Graduate studyMA in The Making of the Modern World

How has the decline of European empires in the extra-European world shaped the 20th century – and beyond?

The Master’s degree in The Making of the Modern World examines the nature of decolonisation in comparative perspective, looking at the British, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Belgian empires. Students will develop the ability to analyse material in detail, process quantitative and qualitative data to reach informed conclusions, critique existing knowledge and conduct independent research.

Upon graduating, students will receive a degree awarded by the University of London. More information about the degree


Sarah ChurchwellSarah Churchwell to lead public engagement at School of Advanced Study

Professor Sarah Churchwell, author, literary prize judge, journalist and one of the UK’s most prominent academics, is to be the University of London’s School of Advanced Study’s (SAS) first chair in public understanding of the humanities. She will take up her post in October.

Professor Churchwell, who received her BA from Vassar College and MA and PhD from Princeton University, will work with colleagues in SAS and beyond to develop new initiatives to build and enhance the public profile of UK humanities research.

One of her first tasks will be to create an overarching intellectual and operational strategy for the public understanding of the humanities, embedding this within the School’s wider mission to promote and facilitate research.

Professor Churchwell is currently professor of American literature and public understanding of the humanities at the University of East Anglia, where she has taught since 1999. In recognition of her current academic standing in the field of 20th-21st century and contemporary American literature and culture (see below), she has also been appointed to a professorial fellowship in American literature in SAS’s Institute of English Studies.


Intercultural and Intertextual Encounters in Michael Roes

Intercultural and Intertextual Encounters in Michael Roes's Travel Fiction

Seiriol Dafydd

This book investigates a specific aspect of travel literature – the fictional travel novel – and one practitioner of that sub-genre – the contemporary German author Michael Roes (b. 1960). The analysis focuses on two main areas of research. The first concerns Roes’s ...

Intercultural Encounters in Michael Roes's Travel Fiction

Intercultural and Intertextual Encounters in Michael Roes's Travel Fiction

This book by Seiriol Dafydd investigates travel literature, more specifically the fictional travel novel, and the work of the contemporary German author Michael Roes.




IHR research guides

IHR research guides

The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) has just published Using Film as a Source, the first in a new series of research guides for students and researchers. Read blog post...