Inner and Outer Exile in Fascist Germany and Spain: A Comparative Study

University of Birmingham - Department of Modern Languages

Level of Study: Doctoral research

Subject area: Modern Languages and Cultures

Type of Award: Charity/Trust

Award Description
The Department of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham is involved in a three-year research project funded by The Leverhulme Trust on ‘Inner and Outer Exile in Fascist Germany and Spain: A Comparative Study’. This award includes funding for a full-time PhD project studentship to begin as soon as possible. The studentship is available only to Home/EU students under normal circumstances.

The successful applicant will undertake research on one of the following topics in either the German or the Spanish context:

  • The conceptualization of inner and outer exile and its reception. Research will involve a detailed reading of the critical literature on exile with case studies of writers/artists and the history of their reception in the German-/ Spanish-speaking world from the beginning of the dictatorship to the present day.
  • German/Spanish writers’ use of specific literary techniques to lend expression to their opposition to the respective oppressive regime. Research will focus on the rich network of historical, mythical, and Christian motifs that characterize writing in both inner and outer exile.

Applicants are invited to suggest specific areas of interest within the above parameters and we would also welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates wishing to undertake comparative research into the German and Spanish contexts.

Value of Award
The successful applicant will benefit from a fully-funded three-year PhD (tuition fees plus stipend of £14,296 per annum) in a leading UK university, as well as guidance from experts in the field, access to a thriving postgraduate community and their own work space. 

Eligibility Criteria
The successful applicant will have: (a) an excellent first, or preferably Masters, degree with a research training component in German and/or Hispanic Studies or an appropriate cognate discipline; (b) an excellent, near native competence in either German or Spanish as applicable, and (c) for the comparative option, an excellent reading knowledge (to honours or at least C1 level) of both German and Spanish. The student will be supervised by Professor John Klapper and Dr Mónica Jato.

How to Apply
Informal enquiries may be addressed to John Klapper (, from whom a more detailed project description can be obtained.

To apply, please send a C.V. together with a covering letter outlining your suitability for the studentships, along with two references to:

Interviews will be conducted in January at the University of Birmingham.

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