Research Themes and Projects
Our research themes cover a wide range of topics, disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches.
Within the school, our researchers explore:
- global challenges and histories;
- identity issues and cultural and religious diversity;
- creative practices;
- material cultures.
We have world leading scholars and expertise reflected in our Research Centres such as the Centre for Jewish Studies, and our Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture. Our cross-faculty Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute brings together cutting-edge research in disaster management and peace building, and our Centre for New Writing continues to be a leader in its field, benefiting from the presence of internationally significant prize-winning writers such as Jeanette Winterson, Kamilla Shamsi and Ian McGuire.
In terms of linguistic and cultural diversity, we make a major contribution to research relating to the ecology of world languages and cultures, and to linguistic diversity in Manchester and beyond.
Our NOVARS Research Centre leads the field in experimental, innovative work in electroacoustic composition, and Drama’s award-winning 'In Place of War' project features international networks of artists engaged in producing creative performances in places of war and conflict.
The Institute for Cultural Practices conducts ground-breaking practice-based research in museology and cultural management, and includes work on the digital transformation of the arts and collaborative learning models.
The John Rylands Research Institute and Library promotes research in the humanities and sciences using the astonishingly rich special collections of The University of Manchester Library. It is at the forefront of innovative and impactful collections-based research, incorporating new approaches in digital humanities and curation, as well as scientific techniques in the study and conservation of heritage materials.
Recent and ongoing successful research grants, and the researchers involved, include:
‘Conflict, Memory and Migration: Northern Irish Migrants and the Troubles in Great Britain’ (AHRC Standard)
‘Understanding Displacement Aesthetics and Creating Change in the Art Gallery for Refugees, Migrants and Host Communities’ (AHRC Standard)
TarDiS: Targets and Dynamics in Speech (AHRC Early Career)
‘Colonial and Transnational Intimacies: Medical Humanitarianism in the French external Resistance, 1940-1945 (AHRC Early Career)
‘Prosecuting Rap: Criminal Justice and UK Black Youth Expressive Culture’ (AHRC Leadership Fellow)
‘Rise of the Rentier: France and the Making of Financial Modernity, 1830-1930’ (AHRC Leadership Fellow)
‘Challenging Domesticity in Britain, 1890-1990’ (AHRC Research Networking Grant)
‘Confronting alienation: bringing theatre to “areas of low cultural engagement” (AHRC Research Follow-on Grant)
'Disclosing post-Holocaust and deportation exhumations: the example of the French national search mission for corpses, 1945-1958’ (British Academy Senior Research Fellowship)
‘Commentary on Lysias speeches 12-23’ (British Academy Senior Research Fellowship)
‘Palestine in the Popular Imagination’ (British Academy Senior Research Fellowship)
‘Pioneers at the edge: Magdalenians of the Channel River Valley’ (British Academy Small Research Grant)
‘Moral education in practice: Taiwanese Buddhist short-term renunciation’ (British Academy Small Research Grant)
‘The lexical semantics of lexical categories’ (European Research Council)
‘Hidden Histories: Documenting the Past in Medieval Puglia (1130-1250)’ (Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship)
‘Property and the Making and Unmaking of French Empire, 1870-1970’ (Leverhulme Trust Philip Leverhulme Prize)
'Travel in Tokugawa Period Japan (1603- 1868): Identity, Nation and Social Transformation (Marie Sklodwska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship)
Find more details of Arts, Languages and Cultures research projects on Research Explorer.