The Classical Studies decipline is home to the innovative and pioneering Classical Receptions Research Cluster, which is dedicated to exploring the ways in which Greek and Roman texts, ideas and material culture have been interpreted, used and reworked by later cultures and societies.
The research focus of this interdisciplinary research cluster is on writing practices, their cultural contexts and impacts. We are interested in all forms of creative and academic writing, reflective practices, academic literacies, and translation as a creative act.
The group aims to promote research into questions about values and reasons in all these subject areas and, where appropriate – to explore parallels between them.
The group carries out research by exploring many important psychological questions about the relationship between individual psychology and the complex social world. You will examine how social psychologists use evidence from research to contribute to debates on a wide range of social issues including discrimination and equality, conflict resolution, migration, happiness and well-being. You will also explore how psychology is critical to understanding employment, mental health, and relationships.
The group is co-chaired by Professor Annika Mombauer and Dr Luc-André Brunet, and encompasses the research interests of a number of members of the History Department whose work focuses on war and conflict, their causes, nature, and effects.
The Ferguson Centre promotes the interdisciplinary study of empire and postcolonial conditions with a particular focus on Africa and Asia. Since its establishment in 2002, it has hosted seminars, exchanges, postgraduates and run collaborative research projects.
The predominant focus of the group is on Anglophone literatures from South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, and forms of colonial and neo-colonial experience represented in these literary traditions, but group members’ interests also encompass the writing of the Caribbean and South-Asian diasporas; colonial cultural and literary history; anti-colonial political thought, and wider global literary systems. Members of the group also work on poetry, film and drama, anthropology, postcolonial theory, and the publishing and reception of literature in the post-colony.