Award-winning academics and more than 100 postgraduate research students in any given year ensure a vibrant community and cutting-edge research culture. Our research record is consistently rated as outstanding.


Our research centres bring together 11 languages with many different disciplines – contributing to a global understanding of languages and cultures.


Research Students

Our PhD/MPhil students explore specialist subjects across our vast areas of expertise, providing a detailed look at topics that span languages, culture and global issues.


Awards and Projects

Find out more about some of the current research projects that have been awarded funding – ranging from Copernicus’s Library to Colonial Film.


Groups, Partners & Networks

An overview of our research groups, partners and networks that add depth and expertise to our research interests, including collaborations with local and international institutions.

Themes we examine include:

  • colonialism and postcolonialism
  • cultural history
  • digital humanities
  • film
  • visual art
  • gender
  • queer theory and gay studies
  • women's writing
  • feminist theory
  • language and language learning
  • translation studies
  • 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
  • travel writing

Range of Languages and Geographical Regions

The research interests of our staff embrace European languages and cultures as well as world regions in which languages originating from Europe are spoken, for example Latin America, the Caribbean, the Maghreb and parts of sub-Saharan Africa. We also have considerable expertise in other world languages and cultures like Chinese and Arabic.