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AHRC Studentships

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is delighted to announce AHRC TECHNE Scholarships to allow outstanding candidates to apply for PhD funding for 2018-9 entry.

Royal Holloway is part of the TECHNE consortium of Higher Education institutions which has been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to support postgraduate studentships and training. The other member institutions are: Brighton, Kingston, Roehampton, University of the Arts London, Royal College of Art and Surrey. TECHNE’s vision is to produce highly motivated scholars prepared for careers inside and outside of academia. TECHNE has 13 organisational partners, including the Barbican, The National Archives, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, BFI and Science Museum. Approximately 176 doctoral scholarships will be awarded by TECHNE over a 5-year period - on average about 35 per year. TECHNE welcomes cross-institutional and/or cross-disciplinary supervisory teams.

Information about TECHNE can be found here: http://www.techne.ac.uk/ and you can access a Royal Holloway TECHNE studentship application form here: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/researchdegrees/feesandfunding/scholarships/ahrc.aspx Applications for TECHNE studentships should be submitted to postgrad.modlang@rhul.ac.uk

College Studentships

Royal Holloway also has a number of College Studentships available. Candidates who apply for a TECHNE award will be considered automatically for these. The deadline for TECHNE and College applications with the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway is Wednesday 10th January 2018 at 4pm (references must be received by 24th January). Information about college studentships can be found here: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/researchdegrees/feesandfunding/sourcesoffunding.aspx

Application Procedure for those NOT Pursuing Studentships

Please write a research proposal and submit an online application.

For more information about the School, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Danielle Sands: Danielle.Sands@rhul.ac.uk or the postgraduate administrator Ann Hobbs: a.hobbs@rhul.ac.uk

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The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SMLLC) at Royal Holloway offers a range of exciting possibilities to students interested in postgraduate study. Our Masters by Research is a flexible programme that allows you to undertake in-depth study (both full- and part-time) on key areas of literature, visual or cultural studies or comparative topics. We offer a tailor-made research-focused taught module, which will equip you with an array of theoretical and historical approaches to the study of literature, art and culture. This will enable you to articulate, refine and persistently test your own approach to your chosen topic within this broader theoretical and methodological framework.

What it involves

The core of the MA by Research is a dissertation, giving you the scope to explore your area of interest in real depth and to develop sophisticated research skills. It gives you the chance to test out an area of study in preparation for doctoral study, whilst serving as an impressive qualification on its own

Support

As well as specialist one-to-one tuition for the duration of the MA by Research you’ll have access to skills training and enjoy the additional support of a dedicated Research Advisor. You’ll also have access to all of our facilities, including our new cutting-edge library, and outstanding postgraduate support.

Research expertise in the School

Current research expertise in the School includes: 

  • Comparative Literature and Culture, focusing comparatively on literature, film, critical theory and visual arts as well as across media, genres, geographies, periods and languages, from the early modern to the twenty-first century.
  • Critical Theory including: animal studies, ethics, consumer culture, disability studies, ecocriticism and the Anthropocene, gender, globalization, post-colonialism, queer theory, memory and trauma, and transnationalism.
  • French and Francophone literature, film, culture and visual arts.
  • German literature, film, culture and visual arts. 
  • History of art and visual culture.
  • Italian literature, film, culture and visual arts.
  • Spanish and Latin American literature, film, culture and visual arts.

We strongly encourage interdisciplinary projects.

You can read more about our research specialisms here: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/mllc/people.aspx or 

 

Current and recent MA by Research projects

Current and recent MA by Research students are working on projects as diverse as:

  • A Question of Identity: Understanding the Indigenous Contributions towards a Recovering Caribbean Future
  • Modern Parisian Uprisings in the news: How the Guardian reported the Paris Commune and May 1968
  • The Selfish Mother and Wife and her Fertile Desires: Reading the Unnatural Woman in Works by Emile Zola and Rachilde
  • Getting Away With Murder: Disposability and the Female Body in Carlos Carrera’s Traspatio and Enrique Arroyo’s El otro sueño Americano
  • Serving Justice: Italian Contemporary Representations of Crime
  • Divine Discourse: A Comparative Study of Dante and Vyas’ Approach to Spiritual Knowledge in The Divine Comedy and Srimad Bhagavad Gita

For more information about the School, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Danielle Sands: Danielle.Sands@rhul.ac.uk or the postgraduate administrator Ann Hobbs: a.hobbs@rhul.ac.uk

 

SouthQuadStudents_104We welcome applications for MPhil/PhD research in any of the subject fields and research specialisms covered within the School. These include many aspects of Comparative Literature and Culture, Critical Theory, French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies, and the Visual Arts. 

Support

As well as specialist one-to-one tuition for the duration of your PhD, you will enjoy the additional support of a dedicated Research Advisor. You’ll also have access to all of our facilities and postgraduate support, including exciting Research Forum events, our postgraduate reading group #Glossa and skills training designed to ensure that you will be successful both during and after your PhD. What’s more, Royal Holloway is ideally situated for the libraries, talks and facilities that London has to offer, including the British Library and the Institute of Modern Languages Research. 

Research expertise in the School

 

Current research expertise in the School includes: 

  • Comparative Literature and Culture, focusing comparatively on literature, film, critical theory and visual arts as well as across media, genres, geographies, periods and languages, from the early modern to the twenty-first century.
  • Critical Theory including: animal studies, ethics, consumer culture, disability studies, ecocriticism and the Anthropocene, gender, globalization, post-colonialism, queer theory, memory and trauma, and transnationalism.
  • French and Francophone literature, film, culture and visual arts.
  • German literature, film, culture and visual arts. 
  • History of art and visual culture.
  • Italian literature, film, culture and visual arts.
  • Spanish and Latin American literature, film, culture and visual arts.

We strongly encourage interdisciplinary projects.

 

Current and recent PhD research

  • The Origins of Italian Crime Fiction
  • The Problem of Rape in France, 1789-1914
  • Houellebecq and Zola: Writing at the Tipping Points of Capitalism
  • Women Wordsmiths of the Historical Avant-Garde
  • States of Mind: Madness, Gender and the Postcolonial Condition
  • Art, Femicide and Space in Contemporary Mexico
  • German-Soviet Relations and Inter-War Film
  • Power, Violence and Representation 2006-212
  • The Acousmatic Spectator in the work of Jean-Luc Godard.
  • Humanity’s Wake? A Sketch of the Historical Spectacle of the Anthropocene
  • History and Education in Fascist Italy
  • Food and Thought, Words and Images: A Comparative Study
  • Otherness in German Cinema of the Weimar Republic
  • Rewriting Myths: The Figure of Penelope in Italian Literature
  • Telling Memory: Narrative and the Trauma of Fascism in the Contemporary Spanish Novel

For more information about the School, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Danielle Sands: Danielle.Sands@rhul.ac.uk or the postgraduate administrator Ann Hobbs: a.hobbs@rhul.ac.uk

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Funding for MA by research at Royal Holloway

 

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is pleased to invite applications for a Master of Arts by Research fee waiver (equivalent to a fee waiver at home/EU rate) and 4 bursaries of £1000 (2 of which are ring-fenced for internal candidates). These are available to students studying for a Master of Arts by Research in French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian or Comparative Literature and Culture.

This is a flexible programme offering in-depth, directed research on a topic of your choice which will allow you to gain new insights in critical and literary theory, literature, continental philosophy, film, cultural studies or the visual arts in Comparative Literature and Culture, French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies, and the Visual Arts. You will receive one-to-one supervision, feedback and support but also benefit from a taught course to hone your skills in critical analysis. As a postgraduate student at Royal Holloway, you will join a lively research community with the opportunity for personal and research development training.

For more information about the School, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Danielle Sands: Danielle.Sands@rhul.ac.uk or the postgraduate administrator Ann Hobbs: a.hobbs@rhul.ac.uk

Previous knowledge of a language is not always necessary. For more information, and for guidelines on submitting a research proposal, visit: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/mllc/prospectivestudents/postgraduatestudy/home.aspx

Deadline for applications: 19th February 2018 at 4pm.

 

The postgraduate colloquium in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is an annual event, run by and for our community of postgraduate students. 

Since 2012 it has featured a keynote address by a distinguished visiting speaker.

2012

In its inaugural year Professor Laura Mulvey from Birkbeck College discussed  Love and Death in Three Films by Max Ophuls: Liebelei (Germany 1932), Letter from an Unknown Woman (US 1948) and Madame de… (France 1953).

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Professor Laura Mulvey at the 2012 Postgraduate Colloquium (photo Marta Perez Carbonell). Listen to the podcast.

2013

In 2013, Professor Griselda Pollock (University of Leeds) delivered the keynote lecture entitled ‘'The Nameless Artist in the Theatre of Memory: Interdisciplinary and Ethical Challenges in the Analysis of One Work -Charlotte Salomon's Leben? oder Theater?"[Life? or Theatre?] (1941-43)'.’ 

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Professor Pollock at the 2013 Postgraduate Colloquium (photo Nick Tynan). Click here for more information. Listen to the podcast.

2014

In 2014, Professor Lynne Segal (Anniversary Professor, Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London) presented a keynote entitled, "The Age of Desire, the Desires of Ageing" in which she explored some of the radical ambiguities in the speech and writing about age and ageing today, whether it serves primarily to lament or to celebrate old age. 

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Pondering the fluctuating ties between younger and older selves, she ventured into the hazards of desire in old age, with its apparent gender contrasts, alongside the contradictory ties and emotions we are likely to call upon as time speeds up in late life. Old age is no longer the condition that dare not speak its name, but it remains an identity we are still encouraged to disavow. Listen to the podcast.

2016

In 2016, Professor Clive Scott (Professor Emeritus, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia) presented a keynote lecture entitled 'Imagining a Philosophy of Literary Translation'.

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The abstract for Professor Scott's lecture can be found here. Listen to the podcast.

 

 

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