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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Research in French

Details about the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAPH2) competition, offering up to 90 AHRC-funded studentships can be found here 

Details about the QMUL Principal's Postgraduate Research Studentships are here

The research staff and their areas of expertise: 


Professor Adrian Armstrong

  • Late medieval literature (French and Dutch); book history; reception studies; translation studies; visual culture; scholarly editing; Belgian culture; literary theory

Dr Emilie Oléron Evans

  • Cultural transfers, circulations of people, objects and thoughts; art and translation, art in translation; transnational history of art museums and collections, with a focus on the interactions between France, Germany and Britain; women in art history: translators, mediators, scholars and curators; history of the Modern Movement in art, architecture and design

Dr Rebekah Vince

  • Francophone postcolonial studies; translation and multilingualism; transcultural memory studies; North African literature in French; Jewish-Muslim interactions; Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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  • Socio-political contextualization of modern French literature
  • Francophone writing
  • Life writing
  • Colonial and postcolonial writing by women
  • OuLiPo
  • Text-image relations
  • The work of contemporary women artists
  • Medieval and early modern visual culture
  • Feminist theory and criticism
  • Narratology
  • Postcolonial perspectives
  • Modern Francophone writing
  • Pre-modern vernacular translation and cross-cultural transmission

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  • Late medieval poetry and poetics
  • Relations between French-language and Dutch-language writing in Burgundy
  • Vernacular translation and cross-cultural transmission
  • Approaches to scholarly editing
  • Manuscript studies and book history
  • Language and national identity in France, Quebec and Sweden
  • Language policy and planning
  • Language attitudes
  • Regional languages in France
  • Variation in French
  • Language in the European Union
  • Languages and globalisation

QMUL PhD Funding

How to apply

The LAHP studentship competition

Recent major research grants in French

Oulipography: life as a creative constraint

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship awarded to Anna Kemp for 2017-2018 (£47,521)

The 1429 Catalan Translation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s `Decameron’: Tracing the Making of a European Classic
European Commission, Marie Curie Actions - Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) scheme, awarded to Adrian Armstrong (scientist in charge) and Simone Ventura (researcher), September 2013 - August 2015 (€221,606)

Albert Camus: a Controversial life, a Contested Legacy

Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship awarded to Edward Hughes for 2013-2014 (£44,547)

Visual Culture and 'Interruption' in Global Cities
AHRC-NWO Humanities Research Networking and Exchange Scheme Research Grant awarded to Shirley Jordan, in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, September 2012-August 2014 (€37,734)

Transcultural Critical Editing: Vernacular Poetry in the Burgundian Netherlands, 1450-1530
AHRC Research Grant awarded to Adrian Armstrong, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, January 2012-July 2016 (£227,036)

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