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How do we produce knowledge? How do we present it? How can we
better understand our societies, past and present? And,
ultimately, what is it that makes us us? The study of Modern
Languages tackles nothing short of these fundamental questions,
exploring the very foundations of what it means to be human.
Moreover, the field is inherently dynamic. Artificial
Intelligence tools, such as ChatGPT, have rapidly changed our
perspective on language as something uniquely human. Social media
have created new ways of reading and consuming information.
Concurrently, emerging forms of scholarship are reshaping the way
we approach Modern Languages.
We wanted to learn more about the discipline in an ever-changing
and increasingly digital world, so we sat down with Professors
Andy Byford and Claudia Nitschke from Durham University, UK. Andy
Byford holds the position of Professor of Russian Studies, while
Claudia Nitschke is a Professor of German at Durham’s School of
Modern Languages and Cultures. Both have authored numerous
publications and are serving as editors of the upcoming “Handbook
of Modern Languages”, to be published by De Gruyter in 2024.
Alexandra Koronkai-Kiss, Editorial Communications Manager at De
Gruyter, conducted the interview, which is also available as a
video and podcast.
Link to the interview transcript on our blog De Gruyter
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