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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

PhD in Visual Cultures

We invite applications from highly motivated students who wish to apply to our new PhD Programme in Visual Cultures. This new degree consolidates the intellectual position of students of Modern Languages and Cultures within an increasingly interdisciplinary framework. This distinctive programme goes well beyond other PhDs in the field, which often accommodate a language-based view of culture.


  • Cultural memory
  • Trauma and censorship in visual cultures
  • Book history and visual culture
  • Cultural transfers in the visual arts
  • Intermediality and image-text relationships
  • Representations of migration, mobility and gender in film and photography

High profile academics in Modern Languages and Cultures collaborate closely with the Departments of Comparative Literature, Film Studies, and Linguistics as well as with the Schools of History, Politics and International Relations, and English and Drama.

Research in the Department of Modern Languages was ranked highly in the last assessment of national research performance, the 2015 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), receiving a 3.04 overall GPA score, which ranks us second in London.


Visual Cultures and Literature

Text-image relations and visual poetry

Humour and screen arts

Visual Cultures and Theatre

Twentieth-century art and stage design, especially in Spain

Photodocumentary of displacement

(Including photography, social documentary, migration, gender and society)

Visual Cultures: Transnational Approaches

Cultural and artistic transfers (Circulations of artists, objects and thoughts - 19th-20th century)

Transnational history of art museums and collections, with a focus on the interactions between France, Germany and Britain

History of the Modern Movement in art, architecture, photography and design

Gender and Visual Cultures

Gender and sexuality in visual culture.

 Visual Cultures in Europe across Disciplines

Catalan art


Art under fascism

 Visual Cultures and Politics: Film Documentaries

Russian and Soviet cinema, especially documentary film and representations of the Holocaust

Brazilian documentary with a particular focus on the documentaries of social exclusion in late 20th century Brazil

Argentine documentary with a particular focus on labour exclusion and the role of Union-initiated documentary production for the recuperation of abandoned factories in Argentina

Audio-Visual initiatives in postcolonial Lusophone Africa

Further information

Professor Else Vieira

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