Centres, networks and clusters

Many of our research outputs derive from our internationally recognised history research centres, institutes and clusters.

Read more about the specialist work our research centres are involved in and get in touch if you would like to learn more or attend a future event.


Former research centres and institutes

The following centres and institutes are no longer producing work, but their legacy lives on in our historical teaching and research.

Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures

The Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures (RICC) responded to a world in which global restructuring and growing inequalities are fuelling religious and ethnic conflicts and growing national anxieties, as well as movements for social justice, reconciliation, interconnection, and the development of common perspectives.

RICC provided a framework for scholars at the University of Manchester to collaborate with international researchers through the examination of the distinctive features of contemporary cosmopolitanism. Providing the context for an ongoing and open debate about the meaning and significance of this term, both historically and for contemporary culture, lay at the heart of the aim of this Institute.

Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies (MANCASS)

This Centre was founded in 1984 with the aim of promoting research into all aspects of the life and culture of England before the Norman Conquest.

The Centre grew both in the number and breadth of its activities. As well as a seminar programme which ran throughout the year, MANCASS also organised a popular and well regarded Easter Conference, at which established and early career scholars presented research and exchange ideas on the pre-1066 world.

Each year, a distinguished scholar of the Anglo-Saxon period gave the Toller Lecture i n the historic surroundings of the John Rylands Library on Deansgate.  Lecturers included Professor John Hines and Leslie Webster.

MANCASS also hosted a number of research projects funded by the AHRC and the Leverhulme Trust, including ‘The lexis of cloth and clothing in Britain c. 700-1450: origins, identification, contexts and change’, directed by Professor Gale Owen-Crocker.

MANCASS was directed by Dr Charles Insley and Dr James Paz.

This Centre was affiliated to the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts.