About a PORT for Modern Languages

A PORT for Modern Languages combines three main sections:

  • Handbooks (not specific to a particular language)
    These invite you to reflect on the various skills involved in postgraduate research and give you information on practical matters. The skills packages will cover the main fields of research undertaken in Modern Language departments and in other Humanities departments concerned with the study of Romance culture or languages (e.g. Linguistics, Film and Media, History of Art). 
  • Resources
    Our resources cover materials relating to French, Italian, Spanish, German, Czech, Polish, Russian and Portuguese studies, and to some degree to Francophone, Hispanic, Latin-American and Lusophoneculture. These directories will provide links to and information about institutions, such as libraries, archives and museums concerned with these modern languages and cultures, as well as web-based resources. Where appropriate we will give practical advice on access, facilities and usage. 
  • Videos
    These video clips were produced in 2008 to offer advice and guidance to research students approaching their PhD viva or preparing for post-doctoral job interviews in academia and beyond. The aim is to provide input from both sides of the table: they feature viva examiners, supervisors and experienced interviewers as well as those who have recently got their PhDs. If you are looking for general advice in dealing with an interdisciplinary topic, approaching your viva or life after the PhD, these clips can help guide you through the planning and processes.

The materials are conceived as free-standing self-study units but will also be of use to teachers on research training programmes to support face-to-face provision.


a PORT for Modern Languages was originally called PORT and was a standalone website hosted by the Institute of Modern Languages Research. In late 2014 the School of Advanced Study developed a new portal for all online research training materials developed by the 10 Institutes, using the name PORT for the new website. Thus PORT became a PORT for Modern Languages.

The original site was built under the umbrella of the HEFCE-funded University Council of Modern Languages Collaboration Programme for Modern Languages in Higher Education. This project was one of 10 projects which formed the Collaboration Programme. Additional funding was provided by the Vice-Chancellor's Development Fund, University of London.

a PORT for Modern Languages is maintained by the Institute of Modern Languages Research (School of Advanced Study, University of London). It was originally created by the Institute in partnership with Queen Mary, University of London and the Italian Research Consortium which includes Reading University, University College London, and Royal Holloway, University of London. Consultancy during the project design stage was provided by the PORT management committee, a group of academic advisors from different Romance Studies University departments in the UK, chaired by Professor Tim Unwin, University of Bristol.

Contributors to the project have been research assistants affiliated with the IMLR, QMUL and RHUL: Dr. Patricia Montenegro, Dr. Caroline Warman, Dr. Ross Forman and Dr. Phoebe von Held (IGRS), Dr. Paolo Rambelli (RHUL), andIonna Sitaridou (QMUL).

The project was originally devised by Professor Jo Labanyi, Professor Jill Forbes and Dr. Guido Bonsaver. Professor Judith Still, Professor Jane Everson and Professor Michael Moriarty have coordinated and supervised the second phase of the project; Professor Naomi Segal, Dr. Katia Pizzi, Dr. Eleanor Chiari and Dr. Ricarda Vidal its third phase since the merging of the IRS and the IGS.

Last modified: Tuesday, 4 November 2014, 9:46 AM