Research in Modern Languages

We explore how the study of languages, discourses, and cultures challenges our understanding and experience of the world. Our key concerns involve asking how foreign languages, discourses, and cultures – as objects and methods in their own right, and in all their multiplicity – relativize our ways of thinking, and how an awareness of this enables us to identify links and interconnections where there appears to be only difference and otherness.

The exploration of these questions involves challenging and blurring boundaries, forming and transforming knowledges, interrogating identities, and engaging in multiple kinds of translation. Interconnectedness is thus central to the method and the ethos that unites the research we carry out, in particular via interlingual, intermedial, and interdisciplinary work which is international in both its object and reach. We make connections between knowledge forms and disciplines that urgently need to be placed in dialogue with each other, beyond the limitations of traditional partnerships and conversations.

Our research projects

Department of Modern Languages