Research Centres

  • Centre for American Studies

    The Sussex Centre for American Studies connects scholars and students for disciplinary and interdisciplinary work and collaborative projects, promoting networking (internally and externally) and knowledge exchange in American Studies. We provide an institutional platform for grant applications and the development of postgraduate research and postdoctoral fellowship activity in the field. More generally, it serves as a forum to project American research at Sussex on diverse levels: sponsoring public events at the University and elsewhere, hosting academic visitors from other universities and engaging in public dissemination and discussion.

  • Centre for Byzantine Cultural History

    The Sussex Centre for Byzantine Cultural History maintains a Byzantine and medieval presence at Sussex. It acts as a focal point for those interested in the history of the Mediterranean world in the Classical and medieval periods. For more information, visit the Centre for Byzantine Cultural History site.

  • Centre for Creative and Critical Thought

    The Centre for Creative and Critical Thought draws on not only the energies of creative and critical writing amongst faculty and students, but also on longstanding research interests at Sussex in critical theory, including deconstruction and continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, Marxism, feminism and queer theory.

    For more information, visit the Centre for Creative and Critical Thought site.

  • 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 the Departments of English, History and Art History, 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.

    For more information, visit the Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies site.

  • Centre for Intellectual History

    The University of Sussex has long been an important national and international centre for research in intellectual history. At its foundation, intellectual history at Sussex brought together faculty from disparate areas in the arts and social sciences (Economics, English, History, Philosophy, Classics, Sociology, Politics, and Theology). Intellectual history has thrived at Sussex because of the University's traditional focus upon interdisciplinarity, and the Sussex Centre for Intellectual History's task is to maintain this tradition. The Centre continues the tradition of investigation into political, economic, and social thought and its connections with literature from early modern to modern times in Britain and in Europe.

    While maintaining a focus on the national and international history of social, political and economic thought, the Centre has sought to broaden the agenda to include the history of philosophy and science and their connections with religious thought. We maintain a broad European perspective in these areas through recent and current work on Dutch, English, French, German, Irish, Italian, Scandinavian, Scottish, and Swiss topics. The transfer of ideas internationally and across continents is also a central concern of the centre.

    For more information, visit the Centre for Intellectual History site.

  • Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

    Life history and life writing research uses life story - whether in the form of oral history, personal narrative, autobiography or biography - as a primary source for the study of history and culture. Life stories capture the relation between the individual and society, the local and the national, the past and present and the public and private experience. Research involves grappling with theories of memory, relationship and self representation, and with debates about literacy and orality. Many disciplines contribute to the field, including history, sociology, anthropology, literary philosophy, cultural studies and psychology.

    Life history and life writing researchers present their work in many forms. As well as academic publications, we contribute to radio and television documentaries, auto/biographical drama, reminiscence work, digital and video presentations and exhibitions. Life history and life writing research is, of necessity, concerned with ethics and power relationships, and with the potential for advocacy and empowerment.

    For more information, visit the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research site.

  • Centre for Literature and Philosophy

    The Centre for Literature and Philosophy builds on the University's long tradition of fruitful collaboration between these two disciplines by providing a focus for current research, and developing new areas of enquiry that address issues which arise at the intersection of the two fields.

    The Centre was established in order to heighten the profile of existing links between literature and philosophy at Sussex, but also to open up new directions of research. The original partnership between English and Philosophy has been strengthened by collaborations with other departments and the intention is to broaden the Centre's research remit by encouraging participation of interested colleagues from a wide range of disciplines.

    For more information, visit the Centre for Literature and Philosophy site.

  • Centre for Modernist Studies

    The Centre for Modernist Studies brings together faculty and students to explore key questions relating to the cultural forms of Modernism. Researchers in English, History, American Studies, History of Art, Film and Media, Music, and Philosophy contribute to an ongoing programme of conferences, seminars, readings and performances. For more information, visit the Centre for Modernist Studies site.

  • Centre for Photography and Visual Culture

    The Centre for Photography and Visual Culture forges new connections among different areas of knowledge that involve many visual experiences and visual encounters. Our research ranges across the visual's wide terrain: from the theorisation of the image in classical civilization, to digital aesthetics, to the image's political force. By exploring the difficult and hesitant spaces between established disciplines, we aim to facilitate both new and long-forgotten conversations.

    Not only do we open up new spaces for scholarly exchange within the humanities disciplines of art history, English, philosophy, film studies and photography theory, but we are also developing innovative research projects arising from neglected affinities among the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. We also remain firmly committed to the involvement of practicing artists and writers in our conversations and projects.

    For more information, visit the Centre for Photography and Visual Culture site.

  • Centre for Research in Creative and Performing Arts

    The Centre for Research in Creative and Performing Arts works to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and to connect current work and thinking in the creative and performing arts with research across all Schools at the University of Sussex. It seeks to enable practitioners, research students, scholars and theorists to work together on projects producing new experience, new knowledge or new understanding in the fields of creative and performing arts. For more information, visit the Centre for Research in Creative and Performing Arts site.

  • Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre

    The Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre (CROMT) is a national and international centre for research and development in the practice and theory of contemporary opera, music-based theatre and other related forms of sonic or multimedia performance. The Centre promotes innovative artistic and critical practices across a range of forms through academic programmes, creative, theoretical and historical research projects, and research collaborations with relevant professional and educational partners.

    For more information, visit the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre site.

  • Centre for Social and Political Thought

    The Centre for Social and Political Thought (formerly the Centre for Critical Social Theory) was established in 1997, as an interdisciplinary centre for research spanning social sciences and the humanities. It represents Sussex University's longstanding tradition in critical theory, European philosophy and Social theory, and radical, cutting-edge thinking. Research in the Centre is diverse but is committed to critical social theory broadly construed. More specifically, research at the Centre is focused around the following interests:

    • Hegel, Marx & the Frankfurt School
    • Cosmopolitanism
    • Modernity
    • Contemporary Political Philosophy
    • Race Critical Theory
    • Feminist Social Theory
    • Socialist & Anarchist Thought
    • The Unconscious & Social and Political Thought

    For more information, visit the Centre for Social and Political Thought site.

  • Centre for Study of Sexual Dissidence

    The Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence is the focal point for research in queer studies at the University of Sussex. Founded over twenty years ago, the Centre gained international acclaim by pioneering the field of queer studies. Today, we continue to bring together faculty, undergraduate and postgraduate students from across the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton, and members of the Brighton community, to create a thriving network of enquiry, dialogue and experimentation.

    For more information, visit the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence site.

  • Centre for World Environment History

    The Centre for World Environmental History specialises in the environmental history of the tropics. It is the only Centre in Britain and Europe with the capability to do so. As a distinctive named discipline Environmental History is a relatively young subject, which has roots in historical geography, historical ecology and the history of material culture. It draws widely from the sciences, social sciences and the humanities. For more information, visit the Centre for World Environmental History site.

  • Experimental Music Technologies Lab

    The Experimental Music Technologies lab aims to initiate and consolidate diverse research across the university in specific areas of musical technologies through both theoretical research and practical development. The lab functions both as an internal platform for presentations, collaborations and critique, as well as outwards representation of research activities, potentially yielding further connections and international collaborations.

    For more information, visit the Emute Lab site.

  • Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex

    The Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex brings together scholars and students researching the Middle East and North Africa from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives spread across the humanities and social sciences. It leverages multiple new hires – including a philosopher and an anthropologist studying Islam and five historians studying the Middle East, North Africa, and Israel from differing perspectives – to consolidate, advance, and broaden research, teaching, and engagement activities that would otherwise be fragmented across a disciplinary-focused departments.

    It is a focal point for international engagement with and about the Middle East and North Africa. In support of its mission to facilitate collaborative research and teaching, as well as support research students, it runs a programme of events including visiting speakers and postgraduate workshops.

  • Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies

    The Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies is a vibrant, inter-disciplinary research centre housed within the School of Media, Arts and Humanities at the University of Sussex.  

    The Centre embodies the very best of the Cultural Studies tradition. It is committed to interdisciplinarity in the study of new cultural formations within and beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. The Centre encompasses expertise from many disciplines including: Media, Sociology, English, History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Film Studies and has established its reputation both nationally and internationally.

    For more information, visit the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies site.

  • Sussex Humanities Lab

    The Sussex Humanities Lab (SHL) was originally established in 2015 as an infrastructure for strengthening the connections between researchers working on digital technology and computational culture across the humanities, social sciences and STEM.

    We apply innovative technological tools within arts, humanities and social science research, and explore technology’s role in shaping culture, society and environment.

    Our goals are to facilitate a rich culture of research and knowledge exchange; to design and deliver critical, innovative, interdisciplinary research projects; to capture major funding to expand our research capacity; and to ensure these gains become sustainably rooted in the University.

    Visit the Sussex Humanites Lab website

  • Sussex Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies – Centre for German-Jewish Studies seeks to deepen understanding of the German Jewish experience from the early modern period through the Shoah and its subsequent reconstruction. Located in the School of History, the Centre builds on Sussex's long-standing tradition of interdisciplinary cultural history, with a view towards inviting interested colleagues across the Humanities and Social Sciences to develop strengths in the study of Jewish cultures. For more information, visit the Sussex Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies – Centre for German-Jewish Studies site.