The School of Modern Languages and Cultures welcomes applications from students interested in completing postgraduate Research Degrees.
We offer Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees across a variety of fields of study in both full-time and part-time modes.
Applications are considered subject to appropriate supervisory capacity of the School's academic staff.
Current areas of staff interest:
European History (with a particular focus on the politics of memory); Enlargement of the European Union; Eurozone crisis; German post-1945 History and Politics; Nationalism in Central Europe; Political Theory and Political Philosophy (i.e. Hannah Arendt, Edmund Burke, Jürgen Habermas and Carl Schmitt); The self-limiting revolutions of 1989 in Central Europe; the Geopolitics of EU-Russia relations and Ukraine.
Modern Japanese history; Natural disasters and post-disaster reconstruction; History of child and youth health in prewar Japan; Architectural history of Tokyo.
Paul S. Cha
History of Korea, 19th century to present; Religion and Nationalism; Christianity in Asia; Colonial Modernity; Postcolonialism
Migration; Education; Globalization; Youth; Ethnicity; Culture and Identity.
Stephen Yiu-Wai Chu
Hong Kong culture; Popular lyrics; Chineseness; Postcolonialism; Globalization.
European studies; American studies; Maritime and business history; Histories of the following: English and other East India Companies, British and French imperialism, early modern Atlantic, colonial America, United States, US in the world, US-China relations, whaling, coal and commodities.
Timothy Unverzagt Goddard
Modern Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese literature; Japanese empire; Colonial modernity; Edo-Tokyo Studies, modernism; Film Studies; Urban Humanities.
American film and television; Critical Race Theory; U.S. graphic narrative; Visual Studies; Memory Studies.
American literature and history; Visual Culture; Urban Studies; Print culture and the history of early Chinese / US relations.
History of China and Inner Asia, 1600-present; Ethnic minorities and ethnic policies in China; Borderlands and frontiers; Histories of indigenous peoples; Chinese ethnic minority languages and literatures (including Manchu and Mongolian).
Su Yun Kim
Modern Korean literature & culture; Modern Korean cultural history; Japanese empire & race, gender and sexuality; Popular narrative.
19th and 20th Century American literature; American literature in China; Mark Twain; Studies of transnationalism; Diaspora literature; African American literature.
German and European history in global perspective; Theory of World Society; Historiography and nationalism; Conceptual history and iconology.
Denis C. Meyer
French and French-speaking literature; French language and linguistics; Political and cultural history of France; Western representations of the Far East in literature, arts and travel narratives.
Media; Communication; Globalization of Popular Culture and 'Soft power'
Modern and early modern Japanese literature and culture; Gender and sexuality; Theories of emotionality and affect; Japanese literature in transcultural and comparative perspective (China-Japan-Europe).
International Relations of the Asia-Pacific; Foreign and Security Policies of China, Japan, Russia; Contemporary China Society and Politics; Nationalism and Identity in Asia
Colonial & post-colonial African history; German colonial medical history in Africa; History of medicine/disease in Africa; History of colonial statistical practices in Africa; Post colonialism.
European politics, foreign policy, and political economy; International Relations (incl. IR theory); Democratization and political culture; Sino-European relations; Latin American and African politics.
Dixon Heung Wah Wong
Anthropology of Japanese companies; Comparative management studies; Comparative study of popular cultures in Hong Kong and Japan; Comparative kinship studies; Anthropology of colonisation and decolonization.
John D. Wong
Transnational business history; Social, cultural and economic history of the Pearl River Delta and Southeast Asia.
Teaching Japanese as a foreign language (TJFL) -- curriculum design, pedagogy, affective factors in language learning.