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The Humanities Research Centre supports the funding, strategy, and development of research in English, History, and Stage and Screen at Sheffield Hallam.

In the 2014 REF, 94% of the work submitted by English and 97% of the work from History was rated as being at least of international quality, ranking them among the best of new university Humanities departments. The Research Centre supports the activity of eleven Professors and three Emeritus Professors.

  • English has an international reputation for its work in creative writing, language, and renaissance literature, and strengths in modern and contemporary writing and the literature of the long eighteenth century.
  • History has an international reputation for its work on imperial history, and economic and business history, as well as strengths in modern European history, ethnicity, gender and culture, and popular politics in Britain.
  • Stage and Screen has research strengths in American, British and Irish, East Asian and European cinemas, adaptation, documentary, horror and television; and in applied theatre, contemporary British playwriting, site-based performance, and performance and phenomenology. Several members of the team engage with practice-as-research methodologies, including screenwriting.
  • For a survey of our current activities and outputs, see the Summer-Winter 2014 Report of the Humanities Research Centre.
  • Previous reports: the Spring-Summer 2014 Report of the Humanities Research Centre.

In the discipline areas research groups are organised to support these principal research themes. The groups also work together on areas of shared interest, including cultural history, gender, imperialism, scriptwriting and adaptation.

The Humanities Research Centre has been a focus for the humanities at Sheffield Hallam since 1996.

The centre manages the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and other external funding awarded to its constituent areas and provides support to all research active staff through funding sabbaticals and teaching remission, editorial assistance, archive and library work, and UK and international conference attendance.

It also funds a research seminar series in each area, linked each year to current research themes, and hosts visiting professors, research fellows, visiting scholars and invited speakers.

The centre provides advice and technical support for staff bidding for external funding awards.

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