STIP: Call for PhD-Applications, Queen Mary University of London (11.11.2020)

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The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLC) at Queen Mary University of London is calling for applications from qualified PhD students in the field of German Studies. Research at the Department was ranked highly in the last assessment of national research performance, the 2015 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), receiving a 3.04 overall GPA score. 


German Studies in MLC have a more than one century-long outstanding tradition at Queen Mary. Scholars working in the field of German Studies have research expertise over many areas including language teaching; linguistics and literature from the 18th Century to the Present day; film; theory; media and culture from Austria, Switzerland and the former GDR as well as the Federal Republic; history of thought; translation and translation theory; gender and queer studies; post-migrant literature and culture; postcolonial theory and German Studies. Our firm belief in the value of transcultural and interdisciplinary research led to the foundation of the renowned Centre Anglo-German Cultural Relations (CAGCR) which has developed a very active platform for scholars and students, forming a link between Queen Mary and cultural institutions in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.


The Department for Modern Languages and Cultures also offers two PhD programmes that are open for applicants working in the field of German Studies:


  • Translation, Translation Studies, and Adaptation (with a practice-led pathway), with a focus on theatre translation, queer translation, intersemiotic translation, postcolonial translation, medieval translation, the body and translation, and translation as activism.
  • Visual Cultures, with a focus on: cultural memory, trauma and censorship in visual cultures; book history and visual culture; cultural transfers in the visual rrts; intermediality and image-text relationships; representations of migration, mobility and gender in film and photography


German offers a monthly Research Seminar for its postgraduate students given by the Director of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations and Centenary Professor of German, Rüdiger Görner.


Funding opportunities subject to availability and successful applications include:


AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards

QMUL Principal's Studentship for PhD

The Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation



We are hosting a PhD online information event on Wednesday 11 November 2020, 11.15am-1pm (GMT). If you are interested in pursuing a PhD at Queen Mary University of London and want to hear more information about PhD studies and funding, you can register for the event via this link:


More information on pursuing a PhD in German Studies at QMUL as well as on our staff is available here


For further information contact Dr Maha El Hissy:

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