Researchers within the Department of Modern Languages bring geographical and disciplinary specialisms to their work within the wider context of interdisciplinary memory studies. Particular strengths lie in the investigation of memories of war, dictatorship, 'inner emigration', exile, and postcolonialism. Scholars working in this area have had particular success in recovering previously unknown works, historical sites, and marginalised voices. A significant element of this research has been promoting knowledge exchange between academia, practitioners and diverse memory communities, while contributing to processes of commemoration, memorialisation and reconciliation.
Memory studies experts in the Department of Modern Languages also belong to the Birmingham Memory Group. This brings together staff, postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers from across the University, including colleagues working in literature, history, holocaust studies, postcolonial studies, gender studies, political science, psychology, geography, sports science, film, art history, philosophy, theology and archaeology. It provides a forum for all those interested in working collaboratively on interdisciplinary approaches to memory, as well as for showcasing the diversity and significance of memory studies research at the University and beyond.