MSc in 2014 and is now based in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She also teaches at Boston College.

Meet our graduates: Ian Kapuza

A Russian Studies and Politics graduate, Ian is now a Foreign Affairs Specialist at the United States’ National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

Meet our graduates: Davina Hill

Having graduated with an MA Hons in Chinese and French in 2015, Davina is now taking the Fast Stream through the Civil Service as part of a leadership development programme.

Meet our graduates: Zoë Vincent

Based in Fukushima City, Japan, Zoë graduated in 2015 with an MA Hons degree in Japanese Studies. She is Overseas Promotion Specialist at Fukushima Prefecture Tourism Association.

Meet our graduates: Felix von Helden

Based in Tokyo, where he is currently enrolled on the German Academic Exchange Service's Japanese Scholarship programme, Felix graduated in 2018 with an MSc in East Asian Relations.

Who's Watching Who now?

Film, Exhibition and Curation graduates Camilla Baier and Lauren Clarke tell us about screening ‘Writing Ensemble’ as part of the Being Human festival of engagement with humanities research.

Meet our graduates: Jack Smith

Based in the British Embassy in Beijing, Jack graduated in 2008 with an MA Hons degree in Chinese. He is Senior Communications Manager for UK Research and Innovation China.

Meet our graduates: Gemma Burnside

A photo of Gemma participating in a panel event at the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
A Development Officer for Lothians Equal Access Programme in Schools (LEAPS), Gemma graduated in 2011 with an MA Hons degree in French and Linguistics.

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