The Department of French’s research strengths encompass the following fields: Art and Music Theory; Early Modern, Modern and Contemporary Literature and Ideas; Francophone Postcolonial Studies; Francophone Africa; French Philosophy and Theory; Heroism Studies, Modern and Contemporary Theatre; Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition; Translation Studies; Women’s and Gender Studies.
This range makes the Department a major international centre for the study of French as a multidisciplinary subject and also an important focus for a range of interdisciplinary networks. These core areas of research support teaching at undergraduate level and across the various postgraduate programmes to which the Department contributes. The Department has hosted numerous international conferences in each field of research. Staff have published widely in these fields, are actively involved in research associations and networks in their respective areas, and regularly present as key-note speakers at (inter)national conferences. A number of staff also serve as journal editors and on the editorial boards of international journals and book series. The Department alco hosts a regular French Research Seminar series.
The Department of French has hosted a number of Irish Research Council (IRC) Postdoctoral Fellows who have gone on to take up academic positions both in Ireland and overseas. We particularly welcome applications from Early Career Researchers interested in working with us through funding schemes such as the IRC Postdoctoral Fellowship or the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions research fellowship. Over 70% of our funding is the result of success in bidding for Irish Research Council funding awards in support of major projects, leading to and involving international collaboration with colleagues around the world. Such funding has also been received in support of numerous (post-)doctoral students working on diverse projects under our supervision. Our students, from both the EU and beyond, have also been supported through UCC’s Strategic Research Fund Doctoral Programme and the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences’ Doctoral Scholarships Programme.