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Southampton Institute for Arts and Humanities

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SIAH was launched in November 2020 at an event on the speculative futures of the arts and humanities. But our disruptive, interdisciplinary and creative agendas have long been vital to the University of Southampton.

The university was founded by a donation from a local merchant, Henry Robinson Hartley, who was fascinated by the intersections of culture, philosophy, and the sciences. His bequest was for an institution that could cross disciplines in radical ways and would ‘promote the study and advancement of the sciences of Natural History, Astronomy, Antiquities, Classical and Oriental Literature.’

Our disciplines have come a long way since then but it is clear that contemporary global challenges require us to think beyond them again in new and radical ways. SIAH is led by a deeply interdisciplinary team. We have backgrounds in archaeology, cultural and creative industries, design, history, literature, film, games, and new media. Our interests are in culture, heritage, sustainability, data and experimentation, economics, law, gender, play, technology, identity, regeneration, and wellbeing.

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