Arts Research

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College of Arts Research Centres and Groups

Research is central to the College’s mission. The establishment of sound infrastructures that both sustain individual excellence and promote a vigorous research culture is an integral aspect of the College’s overarching research strategy.

Of primary concern is active professional practice and engaged research within the context of relevant local, national and international partnerships.

The College is committed to realising the university’s wider ambition of producing purposeful, impactful research across the arts and humanities. Our research takes a number of different forms, and alongside traditional academic approaches we also have strength in practice-based research.

The six Schools that comprise the College are the engine of our creative research economy. Each holds regular seminar programmes which bring scholars from other institutions into the University and provide a context within which staff and research students can meet regularly.

Alongside these discipline-focused endeavours, the College also contributes to a number of inter-disciplinary research groups with a University-wide focus.

Research lies at the heart of the College’s ambitions. Please use the links below to explore the many different areas in which our staff are currently engaged.

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Research in the Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment

Research in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment is undertaken through three overlapping research themes: Sustainable Architecture and Built Environment: buildings and cities, Culture, Society and Space, Construction Science: technology, materials and management. Staff work collaboratively across the themes, with other schools within the University, and with other institutions nationally and internationally.

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Research in the Lincoln School of Design

Academics from the Lincoln School of Design, alongside colleagues from the School of Fine & Performing Arts, are involved in the Centre for Art & Design Research, which is home to scholarly explorations spanning the creative and theoretical disciplines of art and design. ‌The Centre for Art & Design Research is the home for research spanning the creative and theoretical disciplines of Art and Design with the aim of supporting and developing a top class research-led academic community. CADR provides support for academic staff and research students enabling collaboration in an inter-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary and discursive environment.

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Research in the School of History and Heritage 

Staff maintain very active research profiles, with regular attendances at key national and international conferences, and as invited speakers at a wide variety of other institutions’ research seminars. Staff also present their most recent research findings as part of the School of History and Heritage’s regular seminar series. Recent events at Lincoln include international conferences on ‘Travel in the Nineteenth Century’, ‘Cultures of Curating’ – the 6th conference of the Museums and Galleries Group, 'Land Taxation: a Policy for the Future?', and 'Cultivating Empire: Exploration, Science and Literature'.

Centre for Research in History

The Centre forms a focus for our research in conservation, cultural history and the application of this research through the heritage sector. Conservators, scientists and historians work closely together to share the strengths of their respective methodologies. The centre draws on the commercial activity of Lincoln Conservation and also houses the Historic and Ancient Materials Research Group and a growing archive of paint and wallpaper samples from historic interiors across the country.

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R‌esearch in the School of English and Journalism

Journalism at Lincoln boasts some of the country’s top academics for the quality and quantity of their publications. Our staff use their ever increasing knowledge to inform and expand the teaching of our students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

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English staff at Lincoln are currently undertaking research that spans six centuries and three continents, and are also highly productive in the field of creative writing. There are particular strengths in twenty-first century writing, nineteenth-century studies, drama, gothic literature, women's writing and utopian studies.

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Research in the School of Fine and Performing Arts

The School of Fine & Performing Arts has a vibrant and active research culture, engaging with a variety of performance-related fields of research. Academics in the School conduct high-quality research at an international level, combining traditional scholarship with active professional practice.

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Research in the Lincoln School of Film and Media

Research in our School responds to and engages with a wide array of themes and topics of wider concern and interest to culture, society and the creative industries. LSFM is home to a community of researchers undertaking pursuing theme and projects relevant to life in a digitally connected world in which both the sharing of information and resources and the imperatives of consumer culture are formative of cultural values and expressive of the state of democracy in the world.