Literatures, Languages & Cultures


News and features from the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

Supporting linguistic diversity in Scotland

Isla Parker by a lake in the Scottish highlands
Creating opportunities for Gaelic language use within the University of Edinburgh and strengthening relationships with the wider Gaelic community, Isla Parker talks to us about her role as the University’s Gaelic and Community Relations Officer and reflects on her own journey as a Gaelic speaker.

In memoriam: Professor Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila

Photo of Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila with text saying in memoriam
Colleagues in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies reflect on the passing of Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila, renowned scholar of classical Arabic and Persian literature, culture and historiography.

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: Iskandar Sattibaev

Iskandar Sattibaev smiling at the camera with green hills and forest in the background
A comparative literature graduate, Iskandar is the creator of SpeakEng, a mobile application helping over 100,000 people learn English in a fun and accessible way, which won him the British Council’s Study UK Alumni Award 2023 in the category for Culture and Creativity.

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.

The art of translating culture and place

Photo of Esther standing at the foot of the steps to the Temple of Heaven in Beijing
Teaching Fellow Esther Tyldesley tells us about her PEN Translates award-winning work on The Sacred Clan by Liang Hong.

Writing across borders

Photo of a visitor to Talbot Rice Gallery looking at one of the panels from the exhibition the nature of difference
We speak to Hephzibah Israel about the research and creative process behind her exhibition மொழிபெயர்ப்பு / the nature of difference.

The Sparkling World of the Year 24 Group wins the David Laing Prize 2023

Photo of Francesca standing in front of a bookcase with her collection
Francesca Lutje-Wilkes, a final year student of Japanese, has won the University’s book collecting prize for her collection of the historical work of female manga artists.

Meet our graduates: Francisca Da Silveira

Head and shoulders photo of Francisca Da Silveira on a beach with her hood up
Working full time as a playwright, Francisca Da Silveira has held two year-long fellowships and had plays staged across the USA this year. She is a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2023 finalist.

Meet our graduates: Lynn Houmdi

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Twenty years after her first degree, Lynn completed an award-winning MSc in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and now drives forward skills and training for social businesses tackling global challenges.

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