Manchester Metropolitan University

Centre for Research in English, Languages and Linguistics

The Centre for research in English, Languages and Linguistics (CELL) was established in 2014 as part of the Faculty’s new Humanities Research Centre (HRC) bringing together over 50 staff and research students from the Departments of English and Languages at the Manchester All Saints Campus, and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Manchester Met Cheshire campus.

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the English subject group at MMU was ranked 30th out of 89 departments in the UK with 78% of our research activities and outputs judged to be world leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). The social and cultural impact of our research was rated 8th in the UK, with 100% of our activities in this area judged to be 4* (63.3%) and 3* (36.7%).

Research in CELL encompasses literary criticism, creative writing, film studies, languages and linguistics. Our work is characterised by a commitment to deliver world-class research that supports the economic and social development on a regional, national and global scale. Alongside its community of internationally recognised researchers CELL is home to a lively postgraduate community, offering taught Masters courses and Research Degrees (PhD, MPhil and MA by Research).

The Director of the Centre is Professor Antony Rowland.


CELL staff from the Department of English can be found on our staff profiles.

CELL staff from our Cheshire campus are listed below:

Events Archive:

Seeing Queerly: A Season of LGBT Cinema

CELL is delighted to have curated this short season of LGBT screenings and related events. We have partnered LGBT History Month and Queer Contact, and are grateful for the support of Macdonald Hotels and Resorts.

This project is supported by Film Hub NWC, proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network.


Vito (Jeffrey Schwarz, US, 2012)

Wednesday 11th February 2015, 6:30pm, MMU New Business School, Manchester Lecture Theatre 5.

A documentary about the man who brought us all out of the ‘Celluloid Closet’. Director Jeffrey Schwarz looks back at Russo’s life as a film fan, a film critic and latterly as an AIDS activist. In the aftermath of Stonewall (1969), Russo found his voice as an angry critic of LGBT representation in the media. Always defiant and eloquent, this moving and inspiring film tells the story of one of our movement’s most important figures. The screening will be introduced by Dr Andrew Moor of Manchester Metropolitan University, and there will be a post-screening discussion.

‘An emotionally powerful documentary portrait’, Hollywood Reporter

This event is programmed in partnership with LGBT History Month.

Taxi Zum Klo (Frank Ripploh, 1980, W Germany, 90 minutes, 18 cert).

Thursday 12th February, 6:30pm MMU New Business School, Manchester Lecture Theatre 5.

Written and directed by Frank Ripploh, who also stars in the film, this very personal – and very graphic – sex comedy follows the constantly cruising lifestyle of Frank, a gay schoolteacher, and charts his relationship with sweet-natured, domesticated Berndt. The screening will be introduced by Dr Andrew Moor of Manchester Metropolitan University, and there will be a post-screening discussion.

This event is programmed in partnership with LGBT History Month.

Shortbus (John Cameron Mitchell, 2006, US, 18 cert) plus Q&A with the legendary queer cabaret icon (and star of the film) Justin V. Bond.

Sunday 15th February, 1:00pm, Contact Theatre.

A humane, sexy and uplifting queer comedy for the 21st Century set in and around the Shortbus sex club (‘for the challenged and the gifted’) in New York City. A celebration of love, sex and community, and as innocent as a film with this much sex in it can possibly be.

MMU is delighted to bring this event to Manchester in partnership with Queer Contact.

Supported by Macdonald Hotels and Resorts

Special Charity Screening of Will You Dance With Me? (Derek Jarman, 1984, UK, 78 mins, uncertified), Music afterwards from DJ Greg Thorpe.

Friday 20th February, 2015, 8:00pm, Sackville Lounge, Sackville Street, Manchester.

In 1984, the British film director Derek Jarman (Sebastiane, Last of England, Edward II) spent an evening in Benjy’s – a gay nightclub in London – capturing intimate footage of a night out in the mid-eighties. Derek’s roaming camera dances with the music, cruises the building, flirts, and catches handsome faces in the crowd. It is a rhapsodic snapshot of the gay scene in 1984 – a trip down memory lane for some, a fascinating time capsule for all. This experimental vérité-style film was screened for the first time in 2014 and it now gets its regional premiere in the UK.

All profits from tonight’s event will be donated to George House Trust and Albert Kennedy Trust.

Supporting Talks

We are scheduling public lectures to support the film screenings:

Monday 16th February 2015, 6pm: Lecture Theatre 4: ‘Being a Gay Film Critic in the 1970s’ (Andrew Moor, MMU):

This talk will look at the ways in which Jack Babuscio, the chief film critic at London’s Gay News, and Vito Russo (working in New York) developed ways of talking about lesbian and gay representation on film in the decade after Stonewall.

Monday 23rd February, 2015, 6pm: Lecture Theatre 4: ‘Queer film festivals and Activism (Jon Binnie & Christian Klesse, MMU):

Drawing on their recent research at the intersection of cultural geography and sexuality studies, Drs Binnie and Klesse will discuss the relationships between Queer film festivals and activism.

Hilary Mantel

Tuesday 9th June 2015, Manchester Metropolitan University - Geoffrey Manton Building, 5pm

The IHSSR are delighted to announce that Hilary Mantel, one of Britain’s most accomplished and acclaimed writers, will be visiting the Institute next year to deliver an evening reading to academics, students and members of the general public.

Mantel is the author of fourteen books, including A Place of Greater Safety, Beyond Black and the memoir Giving Up the Ghost. Both her non-fictional and fictional writing, on modern representations of royalty and the assassination of Margaret Thatcher, have generated extraordinary media storms and widespread popular debate of her work. Her two most recent novels, Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies, have both been awarded the Man Booker Prize – an unprecedented literary achievement.

The IHSSR greatly looks forward to welcoming one of the most high-profile authors writing in English today, and hopes that many staff and students will be able to join us for this exciting event.

Working with Archives

Working with Archives is a day-long event on the topic of archival research. Aimed at postgraduate students, this event is comprised of series of workshops and seminars led by expert archivists and academics.

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Public Engagement and Research Impact

Date: Thursday March 2nd 2017

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