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Global, Cultural & Language Studies

The Department of Global, Cultural and Language Studies is a newly created department with an emphasis on European and European Union Studies and Asian Studies, studied from contemporary political, social, cultural and language perspectives. The department collaborates with China through the Confucius Institute, and with Europe and the European Union through the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE); engages with business or community groups that wish to reach out to Asia and Europe and provides teaching in international competence.

The Department works innovatively to equip graduates for careers in some of the major continents and societies of the globalised world in ways that ensure relationships are strengthened and mutual benefit, respect and understanding are established.

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News and Events

Asian Studies at NZ Asia Conference

11th December 2015 The Asian Studies Section played a key role in the recent successful NZASIA Conference that was hosted on campus November 29 – December 1. Read more...

NZ South Asia Presence at NZ Asia Conference

4th December 2015: The New Zealand South Asia Centre (NZSAC) made a significant contribution to the NZAsia conference hosted by the School of Language, Social, and Political Sciences (LSAP) November 29-December 1, with panels convened by three core members. Read more...

Evgeny Pavlov Presents Research in Europe

4th December 2015: Associate Professor Evgeny Pavlov was a short-term research fellow at the Institute for Slavistics at Humboldt University, Berlin in November. Read more...

European and EU Studies Researchers Present at NZ Asia Conference at UC

4th December 2015: "EU Global Perceptions” team – Associate Professor Natalia Chaban of E & EUS, Dr Serena Kelly (Post-Doctoral Fellow and E & EUS Lecturer), Dr Olga Gulyaeva (Post-Doctoral Fellow) and Connor Pokoati (E & EUS BA (Honours) Graduate – presented their research on EU perceptions and images in Asia Pacific at the NZ Asia 2015 conference at the University of Canterbury on December 1. Read more...

UC Well Represented at EU Conference in Auckland

27 November 2015: The New Zealand European Union Centre Network (EUCN), a network of all eight New Zealand universities based at the University of Canterbury, held an international conference on 23+24 November in Auckland. Read more...

Research Presentations at Australasian EU Conference

27 November 2015: Associate Professor Natalia Chaban, Dr Milenko Petrovic, Dr Serena Kelly and an Honours student Ashleigh Alberts, all of the European and EU Studies, presented their papers at the Annual EU Centre Conference “Europe: New Leadership, New Directions” Read more...

Research Training for a New International Research Project

20 November 2015: On November 15-18, Associate Professor Natalia Chaban is leading the first research training of the team of researchers within the framework of the project “Crisis, conflict and critical diplomacy: EU perceptions in Ukraine and Israel/Palestine” (C3EU). Read more...

Reporting Research Findings to EU Policy Makers

20 November 2015: On November 11, Associate Professor Natalia Chaban and Professor Martin Holland presented final findings of their research at the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels. Read more...

Transnational Research Project Launched

20 November 2015: On November 7-8, In Brussels Associate Professor Natalia Chaban, with Professor Martin Holland, led a Launch Meeting of the new international research project “Crisis, conflict and critical diplomacy: EU perceptions in Ukraine and Israel/Palestine” (C3EU) Read more...

Natalia Chaban Gives Master Class in Darmstadt

06 November 2015: On November 2, Associate Professor Natalia Chaban of European and EU Studies gave a methodology master class for the MA students at Technical University Darmstadt (TUD), Germany, introducing them to the original methodology in the studies of EU external perceptions. Read more...

Susan Bouterey Attends Workshop in Tokyo

30 October 2015: Dr Susan Bouterey is currently in Tokyo, after being invited to attend an international workshop hosted by Tohoku University on “Reviewing Humanities and Qualitative Social Sciences Projects and the Role of Researchers After Earthquake Disasters.” Read more...

Life in Fukushima

30 October 2015: On 22 October, former UC Japanese student William Vosburgh and 2 colleagues from Fukushima Prefectural Government visited UC to give a public lecture on life in Fukushima since the 2011 disaster. Read more...

Technology in Language Learning

30 October 2015: Senior Tutor Vera Leier and Dr Masayoshi Ogino made presentations at the “Using Technology: 2nd UC Learning & Teaching Languages Symposium” on 21 October. Read more...

Victoria Escaip Wins Most Positive Award

2 October 2015: At the Lecturer of the Year Awards 2015 event, Senior Tutor Victoria Escaip from the Spanish Programme received, in the category of Special Awards of the Year, the Most Positive Award. Read more...

Can We Capitalise the Name Confucianism

2 October 2015: Dr Xiaoming Wu was invited to speak at an international conference, The Dialogue Between Confucianism and European Cultures: Withering or Developing Confucianism in the Era of Globalization. Read more...

Language Learning Stakeholder Summit

24 September 2015: Associate Professor Adam Lam and Dr Masayoshi Ogino were invited to Language Learning Stakeholder Summit at the University of Auckland on 19 Sept. The theme for discussion was "What actions can we take to strengthen Learning Languages in NZ schools without policy?” Read more...

Celebrating Research Excellence

18 September 2015: The European and European Union Studies of the Global, Cultural & Language Studies Department end this school year with a great achievement in teaching. Teaching excellence of its staff has been recognised by the students and four educators have been nominated for the UCSA Teaching Awards 2015! Read more...

Exhibition Opens In Westport

18 September 2015: Associate Professor Susanne Ledanff has her sole exhibition of paintings "Mirages – Christchurch – Berlin" at the Interspace Gallery in the Art Hotel in Westport. The exhibition opened on the 11th of September and runs until the 4th of October. Read more...

2015 Model EU Event Back on Campus

28 August 2015: The New Zealand European Union Centres Network (EUCN), in partnership with the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE) and UN Youth Canterbury, are excited to have the 2015 Model EU event back on campus. This year’s event theme, UNSETTLED – The EU’s Response to Migration and Refugees in the Mediterranean in 2015, looks at the asylum seeker crisis facing Europe. Read more...

UC Japanese Welcomes Japanese teenagers

24 August 2015: On 11 August, the Japanese Programme welcomed 10 Japanese teenagers from the Tohoku region into language classes and organised a lunch, chat, and performance session for them.  They were in Christchurch as part of the Support-Our-Kids homestay programme, which was established after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake for Tohoku children who had lost parents or had their lives otherwise disrupted as a result of the earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear disaster. Read more...

UC German visits Burnside High School

24 August 2015: Vera Leier from the UC German program, together with three of her students, went to visit Burnside High School and to promote German at UC. Read more...

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