Current projects

Discover more about the research being carried out in the School of Literatures, Languages and Culture.

Highlighted projects

Revitalising the Scottish Gaelic language

Colleagues in Celtic and Scottish Studies have helped the lead Gaelic development agency, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, to shape evidence-based policy on language planning and maintenance.

Embracing a ‘new mode of culture’

Investigating the decisive part played by learning and reading German in the career of Walter Scott, one of Britain’s most internationally significant authors.

Our Bondage and Our Freedom

An international project celebrating the 200 year anniversary of the birth of African American activist and author, Frederick Douglass.

Conversion, Translation and the Language of Autobiography

This project is generously supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council until May 2017.

The Cantos Project

The Cantos Project is dedicated to the research and study of The Cantos of Ezra Pound (1917-1969), the most extensive and complex poetic work of the 20th century.

Fatherland as Motherland: Unstable Gender and Nation in Italian Great War Literature

Fatherland as Motherland: Unstable Gender and Nation in Italian Great War Literature is an EU-funded project (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Individual Fellowship) that has been running at the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures since September 2015.

Film and the Other Arts: Intermediality, Medium Specificity, Creativity International Research Network

This international research network aims to offer a stimulus for new directions in the study of cinematic intermediality, opening up new areas of research and new creative pathways.

The Backside of the Bones

An osteological study of Shang oracle bones (13th and 12th century BCE)

Impact Showcase

Staging the Henrician court

To mark 500 years since Henry VIII became king, Hampton Court Palace saw The Play of the Weatherrehearsed and performed in its Great Hall in 2009. This led to the ‘Staging the Scottish Court’ project to produce A Satire of the Three Estates at Linlithgow Palace in 2013.

Staging the Henrician court

Reinvigorating traditional arts in Scotland

Three research projects based on audio material from the University of Edinburgh’s archives are bringing traditional Scottish music and song back to life for a modern audience. 

Reinvigorating traditional arts in Scotland