Languages @ UCLan
LIS Department: Leading the Way for Conferences!!!

In the course of the current academic year, the Department of Languages and International Studies has organised two high-profile conferences, attracting considerable interest and feedback. Working in collaboration with colleagues from Lancaster University and The American University of Paris in France, Dr Mark Orme, Principal Lecturer in Languages, organised an international and interdisciplinary conference on the French Algerian writer Albert Camus (1913-1960) in Paris in September 2004. As is indicated by the title of the event - ‘Albert Camus in the 21st Century’ – the aim of the conference was to re-evaluate the thinking of this renowned intellectual in the context of today’s socio-political and cultural climate. The event proved to be truly international, with contributors to the event travelling from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United States and the United Kingdom. The event was also truly interdisciplinary, as Camus’s work was reassessed through disciplines as diverse as Literary Studies, Bio-Ethics, Morality and Politics. Commenting on the conference, Mark Orme said, ‘It is amazing that the thinking of one writer is able to touch so many different academic subjects. The event brought together students and teachers from across the globe and everyone left Paris inspired.’ A publication of the conference proceedings is now planned.

Equally exciting was the conference ‘Moving Forward with Languages’, organised by Joan Philp, Senior Lecturer in French and Study Skills Support, which took place in Preston in January 2005. The event was an opportunity for staff teaching languages from across the country to come together to share good practice and to discuss the exciting range of initiatives that are currently taking place in language-teaching in Universities across the sector. Among the sessions given on the day were contributions investigating drama as a tool for teaching language and intercultural issues; ways of developing web-based learning for the teaching of Modern Languages; and innovative approaches to the teaching of British Sign Language.

The Department is planning to publish the proceedings, so watch this space for the full story!
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