The Department of Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication was founded in April 2012, building on the legacy of the former Department of Contemporary Languages and Cultures, whose original members were joined by colleagues from other Departments of Milan University specialised in disciplines which play a strategic role in the new Department’s mission and goals, such as Linguistics and Language Studies, Cultural Studies Italian Studies, History, Geography, Sociology and Economics. These new additions have further enhanced the Department's inter- and multi-disciplinary vocation, with a significant impact on both research and teaching.
The tightly interwoven network of methods, scientific approaches and disciplines characterising the Department contributes to the furtherance of knowledge and expertise in language sciences and language mediation, including research on intercultural mediation, translation, and interpreting studies. At the same time, disciplines such as history, geography, literary studies, economics and social studies pursue the Department’s overall aims and goals by investigating with methodological rigour and depth of analysis the dynamics of the contemporary world.
AIMS AND GOALS
Research activities are a key component in the Department’s life, representing a crucial scientific basis in which its overall scientific objectives and specific teaching aims are grounded. The Department’s offer include a BA programme in Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication, and an MA programme in Languages and Cultures for International Communication and Cooperation.
The main research approaches within the various scientific areas characterising the Department of Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication encompass the following disciplinary fields:
Linguistics and Language Studies
The Department, by its very nature, acts as a catalyst in Milan University’s internationalisation process. While its various disciplines have an inherently international orientation, extending their domains of investigation well beyond traditional geographical boundaries, the Department pursues its internationalisation goals through several initiatives, some of which have already yielded significant results.
The Department regularly hosts Visiting Professors from foreign universities, and welcomes post-graduate and post-doc students coming from European and extra-European countries.
Cultural and research centres
The Department hosts the «Russkij Mir» centre, a branch of the «Russkij Mir» Foundation, whose aim is to promote Russian culture and language abroad, promoting initiatives - exhibitions, seminars, conferences, lectures, etc. - in cooperation with the host institution.
The Department also carries forward the legacy of the Interdepartmental Research Centre on Contemporary Asia and continues its activities. (CARC)
Worthy of special mention is the presence Confucius Institute, established in 2009 thanks to the cooperation between the University of Milan and Liaoning Normal University.
Moreover, the Department is a member of the India-EU European Association of India Study Centres (EAISC), jointly managed by Brussels and New Delhi link 11 and of the Inter-university Centre on Language and Corpus Variation in English Research (CLAVIER).
Language Certifications and Diplomas
The Department is a testing centre centre for the following exams: Chinese Proficiency Test, Proficiency in Hindi and Japanese Language Proficiency Test. It also hosts language courses and testing sessions organised by the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris (CCIP)
The Department is involved in several other projects and events thanks to the initiatives promoted by its members:
A cooperation agreement with the Regional School Office for Lombardy is also in place.