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Research Groups

The School of Modern Languages hosts six interdisciplinary research groups:

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Digital studies

A forum for MLaC staff, students and collaborators working on any aspect of the interrelation of the humanities and the sciences.
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Translating Languages and Cultures

Discussions, debates, and collaborations on areas in which the research interests of researchers, teaching fellows, and doctoral students converge.
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Living texts

Living Texts seeks to explore the life of texts in all its significant aspects, from creation to reception.
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Performance and performativity

Fostering productive conversations regarding performance and performativity that bridge various language and subject areas.
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Decolonising MLAC

Emphasising the need for a critical and creative space that considers primacy, race, power and resistance.
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Transnational cinema

Exploring cinematic representation and peripherality, film theory and criticism, and the politics and ethics of cinema.
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If you wish to participate in any of the groups, please be in touch with the named contact.

  • These groups are a key element of our shared research environment, and with their particular range of activities and participants, they are best placed to respond to and shape collective, institutional and international research developments.
  • The aim of the groups is to promote and foster intellectual interaction and dialogue, exploring avenues of interest to the members of the group through presentations and discussion. In this way it is hoped that knowledge and ideas can be shared to the benefit of individual and collaborative research projects in Durham and beyond.
  • Postgraduate research students are most welcome to attend any session run by the groups.