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The University of Southampton
English Part of Humanities


English is a restless and creative discipline. Collaboration is at the centre of our university research and teaching practice, and the way we learn to ask better questions.

We have long-standing research connections with colleagues in Film and History in the School of Humanities, but you will also find us working with economic historians , marine scientists , and computer scientists .

We have deep connections with the arts and heritage organisations that help sustain the cultural life of the region, from the John Hansard Gallery , who have helped us join the dots between visual, textual, and verbal experiment, to Chawton House , who unique collection of early women’s writing was the starting point for one of the department’s major editing series . The regional literature organisation Artful Scribe is now our partner on a major new research project on poetry and mentoring, and is co-supervising our Collaborative Doctoral Award with the SWWDTP.

Our commitment to combining critical and creative thinking helps us find innovative ways of presenting our research, whether we are creating a cinematic poem with Ben Wishaw , or a staged poetry performance with Zoë Wanamaker .  A recent research project on locative technology prompted collaborations with Tudor House Museum , Bournemouth Natural Sciences Society , and Crystal Palace Overground Festival .

We have partnerships with universities across the world, from our ESSE-funded workshops with the University of Hamburg , to the Global Partnership Award supporting our work with the University of Melbourne ,  to the BA Visiting Fellowship on printing networks with Dr Sydney Shep, or our research on South-Eastern African literature, supported by an AHRC network grant with partners in Leeds, Rhodes, and Witwatersrand .

Increasingly, our research also informs national policy in the creative industries and heritage sectors. Recent partners include Arts Council England , the thinktank Centre for Towns , Creative Industries Policy Evidence Centre , Historic England , and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office .

We are always keen to hear from new collaborators.

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