Honorary Appointments

Professor Anna Laura Lepschy - Honorary Professor in Italian

Professor Lepschy is Professor Emeritus at University College London, where for 15 years she was head of the Italian Department. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Honorary Fellow of Somerville College Oxford. She was Chair of the Society for Italian Studies for six years and is now Vice-President of the Associazione Internazionale per lo studio della Lingua e della Letteratura Italiana (AISLLI). She is also Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto (most recently in 2008). In 1994 she was appointed Ufficiale al Merito of the Italian Republic. In 2003 she was appointed Commendatore. She is on the Editorial Board of several journals, including The Italianist, Letteratura Italiana Antica, Pirandello Studies (of which she was chief editor for many years). She am co-editor, with Z. Baranski, of the series “Italian Perspectives”, published  by Maneys. For further details, see the following link: http://www.debretts.com/people/biographies/browse/l/11866/(Anna)%20Laura+LEPSCHY.aspx.

Professor John Rutherford - Honorary Professor in Spanish

Dr. John Rutherford has been at the forefront of research and literary translation in Hispanic and Galician Studies. He is the author of the authoritative translations into English of The Quixote and La Regenta and of several English translations of Galician contemporary literary works. He became the first Director of a Centre for Galician Studies in the UK, when the Centre was established in Oxford in 1991. The Centre for Galician Studies in Oxford has organised two major conferences, and co-organises the annual Forum for Iberian Studies which brings together the different languages and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula on an equal footing. Since 1992 the Centre, under the Directorship of Dr Rutherford, has organized an annual conference in Galicia to explore the relationships between the region and the British Isles. In 1997 Dr. Rutherford co-founded the first English-language academic journal on Galician Studies, Galician Review. For further details, see John Rutherford's Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._Rutherford.

Professor Andrew Barker - Honorary Professor in German

Professor Andrew Barker is a leading authority in the field of Austrian Studies. His research centres on late 19th- and 20th-century Austrian literature/culture and often involves the work of Jewish artists and thinkers. His books on the Viennese writer Peter Altenberg (1859-1919), frequently written in collaboration with Leo A. Lensing (Wesleyan University), reassemble and redefine a civilization fractured by the collapse of the Habsburgs and the devastation wrought by anti-Semitism and National Socialism. This involves looking beyond a single figure to explore the interface of literature and society, literature and philosophy, the visual arts and photography, architecture and music. The socio-political aspects of Austrian culture during the First Republic are at the heart of the monograph Fictions from an Orphan State. Literary Reflections of Austria between Habsburg and Hitler (2012). In January 2014 this book was selected as an "Outstanding Academic Title" by CHOICE, the journal of the American Library Association. Since its inception he has been on the advisory board of the journal Austrian Studies (Edinburgh University Press), 1989-1999, and its successor Austrian Studies, New Series (MHRA), 2001-. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature (IGRS, University of London). For further details, see Andrew Barker’s webpage: http://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/andrew-barker.

Professor Max Silverman - Honorary Professor in French

Professor Max Silverman is an eminent figure in the field of modern and contemporary French Studies, whose research has been influential in shaping intellectual debate within the areas of cultural memory, trauma and violence, and film studies amongst others. He is the author of numerous books including, most recently, Palimpsestic Memory: the Holocaust and Colonialism in French and Francophone Fiction and Film (Berghahn, 2013) which discusses the connections between the Holocaust and colonialism in the French and Francophone cultural imaginary, and Concentrationary Cinema: Aesthetics as Political Resistance in Alain Resnais’s ‘Night and Fog’, (co-edited with Griselda Pollock, Berghahn, 2011). This last work won the Kraszna-Krausz prize for the best book on the moving image in 2012. Notably, he was director of the 4-year AHRC project ‘Concentrationary Memories and the Politics of Representation’ (2007-2011) which identified and analysed configurations of politics and aesthetics in the cultural memory of the Holocaust and its long-term effects.”

Professor Patrick McGuinness - Honorary Senior Research Fellow in French

Patrick McGuinness is a renowned scholar in the fields of French and Comparative Literature, as well as a prize-winning poet. His main research interests lie in the field of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French-language poetry and poetics, and this area of research is a major specialism of the French section in the School of Modern Languages in Bangor. Prof. McGuinness has already contributed to the organisation of a one-day poetry colloquium in Bangor in February 2009, and will continue to support research activities in SML by mentoring research-active staff, contributing to PhD and MA seminars and bringing his editorial and pulishing experience and contacts to the School. Prof. McGuinness will also be directly involved in the setting up of a Research Network into Poetry Transpositions being set up in SML with Bristol and Oxford universities. The fact that Prof. McGuinness is both a scholar and a poet means that he will also contribute to the practice-led aspect of research in the School, whether in the field of Word / Music studies or in translation practice (Prof. McGuinness is also a published translator of Mallarmé’s work). Professor McGuinness is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford. For further details, see Patrick McGuinness' webpage: www.st-annes.ox.ac.uk/about/people/profile/details/patrick-mcguinness.htm.

Sholto Kynoch - Honorary Research Fellow in Performance Practice

Pianist Sholto Kynoch has a rapidly expanding international profile, specialising in song accompaniment and chamber music. Sholto’s professional career is one which fosters interactions between academic research and performance practice. He contributes an important practice-led aspect to research in Word / Music studies in particular. As founder and Artistic Director of the renowned Oxford Lieder Festival (which runs annually, welcoming top singers and pianists from around the globe), Sholto’s well-established expertise and contacts in the world of Art Song (with particular specialisms in the French and German repertoire) provides an invaluable resource to staff in the School of Modern Languages at Bangor. Sholto has already collaborated with research-active staff, postgraduates and undergraduates in the School of Modern Languages during 2009, as The Leverhulme Trust-funded Artist in Residence in the School. As Honorary Research Fellow, Sholto will continue to support practice-led research activities in SML by providing mentoring and advice to those working in fields related to musical performance. Sholto’s contribution to the School of Modern Languages will help to bridge the gap between academic research and performance practice with particular emphasis on concert/recital programming and preparing and analysing music recordings and performances. For further details, see Sholto Kynoch's webpage: http://sholtokynoch.com/.