Research in each language area
The following gives a flavour of research in each language area:
French and Francophone Studies
In the area of French and Francophone Studies, there is particular expertise in the field of postcolonial studies, exploring the impact of France’s colonial past on modern day society through memory, migration, film, sport and popular culture.
In Hispanic Studies, the focus is on the Iberian periphery with expertise in Galician, Catalan and Basque identities and culture. Aspects of exile, migration and mobility are emphasised, as well as gender, politics and minority identities.
In German Studies there is expertise in text, materiality and performativity, as well as cutting-edge practice-led research in performance. In addition, there is an established focus on travel writing, cultural transfer and nineteenth-century culture
In Italian Studies, there is an emphasis on the cultures of Southern Italy, including representations of the Mafia, and contemporary Italian literature, culture and history
In Chinese Studies research centres on the representation of China in the British media.
In Translation Studies, the emphasis in on the role of translation in intercultural negotiation, especially in relation to minority languages, as well as issues pertaining to power, gender and the role of translation in society.