How did Oscar Wilde learn his craft as a playwright? Josephine Guy is reviewing archives relating to Lady Windermere’s Fan and Vera in the light of research into the late nineteenth-century theatre industry to find out
How did the global geopolitical climate of the late nineteenth century affect its visual aesthetics and perception of violence? Sean Willcock is looking at images both ‘high’ and ‘low’ to find out
What can the pollen and stains found in medieval manuscripts tell us about how they were used? Kathryn Rudy is collaborating with environmental and forensic scientists to find out
Sondra Hausner is studying the life of Hindu ascetic Papal Baba to give ethnographic insight into the changing meaning(s) of Hindu nationalism in India since 1947.
Des Fitzgerald is investigating the implications of contemporary interest in the relationship between our physical environment and our mental state.
Naomi Appleton is creating an online database bringing together both text and visual versions of jatakas – stories of the Buddha’s past lives – before examining the stories in a broader Indian context.
Gregory Currie and team are searching for empirical evidence to support more detailed theories about the different kinds of learning fiction may promote.
Drawing on academic, hymnic and iconographic sources as well as the long narrative poems, Andrew George is writing a new study of ancient Mesopotamian mythology
Urban regeneration has been an important issue in planning and public policy for several decades, but to date very few scholars have looked at the outcome of these efforts –the streets and buildings of the “regenerated city”, and the ideas to which they are connected. Our research project examined “new tenements” in five European cities – the dense, medium-rise, multi-storey residences built since the 1970s amid renewed optimism about the possibilities of urban living.
Lionel Wilson is interpreting data on lunar magma deposits in order to revisit the physics controlling the largest-scale volcanic events on our own planet