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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 Assessment Exercise (2008), which saw research in German ranked joint second in the country, and high percentages of our published work ranked as world leading (4*). 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 

Research in French|

Explore our research in French Studies.

Portrait of Goethe by Tischbein

Research in German|

Explore our research in German Studies. 

Spanish National Library Madrid

Research in Hispanic Studies|

Explore our research in Hispanic Studies.   


Research in Italian|

Explore our research in Italian Studies. 


Holocaust Memorial, Berlin

Trauma Fiction History|

Our interdisciplinary seminar series. 


The Italian Academies|

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

Catalogue Cover - Against Mussolini

The Cult of the Duce|

The AHRC-funded project on Mussolini and his legacy.


CLC Seminar Series 2012: The Flâneur|

Relive our 2012 research seminar series in Comparative Literature and Culture.


Antonioni and the Arts|

A one-day symposium celebrating the centenary of the great Italian director.


Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2010|

A new project funded by an AHRC networking grant.


News| and Events|

 The latest activities and news in the School.


Hannah Thompson's Blind Spot Blog

Blind Spot: A Blog|

Dr Hannah Thompson's fascinating blog about blindness. 



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