The School is recognised internationally for wide-ranging high-quality research on languages, literatures and cultures. Our research covers European Studies, French, Germanic Studies, Hispanic Studies, Irish and Celtic Languages, Italian, Near and Middle Eastern Studies and Russian and Slavonic Studies, spanning eras from the 5th century BCE to the 21st century. Our strengths broadly encompass Literary and Cultural Studies, including literary and cultural theory, social thought, narratology and imagology, film and textual and visual studies as well as questions surrounding language learning and translation studies. We also encourage comparative, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. Our intellectual inquiry is in the service of national and international debate and knowledge advancement, particularly on the construction of identity and otherness in literature and culture. Our research culture also supports research-led undergraduate teaching and the postgraduate education of the researchers of the future.
The School is one of nine partner schools of the University's flagship Research Institute for the Arts and Humanities, the Trinity Long Room Hub.
School members are also actively involved in the five overarching, university-wide Arts & Humanities led research themes, and in particular the research theme Identities in Transformation which is within this school and is currently being led by the Head of School. In a recent international review of all 19 research themes in the university it was one of six and the only Humanities led theme that was awarded an A-Rating. Other research themes with strong involvement within the School are Manuscripts, Book and Print Cultures, and Digital Humanities.