The research environment in History at Cardiff is notable for its broad chronological sweep (ancient Greece to twentieth-century Asia) and its geographical diversity, covering Chinese, Greek, Roman, British, French, German, Irish, Indian and Welsh history, and extending from local to global histories. This international breadth complements our strengths in history and theory and in the production of scholarly textual editions. Research in History is informed by shared themes – social and cultural approaches, transnationalism, gender, and historical theory – and the synergies between our theoretical innovation and research expertise underpin our distinctive strengths in warfare and the Crusades, authoritarian regimes, Wales and the wider world, gender and identity, and medicine and the body.
The Department attracts research funding from a wide range of sources and has an active research culture marked by its commitment to innovation, scholarship and interdisciplinarity. Staff at Cardiff have secured research grants from the British Academy, the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the Royal Historical Society, the Wellcome Trust, and other key grant bodies.
Historians and ancient historians at Cardiff regularly hold visiting fellowships at UK and overseas institutions and are on the editorial boards of key historical journals, including Past & Present, Gender & History, Welsh History Review, Social History of Medicine, and Cultural and Social History. Staff also serve on the editorial boards of new and established monograph series, such as Themes in Ancient Medicine and the Body with Ashgate, Writing History with Bloomsbury, and Studies in the Crusades and the Latin East for Brepols. Cardiff historians are also key members of national and international professional organisations, including the Society for the Social History of Medicine, the South Wales Record Society, Universities’ China Committee in London, and Women’s History Network.
The Department has a thriving postgraduate community, and is part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, which receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. To find out more about postgraduate opportunities in the Department's areas of research strengths and the MA programmes we offer, please visit our degree programme pages.
Our research culture is sustained through diverse initiatives, from the seminars run by our research centres and networks to annual lectures (e.g. Henry Loyn memorial lecture; CLARC annual lecture), and visiting speakers (e.g. Linda Colley; Robert Darnton; Peter Hennessy). The Department also hosts regular international conferences, e.g. 5th international conference on the Military Orders (2009); Approaches to Ancient Medicine (2010; 2012); Women’s History Network (2012); the Society for the Study of French History (2013); and the 47th Byzantine conference (2014).
Historians at Cardiff collaborate with heritage partners (e.g. Cadw, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales) to facilitate the dissemination and impact of their research. For example, the AHRC Connected Communities: Research for Community Heritage funding (£159K) has led to the co-production of research with local communities through the CAER heritage project with Archaeology and the School of Social Sciences, identified by the AHRC as a flagship project. At a regional, national and international level, staff work alongside a range of heritage organizations from Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales and Cadw to Heritage Lincolnshire and Anthracite Heritage Museum (Scranton, Pennsylvania). Cardiff historians are also involved in the People's Collection Wales, a new digital collection for Welsh history, and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. The beneficiaries of our research range from individuals and local schools to heritage organizations, healthcare professionals, and media organizations, such as the BBC.
Research Centres and Collaboration
Research centres associated with History and other departments host seminars and workshops, providing a focus for conferences, research, and visiting scholars. These include:
History staff are also engaged in interdisciplinary dialogue with humanities and social science researchers at Cardiff and worldwide. Collaborations with staff in Religion working on Late Antiquity provide the basis for the seminars and publications arising from CLARC. Recent collaborations in CHRA saw the launch of Asian Literature and Translation in 2012, with two Cardiff historians appointed to the editorial board. Staff in History have also forged links with the Schools of English and Psychology through the Families, Identities and Gender Group, the School of Welsh through the Centre for Welsh American Studies, and with English and European Language through Crime Narratives network. History staff are also engaged in interdisciplinary projects with humanities and science researchers in other institutions, including the Chronic Disorders of Consciousness research group at the University of York, and the SciMag group at the University of Westminster.
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