Global impact

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) over 75% of College research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. Humanities at Exeter is always exploring opportunities for interdisciplinary practice, developing international research partnerships and ways to foster a vibrant atmosphere for intellectual exchange.

Preserving, conserving and presenting cultural heritage

In 2004 Professors Gabriella Giannachi and Nick Kaye set up the University of Exeter’s Centre for Intermedia, which promoted advanced interdisciplinary research in performance and the arts. Their work on documentation, archiving and replay is relevant to scholars in the humanities and Computer Science, as well as artists, technologists, and museums.

Over time they have enhanced their research strength collaborating with colleagues in film, visual technology, and performance, creating a research cluster that places the University of Exeter at the forefront of new developments in digital humanities. Helping professionals and organisations adapt to changing cultural values, preserving, conserving and presenting cultural heritage, and generating new ways of thinking that influence creative practice.

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Engaging audiences in European Cinema

To UK audiences, the term ‘European Cinema’ might be associated with elitist, intellectual art cinema with little popular appeal or interest to a crossover audience.

In fact, as the popular success in this country in the past 20 years of directors such as Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Alejandro Amenábar, Agnès Jaoui, Mathieu Kassovitz and Tom Tykwer, as well as stars such as Javier Bardem, Juliette Binoche and Audrey Tatou shows, European cinema’s cultural and economic reach is actually much wider.

European cinema has also always been a cultural space in which filmmakers have explored, and audiences have engaged with, key contemporary socio-political issues. Reflecting this diversity, the interdisciplinary research conducted by film specialists at the University of Exeter has led to impact beyond academia, covering a wide range of both popular and art cinema in Europe from the 1920s to the present day, and drawing on a range of historical, sociological, industrial, and cultural approaches to these films and filmmakers.

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