Awarded by: University of London
The Institute provides first-class PhD supervision and guidance from academics who are leaders in their field, in collaboration with specialists at other institutions where appropriate. Distance-learning and part-time study options are available.
The Institute’s research strength lies in the combination of the study of several language fields: French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Our academic staff specialise in literature, cultural studies, history of ideas and comparative studies: the city (especially Berlin, Trieste), borders, the body, psychoanalysis, gender and sexuality, feminism, women's writing, Jewish writing, exile writing, and children's literature.
Because of its function as a centre for academic events in European culture, the Institute has national and international contacts with researchers in its fields. The Institute is thus particularly well placed to offer supervision for projects that cross national and disciplinary boundaries.
Students have access to networks associated with the Centres for German and Austrian Exile Studies, Contemporary Women’s Writing, Cultural Memory, Quebec and French-Canadian Studies, Ernst Bloch, and Austrian Literature and Culture. Supervision is available in Francophone/North African Studies through the Centre for Postcolonial Studies.