Institute of Modern Languages Research

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Institute of Modern Languages Research
Former names
Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies
Type Graduate school
Established 2004 (2004)
Parent institution
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Director Catherine Davies
Location London, England, United Kingdom
Campus Urban
Nickname IMLR
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The Institute of Modern Languages Research is a research institution associated with the University of London. A constituent institute of the School of Advanced Study based on the second floor of the Senate House, the Institute of Modern Languages Research promotes and facilitates national and international collaborative, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural research by means of seminars, lectures, workshops, colloquia, conferences, a fellowships programme, and its various research centres.


The Institute of Germanic Studies was founded in 1950 to promote and facilitate the study of German-speaking cultures. It was joined in 1989 by the Institute of Romance Studies, which was founded to promote and facilitate the study of Romance language-speaking cultures. The two Institutes were merged in 2004 to form the new Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies. It became the Institute of Modern Languages Research in 2013, when its Euro-centric focus began broadening significantly to encompass the study of all languages currently spoken around the world. The Institute has since also come to engage directly in emerging interlingual and inter-disciplinary topics such as translingualism and translation.


As well as offering doctoral supervision, and co-supervision as a member of the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP), the Institute currently offers a Masters by Research postgraduate degree MRes in Modern Languages.

Research degrees are offered in the modern languages, broadly conceived. The Institute has significant expertise, archival strengths and student funding in its historical focus:

However, along with the new, broader remit of the Institute, the range and fluidity of its expertise have also increased significantly in recent years.

Affiliated Research Centres[edit]

Several research centres are affiliated with the institute, including

  • Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory
  • Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing
  • Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature
  • Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies
  • Centre for Quebec and French-Canadian Studies

Events and activities[edit]

The Institute organises and hosts a large number of events around the year, promoting and facilitating research into a very broad range of Modern Languages topics. The vast majority of these events are free of charge and open to everyone, from scholars and students of London colleges and universities, to interested members of the public. These events draw leading scholars in Modern Languages topics from around the UK and world to London to share their findings.


The Institute is also host to a large number of stipendiary and non-stipendiary fellowships, which allow leaders in Modern Languages research fields at various stages of their careers to spend time at the Institute, undertaking advanced research production, promotion, and facilitation activities.


Collections that have so far only undergone initial sorting and listing include:


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