The School supports a range of distinctive and complementary approaches to language, texts, cultures, ideas, values, and identities, involving a mix of humanities and social science methodologies. Its research activity crosses boundaries with many other disciplines and traditions, including biological and medical science, and the social and behavioural sciences.
Individual scholarship and team work are equally valued across our key areas: Language, Literature, Theory, and Philosophy. The research culture is distinguished by its commitment to innovation, scholarship and an openness to interdisciplinary thought. The School’s international record in all areas is founded on the role of its research in changing the disciplinary map.
The School has a thriving postgraduate community, with four specialised PhD programmes. Research fellows and associates attached to projects in the School also contribute to the world-leading environment and each year we welcome International Visiting Scholars, at PhD and also postdoctoral level.
The School’s research output is expansive and innovative. Its staff and students broadly fall into three groups, each constituting and/or hosting a well-established, University-founded Centre:
- The Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) is the base for research into aspects of language structure, function and processing, and communication, both linguistic and non-linguistic. Research into communication in health contexts is undertaken in the affiliated Health Communication Research Centre (HCRC).
- The English Literature Research Group contains many individual and collaborating researchers and houses the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research (CEIR) and the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory (CCCT).
- The Philosophy Research Group investigates core philosophical issues and practical moral problems, and houses the Centre for Applied Ethics (CAE).
Discipline-related seminar programmes are organised through the year by each of the School's Research Groups and Centres.
We also often host conferences and symposia and workshops and summer schools which draw scholars from around the world to the School.
Staff are also involved in cross-disciplinary initiatives supported by the Cardiff Humanities Research Institute and elsewhere.
Members of the School are regular contributors to the Cardiff Research Papers in the Humanities series, published by the Institute.
Journals and Book Series
A list of journals and book series currently edited or co-edited by members of the School.
The School has a number of research networks:
- Wales-Ireland Network
- Crime Narratives in Context (CNIC)
- Philosophy of Mind: Embedded, Extended, Enactive and Embodied
International Visiting Scholars
The School can offer International Visiting Scholars a collegial and supportive environment, a full and varied range of facilities, seminars and visiting speaker programmes, and a wealth of expertise.