In any given year, SELCS academic staff and research associates supervise more than 100 postgraduate research (PhD) students.
Current Research Projects
A selection of projects by current research students in SELCS:
Josh Torabi - Music, Myth and Modernism: from Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy to Romain Rolland's Jean Christophe, James Joyce's Ulysses and Thomas Mann's Doctor Faustus
Read about Josh Torabi's experience participating in the Yale-UCL Collaborative Student Exchange Programme.
Paolo Gattavari -Lucian in the Renaissance
Grégoire Ming - The ethics of comedy in the representation of political violence
Together with the UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES),
SELCS offers degrees that include the study of 20 languages (Bulgarian,
Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Faroese, Hungarian, German,
Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian,
Serbian/Croatian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian). Use the link below to read more about our current Postdoctoral Research opportunities.
Range of languages
We focus on Dutch (including Flemish), French, Dutch-speaking, Francophone and Hispanophone Caribbean, German (including Austrian), Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Old Norse and Icelandic.
The programmes taught in School draw upon most of 30 or so ancient and modern languages taught at UCL. In addition, many programmes permit students to take courses in departments outside the School or at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).
The teaching and research interests of SELCS staff embrace Western Europe - Eastern Europe is covered by the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), with whom SELCS collaborates closely - and regions in which languages originating from Western Europe are spoken, for example Latin America, including the Caribbean, and the Maghreb.
Themes we examine include colonialism and postcolonialism, cultural history, digital humanities, feminist theory, film, gender, language and language learning, linguistics, literature, history, history of analytical psychology and psychoanalysis, intellectual history, literary criticism, manuscript studies and book history, memory, national identity, politics and political philosophy, queer theory and gay studies, translation studies, travel writing, women’s writing, visual art.
SELCS’s most important research resource, other than its staff, is the remarkable concentration of libraries and research institutes in the immediate vicinity, including but not limited to:
- UCL Library
- The British Library
- Senate House Library
- Institute of Modern Languages Research
- Institute of Historical Research
- The Warburg Institute
All are accessible without charge to UCL staff and
students. These resources, besides their
collections of books, articles, videos, sound recordings and, increasingly
important, non-public online resources, offer a wide range of seminars, lecture
series and other opportunities to meet and exchange ideas.
You can also browse journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, digital web resources and more at: