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Major externally funded projects

Major externally-funded projects

As a research intensive department and with almost all of our academic staff involved in new and ongoing projects, the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies always has a variety of research being undertaken. The largest of these research projects are usually those for which external funding has been received, currently these include;  

  • 'The Transnational T E Lawrence' - A study that investigates the rance of cultural responses to the figure of T E Lawrence, mainly across Britain, France, and America, leading to a monograph and major conference papers. AHRC. University of Reading (Prof Mary Bryden)
  • 'Contemporary Maurtian Literature' - A study that will lead to a monograph. AHRC. University of Reading (Dr Julia Waters )
  • italian academies org the first networks of intellectual exchange in Early Modern Europe' - A four-year study examining the wide-range of activities and constitution of the learned Academies of which there were c.600 in Italy in the period 1525-1700. One of the major outcomes for the project will be a comprehensive database of information on Academies from across the Italian peninsula. AHRC. University of Reading - British Library (Dr Lisa Sampson)
  • 'The cult of the Duce: Mussolini and the Italians, 1918-2005'. AHRC. University of Reading - University of Warwick - Royal Holloway. (Prof Christopher Duggan) 
  • Bombing, States and Peoples in Western Europe 1940-1945'. AHRC. University of Exeter - University of Reading - University of Newcastle (Prof Andrew Knapp). For more information on the Bombing, states and peoples project you may wish to visit the projects blog at allied-air-attack/
  • Languages at War home page - war policies and practices of language contacts in conflict. AHRC. University of Reading - University of Southampton - Imperial War Museum, London.  (Prof Hilary Footitt)
  • AHRC Translating Cultures Development grant, Languages and international NGOs cultural knowledge in communities in crisis
  • 'The mosaic of words: the cento as a genre and concept in early modern Europe'. Leverhulme Trust. University of Reading (Prof Hugo Tucker)
  • 'Liberal Way of War'. Leverhulme funded project. Lead by University of Reading (Politics) - participation by University of Reading (Modern Languages & European Studies) (Prof Andrew Knapp and Prof Hilary Footitt)
  • Working alongside colleagues in English Department and Research Projects funding has been secured from the Leverhulme Trust to undertake a three-year project to promote the preservation of, and access to, literary archives held worldwide. A network involving partners from around the world will give the project an international relevance. More information about the project can be found at
  • About the project an AHRC funded project bringing together researchers from different countries with a background in (critical) discourse analysis and/or corpus linguistics as well as cognitive linguistics and/or specifically migration discourse(s) in order to discuss ways of researching and documenting discourse key words (in the following: DKW) in European migration discourses. The aim of the networking prject is to lay the conceptual and methodological foundations for a Comparative Dictionary of European Migration Discourse Key Words as a follow-on project. University of Reading. Dr Melani Schröeter and Dr Federico Faloppa.

Funding may be available for staff in participating departments to organize cross-departmental events, such as;

  • One-day workshops
  • Enhancing activities that have already been planned, including departmental seminars.

All funded activities must be cross-departmental and interdisciplinary, and the funding used to bring in outside participants and for related entertainment expenses.

Further information on research activies and collaborations being undertaken by the Department can be found on the individual French, German and Italian programme research pages.


In the first instance those interested in contributing to or finding out more about any of our reseach areas should contact the Departmental Director of Research on

Contributing research groups

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