Research in the School of Modern Languages

Staff in the School of Modern Languages have a broad range of research expertise covering a variety of chronological, cultural and geographical areas, with particular strengths in:

Spatial Practices and Diasporas

Cultural, Literary and Memory Studies

Visual Culture

Translation and Interpreting Studies

Gender and Sexuality Studies

The School hosts a number of nationally funded projects, on subjects ranging from translation (Key Cultural Texts) to photography (Luigi Ghirri). Other recent projects include work on the Peruvian and Colombian Amazon; Latin American literature and film; North African women’s autobiographical writings; Holocaust Studies and Jewish literature; Fascist art and architecture; the cultural construction of global/local icons and images in the global mediascape; key cultural texts in translation.

We welcome expressions of interest in any of the above disciplines and areas of research. Please see Staff Pages for more information about individual research, and Research Areas for more detail on the areas of research interest within the School.

Research Areas

Seminars and Lectures

We are a research-led School
committed to producing the
highest quality scholarship
while recognising the important relationship between excellence in research and in teaching.
We are proud of our longstanding
reputation for research of
international quality.

We have an active research community and hold research seminars and lectures regularly throughout the year.


Publications Outreach Activities

Our staff regularly publish books and articles in leading academic
journals with prominent publishers
in their field.

The School of Modern Languages holds a variety of events for the general public.


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3 Cities

Modern Languages at Leicester seeks expressions of interest from prospective research students in the 2017 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. The deadline for AHRC funding applications will be in January 2017 and your case will be strongly enhanced if you engage in discussion with us well in advance of the deadline. For more information about the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Centre and for details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas please visit the consortium’s website, our own page or contact the PGR admissions team.

Poster Winner

Congratulations to our distance learning student, Margrethe Stuttaford, on her Best Poster (College of Arts, Humanities and Law) prize in the recent Festival of Postgraduate Research 2015.


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