ALMC202 Beginners’ Arabic I
Wei Cai received a 4A result in the most recent SSHRC competition.
Congratulations to Isabel Woelfel, the recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II doctoral fellowship for next year.
In recognition of her work on a multimedia electronic corpus of bilingual speech and the textual analysis of an important newly discovered 17th-century manuscript, Olga Mladenova was awarded a Faculty of Arts Researcher Award.
Transatlantische Fiktionen – Transkulturelle Erinnerung / Transatlantic Fictions – Transnational Memory is a workshop taking place on April 29th and 30th with guests from Germany Carsten Gansel (Justus Liebig University, Giessen) and Christer Petersen (Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus). The workshop, organized by Cheryl Dueck and Florentine Strzelczyk, has been funded by UCI (University of Calgary International) to support the internationalization attempts of GSEA and its German graduate program to build a dual degree graduate program with the University of Giessen. The workshop serves two purposes: we will explore the idea of transatlantic fictions and transnational memory to see if this could be a viable umbrella under which we could train graduate students together, and we will discuss how to structure, administer and fund such a transatlantic dual degree graduate program.
ALMC202 Beginners’ Arabic I
GSEA and the Language Research Centre, in partnership with the Goethe Institute, will offer a B1 test, based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages on May 2, 2013. Registration for the test is $130. DEADLINE: April 29, 2013. For information about the tests, including sample tests, see the Goethe Institute’s website. For further questions, contact lrc [at] ucalgary [dot] ca.
The department of GSEA is pleased to offer, beginning this fall, a pilot program in Arabic Language and Middle East Cultures. Modern Arabic is of great political, cultural and economic importance. The knowledge of classical Arabic texts, for example, is of prime importance to students and researchers of history, religious studies, classics, philosophy, medieval studies, and comparative literature. To many students of contemporary global politics and international relations, proficiency in modern Arabic is essential. Within the city of Calgary alone, Arabic is among the three most frequently spoken and written languages. There is an equally strong demand for courses about Muslim societies and cultures that are not confined to the Middle East, but stretch from Africa, through the Arab and Persianate world, and into Asia and the West. GSEA will offer Arabic language courses for beginners as well as a course on Middle East Civilizations and Cultures.