In awarding a Block Grant Partnership to Cardiff University the AHRC noted that Cardiff showed 'particular strength in its strategy and vision', and recognised the University as providing students with 'excellent training and supervision'.
Cardiff invites applications in the following subject areas for study commencing 2013/14:
Includes archaeological theory; archaeology of human origins; prehistoric and historic societies on a world-wide basis. This also includes early civilisations of near east; Egyptology; classical archaeology; medieval and post-medieval archaeology; colonial and industrial archaeology. Also included are landscape and environmental archaeology; public archaeology and archaeological aspects of heritage management and museum studies.
Includes the language, literature and thought (including ancient science and philosophy) of Greece and Rome from the earliest times to late antiquity; Latin language and literature of the middle ages and subsequent periods; the history, art and archaeology of Greece from the Mycenaean period to the Roman empire; the history, art and archaeology of Rome, Italy and the Roman provinces from the pre-Roman period to the late Roman empire; the language, literature, history, culture, art and archaeology of the Byzantine world; Latin and Greek philology and linguistics; the reception of classical antiquity and the classical tradition.
English Language & Literature
Includes Old and Middle English language and literature; Old Norse and Icelandic; Renaissance literature; 17th and 18th century literature; romantic literature;Victorian literature; 20th century literature; American literature; colonial and postcolonial literature; comparative literature; women's writing; children's literature; critical and cultural theory and history; gender and gay studies; bibliography, textual criticism and history of the book; Irish literature in English; Scottish Literature in English and Scots; and Welsh Literature in English. This subject area also includes:
- the history of the English language, and stylistics and discourse analysis (other English language studies, including studies of speech and pragmatics, lexis and grammar, may be directed to Linguistics)
- critical theory and cultural or communications studies where the focus of the study is on the interpretation or analysis of texts in English.
The AHRC supports work in all periods of history from ancient times to the recent past, and in all parts of the world although applications in ancient history should normally be directed to Classics & Ancient History. The AHRC is primarily responsible for: biography; administrative, cultural, diplomatic, legal, military, political and religious history; the history of science, of medicine, and of ideas; and historiography.
The AHRC funds work in ‘modern history’ which it defines as ending in the late twentieth century. It recognises that ‘contemporary history’ is a valid field of study, but study which focuses primarily or exclusively on the last two decades of that century will need to show how and why the focus is indeed predominantly historical (rather than contemporary, cultural or political etc.) for example, how the study will focus on change over a defined period of time or will make predominant use of historical modes of analysis. This subject area also includes:
- historical or cultural geography and the history of geography, where there is a demonstrable historical focus
- history of science and medicine and the history of ideas except in those cases where the philosophical focus of the proposed study is so dominant that it would be more appropriate to direct it to Philosophy
- area studies where the main focus of the proposed work is historical
- diplomatic history and the history of international relations (the AHRC does not support work in contemporary or near-contemporary international relations or contemporary or near-contemporary political theory or analysis)
History of Art, Architecture and Design
Includes history of art, architecture, and design, in the widest chronological and geographical framework; theory and aesthetics of the visual arts; history of photography, and visual media; work in cognate fields such as cultural and gender studies, archaeology, and anthropology, where these relate to, or are grouped with, study of the visual arts. The AHRC will also support research in architecture that concerns building design (but not structural or civil or other aspects of engineering).
Includes all the main areas, styles of and approaches to philosophy including: history of philosophy including ancient, medieval, modern and recent; metaphysics; epistemology; logic; philosophy of science; philosophy of mind; philosophy of language; philosophy of religion; 19th and 20th century European philosophy including phenomenology, existentialism, critical theory, hermeneutics and deconstruction; ethics including applied ethics; political and social philosophy; applied philosophy; feminist philosophy; and aesthetics. The following points should be noted:
- ancient philosophy may also fall under Classics & Ancient History
- history of science and the history of ideas would normally fall under History
- where the focus of the study is on empirical surveys of current political practice, rather than philosophy, this falls within the domain of the ESRC; contemporary politics and political theory fall within the domain of the ESRC.
Includes the study of the world's religions, specific or comparative, including their scriptures, thought, history, ethical teaching, social and cultural impact, practices and related areas. It embraces theological, textual, philosophical, sociological, anthropological and applied approaches. It includes all of the areas normally studied under the rubric of theology, divinity, religious studies or biblical studies.