School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

History, Politics and Society

We cover France and the French-speaking world; Germany, Austria and the Low Countries; Russia and the Balkans; and Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. Our focus is on the development of the social and political structures that underpin the evolution of culture as a whole. We look at political and cultural history and historiography, memory, national identity, contemporary society, Holocaust and post-conflict studies, and our work extends from the Byzantine era down to the present day. Our outputs in history, politics and society complement research in Culture Film and Media, and American and Canadian Studies.

History, politics and culture 



Research and activities

Current research topics include French political culture, World War II and the German Democratic Republic in memory, the Serbian diaspora in the UK, and contemporary Cuban history. We are active in the following centres and groups: the Science and Technology Culture Research Group; Translating Cultures: Cultural Transfer and Transnational Relations; Contemporary German Culture and Gender Studies; the International Consortium for the Study of Post Conflict Societies; the Centre for Research on Cuba; the Centre for Russian, Central & East European StudiesMemory Studies and the Politics of Memory; the Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies; Rwandan Stories of Change; and the Institute for Medieval Research.

Postgraduate study

Our MA and PhD students make up a diverse and vibrant intellectual community. Current and recent topics include: the French education system; representation of labour in a control society; the West German peace movement 1979-1985; representations of the German military during the Second World War; representations of youth in Russia and Serbia since the 1990s; constructing bodies in the Orthodox Christian culture of pre-Mongol Rus; Francoist political violence in post-Civil War Spain; and hegemonic discourse and sources of legitimacy in Cuba.

You can find out more about our postgraduate research opportunities by consulting the online prospectus.

Online Prospectus




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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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