Founded in 2012, the Department of European Languages and Studies is a site for dynamic and innovative exploration of culture and society in both national and international contexts. The department strives to foster an understanding of particular national traditions while pursuing transnational perspectives that involve the study of Europe in the context of colonial and postcolonial history. ELS integrates the faculty members of the departments of German and French & Italian and the programs in Russian and European Studies. It further includes affiliate faculty members from Spanish, Comparative Literature, the arts, and the social sciences. In the belief that the complexities of . . .