Manchester Metropolitan University

HRC is a welcoming community which believes in the Humanities’ capacity to enrich and transform how people see themselves and the world around them.

The Humanities Research Centre brings together over 90 staff and research students from the Departments of English, Languages and Linguistics, History, Politics and Philosophy. It is home to internationally recognised researchers who are driving innovative and creative research across Humanities and who demonstrate excellence in poetry and creative writing, literary criticism, film studies, linguistics, philosophy, heritage and history, from ancient Greece and community archaeology to medieval, early-modern and modern British and European History.

The value and meanings shaped by Humanities research are the foundation of a healthy civil society, which is why we place great emphasis on communicating our activities beyond the University, regionally, nationally and internationally. Our postgraduate community of Masters and doctoral students produces committed, outward looking individuals who understand the importance of engaging with the public. Manchester has a vibrant and expanding cultural scene and our researchers work in partnership with many cultural institutions, from theatre companies and museums, to libraries archives and galleries. They are an integral part of the city’s ‘hunger for ideas’ that has the arts and humanities at its centre.

Centre Contacts

Our Departments, Research Centres and Groups

European and Applied Philosophy

Group Lead

The group, which brings together research staff and students with expertise in Early Modern Philosophy, Phenomenology and Post-Phenomenological Philosophy, provides a forum for the application of critical thinking to contemporary social, political and cultural problems. Members of staff hold key roles in various international philosophical societies. A shared commitment to philosophical reflection promotes new and radical approaches to the challenges posed by our relations to and our understanding of our environment, other animals, and ourselves. The group supports a public research seminar, the Human Sciences Seminar, workshops and conferences and has close links with the British Society for Phenomenology.

Film Languages and Media in Education (FLAME)

FLAME is a pioneering research group established in 2013 and dedicated to the development of research and knowledge exchange in the areas of Pedagogy, Languages, Film and Media. We host a comprehensive programme of high quality interdisciplinary activities including national and international symposia, teacher training sessions, film screenings and conferences. The FLAME research cluster includes an expansive network of international research associates, affiliated members and institutions working in partnership to further research into multimodal approaches to teaching and effective use of films, media, visual literacies and audio-visual material in the language classroom.

Group Contacts

Email flame@mmu.ac.uk

Phone +44 (0) 161 247 3920

Twitter @FLAMEresearch

Website mmu.ac.uk/flame

The Centre for Research in English, Languages and Linguistics (CELL)

Centre Lead

CELL brings together over 50 staff and research students from the Departments of English and Languages at our Manchester campus and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) at our Cheshire campus. The research encompasses literary criticism, creative writing, film studies, languages and linguistics and 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).

Group Contacts

Website mmu.ac.uk/cell

Critical Medical Humanities

Research Lead

Critical Medical Humanities explores our understanding of health, illness, embodiment and sociality in an age when the nature and potential of medicine and emergent biotechnologies, the spaces and meaning of care, and questions of resource and sustainability are at the forefront of bio-political debate. This sub-centre draws upon philosophical, historical, cultural and scientific frameworks in order to formulate new approaches to contemporary challenges. Current projects include the analysis of perceptions of dementia and cognitive difference, the use of creative practices in the enhancement of care, vaccine hesitancy and anti-microbial resistance in the cultural imagination.

The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies

Centre Lead

The centre promotes the study of the Gothic both nationally and internationally through the delivery of events and programmes of study that both showcase the research of centre members and bring the dark delights of Gothic culture to a wider non-specialist audience. Activities include an annual Gothic Manchester Festival. The centre publish widely and lend expertise to prestigious journals such as Gothic Studies and Horror Studies, also publishing Dark Arts, an Open Access journal for postgraduate students and early career researchers. MA English: The Gothic, is one of only four such postgraduate courses in the United Kingdom.

Group Contacts

Email gothic@mmu.ac.uk

Phone +44 (0) 161 247 3920

Twitter @gothicmmu

Facebook facebook.com/groups/gothicmmu

Website mmu.ac.uk/gothic

The Manchester Centre for Regional History (MCRH)

The MCRH aims to develop historical research that meets the needs of communities in North West England. It has international research strengths in community engagement, community archaeology, heritage and oral history. The Centre supports collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects with a broad range of cultural institutions, groups and individuals who are interested in innovative research into communities, localities, and regions, including schools, colleges, local history organisations, museums, archives and libraries. It is committed to public history and activities that bridge the gap between academic history and the public.

Group Contacts

Phone +44 (0) 161 247 6688

Twitter @mcrh_mmu

Facebook facebook.com/ManchesterCentreForRegionalHistory

Website mmu.ac.uk/mcrh

The Manchester Writing School

Established in 1998 within the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University, the Manchester Writing School is a thriving centre of creative excellence. The School hosts an ambitious suite of degree programmes and short courses, a vibrant series of public reading events, a leading programme of outreach activities, a major international writing competition and an annual festival of children’s literature. It is one of the most successful literary centres in the United Kingdom. The School’s Creative Director is Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who teaches alongside a team of distinguished practising writers and critics.

Group Contacts

Email writingschool@mmu.ac.uk

Phone +44 (0) 161 247 1787

Department of English

Department Head

The Department English has research expertise in literary criticism, creative writing, film studies, languages and linguistics, creative geographies.

Group Contacts

Email hlss2@mmu.ac.uk

Phone +44 (0)161 247 1731

Website mmu.ac.uk/english

Department of History, Politics & Philosophy

Department Head

In History we have experts in various elements of Archaeology, Ancient History, Medieval and Early Modern History and Modern and Contemporary History.

Group Contacts

Email hlss1@mmu.ac.uk

Phone +44 (0) 161 247 1787

Website mmu.ac.uk/hpp

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