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Humanities at the University of Southampton enjoys a reputation for world-class research across our subject areas: Archaeology, English, Film, History, Modern Languages, Music and Philosophy.

Our interdisciplinary approach encourages collaboration between academics and our burgeoning community of postdoctoral researchers and research assistants.

This research is co-ordinated by our interdisciplinary research centres:

With over 250 students working across seven academic disciplines, Humanities offers an exciting and engaging environment in which to undertake postgraduate study.

In 2020 the Faculty is building on this ambitious interdisciplinary agenda by launching the Southampton Institute for Arts and Humanities. This institute represents an exciting new moment for the Faculty. It will raise the visibility and identity of our research, both within the university and beyond, and allow us to lead on large and ambitious new projects. Professor Joanna Sofaer and Dr Stephanie Jones join Professor Nicky Marsh in leading this new venture.

November 2020 saw the first of the launch events that will run throughout the 2021. The event 'Speculative Futures of the Arts and Humanities', was part of Southampton's 'Human Worlds' festival of the Humanities. It was coordinated by Dr Megen De Bruin Mole and included contributions from contemporary artists, curators and cultural activists as well as colleagues from WSA, Philosophy, History and English. SIAH also hosted a series of Research Cafes (with Dr Alison Gascoigne and Professor Fiona Woollard) intended to improve our research cultures and create a better platform for future research advocacy. Early in 2021 SIAH is collaborating with colleagues in Faculty for Social Science on a series of 'lightning' lunchtime seminars on cross-disciplinary and contemporary issues.


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