School of Arts

Research centres and clusters

The School of Arts’ cross disciplinary research centres and groups provide a focus for staff and postgraduate student research activity.  Each centre hosts a programme of research events including international exchanges, conferences, seminars and symposia.

Aesthetics Research Centre

Head of Research Centre - Dr Michael Newell

The Aesthetics Research Centre coordinates, enables and promotes research in philosophy of art and aesthetics at the University of Kent. For regular updates on events and activities please follow on Twitter and Facebook.

Film, Media and Culture Research Cluster

Head of Research Cluster - Dr Kaitlyn Regehr

The Cluster’s main objective is to support and produce cutting-edge research in the areas of film, media and culture. A broad and welcoming church for the manifold approaches to our subject, we specialise in research that is collaborative, of high impact, international and interdisciplinary in scope.

Histories: Art, Drama and Film Research Cluster

Head of Research Cluster - Dr Ben Thomas

The Histories: Art, Drama and Film research cluster brings together staff and post-graduate students from across the School of Arts whose research involves a cultural historical approach to their field. Whether it is in theatre, film or art history, the cluster promotes and enables cultural historical research by holding a regular research seminar and supporting student-led initiatives, such as organizing conferences. For the range of world-leading research carried out by members of the Histories research cluster - from Raphael to Doris Day - please see the staff profiles and news feed. The Research Cluster includes the Melodrama Research Group and the Network of Research: Movies, Magazines, Audiences.

Identities, Politics and the Arts Research Cluster

Head of Research Cluster - Dr Melissa Trimingham

The interdisciplinary Identities, Politics and the Arts  Research Cluster brings together arts researchers and colleagues in other disciplines who share interests in issues of identity, community, diversity and agency.

Performance and Theatre Research Cluster

Head of Research Cluster - Dr Oliver Double

The Performance and Theatre Research Cluster’s mission is to create a warm and dynamic research community, welcoming everybody from fresher to professor. We are a delightfully broad church, with well-established expertise in a very broad range of subjects, including: theatre history; performance and health; theatre and cognition; physical acting; applied theatre; performance and philosophy; performance and politics; European theatre; Greek theatre; Modernist theatre (especially the Bauhaus); theatre and adaptation; audience studies; cultural industries; variety theatre; puppetry; dance theatre; popular performance; and stand-up comedy. As well as traditional academic research, we have led the field in creative practice-based research – and continue to do so.

European Theatre Research Network

The European Theatre Research Network premise is that European theatre is not a coherent formula of aesthetic and artistic practices but in fact a widespread landscape of many local contexts and discourses.


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Last Updated: 20/05/2019