Department of European Languages and Cultures

News and features

News and features from our community in European languages and cultures.

How Latin American feminist theory can help battle toxic masculinity

Photo of Elisabeth standing on the seashore looking directly at the camera
Elisabeth Goemans, a PhD candidate in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, tells us about writing an opinion piece for the newspaper De Standaard, and what happened next.

Meet our graduates: Carolina Orloff

A Latin American Literature PhD graduate, Carolina is the co-founder of publishing house, Charco Press.

Meet our graduates: Harry Richards

Harry Richards on set
Having graduated with an MA in Spanish and History in 2020, filmmaker Harry’s short film SANTI was selected for the BFI Future Film Festival 2022.

Meet our graduates: Anke-Beate Stahl

Anke-Beate Stahl in her studio
Artist, curator and teacher Dr Anke-Beate Stahl came to Edinburgh in 1989 as an undergraduate student to study Swedish and Old Icelandic and fell in love with Scotland.

Meet our graduates: Becky Waterton

Photo of Becky Waterton
Deputy Editor of The Local in Sweden, Becky graduated with an MA (Hons) in German and Scandinavian Studies in 2017.

Festive festschrifts – graduates edit books in honour of PhD mentors

Ian Giles and Chris Cooijmans holding their books by the Swedish Runestone
We sit down with Scandinavian Studies graduates Christian Cooijmans and Ian Giles, editors of two new books honouring the work of their PhD supervisors Arne Kruse and Bjarne Thorup Thomsen.

In memoriam: Derek Wagg and Sheila Wagg, née Millar

Former Hispanic Studies student, Susan Harrison, pays tribute to two long-standing members of our languages’ community.

Languages in the community - welcoming Ukrainian families to Edinburgh

Photo of Katia Popova at Old College, University of Edinburgh. It is a head and shoulders shot; she is looking at the camera.
In an updated article, we hear from the award-winning Ekaterina Popova and her students about helping Ukrainian refugees adjust to life in Edinburgh.

Meet our graduates: Rosie Hedger

Winner of an English PEN Translates Award, Rosie is a Scandinavian Studies graduate who specialises in translating Norwegian literature into English.

Out of the classroom, into the cinema

We talk to students Lucy, Nina, Ella and Harriet about their involvement in the eighth Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival.