IMLR Research Training Programme

The IMLR offers a programme in research skills and methods to all students, free of charge. The programme has been running since1999 and is taught by lecturers and professionals from the Institute and across the UK.

Programme for 2020-21

This academic year, the IMLR’s free training programme will be delivered mainly online using Zoom, with the exception of archival visits and full-day research training events planned for the summer term. Online training will take place on Wednesday or Friday afternoons, and will consist of both one-off sessions of 1-2 hours, as well as short courses run over 2 to 3 sessions and incorporating online learning activities. Alongside our live training programme, we will develop additional training resources including short videos and a forum to share research-related queries and experiences on the new Modern Languages Research Training section on the School of Advanced Study’s Online Research Training platform.

The first sessions will begin in November and the programme for Term 1 includes:

  1. Working with and Interviewing Writers, Artists and Filmmakers*
    Session leader: Joe Ford (IMLR)
    Wednesday 4 November 2020, 14:00-15:30
    Registration and further details:
  2. Modern Languages at the British Library
    Session leader: Marja Kingma (British Library)
    Wednesday 18 November 2020, 14:00-16:00
    Further details and registration:
  3. Ethnography and Modern Languages Research*
    Course leaders: Chandra Morrison (LSE) and Naomi Wells (IMLR)
    Dates and times: Wednesday 25 November 2020, 14:00-15:00; Wednesday 2 December 2020, 14:00-15:00; 2-3pm and Friday 4 December 2020, 14:00-15:00
    Further details and registration:

Further sessions later in the academic year will focus on:

- The Environmental Humanities and Modern Languages Research

- Disability Studies and Modern Languages Research

- Gender Studies and Modern Languages Research

- Archives and Modern Languages Research

- Digital Culture and Modern Languages Research

- Decolonial Approaches to Modern Languages Research

- World Literature and Modern Languages Research

- Participatory Languages Research in Schools

- Working with Communities, Participatory Photography, Research in Post-Conflict Settings and Digital Data for Cultural Research*

- Postdoctoral Experiences and Opportunities in Modern Languages

- Applying for Research Grants in Modern Languages

- Modern Languages and Careers in and beyond Academia

- Translation and Subtitling between Europe and Asia (organised by Migrating Texts and funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership)

- Researching Multilingually (organised by the Researching Multilingually Network and funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership)

Full details and registration for each session will be announced on the Modern Languages online research training section. All sessions are free but advance registration on the IMLR’s events system will be essential. Some sessions will have limited capacity to enable greater interactivity.

Please contact Naomi Wells ( if you have any questions about the programme.

* These sessions have been organised by the ‘Fieldwork and Modern Languages’ working group, chaired by Claire Griffiths (


School of Advanced Study Training Programme

The SAS programme is designed to complement the Institute's discipline-specific courses and also includes sessions for MA and research students. Details of the programme are available on the SAS website.

Research Training Calendar