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In modern languages research, we interrogate the link between language and identities, researching our languages as transnational phenomena in a global context to understand the cultural and society impact. This means examining the cultures of languages’ global contact zones across the languages we research including; the wider Iberian world, Lusophone Africa and Brazil, the transnational cultures of German, and the Francophone world.

Prominent among our large-scale collaborative enterprises has been Language Acts and Worldmaking, a flagship project (2016-21) funded by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative. This project was conceived to interrogate language use and transformation in an Iberian world context; by its nature, the project was designed to make long-term contributions to the continuing vitality not only of the research and teaching of languages at King’s, but of Modern Languages more widely.

Similarly global in scale, multi-centred research funded by both the AHRC and ERC reconstructed Europe’s multicultural past through the lens of the medieval Francophone world. This research project integrated scholarship and digital methodologies to make visible premodern multilingualism and multiculturalism; aims included ‘decentreing’ French literary history and reaching beyond universities in challenging a nationalist view of literary and linguistic traditions and their relationship to identities.

Challenging the limitations of nation-state frameworks and reaching new audiences has also been central to the work of the German Screen Studies Network: an Anglo-German media public funded by DAAD and King’s. The research explored the transnational archive as a resource for the retrieval, curation and dissemination of Anglo-German cinema, and has traced German connections across colonial and postcolonial Anglophone cinemas, in locations including India and West Africa. 

Our research impact was rated 87.5 per cent at ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) and 100 per cent for ‘world leading’ (4*) research environment at the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021).


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The Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies at King’s has a vibrant postgraduate research culture, with doctoral candidates contributing to teaching and research.

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Ranked 9th in the 2014 REF power rankings

Lead research that will inform the future

Awarded almost £3 million

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