The Department maintains an active and eclectic programme of research encompassing conferences, seminars, workshops and a strong record of publication.
The Departments research activity is split into the following groups;
Departmental staff offer research degree supervision in many different areas of History, Philosophy, Politics and Public Services.
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A brief introduction on each research area is outlined below:
MMU history has an established record of research and publication, covering an extensive range of historical subjects and periods. Our research expertise includes social and cultural themes from the classical world through to contemporary society, medieval Europe, political history, with particular strengths in 19th and 20th century Britain and Europe and the American experience. Distinct specialisms include: Hoplite warfare; pilgrimage and crusade; courtly culture and nobility in early modern Europe; the Reformation, family history; anti-Semitism, public and community history, including archaeological approaches, commemoration and memory, migration and transnational history and Asian studies.
The Manchester Centre for Regional History , the leading centre for history scholarship on the north west of England, also resides within the Department.
The Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities is a recently established research group, and is home to an interdisciplinary network of researchers from across the faculties.
The Department has a thriving community of Postgraduate MA and PhD research.
A short course is available through the Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities, with further short courses planned.
Research in Philosophy at MMU is carried out by scholars of international standing. Staff in the department share interests across the areas of History of Modern Philosophy, Ethics and Applied Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Phenomenology and Post-Phenomenological Philosophy. Ninety-five percent of our research was graded as ‘internationally recognised’ in the most recent national Research Assessment Exercise.
The Philosophy Section maintains an intensive programme of research, which includes a weekly seminar, day-schools and workshops, colloquia and conferences. It is a leading centre for research and Postgraduate study in European Philosophy and the history of Modern European Philosophy in the North West. It is also home to The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology.
This year Philosophy is running a series of public debates and lectures on the theme of “Women in Philosophy” as part of the Humanities in Public lecture series at MMU.
Politics staff research and publish across a wide range of subjects including: modern British political history; the history and politics of migration; energy security and efficiency, US foreign policy, football and society, politics of the global south, third sector and communal studies and social theory. Please visit the individual staff profiles to learn more about our research interests and specialisms.
Members of the Politics section nationally and international connected within their respective areas of expertise. Currently, staff are collaborating on major projects with colleagues from Oxford, Warsaw, Kings College London, Manchester, Kent and East Anglia. In addition to regular conference series and workshops, Politics annually hosts major conferences on ‘Political Theory’ and `Alternative Futures and Popular Protest’. In 2014-15, we also are home to the annual conference of the American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association and the second annual conference of the Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities.
The Public Services team have a key role in knowledge exchange activity in the Faculty, developing continuous professional development short courses, conference and seminar activity as well as delivering their own research for publication. A core area of research and knowledge exchange activity for the team is in football, community and local service delivery - housed in the Faculty’s Centre for the Study of Football and Its Communities. The Centre has a wide range of international associates, an established conference and seminar programme and a Football and Community short course offer.