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Research in the History and Classics Department

The research activity of the History Department is characterized by its very wide chronological and geographical range and by the variety of its theoretical concerns and approaches. Considered thematically, the department is strong in cultural history, gender history, intellectual history, social and economic history, the history of borderlands, the history of conflict, the history of art and collecting , and the history of maritime empires. Members of the Department are involved in a range of  and research centres, and in recent years they have organised international concerned with public history, urban history, the history of science and medicine, the history of war and conflict, the history of education, the history of political thought, and the history of British overseas expansion. Considered geographically, the department is particularly strong in the history of the British Isles and European history, and several colleagues explore links between Britain, Europe and the wider world. Wales, of course, has always provided a very strong research focus for many members of the history staff.

The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise results ranked Swansea as the leading history department in Wales. The RAE panel judged 15% of our work to be ‘world leading’ and 50% to be ‘internationally excellent’ or better. Overall 90% of our research activity was in the top three categories.

Within the Department of History and Classics, there a number of centres and units, all of which organize seminar series, conferences and collaborative research.  However, both the formal and informal research groups that exist operate within a shared research culture that has porous and overlapping boundaries. This is encouraged through the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH), which brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact. 

The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO) brings together researchers from several departments to provide an active and supportive intellectual environment for studying the medieval past from late antiquity to the early modern period.

KYKNOS is theSwanseaand Lampeter Centre for Research on the Narrative Literatures of the Ancient World. It stimulates, co-ordinate and promotes research on the narrative literatures and historiography of ancient Greece, Rome, Egyptand the Near East.

The Research Group for Health, History and Culture engages the arts and humanities with healthcare practice. A joint initiative between theCollege of Human and Health Sciences and the College of Arts and Humanities, the Group brings together researchers who apply the concepts and/or methods of history, literature and the visual arts to the analysis of health and the provision of healthcare. Within this multidisciplinary spectrum there is a clear focus and strength in historical research and, in particular, on the history of disability.

The Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales brings together expertise in matters Welsh located across theCollege of Arts and Humanities, encouraging cutting-edge research of international quality and maximizing synergies across disciplines.

There are also key themes and strands that provide intellectual bridges between the clusters, centres and individual researchers in the department.  There are particular strengths and wide reaching interests in heritage and public history, and in urban history, warfare and material culture from the ancient civilizations to the post-1945 world. These themes and strands are fostered through a department seminar series that seeks to cut across different chronologies.


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