Queen's University

New department emphasizes importance of interdisciplinarity and collaboration

[Donato Santeramo]Donato Santeramo is the acting head of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers students the opportunity to learn languages, develop an understanding of literary and cultural traditions, and pursue studies in the field of linguistics.

The new department is the result of the amalgamation of the Department of Spanish and Italian and the Department of German which included Chinese, Japanese and Linguistics. Arabic is now also part of the department's offerings.

“The idea is to, on the one hand, ensure that the study of languages and literature is still featured here at Queen’s, but also to emphasize the study of languages and cultures, and the idea that you can’t really separate the two,” says Donato Santeramo, acting head of the department.

With twenty-five faculty members, many of whom are cross-appointed to other departments, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures emphasizes interdisciplinary opportunities for both students and faculty. There are also a wide variety of courses taught in English to advance internationalization and a better understanding of literatures and cultures from around the world.

Students can major in Spanish, German, or linguistics, or complete a medial or minor in a variety of subjects. The department also offers other courses including Arabic, Chinese and Japanese.

“We’re working on the possibility of expanding it even more, and being as inclusive as we can,” says Dr. Santeramo. “We can interact, we can work together, we can develop new ideas and be, in a sense, stronger.”

One of the department’s first events will be hosting the 2011 Brockington Visitorship Lecture featuring J. Edward Chamberlin, Professor Emeritus, Department of English and Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto. The lecture, ““A Covenant in Wonder of the World: Languages, Literature, and Learning,” takes place Sept. 28 at 4 pm in the Agnes Etherington auditorium.

For more information about the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures visit the website.

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