The University of London Institute in Paris occupies a unique position among the rich landscape of British research institutions. A centre of Franco-British academic and cultural exchange for over 100 years, ULIP research benefits from both the diversity and richness of the University of London, to which we belong, and to the international and political life of the city of Paris, where we are located. Much of our research is inherently preoccupied with projects and perspectives which build upon the multilingual and multicultural nature of the institution and its history.
ULIP offers a vibrant research environment, with our faculty deeply embedded in the cultural and intellectual environment of Paris while working in a number of close partnerships with both UK and French institutions. Individual staff research spans the forefront of contemporary modern-languages study and has been recognized in the past two assessment exercises as ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014, RAE 2008). This stimulating environment is supported by a growing community of postgraduate students and by the regular academic visitors ULIP hosts. A programme of stimulating research seminars and events – many held in collaboration with other Paris and London based research institutions – takes place throughout the year.
Research at ULIP is interdisciplinary: encompassing diverse aspects of French culture, language, and history, in a wider context of the study of mobility, multilingualism, and international politics. ULIP researchers work in a number of innovative capacities with different communities in Paris, bringing new research developments out into the public domain and the contemporary city in which they were produced. ULIP also works with a wide range of partners – academic, governmental, and cultural institutions – on different short and long-term projects which look to extend the impact of our research to influence policy and society.
Research at ULIP is grouped into three distinct themes:
Mobilities and City Studies
Spanning the disciplines of international politics, modern history and contemporary cultural production, our faculty works at the intersection between urban culture and the migration of people and goods, from the colonial period through to the contemporary globalized world. Read more about Charlotte Chopin’s work on settler colonialism, Anna-Louise Milne’s work on migrant neighbourhoods in Paris, or the work of the Paris Centre for Migrant Writing and Expression.
Multilingualism and Cultural Translation
Language practices and their impact on the social and political transformation of our societies is addressed through our regular fieldwork laboratories and, by Geoffrey Roger, through the analysis of French language policy and language ideologies in France. Linguistic and cultural translation, more broadly, plays a role in the research of all ULIP faculty members.
Contemporary Visual Culture
Paris was the first capital of the global image. Research at ULIP draws on this rich legacy, exploring diverse aspects of visual culture and its interactions with the urban landscape, as well as encompassing the representation in different media of cities and the city of Paris itself. Read more about Catriona MacLeod’s work on contemporary graphic novels and their varied representations of women, trauma, and displacement, or the range of creative and analytical work that has been produced in the field of urban photography, as well as in contemporary film and critical theory.
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