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Research in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

 Research drives all we do. Academics in the School are active researchers with international reputations, and their work forms the basis of the courses taken by our students. Our research environment has a basis in our expertise in French, German, Hispanic, Italian and Comparative Studies, and encourages collaboration and exchange across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Our strengths span literature, thought, film and the visual arts from the medieval period to the 21st century.

Our world-leading research strengths were confirmed by the results of the most recent, nationally-conducted Research Excellence Framework (2014), which saw us ranked 9th in the country among Modern Languages departments, and top in London. All of the studies looked at were also recognised for their 'outstanding' or 'very considerable' impact  (defined as 'reach and significance').

Our postgraduates play a vital and active role in our research culture, and we run an annual Postgraduate Colloquium showcasing the work of our MA by Research and PhD students.

Here you can explore some of our many research activities, projects, publications and events.



Godard stencil

Explore our research in French Studies.


Portrait of Goethe by Tischbein

Explore our research in German studies.

Hispanic Studies

Spanish National Library Madrid

Explore our research in Hispanic Studies




Explore our research in Italian Studies.

Making Space for Art


HARC Fellowship

Blind Creations


Blind Creations International colloquium on Blindness and the Arts.


The Cult of the Duce

Catalogue Cover - Against Mussolini

The AHRC-funded project on Mussolini and his legacy.

Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2015


A new project funded by an AHRC networking grant.

Trauma Fiction History

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin

Our interdisciplinary seminar series.




Our one-day symposium on the work of the Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni

The successful AHRC- funded project on the world's first intellectual networks.

Lynne Segal, 'The Age of Desire, the Desires of Aging'


Each year a distinguished speaker delivers a keynote address at the SMLLC postgraduate colloquium. In 2014 the speaker was Professor Lynne Segal.








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