Centres and Institutes

Disciplines within the College of Humanities are involved in a number of research projects, many of which are interdisciplinary and externally funded.

Centre for the Archaeology of the Americas

The Centre aims to promote the research of the department's archaeologists and their collaborators in all aspects of the Archaeology of the Americas. It also acts to engage postgraduate research students in American topics and research projects.

Centre for Medieval Studies

The Centre for Medieval Studies was established in order to encourage regular academic contact between medievalists in the University and elsewhere, to promote interdisciplinary approaches to the medieval period and to act as a forum for postgraduate teaching and research.

South Asia Research Centre

The Exeter South Asia Centre brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and postgraduate students across the College whose work relates wholly or in part to the wider Indian subcontinent and global South Asian communities with their associated diasporas.

Centre for Translating Cultures

The Centre provides a context to draw together work on ‘Translating Cultures’ within the University. We interpret translating cultures broadly and explore migrations, border-crossing, exile, diaspora, adaptation, intermediality and multimedia from the 1100s to the present day.

Visual Culture group

This group has research strengths across art history, visual culture and film.

Affiliated research centres

Centre for Hellenistic and Romano-Greek Culture and Society

Supported by a £1.25 million Leverhulme grant, the Centre is rapidly becoming internationally recognised for the study of the history and culture of the post-classical Greek world.

Centre for Connectivity in the Roman World

The Centre aims to examine in what ways connectivity contributed to the shaping of distinctive cultures, economies and societies across the breadth of the Roman world (and its immediate neighbours).

Centre for Knowledge in Culture and Antiquity and Beyond

This Centre brings together research by colleagues in the discipline of Classics & Ancient History at the University of Exeter in specialised areas from across the Classical world.


Centre for Contemporary Performance Practices

A range of international research concerned with processes of devising, directing, dramaturgy, performing, training and writing in a diverse array of performance spaces and architectures.

Centre for Performance, Science and Community

Scholarly, interdisciplinary innovation in a diverse range of subjects within and beyond the medical humanities including biology, medicine, quantum physics, and neurophysiology.

Centre for Performance Histories and Cultures

The Centre embraces a wide range of areas, not only producing historical research but also examining theatre in relation to specific cultural contexts.

Affiliated research centres

Centre for Intermedia

The Centre for Intermedia promotes advanced transdisciplinary research in performance and the arts through collaborations between artists, academics and scientists from a range of disciplines.

Centre for Literature and Archives

The Centre for Literature and Archives at the University of Exeter holds many resources and manuscripts in the Special Collections archive, and actively encourages students to engage with this material.

Centre for Victorian Studies

Led by world experts in their field, the Centre for Victorian Studies brings together researchers from a number of different departments to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching in all aspects of nineteenth-century literature, culture and media.


Facilitates research into literary and cultural representations of identity, place and sustainability. Focuses on how literature and language including discourses of myth, memory, and history relate to particular environments, whether natural or built.

Centre for Interdisciplinary Film Research (CIFR)

Embraces an exciting range of international research across the broad field of Film Studies. A hub for film studies research, teaching and activities at the University of Exeter.

Affiliated research centres

Research groups

The 18th-Century Narrative Consortium

The 18th Century Narrative Project carries out research into the phenomenon of narrative formation in the period. Research covers topics such as Enlightenment philosophy and modernity, particularly utilitarianism; animal and human in the Enlightenment; science, medicine, politics and aesthetics; the development of British national identity; British responses to the French Revolution; women's literary history and feminist theory; 18th century poetics.

20th and 21st Century Literature

The 20th and 21st Century Literature, Creative Writing and Film research group promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching in all aspects of twentieth century literature, culture and media.

Chinese Cinemas in the 21st Century

The twenty-first century has been hailed as the Chinese century by economic observers. Western academia has invested much resource to the study of China's political and economic systems. This project seeks to redress this imbalance by turning to the role of art and culture as a form of "soft power" capable of shaping both the region’s self-image and others' perception of Chinese culture, which has varying impacts on local, national, regional and global levels.

Victorian Studies Research Group

Research in Victorian Studies at Exeter has a strong national and international reputation as a result of its intellectual expertise, strong archival holdings, thriving postgraduate community and internationally recognised academic events.

Medieval and Renaissance Research Group

Researching topics including the relationship between politics and literature; Milton; religion and literary culture, cultural geography; literature and domestic travel in early modern England; and English writing and the Ottoman Empire.



Centre for Early Modern Studies

Focuses intellectual exchanges and interdisciplinary activity. Engaged in research on all aspects of the period between c1500 and 1800, expertise spreads from Britain and Europe to the Middle East and North America.

Centre for Imperial and Global History

Brings together the strong research expertise of the University's eminent imperial historians. It comprises of one of the largest groups of imperial and global historians currently working in the UK.

Centre for Maritime Historical Studies

Utilises a wide range of expertise in maritime historical studies and seeks to promote research into various aspects of the British maritime past from the earliest times to the present day.

Centre for War, State and Society

Provides a forum for staff and postgraduates in a number of disciplines linked by their shared interest in the impact of war, civil conflict, and political violence on societies and communities

Centre for Medical History

Advancing methods and areas of research within the history of medicine, and linking with medical and health care professionals in the region.

Centre for Medieval Studies

The Centre provides the focal point for interdisciplinary scholarship and learning in a wide variety of subjects relating to the Middle Ages.

Institute of Cornish Studies

Seeks to promote a greater knowledge of historical and contemporary Cornwall. A partnership between the University and Cornwall Council, it combines academic research and teaching with community engagement.

Affiliated research centres

Centre for Translating Cultures

The Centre provides a context to draw together work on ‘Translating Cultures’ within the University. We interpret translating cultures broadly and explore migrations, border-crossing, exile, diaspora, adaptation, intermediality and multimedia from the 1100s to the present day.

Global China Research Centre

The rapid expansion of China and its appetite for internationalisation needs to be understood through the perspective of cultural diversification and global interaction. The centre provides an innovative perspective of seeing China not only as a geographic region, but importantly as a non-European epistemology.

Exeter Centre for Latin American Studies

The Centre aims to consolidate and enhance the visibility of Latin American studies (broadly conceived) as a growing field of study at the University of Exeter, and provide a platform to draw together the existing, but fragmented, expertise in Latin America in various departments of the University of Exeter.

Affiliated research centres

Centre for Biblical Studies

Our research in biblical studies covers topics ranging from historical and archaeological studies to contemporary ethical and contextual interpretation, holding regular seminars and welcoming visiting research fellows.


The Exeter Centre for Ethics and Practical Theology (EXCEPT)'s goal is to foster and further theological and ethical research in contextual, practical and ministerial concerns. We are committed to developing theological and interdisciplinary research projects at all levels.

Network for Religion in Public Life

Founded in 2007, The Network for Religion in Public Life (NRPL) is an interdisciplinary research partnership. It links students and staff at the University of Exeter and partner institutions with shared interests in how religion interacts with public life.


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