Research in Modern Languages

The Department of Modern Languages is an important centre for top-quality research.


In the context of the nationwide Research Excellence Framework (2014), for example, some 72% of our published work was judged to be ‘internationally excellent or world-leading’ - a quality profile that was ‘reflected across work in all the languages and principal research themes, and across the full chronological range’.

This range stretches from the contemporary to the medieval, and encompasses Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and China. We have produced ground-breaking research in social and political qualitative studies, film and media, sexuality and gender, memory and exile, modernity and modernism, postcolonial studies, translation, and text production. We are also very active in creating multi-disciplinary networks across the University and have recently won a host of high profile publicly-funded grants on topics as diverse as medieval chronicles, genre, and the Italian arts.

We have invested in high level research and have recently appointed research leaders to Chairs of European Film and French Discourses of Sexuality. We are building research links with European cities as well as with other UK Universities such as Nottingham and Warwick. Closer to home, we have a lively programme of national and international experts who come to the Department to give lectures and seminars.

Our projects

Our researchers are engaged on a range of funded research projects:

You can find a full list of projects here.

Research map

If you would like to know more about our research and our staff, take a look at our research map.

Seminars and events

You can find a full list of future and past research events here.

Research and Knowledge Transfer

For information about funding opportunities and research support look at our Research and Knowledge Transfer page (internal access only).