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Arts and Humanities Strategy 2021-25

Arts and Humanities Strategy 2021-25

Arts and Humanities Strategy 2021-25

Arts and Humanities Strategy 2021-25

We seek to nurture and promote excellence in teaching and research in the Arts & Humanities. We value creativity, curiosity, innovation and openness in everything we do.

Our work is distinguished by its disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth; by our commitment to collaborating with others in respectful and mutually beneficial ways, and by our imaginative approach to furthering the reach of the Arts & Humanities in order to address human challenges.

Enabling Creativity

In volatile, complex and uncertain times, it is essential to be agile, resourceful and creative. The Arts and Humanities are critical to unlocking human creativity and to engaging in a human–centred way with the world around us, in order to co-create a better future.

Utilising Augmented Reality to Enhance Heritage and Tourism experiences and Historic Site Management

Professor Fabrizio Nevola (Department of Art History and Visual Culture) led the development of a free app which, through augmented reality and geo-locative media, enables users to experience the lost buildings and art of Renaissance Florence.

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Increasing knowledge and awareness of black British theatre, film and television

Michael Pearce’s examination of black British theatre has increased cultural knowledge and awareness of the historical contributions made by artists of African and Caribbean descent to British theatre, film and television. Pearce’s research has also contributed to the restoration and preservation of historical and contemporary work of black playwrights and practitioners in the UK.

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Valuing Curiosity

An advanced experience and understanding of the Arts and Humanities enables individuals to develop a tolerance of ambiguity and the ability to process competing perspectives or conflicting theories. We are proud to foster an Arts and Humanities education and research environment which enables our students and staff to think creatively, independently and respectfully and to be confident in their ability to solve problems and identify opportunities.

Revitalising Sustainable Forest Practices in the Amazon rainforest

The Amazon rainforest is facing several threats to biodiversity, indigenous heritage and community identity. Professor Iriarte’s research (Department of Archaeology) has generated a long-term baseline for assessing these transformations. By facilitating and incentivising sustainable Amazonian land use, Iriarte’s research has benefited marginalised communities in Bolivia and Brazil, through to the Brazilian government’s environmental institution, ICMBio.

Informing new approaches to wellbeing through ancient philosophy

Through analysing the foundations of ancient thought and the dialogue between ancient philosophical ideas and contemporary philosophy, Galluzzo, Leith and Gill have inspired research to develop wellbeing scales, protocols and tools, as well as having influenced professional practice by promoting a more holistic and comprehensive approach to wellbeing.

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Supporting Innovation

We work with passion, a willingness to think differently, and a commitment to eroding boundaries. We lead the way in linking our research to policy and application for deeper and more enduring impact. We consider that we have a responsibility to share expertise, and to learn from those external to university for the greater good.

Indigenising and Decolonising approaches to Heritage Management

Through her research with indigenous communities and heritage professionals Professor Bryony Onciul (Department of History, Penryn) has influenced national and international policy and practice around heritage management with her ‘engagement zone’ model. An approach which focuses on community engagement and the building of reciprocal relationships, looking at both heritage in post-colonial contexts, and heritage in the context of climate change.

Fostering Understanding of Disfigurement and Maxillofacial Surgery

Professor David Houston Jones (French Literature and Visual Culture) and Dr Marjorie Gehrhardt (Department of Modern Languages) combined artistic and medical research which has developed professional practice and changed public perceptions of both disfigurement and maxillofacial surgery, as well as inspiring school students to interact with academic research.


Fostering Openness

We have an ethos of co-creation, prioritising the interactions (between students, staff and partners) that enable knowledge sharing and inclusive progress. We believe that everyone, no matter their background or their ultimate vocation, benefits from interactions with the Arts and Humanities, and it is our role to enable that engagement.

Fostering Diversity and Inclusion through the Student Led Humanities for All Initiative

Humanities for All brings together and supports the many local activities across the College designed to make the Humanities more inclusive. The Humanities for All interns utilise student facing channels to share and promote diverse voices and experiences from alumni talks, to society events and workshops, and gain regular student feedback and insight through drop in sessions and surveys. 

Improving the visibility, wellbeing and public understanding of LGBTQ communities

Associate Professor Jana Funke has conducted archival research on LGBTQ modernist writers to explore intersections between identities which had previously been overlooked. Funke’s research has improved both the life chances and wellbeing of LGBTQ people, as well as the visibility and public understanding of LGBTQ communities in the heritage and cultural sectors. Those who took part in the projects benefitted from increased pride and a sense of belonging rather than isolation.