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Prime Minister Juncker of Luxembourg praises connection between Sheffield and Luxembourg
Congratulations to Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker for being awarded an Honorary Degree in Letters from the University of Sheffield on 16 July 2012. One of the most influential political figures in modern Europe, Mr Juncker is the longest serving democratically elected head of any government in the world and has served twice as President of the European Council. It was a great honour for students and staff in Luxembourg Studies and the School of Languages and Cultures to welcome Mr Juncker to Sheffield. Congratulations also to our 2012 winner of the Luxembourg Embassy Award, Anna Hartley, who received her award directly from the Prime Minister of Luxembourg on this special occasion. The presence and success of Luxembourg Studies at Sheffield was also picked up by the Guardian Northener blog, which refers to Luxembourg Studies at Sheffield as an example of a fascinating 'speciality niche' that brings 'great prosperity and lively newcomers' to the City and beyond.
Forum for Germanic Language Studies Conference (FGLS 10)
The Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Sheffield, in cooperation with the Centre for Dutch Studies and the Centre for Luxembourg Studies, is pleased to host the 10th Forum for Germanic Language Studies (FGLS) Conference in January 2012. In addition to papers focused on German, the programme included papers dealing with a wide range of Germanic languages, for example Dutch, Luxembourgish, and the Scandinavian languages. Keynote speakers were Professor Robert Howell (Wisconsin-Madison) and Professor Gerald Newton (Sheffield).
Professor Newton receives the Commandeur de l´Ordre Grand-Ducal de la Couronne de Chêne
Congratulations to Professor Gerald Newton for being awarded the Commandeur de l´Ordre Grand-Ducal de la Couronne de Chêne at the Luxembourg Embassy in London in May 2011. This is the second occasion upon which Professor Newton has been decorated by the Luxembourgish government for his contributions to the field of Luxembourg Studies.
Research seminar on multilingualism in Schleswig-Holstein and Luxembourg
Dr Nils Langer (University of Bristol) and Dr Horner presented their work on multilingualism in Schleswig-Holstein and in Luxembourg respectively as part of the School of Modern Languages and Linguistics research seminar series in May 2011. Focal themes included the significance of borderlands for research on multilingualism and the ways that contemporary language policies and practices are linked with (or disconnected from) those of the past.
Visit by renowned author and musician, Claudine Muno
The Centre for Luxembourg Studies welcomed our first Visiting Author from Luxembourg, Claudine Muno, in February 2011. In addition to reading from her novels – written in Luxembourgish, French, German and English – Ms Muno took part in a Luxembourgish-English translation workshop with groups of undergraduate students and offered a musical performance that included, among others, songs from her latest album entitled Noctambul.
Symposium in honour of Professor Newton
In celebration of Professor Newton´s achievements and contributions to the academic community, a symposium was organised in his honour in July 2010. Based on the theme of Language, Society and the Individual in a Multilingual Space, four presentations were given by postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students: Dr Anne Rohstock (Université du Luxembourg), Dr Cedric Krummes (Bangor University/University of Sheffield), Daniel Redinger (University of York) and Anne Franziskus (Université du Luxembourg).