Our research

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Historical research in LCS can be broadly categorised in a number of main areas:

Cultural history, where historical enquiry is conducted through texts and images. This fits especially well with our specialisms in literary and film studies, visual and digital cultures.  This are could include histories of the reception and re-imagining of historical of mythological figures such as the Emperor Augustus (Goodman) and Heracles (Stafford)

National or area histories, where the focus is on a particular nation such as Germany, France or Spain or region, such as Latin America, Eastern and Central Europe or the Middle East.

Transnational studies, where a topic is explored across national boundaries, for example Eugenics in Spain, France and Argentina (Cleminson), gender and revolution in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France and Ireland (Sharp, Painter)

Studies of particular periods either within or beyond a particular national context, such as the histories of Ancient Greece and Rome, the First and Second World Wars, the student uprisings of 1968, or Arabic historiography. 

Impact and engagement

Historians and Cultural Historians within the School work with a number of partners both to disseminate our research and to co-produce research or public engagement outputs.

As an example, the Legacies of War project (2011-19) led by Professor Alison Fell, French, and supported by Professor Ingrid Sharp, German, has reached a vast number of community partners.

The main areas of impact are:

Maximising the synergies between the university and other major civic institutions in the city and region by forging strong partnerships with a series of key partners in Leeds and Yorkshire and shaping the City and region’s responses to the Centenary.

Shaping debates and deepening public understanding of WW1 and its legacies. The project has had a measurable impact on the ways in which the broadcast and print media have responded to the Centenary, in particular shaping the editorial policy and content of the BBC’s coverage. One of four WW1 co-produced MOOCs, focusing on comparative, European perspectives on the evolution of concepts of heroism has attracted over 12,000 learners. 

Enhancing research skills, well-being and self-confidence of a diverse range of beneficiaries through collaborative heritage research projects. To date LoW has worked with over 40 groups, from theatre groups to MPs/MEPs and civil servants, schools, local history groups, museums/galleries/libraries and arts organisations. 

Research projects

There is a range of funded research projects within the school, as well as initiatives which bring groups of interdisciplinary researchers within and beyond the University together.

•    What are years? Sadler Seminar Series 2017-2018 involved researchers from LCS and History and focussed on key events in 1848, 1918, 1968
•    Legacies of War involves researchers and community groups and acts as an umbrella for a number of projects related to the First World War that have attracted funding.

•    Kiel Uprising: Women's activism and the German Revolution November 1918, AHRC 2017-2018 (Ingrid Sharp)
•    ‘Mobilising Multidirectional Memory to Build More Resilient Communities in South Africa’, AHRC 2017-2018 (Stuart Taberner)
•    Social Attitudes to Conscientious Objection with English Heritage, October 2016-2017 (Ingrid Sharp)
•    Performing the Jewish Archive, AHRC 2014-18 (Helen Finch)
•    Traumatic Pasts, Cosmopolitanism, and Nation-Building in Contemporary German and South African Literature, Leverhulme Trust 2014-2018 (Stuart Taberner)
•    Cosmopolitan Memory in Literature from Germany and South Africa, British Academy, 2014-2018 (Stuart Taberner)
•    AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with Imperial War Museum, AHRC 2014-2017 (Ingrid Sharp)
•    Engaging Young Black Britons with the Relevance of The Holocaust, AHRC 2015-2016 (Stuart Taberner)
•    ‘Kriegsgefangen in Skipton: History of a Local POW Camp’, University of Leeds Ignite 2015-2016 (Caroline Summers)
•    ‘German-Language Literature and Transnationalism’, AHRC 2013-2016 (Stuart Taberner)
•    Germany’s Confrontation with the Holocaust in a Global Context, AHRC 2014-2015 (Stuart Taberner)
•    Transnational Holocaust Memory: an international network (World University Network, 2014)
•    ‘The politics of transmission of Holocaust testimony in the German cultural field’, AHRC 2013-14 (Helen Finch)
•    Women's Organisations and Female Activists in the Aftermath of War: International Perspectives 1918-1923, AHRC 2012-2013 (Ingrid Sharp)
•    Legacies of War 1914-18/2014-18, AHRC 2012-2013 (Ingrid Sharp)
•    Difficult Pasts in Germany and South Africa (British Academy, 2012)
•    ‘From Victims to Perpetrators - German Wartime Suffering’, AHRC 2005-2008 (Stuart Taberner)
•    Hispanic Anglosphere (AHRC, Alonso)
•    Constitutional History of Spain (MINECO, Alonso)
•    Transnational History of Eugenics (Leverhulme, Cleminson)

Academic team

Gregorio Alonso (SPLAS)
Fozia Bora (AIMES)
Ingo Cornils (GRASS)
Richard Cleminson (SPLAS)
Alison Fell (French)
Penny Goodman (Classics)
James House (French)
Corinne Painter (GRASS)
David Pattinson (EAST)
Stephan Petzold (GRASS)
Caroline Rose (EAST)
Ingrid Sharp (GRASS)
Mustapha Sheik (AIMES)
Angel Smith (SPLAS)
Emma Stafford (Classics)
Stuart Taberner (GRASS)
Nina Wardleworth (French)
Ilya Yabokov (GRASS)