School of Languages, Cultures, Art History & Music consolidating its connections with China


At the end of November, the Head of School, Prof. Andrew Ginger, and the Head of Internationalization, Dr Berny Sèbe, undertook a series of successful visits to four Chinese institutions.

In Beijing, there were a series of meetings with Renmin University colleagues in the School of Foreign Languages, as well as two lectures. This provided the opportunity to consolidate the bilateral relationship following an agreement signed in Birmingham in April 2018, and to plan for the future.

In Guangzhou, Prof. Ginger and Dr Sèbe had a series of bilateral meetings with academics and senior management from Southern Medical University’s School of Foreign Studies. Dr Sèbe delivered an evening lecture which was received enthusiastically.

Prof. Ginger and Dr Sèbe visited the School of Foreign Languages at China University of Mining and Technology in Xuzhou, where they delivered lectures and undertook bilateral discussions with senior staff.

Finally, in Shanghai a visit to Fudan University’s School of Foreign Languages and Literature allowed the pair to deliver guest lectures in a module on nineteenth-century literature, and to engage in discussion with colleagues from the School of Foreign Languages with a view to the future.

lcahm-china3The visits offered a wide range of opportunities to interact with Chinese students, lecturers and professors, who engaged with the content of the lectures with eagerness and pertinence. The unique linguistic, cultural and pedagogical expertise of LCAHM attracted a lot of interest from their interlocutors, auguring well for future.