Cultures and Societies research
Research and Innovation
Cultures and Societies
Cinema and Television
Interrogating film, videogames, the internet, television and a variety of cultural forms.More
Our research identity is based on a shared concern with the lived experience of Graeco-Roman antiquity as evidenced in its literature, philosophy, values, religion and material culture.More
We focus on the history and historical legacies of conflict, as well as on emerging conflicts within today’s turbulent and globally integrated societies.More
Exploring the enormous range of cultural products and processes in their wider socio-political context.More
Exploring how arts and humanities research can better understand, and provide innovative solutions to, some of the world’s most pressing development challenges.More
Our work explores digital culture and technology across different global contexts and a wide range of forms.More
The analysis of gender plays a central role in many researchers’ projects within the School. Together, we explore the myriad ways that masculinity and femininity have been defined, debated and imagined across different cultures and time-periods.More
Research in the area of heritage is undertaken by scholars across the School’s subject areas. Our projects involve the University’s Special Collections, such as Text/Image Relations in French Late Medieval Culture, the Brotherton Ovid digital learning resource and the Tony Harrison Archive.More
Our historical research is extremely varied; bringing together individual scholars and larger groups to interrogate joint topics across History.More
The Literary Studies Research Group is part of the Centre for World Literatures and groups together researchers interested in literary texts in their broadest sense.More
Exploring how participatory research methodologies, and particularly participatory arts approaches, can deepen understanding and strengthen agency by creating more equitable partnerships between researchers and participants in the research process.More
A diverse group of social/political scientists working in a broad range of sub-disciplinary fields and with regional specialisms spanning all corners of the globe.More
Popular culture undertakes research and teaches a variety of issues related to popular culture, including blockbuster movies, rap music, graphic novels and popular theatre in various national, transnational and international contexts.More
Theatre, Music and Performance
Our research in the area of theatre, music and performance is explored by a range of scholars across the cultures represented in the School.More
Discover our subject specialists who lead our research - from postgraduate research students to internationally-renowned academic staff.
Working with partners on a global scale, our research projects explore a wide range of contemporary issues within cultures and societies across time and space.
Impact and engagement
Our research in the area of Cultures and Societies helps individuals and communities to understand and navigate their culture and heritage. Our projects range across the globe and from antiquity to the present day. Key examples include understanding the potential of Hercules as a cross-cultural icon, using participatory film-making techniques to develop skills and ambitions amongst vulnerable young people in South Africa, and helping post-colonial communities in Paris and North Africa to uncover their hidden pasts.
Opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellowships
We have a strong history of successful applications across a number of postdoctoral schemes, and a vibrant community of current postdoctoral scholars who are funded through a variety of schemes and models. Over the past several years we have hosted nine postdocs through the major schemes offered by funders including Marie Curie, the British Academy and The Leverhulme Trust.