School of Modern Languages

  • BS8 1TE

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

Research in the School spans twelve languages (Catalan, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Italian, Occitan, Portuguese, Russian, Scots, Slovak and Spanish). It extends from the Medieval period to the contemporary, reaching beyond the linguistic ‘home-lands’ of Eastern and Western Europe to large areas of Latin America and Africa (Francophone, Lusophone and Italian-colonial).

The School leads the Faculty’s Centre for Material Texts (co-directed by Rhiannon Daniels in the Italian Department) and Centre for Medieval Studies (co-directed by Marianne Ailes in the French Department).

We participate in the Centre for Black Humanities, the Centre for  Health, Humanities and Science, and the Centre for Environmental Humanities, as well as University Research Institutes: Brigstow Institute, Cabot Institute, Institute for Migration and Mobility Studies, and Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research.

Colleagues also work across disciplinary boundaries through Faculty research clusters, exploring subjects including screen research, oceanic cultures, transnational theatre, transnational modernisms, decolonisation, and colonial and postcolonial societies.

Within the School, our areas of cross-disciplinary focus are:

  • Transcultural encounters (within and beyond Europe; colonial, pre-colonial, post-colonial)
  • Intermediality (word and image studies, film, auditory culture, theatre, video games, graphic novels, manga, art in galleries, on the street and online, the media)
  • Material and digital texts (from medieval manuscripts to contemporary photobooks)
  • Translation, adaptation and reception
  • Literary, cultural, social and political histories (including gender and sexuality, race, mental health, the environment, sport, heritage, political parties, intellectuals, religion, and integration policy)
  • Linguistics and Language Variation (sociolinguistic projects on local and transnational language varieties, with a focus on minority languages)
  • Connecting research and practice (exploring co-production with artists, industries and institutions)

Faculty Research Centres

The School of Modern Languages participates in all the Research Centres of the Faculty. Members of the School are part of the organizing committees of the Centres for Black Humanities, for Health, Humanities and Science, and for Material Texts. Researchers from the School are strongly linked to the Centres for Environmental Humanities and for Medieval Studies.


We collaborate with a range of international partners to foster societal improvement. We respond to local and global challenges, through work on political reconciliation, exile and migration, cultural heritage, mental health, and environmental sustainability.

For an example, see Professor Matthew Brown’s work on peace and reconciliation in Colombia: 

See Departmental Research Pages for recent and ongoing collaborations.

University of Bristol Institutes

Researchers within the School play an active role within the following University of Bristol Research Institutes:

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    Research Output

    Anthologie du théâtre révolutionnaire

    Siviter, C. (ed.), Bourdin, P. (ed.), Triolaire, C. (ed.) & Le Borgne, F. (ed.), 2022, (In preparation) Paris: Classiques Garnier.

    Research output: Book/ReportScholarly edition

    Language and Dialect Death: Theorising Sound Change in Obsolescent Gascon

    Mooney, D., 2022, (In preparation) Palgrave Macmillan.

    Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

    Mixed-methods approaches to the study of language attitudes

    Hawkey, J. W. & Kircher, R., 2021, (In preparation) Research Methods in Language Attitudes. Kircher, R. & Zipp, L. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


    Student theses

    A Study of Penguin’s Russian Classics (1950-1964) with Special Reference to David Magarshack

    Author: McAteer, C., 25 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Chitnis, R. (Supervisor) & O'Sullivan, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Capital, Monopoly and Economic Nationalism: A History of British Railways in Colombia, 1902-1930

    Author: Primmer, A., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Brown, M. (Supervisor) & Decker, R. J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Forming the modern mind : a reappraisal of the French combat novel of World War One.

    Author: Hurcombe, M. J., 2000

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)



  • AHRC PhD Studentship

    Sutton-Mattocks, Julia C (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    AHRC SWWDTP2 Studentship

    Capecchi, Erica (Recipient), 12 Apr 2019

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    The London Stage and the Nineteenth Century World

    Clare F I Siviter (Participant) & Annelies Andries (Participant)

    Apr 2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Modern and Contemporary France (Journal)

    Daniel Finch-Race (Guest editor)

    Jan 2021

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    London, New York, Paris… and Bath: German literary exiles since 1790

    Steffan G Davies (Speaker)

    18 May 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion