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Modern Languages and Cultures

Alexandre III bridge in Paris, France

French Studies research

We are one of the leading research groupings in our field in the UK.

Our research is interdisciplinary and wide-ranging, with a particular emphasis on the visual cultures of France and the French-speaking world.

We are proud to number among our ranks internationally leading scholars working in fields as diverse as early medieval studies; French Enlightenment drama and culture; French art; exotic literature; cultural memory of the Holocaust in France; contemporary French and francophone cinema and photography; contemporary dance, popular music and performance; gender, sexuality and ethnicity in contemporary French and francophone cultures.

A dynamic research culture is maintained through regular research events and conferences and by externally funded individual and collaborative research projects, which generate leading publications and impact in the fields concerned. The most recent of these are:

  • Queer Cinema from Spain and France: The Translation of Desire and the Formation of Transnational Queer Identities, an AHRC-funded project led by Christopher Perriam and Darren Waldron.
  • Post-Colonial Negotiations: Visualising the Franco-Algerian Relationship in the Post-War Period, an AHRC-funded project led by Joseph McGonagle (Manchester) and Edward Welch (Durham).
  • Watching Dance: Kinesthetic Empathy, a multidisciplinary AHRC-funded project, which involved collaboration across four institutions (The University of Manchester, University of Glasgow, York St John University and Imperial College London).