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Research in French and Francophone Studies


Expertise of research area
anthropology; Caribbean Studies; decoloniality and indigeneity; digital culture studies; film studies; Francophone Studies; history; immigration and diaspora; linguistics and phonetics; multilingualism. Gender and sexuality; music; nations and nationalisms; North and Sub-Saharan African Studies. Literary studies; performing arts; popular culture studies; race and ethnicity; religion; social and political science; translation studies; urban studies; visual culture studies; French Studies

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

You will undertake original research under the supervision of experts in French and Francophone Studies, based in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p paraeid="{c22113ef-0f17-40be-a31d-d8246b6da135}{151}" paraid="366538881">French Studies at Leeds conducts world-leading research into the history, cultures and societies of France and French-speaking countries across Africa and the Caribbean.&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{c22113ef-0f17-40be-a31d-d8246b6da135}{169}" paraid="1049572696">Our research community in French &ndash; one of the largest in the UK &ndash; works across a variety of disciplines including literature, film, visual culture, music, performing arts, translation, history, popular and digital cultures, and social and political science.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{c22113ef-0f17-40be-a31d-d8246b6da135}{199}" paraid="385759348">In particular we have research strengths in the areas of late medieval studies, 20th and 21st century Algeria and Morocco, colonial violence and decolonial resistance, literary correspondence and translation, literature and art from 1800 onwards, modern and contemporary cultural studies, contemporary French society, art, cinema, religion, gender and sexuality, and race and ethnicity.&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{c22113ef-0f17-40be-a31d-d8246b6da135}{231}" paraid="835221647">Members of the French research team conduct individual as well as collaborative, and interdisciplinary research through research centres and projects, in particular the <a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Centre for Translation Studies (CTS)</a>, the <a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures (CWCDC)</a>, the <a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Centre for World Literatures (CWL)</a>, <a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Performance, Politics, Piety | School of Languages, Cultures and Societies | University of Leeds</a>, <a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies | School of English | University of Leeds</a>, <a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Institute for Medieval Studies | University of Leeds</a>, <a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">The Popular Culture Research Network | Research groups | School of Languages, Cultures and Societies | University of Leeds</a>, the <a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)</a>, the Benjamin Constant Project <a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Institut Benjamin Constant - IBC UNIL</a>, and <a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Writing1900</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{32f32b6d-ea6c-495a-90c0-6480b2f97a4e}{56}" paraid="1925563696">We supervise masters by research (MAR) and doctoral (PhD) researchers working on a wide range of topics relating to our areas of expertise. While studying with us you will undertake research training offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and the University, as you write a thesis which is examined by viva at the end of your period of study. Full-time (three years) and part-time (five years) study options are available, with fee reductions for alumni.?&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{32f32b6d-ea6c-495a-90c0-6480b2f97a4e}{92}" paraid="673884152">When completing the online application for study please select Languages, Cultures and Societies as the programme for all subject areas offered by the School. Individual subject areas are not listed.&nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p paraeid="{32f32b6d-ea6c-495a-90c0-6480b2f97a4e}{104}" paraid="1907229549">Formal applications for research degree study should be made <a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">online</a>. Please state clearly the research area you are interested in.&nbsp;</p> <p paraeid="{32f32b6d-ea6c-495a-90c0-6480b2f97a4e}{115}" paraid="1155814977">If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements: IELTS overall score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components; or TOEFL (internet-based) overall score of at least 92 with at least 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing; or for Distance Learning PhD - IELTS overall score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in all components.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the Graduate School Office.&nbsp;<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href=" "></a>.</p>

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