Research at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Our research interests in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures are in the fields of human cultures, languages, beliefs and institutions. Our work embraces the material, visual, linguistic, textual, social and performative dimensions of human society, past and present. This breadth fosters a rich interdisciplinary research culture led by world-renowned scholars with a diversity of expertise, from analysts to creative artists, formal linguists to cultural critics and historians to cultural theorists. In chronological terms, our research ranges from pre-historic times, through the classical and medieval periods, to the contemporary era.
Whether it’s our expertise in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response, in endangered languages, or in geographical areas such as the Middle East, our work articulates the University’s research strategy and concern with global challenges and internationalisation. We also boast world-renowned specialisms in gender and sexuality, and in the role of religion in contemporary and past societies.
The disciplines that make up our School have an outstanding research profile. Two of these – Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies and Russian – were ranked top in the UK’s Research Assessment Exercise 2008. Drama was the second-highest rated, and two more subjects – English Language and Literature and Music – were ranked in the top three. Overall, more than 50% of our research was rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
Our staff includes a Fellow of the British Academy and two Academicians of the Academy of Social Sciences, and we are home to a number of international research centres. We are leaders in developing practice-based research, and we have a well-established history of using our research to benefit the community beyond academia - in Manchester, the UK and internationally. The impact of our research ranges from influencing policy making and advising government agencies, to enhancing cultural life through work with Manchester’s rich cultural assets, contributing to community cohesion and fostering linguistic diversity, shaping public opinion through the media, and supporting the UK’s cultural and heritage industries.
We have an impressive record of external grant capture, including international funding from the European Research Council and other bodies.