PhD Scholarship: Identity, Internationalism and Language Learning on Screen. Foreign Language TV programmes in the UK Context

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February 8, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, French History / Studies, German History / Studies, Italian History / Studies

PhD opportunities and scholarships at the University of Hull

The Languages section of the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures at the University of Hull is pleased to advertise the following PhD opportunities and scholarships:


1) PhD scholarship project:

Identity, Internationalism and Language Learning on Screen: Foreign Language TV programmes in the UK Context

A recent article in the Evening Standard posed the question ‘Is it a coincidence that just as governments are seeking to close their borders, television is opening them?’ (March 15 2017). Indeed, in post-Brexit Britain, television viewers have access to an ever-increasing number of foreign language programmes. And ‘with the boom in streaming services, a single TV drama can cross borders like never before. Yet still, telling local stories appears to be the secret to international appeal’ (ibid).  But what is the relationship between the local, national, and transnational that is presented on screen? And how do these dramas influence viewers’ perceptions of the countries, nationalities and languages which are depicted on screen? This project analyses the way in which ideas of national identity and nationhood are interrogated through French and/or German and/or Italian television drama programmes when they are watched outside of their original national context. It will explore the mise-en-scène, plot and marketing employed, and then analyse their impact on viewers and their perceptions of languages and cultures. Near-native competence is required in at least one of the three language areas. Comparative projects are particularly welcome.

This PhD scholarship is one of three to inaugurate the Richard Hoggart Centre for Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Hull. The successful applicant will be working within Languages but also within the Centre and thus will benefit from the interdisciplinary research environment of these two areas.

Please contact Dr Elizabeth Ward ( with any informal queries.


For more information about the Centre and associated scholarships, please see:

To apply, visit:


Deadline for application: 8 February 2018.






The North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities, led by the University of Hull, invites high-quality proposals from applicants for up to 12 PhD studentships tenable for three years from 1 October 2018. Applicants apply to the Consortium and successful candidates are admitted to the university with the most appropriate supervision, with co-supervision at another member university. All students will undertake common cohort-based postgraduate training in research impact, public engagement, entrepreneurship and digital humanities, and will have access to facilities and research support at the other Consortium members.

The Consortium invites proposals for research in and across the boundaries of the disciplines it represents, which include:

Art and Design

Creative Writing

Digital Arts and New Media

Drama and Performing Arts

English Language and Literature


Gender Studies


Modern Languages

Media, Communication and Cultural Studies



The Consortium is also particularly interested in proposals that address the following themes:

Identity and Hybridity Studies

Mobility and Migration Studies

Transnationality Studies

Social, Cultural & Environmental Sustainability Studies

Creativity in Cultures & Communities


How to Apply

The Studentships are open to Home or EU applicants, who should hold at least a good undergraduate and a Master’s qualification (or be completing their programme), and can be held either full-time or part-time.  They include fees and stipend (living expenses) at the UK Research Council rate. Please use the form and guidelines at:


Please contact for further guidance or questions


For information regarding the research specialisms in Modern Languages at the University of Hull, please visit:


Please contact Dr Elizabeth Ward ( for queries relating to Modern Languages.


Deadline for application and submission of references: 5pm on 12 February 2018.


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