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Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Department of Linguistics
& Germanic, Slavic, Asian
and African Languages

 

Our department focuses on three areas: linguistics, cultural studies, and language learning and teaching. We are dedicated to quality teaching, research and outreach.

The faculty places great emphasis on the education of students, from first-year undergraduates through advanced doctoral candidates and on to active research that not only explores cutting-edge theoretical and applied issues but is also closely linked to educational goals and engages students in the classroom. Collectively, departmental teaching and research reflect continuing concern for the local, national and global community.

By the very interdisciplinary nature of the fields represented in the department, issues of how language reflects the nature of the human mind, how language is acquired, the interaction of language and culture, minority perspectives, diversity and internationalization lie at the center of our activities.

 

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  • i-Narratives: Multicultural Perspectives on Telling the Self
    2016-10-05 17:00:00 2016-10-05 19:00:00 40 i-Narratives: Multicultural Perspectives on Telling the Self

    Round Table and Discussion

    Wednesday 5 October, 2016

    5-7 PM, B106-Wells Hall

    This round table reflects on various kinds of self-narratives from multicultural perspectices (Arabic, French, Italian, Japanese Cultures and French Linguistics). To be inclusive of self-narratives of all times up to current writing practices and discursive expressions of the self in digital environments, we propose to use the term i-Narratives. Panelists will discuss their work with i-Narratives and the construction/deconstruction of self, a sense of self, its role in the construction of identity and its expressions, subjectivity, and narrative agency. Questions to be discussed may include but are not restricted to:

    · How have you approached the study of self-narratives or self-identities in our areas of study?

    · How do you consider the relationship among self-identity-subjectivity-agency?

    · How static or dynamic is the self in these texts that could be called i-Narratives or ego-documents?

    With the participation of:

    Ehsan Ahmed - French

    Joseph Francese - Italian

    Elizabeth Mittman - German

    Catherine Ryu - Japanese

    Camelia Suleiman - Arabic

    Anne Violin-Wigent - French Linguistics

     

    Round table moderated by: Safoi Babana-Hampton (French) and Rocío Quispe-Agnoli (Spanish)

    ~This event is free and open to the public~

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  • Study Abroad Fair
    2016-10-06 12:00:00 2016-10-06 18:00:00 40 Study Abroad Fair

    http://studyabroad.isp.msu.edu/safair/

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  • The Civilization of Clashes Managing Moral Conflict
    2016-10-07 16:00:00 2016-10-07 17:30:00 40 The Civilization of Clashes Managing Moral Conflict

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  • L&L Co-Sponsoring - Gender Relations and Representations in Asian Muslim Cont...
    2016-10-13 16:00:00 2016-10-13 18:00:00 40 L&L Co-Sponsoring - Gender Relations and Representations in Asian Muslim Contexts and Beyond

    The Linguistics and Languages Department is co-sponsoring “Gender Relations and Representations in Asian Muslim Contexts and Beyond” panel featuring Soma Chaudhuri (MSU, Sociology), Jamil Hanifi (MSU, Anthropology), and Jyotsna Singh (MSU, English)

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  • Classical Chinese Music and Theater Concert
    2016-10-26 18:30:00 2016-10-26 21:00:00 40 Classical Chinese Music and Theater Concert

    In collaboration with the Asian Studies Center and other campus units, the Chinese program is presenting a concert of classical Chinese music and theater and a related workshop in October. The events will feature a nine-person Nanguan 南管 music and theater troupe from Taiwan, accompanied by Shih-Hui Chen, Professor and Chair of Composition and Theory at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University. Admission is free. Please consider announcing both events in your syllabus and encouraging your students to attend. If any of your students are interested in volunteering as ushers, please let me know. A flyer will soon be circulated. 

     

    10/26, Wednesday 

    6:30 pm: Reception. 

    7:00 pm: Concert. RCAH Theater, lower (terrace) level of Snyder Hall (362 Bogue St.). Free admission.

     

    10/27, Thursday 

    10:20-11:40 am. B310 Wells Hall

    Student workshop with Nanguan musicians and actors. Lecture by Prof. Shih-Hui Chen on incorporating traditional musical elements into contemporary compositions. 

     

    Free Admission

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  • Classical Chinese Music and Theater Workshop
    2016-10-27 10:20:00 2016-10-27 11:40:00 40 Classical Chinese Music and Theater Workshop

    10:20-11:40 am. B310 Wells Hall

    Student workshop with Nanguan musicians and actors. Lecture by Prof. Shih-Hui Chen on incorporating traditional musical elements into contemporary compositions. 

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  • Careers in Language Info Session
    2016-10-27 15:30:00 2016-10-27 17:00:00 40 Careers in Language Info Session

    Careers in Language Info Session

    October 27th, 3:30 – 5 pm, B-119 Wells

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  • L&L Co-Sponsoring - Reflections on India’s 1947 Partition
    2016-11-02 19:00:00 2016-11-02 21:00:00 40 L&L Co-Sponsoring - Reflections on India’s 1947 Partition

    The Linguistics and Languages Department is co-sponsoring “Reflections on India’s 1947 Partition” Rajmohan Gandhi (Illinois; grandson of Mahatma Gandhi)

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  • JEWISH STUDIES FACULTY/STUDENT RESEARCH SEMINAR
    2016-11-18 10:00:00 2016-11-18 11:30:00 40 JEWISH STUDIES FACULTY/STUDENT RESEARCH SEMINAR

    Voices from the Holocaust: Testimonies by French Survivors
    Anna Norris will examine the audiovisual testimonies of French Holocaust survivors in the archive of the Memorial de la Shoah of Paris, France. Dr. Norris discusses the reasons that so little research has been done on French survivors’ testimonies, especially those of women who were discouraged from testifying until recently, and underscores the critical importance of hearing those voices. Co-sponsored by James Madison College.

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  • KESSLER FILM EVENT
    2016-12-06 19:00:00 2016-12-06 21:30:00 40 KESSLER FILM EVENT

    Son of Saul, directed by Laszlo Nemes
    Winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Son of Saul follows a Hungarian Jewish prisoner (Gez Rohrig) in Auschwitz who works as a Sonderkommando, participating as a cog in the Nazis’ extermination machine. In a haunting exploration of the struggle to maintain one’s humanity in the midst of so much killing, Saul is determined to give the body of a young boy a proper Jewish burial. Amy Simon will introduce the film, provide comments at the conclusion, and then lead a discussion about the film. Co-sponsored by James Madison College

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The Ling Lang Letter

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The Program from our April 9th Department Alumni Reunion:

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