Welcome to the IMLR Graduate Forum. This forum is run by and for graduate students from the Colleges and Institutes in and around London, working on any cultural aspect of those parts of the world where Germanic or Romance languages are spoken (including Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish and many more).

Graduate students from departments other than Modern Languages (e.g. Anthropology, History, History of Art, Film and Media, etc.) and students working on comparative projects involving one or more Germanic or Romance language are particularly welcome to join the group to develop interdisciplinary links.

Forum members meet once a month during term-time to share and discuss their work in an informal setting, and invites students to present their research and host film screenings, reading groups and workshops. As well as stimulating intellectual debate, the Forum is a great social occasion, giving students, from their first year to the writing-up stage, from different departments across Greater London, a rare opportunity to meet and be inspired by each other’s work.


Meetings are held at Senate House, on the followingThursdays, from 18:00 to 19:30. Further details will follow shortly:

Thursday, 12 October 2017, in Room 234

Thursday, 16 November 2017, in Room 234

Thursday, 7 December 2017, in Room G21a

Thursday, 11 January 2018, in Room 234

Thursday, 8 February 2018, in Room 234

Thursday, 8 March 2018, in Room 234

Thursday, 12 April 2018, in Room 246

Thursday, 10 May 2018, in Room 243


The Team

The Graduate Forum Team includes graduate students from different institutions around London and further afield.

Contact: forum.igrs@sas.ac.uk

Guido Bartolini is a PhD candidate in Italian Studies at Royal Holloway University of London, working on the cultural memory of the Second World War and on the literary representation of the Axis War. His areas of interest include Italian cultural history, literary theories of narrative, Fascism, representations of war and violence.

Thomas Liano is a PhD candidate in French studies at UCL working on Cixous, Genet and Roubaud at a reevaluation of the concept of failure as a way to experiment with artistic creation. He is currently looking at concepts such as boredom or deceptivity and the effects they have on the relationship between writer, narrator and reader. 

Yejun (Erica) Zou is registered as a PhD candidate in German Studies at King’s College London and the Humboldt University of Berlin, working on the articulation of women’s voice and the examination of socialist aesthetics in China and East Germany, in particular in the writings by Ding Ling and Christa Wolf. Her research interests include women’s writing, gendered subjectivity, autobiographical writings and the question of authorial voice in works by women authors.


Get Involved!

Get involved! Come along to one of the sessions to join in our discussions and find out what it’s all about. Drop us a line at forum.igrs@sas.ac.uk to join our mailing list and receive the latest updates.

If you have any questions, and/or are interested in presenting your research at one of our sessions, or in joining the team of organisers, please get in touch.
You can also look us up on Facebook!