Research centres

The Department of English Literature collaborates with various research centres within the University of Birmingham.

American and Canadian Studies Centre

The American and Canadian Studies Centre is one of the most dynamic in Britain. The centre brings together researchers who are at the forefront of the field of American and Canadian Studies. Our multi-disciplinary approach links history, literature, politics and cultural studies to produce innovative and challenging work.

Birmingham Eighteenth Century Centre

One of the largest centres for the study of the Eighteenth Century in the UK, BECC brings together researchers from across the University and West Midlands. Work done by members of the Centre covers a broad range of fields, including History, English, Modern Languages, History of Medicine, Music and History of Art.

Centre for Advanced Research in English

CARE is a visiting researcher programme for academics, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. CARE visitors have access to all the University resources, an office in the Arts Building, and are welcome to attend the many seminar programmes that run across the school.

Centre for Contemporary Literature and Culture

The Centre for Contemporary Literature and Culture brings together scholars at the University of Birmingham with an interest in how the literary and related arts are produced and experienced in the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries. Central to our aims are the development of critical methods - both theoretical and practical - that allow for productive encounters with this exciting and complex body of cultural texts.

Centre for Digital Cultures

The Centre for Digital Cultures is committed to studying the effects of digitisation in the 20th and 21st Century. We foster interdisciplinary research and teaching to investigate how artefacts, practices, and communities are created, engaged, or impacted by digital technologies of all kinds.

Centre for Literary Editing and the Materiality of the Text

Members of CLEMT are united by their interest in the tradition and contemporary practice of scholarly editions, and in the rapidly expanding field of study into the materiality of text. The Centre holds regular seminars and workshops to discuss and promote research that exemplifies how transformative and enabling textual work can be.

Centre for Modernist Cultures

The Centre brings together researchers from across the College of Arts and Law who are interested in the development of modern conceptions of self and society that defined arts and culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as the legacies of this period in culture today.

Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies

The Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies (CREMS) is a centre of excellence at the University of Birmingham for interdisciplinary research into the history of the Reformation and early modern Britain and Europe.

Institute of Advanced Studies

The IAS brings together researchers from across the University to collaborate and share expertise. Work within the IAS is truly interdisciplinary, and responds to a set of evolving thematic approaches that are designed to address major societal concerns.

Nineteenth-Century Centre

The Nineteenth-Century Centre provides a collaborative network for scholars working across traditional disciplinary, national, and temporal boundaries. We host regular events of interest to our members and mobilise the rich resources of the local area to support both research and teaching.