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Research at Modern Languages – University of Reading

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Research at Modern Languages

Our Department offers a friendly, highly supportive, intellectually driven Modern Languages community. Colleagues in MLES are consistently successful in grant capture, with projects ongoing funded by the AHRC, British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. Our performance in REF 2014 (Modern Languages submission) was exceptionally strong nationally in Impact (4th in UoA28), as well as in Research Intensity (5th nationally).

Our department's research strengths include archival collections, publishing history, literary networks and academies, international policy on interpreting and translation, the language of the media concerning migration. We cover French, Italian, German, Spanish and several related languages (Dutch, Catalan, medieval Celtic languages, Latin, medieval Occitan).

Colleagues in MLES contribute to several university centres: the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies; the Early Modern Research Centre; the Centre for War and Conflict; the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism; the Centre for Collections-based Research; the Centre for East German Studies; the Beckett Institute.

The University of Reading's research strategy places MLES research within a Research Division embracing Modern Languages and Linguistics.

We welcome expressions of interest for research (doctoral and postdoctoral) in the following disciplines:

* Medieval and early modern literature and culture

* 19th-20th History including conflict, war and disability studies

* Modern literature and culture including philosophy

* Postcolonial literatures, cultures and politics

* Migration and minority studies

* Translation and trans-cultural studies

* History of the publishing industry, archives-based research (1800-)

* Literature for children

* Modern Theatre, Television and Film

* Contemporary Cultural History


We offer a friendly and supportive environment to research students. The collaboration between the programmes of French, German, Italian and Spanish and Latin American Studies within the Department, as well as with complimentary departments within Reading, cognate departments in neighbouring universities, and universities overseas provides further opportunities for contact with other researchers.

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