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.
CCHW is a research and teaching centre dedicated to understanding the cultural attributes and representation of war in the modern world.
Established in 2017, MEMS cuts across History, English Literature, Art History, Classics and Modern Languages, and is home to the MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
The Centre for Economic Cultures investigates the cultural assumptions and social relationships that have shaped economic activity from the medieval period to the present day.
The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) conducts rigorous research on the impact and outcomes of contemporary and historic crises.
Late Antiquity studies how the Roman Empire gave way to rival kingdoms whose leadership cultivated ethnic and religious difference.
CRESC is the first major research centre in the UK to develop an account of cultural change and its economic, social and political implications.
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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.
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.
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.
- The lexis of cloth and clothing in Britain c. 700-1450: origins, identification, contexts and change
MANCASS was directed by Dr Charles Insley and Dr James Paz.
This Centre was affiliated to the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts.