ULIP’s commitment to academic exchange and the promotion of new knowledge sees our researchers engaged in a wide variety of partner and public engagement work. Our faculty are always looking to increase the impact of their research with regular workshops, seminars, and events, all open to the public. The institute also has a long history of collaboration with partners from both sides of the Channel and works extensively with academic and cultural institutions, community organisations, and local government in France and the UK. ULIP’s collaborative and community projects form an essential part of our academic research, developing innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the biggest questions of language, culture, and political and artistic expression faced by societies today.

Current Projects


ULIP works with Goldsmiths, University of London to bring together colleagues from their MA Photography and Urban Cultures with researchers from our MA Urban History and Culture, to organise an annual urban photography workshop. These events offer participants opportunities for teaching, debate, and discussion on the urban environment and its expression in art, including a practical photography session in the streets of Paris. This year’s event is based around the theme of Cartographies: considering urban archeology and its mapping of social change.

ULIP’s Anna-Louise Milne has recently collaborated with the School of Advanced Study, University of London, on the latest Living Literature event – Living Proust and the Belle Époque. Brainchild of Sarah Churchwell, Living Literature aims to bring iconic literary works to life by using research expertise to create an immersive and theatrical world for audiences to explore. A revolutionary take on the classic university lecture, these experiential educational experiences engage audiences in the world and ideas of the chosen author in a bold new way.

This British Academy funded project, Plural Cultures, Plural Spaces, is run in collaboration with the Institut des Cultures d’Islam and brings together researchers and practitioners working in and on questions of cultural management from both sides of the Channel. Taking the ICI as the object of its study the project explores Franco-British comparative perspectives on the Institute as part of a wider reflection on contemporary cultural spaces and their role in modern retellings of national history.

The Paris Centre for Migrant Writing and Expression has been working with migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Northern Paris for over five years, running regular translation workshops in collaboration with a number of different local agencies and educational establishments. These laboratories have enabled researchers to help refugees use different media and literature to tell their stories, while also acting as a base to explore the act of translation – whether that be of words, cultures, or traditions - itself.

Work with us

If you are interested in collaborating with ULIP researchers please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Director of Research.