Projects in Modern Languages

In the Department of Modern Languages we have a wide range of funded research projects. Our researchers have attracted over £1 million in the last 5 years on projects ranging from medieval history to contemporary literature, from memory studies to sexuality and gender studies, and political science.

Un barco cargado de... [A Boat Laden With...]

Monica Jato (Modern Languages: Hispanic Studies)


Caribbean Biopolitics of Literature, Shaping Life, History and Community through the Transformative Power of Literature

  • Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship

Louise Hardwick: PI (Modern Languages: French Studies)

Allessandro Corio: Marie Curie Intra-European Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Modern Languages: French Studies)


The Centre for the Study of Hispanic Exile

Contemporary French Poetic Practice: an interdisciplinary approach

  • AHRC Research Networking

Emma Wagstaff: PI (Modern Languages: French Studies)

Nina Parish: Co-I (University of Bath)


Culture and its uses as testimony

  • AHRC

Dr Sara Jones, University of Birmingham (PI)

Professor Roger Woods, University of Nottingham (CI)


Eccentricity and Sameness: Lesbian Cultural Identity in Italy, 1883 to the present day

  • AHRC

Charlotte Ross: PI (Modern Languages: Italian Studies)


An Electronic Research Environment and Edition of the Estoria de Espana of Alfonson X, King of Castile and Leon

  • AHRC Research Grant

Aengus Ward: PI (Modern Languages: Hispanic Studies)

Website: The Estoria de Espanna Project

Genre Studies Network

  • AHRC Research Networking

Natalia Rulyova: PI (Modern Languages: Russian Studies)

Website: Genre Studies Network

Imagining Development: A Multidisciplinary and Multilevel Analysis of Development Policies and their Effect in the Post-socialist World

  • European Commission Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme 2013-2016

Jeremy Morris (Modern Languages: Russian Studies)

Partners: Tallinn University; University of Latvia; University of Fribourg; Renmin University; Guangzhu University of Foreign Studies; Moscow Higher School of Economics; Tbilisi State University.

Inner and outer exile in fascist Germany and Spain: a comparative study

Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2015: Art, Music Text

  • AHRC Research Networking

Clodagh Brook: PI (Modern Languages: Italian Studies)

Giuliana Pieri: Co-I (Royal Holloway, University of London)


Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: interart/intermedia

  • AHRC Standard Grant

Clodagh Brook: PI (Modern Languages: Italian Studies)

Giuliana Pieri: Co-I (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Florian Mussgnug: Co-I (UCL)


The London French: Temporal and Spatial Mapping of the French Presence in London, from the 17th century to the present

  • British Academy Small Research Grant

Martyn Cornick: PI (Modern Languages: French Studies)

Debra Kelly: Co-I (University of Westminster)

Outposts of Conquest: the History and Legacy of the Fortresses of the Steppe and the Sahara in Comparative perspective (1840s to today)

  • AHRC Research Grant (Early Career)

Berny Sebe: PI (Modern Languages: French Studies)

Alexander Morrison: Co-I (University of Liverpool)

Website: Outposts of Conquest

Populists in Power

  • Funded by The Leverhulme Trust

Daniele Albertazzi (Modern Languages: Italian Studies)

Duncan McDonnell (Modern Languages: Italian Studies)

Post-Socialism Playing Global: Computer Gaming Industries and ‘Social Media Culture’

  • CEELBAS-funded research network

Jeremy Morris: PI (Modern Languages: Russian Studies)

Translation in and of French Fiction of the Second World War

  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship

Angela Kershaw (Modern Languages: French Studies)

Writing in the ‘Inner Emigration’: the work of Reinhold Schneider

  • German Academic Exchange Service

John Klapper (Modern Languages: German Studies)

Zibaldone europeo: a critical hypertext edition in Spanish and English of Giacomo Leopardi’s Zibaldone