Research centres and seminar series

As part of our strong research culture, Sussex English hosts six research centres and runs a number of year-long seminar series featuring renowned academics from across the UK and beyond.

Explore our research centres:

Centre for Creative and Critical Thought

The Centre for Creative and Critical Thought seeks to foster conversation, debate and reflection, and to provide a forum for innovation and experimental work in writing (especially fiction, poetry, criticism and non-fiction), teaching and the arts.

Find out more: Centre for Creative and Critical Thought

Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies

The Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies at Sussex is one of the foremost interdisciplinary institutions of its kind in Britain. Consisting of distinguished and committed academics from across the School of Media, Arts and Humanities, as well as a thriving postgraduate community drawn from across the country and the world, the Centre covers most aspects of early modern study and is currently undergoing a new expansion into the medieval period.

Find out more: Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies

Centre for Modernist Studies

New research on modernism focuses on many previously neglected questions, including the interaction of aesthetic modernisms with forms of nationalism and internationalism; the exploration of modernist publishing, patronage and networks of support; and the continuation of modernism within contemporary literary and artistic culture. Since its inception over ten years ago, the Centre for Modernist Studies at Sussex has endeavoured to hold events on a wide range of modernist themes and authors.

Find out more: Centre for Modernist Studies

Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence

The Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence is a hub for research on sexuality and queer studies. We work with staff and students within the University of Sussex and we reach out externally to the local community in Brighton and Hove and an international network of artists, scholars and campaigners.

Find out more: Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence

Centre for Photography and Visual Culture

The Centre for the Photography and Visual Culture aims to forge connections among different areas of knowledge and experience that shape, and are shaped by, photography and visual culture. Our research and activities range across photography’s wide terrain: from early experiments, to the ubiquity of the digital image, to photography’s political force.

Find out more: Centre for Photography and Visual Culture

Centre for American Studies

Sussex has an illustrious history of research and teaching on the United States of America (USA). Our international faculty have published award-winning books and articles in the United States and Europe on the history, literature, and culture of the Americas.

Find out more: Centre for American Studies


We run well over a hundred events each year, often involving renowned critics and writers from around the world. In recent years, speakers have included Ali Smith, Will Self, Gabriel Josipovici, Sara Ahmed, Ian McEwan, and Dennis Cooper, to name just a few.

The roster of events includes talks, conferences, round tables, film screenings, performances, master-classes, and readings of recent fiction and poetry. Students from any field of study are warmly welcomed to attend, and many of our postgraduates run their own reading groups, talks, and symposia.

English Colloquium

Every Wednesday during term time, from 5-7pm in Jubilee 144. Hosting a diverse range of speakers, the English Colloquium is one of the most popular series with our students and staff. Last term the colloquium talks included: Femininity, Visibility and Precarity in Social Media and RuPaul's Drag Race; a Toni Morrison Appreciation Roundtable; Merve Emre from the University of Oxford speaking on Close Reading from Dickens to Davies; and Elena Semino from the University of Lancaster on Metaphor, Creativity and Illness. 

Research on Language & Linguistics (ROLLS)

This past year, ROLLS hosted talks on migration, ageing and language, intimacy and agency on radio phone-in programmes, coalmining vocabulary, the language of medieval charters, Cameroon Pidgin English, and the use of the word “please” in British and American English. 

Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Studies

We run a series of research seminars inviting academics at both Sussex and beyond to give 'work-in-progress' papers on their latest projects in a welcoming environment. We have previously organised the international conferences 'Writing Political Economy, 1750-1850' and 'Women, Money and Markets in the Eighteenth Century'. 

Sussex Performance Events and Research (SPEAR)
Sussex Performance Events and Research is the public events series run by Drama, Theatre and Performance. Incorporating research talks, artist conversations, performances, symposia and summer schools, SPEAR represents the breadth of research and practice in drama, theatre and performance at Sussex and endeavours to cultivate interdisciplinary conversations between artists, academics, students and audiences.
To find out more see the SPEAR webpage

For our calendar of events during term time, including lectures, talks, seminars and conferences, see our events page.