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2015

July

£1.7m ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Professor Simon Gaunt
Congratulations to Professor Simon Gaunt from the Department of French who has been awarded a £1.7m European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant, for a project called The Values of French Language and Literature in the European Middle Ages.

Stathis Kouvelakis says Europe's negotiations with Greece have been 'a deadly trap'
Syriza flags by Ben Folley/FlickrKing's College London's Stathis Kouvelakis, a reader in the Department of French and Syriza central committee member, says the way that the Greek crisis has played out "marks the end of a certain idea, or rather, a certain illusion of Europe".

May

Department of French flies high in independent rankings
King's is London's top university to study French, according to the Complete University Guide 2016.

April

Gapper Postgraduate Essay success in the Department of French
We are pleased to announce that a former MA student in the Department of French, Matthew Siôn Lampitt, is the winner of the Society for French Studies' 2015 R. H. Gapper Postgraduate Essay Prize. 

March  

Stathis Kouvelakis in conversation with Alain Badiou
Dr Stathis Kouvelakis, Reader in Political Theory, talks to French philosopher Alain Badiou about the political implications of the current situation in Greece and about Syriza, of whose central committee he is a member. The discussion is in French.

2014

December

King's Modern Languages ranked 9th in the UK
The Modern Languages departments at King’s College London are pleased to announce that they have been ranked 9th in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) power rankings. The power rankings indicate the quality and quantity of research activity while the REF assesses the quality of research taking place between 2008 and 2013 in UK higher education institutions. Modern Languages also performed well in terms of impact with 100% of their research rated as having an outstanding (4*) or considerable reach and significance. Overall, 79% of Modern Languages research was assessed as being of a world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) standard. 

August  

French at King’s second in the National Student Survey 2014
The results of the National Student Survey 2014 are in, and the overall satisfaction of students who graduated from programmes in French at King's in 2014 was 98%.

April

King's team wins national competition
Students from the Department of French win the Law School Challenge 2013/14.

March

Careers Alumni Speed Meet
A Careers Alumni Speed Meet was held for students in the Department of French on 25 February 2014.

January

Heads of Departments argue importance of French and German 
Erica Carter , head of German, and Patrick Ffrench , head of French, have had an article published in Times Higher Education railing against David Cameron's assertion that school pupils in the UK 'should look beyond...French and German', instead choosing Mandarin.

2013

October

Dr Andrew Counter receives a 2013 Philip Leverhulme Prize
Dr Counter has been recognised by the Leverhulme Trust for his research on the intersections of law, politics, sexuality and literature in nineteenth-century France.  

New publication -Professor Simon Gaunt
Simon Gaunt, Professor of French Language and Literature had his latest book 'Marco Polo's Le Devisement du Monde Narrative Voice, Language and Diversity' published by D. S. Brewer during the summer.

Dr Sanja Perovic interviewed for New Books in French Studies podcast
The latest New Books in French Studies podcast features an interview with Sanja Pervoic from the Department of French.

July

Using e-tools to facilitate international collaborations and enhance language teaching report

Dr Soizick Solman’s (Director of Language Teaching in the Department of French) student translation project with the Université du Maine has been highlighted as a case study in a recent report produced by The Higher Education Academy.

 

Forum for Modern Language Studies (FMLS) 2013 Forum Prize
Congratulations to Dr Andrew Counter, Lecturer in the Department of French who has won the Forum for Modern Language Studies (FMLS) 2013 Forum Prize.

Critically acclaimed novelist appointed Creative Entrepreneur in Residence

The novelist Tony White, who is best known for his critically acclaimed London-based novel Foxy-T has been appointed Creative Entrepreneur in Residence at King's College London, as part of a programme run by Creativeworks London. 

June

Research in action
The School of Arts & Humanities has launched a new series of podcasts offering an informative taste of some of the most exciting and topical research across the arts and humanities.  The series kicks off this week with Andrew Counter’s Love and sex under the Bourbon Restoration, which explores how writers from different social classes considered questions of love, sex and sexuality in Nineteenth-century France.

Moving up the ranks
The School of Arts & Humanities has achieved exceptional results in the Guardian University guide 2014 subject league tables released last week, with seven out of eight subject areas being rated in the top 10 in the country.

May

Paragraph: A Journal  of Modern Critical Theory prize
Dr Jo Malt has won the inaugural prize for her article entitled 'The Blob and the Magic Lantern: On Subjectivity, Faciality and Projection'.

March

Alumni Careers Speed Meet held for Languages Students
On 5 March 2013 an Alumni Careers Speed Meet was held for students in the Department of French, organised by students from the department.

February

New publication - Dr Craig Moyes
Dr Craig Moyes, Lecturer in the Department of French has recently had his book Furetière’s Roman bourgeois and the Problem of Exchange published by Legenda.

January

Dr Emily Butterworth wins Natalie Zemon Davis Prize
Dr Emily Butterworth has won the Natalie Zemon Davis prize for the best essay published annually in the Toronto journal Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme.

2012

December

Sévigné studentship
The Department of French is delighted to announce the establishment of a Sévigné studentship for one full-time student on the MA in French Literature and Culture in 2013-14. A further award will be available for 2014-15.  

Interim Head of School
Professor Simon Gaunt, Professor of French Language and Literature has been appointed as interim Head of School for Arts & Humanities.  Professor Gaunt takes up his post on 1 January 2013 for 12 months.

October

NSS Results 2012
The Department of French is pleased to announce that 93% of final year students in 2011-12 were satisfied with the quality of their course.

New publication - Dr Sanja Perovic
Dr Sanja Perovic has recently had her book The Calendar in Revolutionary France -Perceptions of Time in Literature, Culture, Politics published by Cambridge University Press.

August

New appointments in the Department of French
The Department of French is pleased to announce that three new members of staff will be joining during the course of the 2012-13 academic year.

Malcolm Bowie Prize
Dr Andrew Counter who joins the department in September has been awarded the Society for French Studies 2011 Malcolm Bowie prize.

Adam Translation Project
In the academic year 2012-13 the Department will launch a project, in conjunction with Christopher Mourant, a PhD student in the Department of German, to translate a series of articles by prominent French authors of the 20th century included in the bilingual review ADAM. 

May

Department of French academic awarded Teaching Excellence Award
The Department of French is pleased to announce that Dr Jo Malt, Senior Lecturer has been awarded a King’s Teaching Excellence Award.

King's College London & IGRS win AHRC award for PhD skills programme in Modern Languages and Film
The Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies has been successful in obtaining a £38k award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, in the framework of their Skills Development Call. The IGRS will be working closely with colleagues from King's College London on this project.

March

Careers Speed Meet
A Careers Speed Meet was held on 6 March for all students in the Departments of French, European & International Studies, German and Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies.

New AHRC grant - Dr Hector Kollias Queer Theory in France
The project seeks to interrogate the relatively late arrival of queer theory in France, particularly given the fact that the influence of French post-war thought in the development of queer theory in the American and British intellectual context is undeniable.

February

Technology enables cross-channel student translation project
A cross-channel collaborative project between the Department of French and the Université du Maine in France is using innovative technology to help develop collaboration and community skills and prepare students for the social workplace.

January

Reading Proust
This year a new experimental blog project, linked to the final-year module on Proust, gives students and staff the opportunity to share their thoughts on the experience of reading a great monument of European literature, A la recherche du temps perdu.

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