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.
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.
AREAS OF RESEARCH
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
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
Professor Else Vieira