Research Centres

Members of the Department participate in a wide range of interdisciplinary Departmental, Faculty, University and Inter-University initiatives.

Medieval and Ancient

Medieval and Ancient Research Centre at the University of Sheffield (MARCUS)

Ranging from archaic Greece to Renaissance Europe, MARCUS represents an array of disciplines, from history to biblical studies, from philosophy to languages, and from archaeology to music. What holds us together is the belief that the social structures, cultural expressions and individual experiences of this period are at the foundation of the world we live in today. MARCUS co-ordinates a regular seminar series and organises other events, both for specialists and for the interested public.

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Early Modern

Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies (SCEMS)

SCEMS brings together scholars of the three 'long' centuries which make up the early modern: the long sixteenth century, the long seventeenth century, and the long eighteenth century. This makes for a remarkable concentration of expertise and inter-disciplinary work. It also begs fundamental questions with which all early modernists must wrestle, about change, continuity, and periodization.

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Centre for the History of the City

The Centre for the History of the City seeks to to bring together staff and students from across our University and beyond, explore cities across chronological and geographic ranges, and involve scholars with an interest in the urban.

View the Centre for the History of the City website

Cultures of Credit

The 'Cultures of Credit' White Rose Interdisciplinary Research Network considers contemporary and historical experiences of personal credit in comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. The network brings together complementary expertise in this field across the White Rose university consortium of Leeds, Sheffield and York. We welcome participants from across a wide range of disciplines, including (but not limited to): sociology, law, economics, politics, geography, management, business, urban studies, social history. The network is funded by the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre and particularly encourages participation by doctoral and post-doctoral researchers alongside established academics.

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Eighteenth-Century Studies Group

The Eighteenth-Century Studies Group is an interdisciplinary group of scholars from a wide range of disciplines across the University of Sheffield. Together it covers the long eighteenth century - from c.1650 to 1850 - with particular strengths in British, American and European history. Staff are drawn from English Literature and Language, French, Hispanic Studies, History, Landscape, Russian and Music.

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Medical Humanities Sheffield

This Centre brings together over 100 colleagues from the Faculties of Medicine, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Engineering to explore the interface between medicine/science and and the arts and social sciences, focusing on issues relating to the well-being of mind and body in societies past and present.

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Modern and International

Contemporary and Modern History (CoMo)

The Centre for Contemporary and Modern History (CoMo) brings together international research expertise that ranges across west and eastern Europe, the Mediterranean (including north Africa), the Indian sub-continent, East Asia and the Americas. CoMo provides  a hub for people who conduct historical research—whether on an individual basis or as part of a wider research portfolio—and share a belief that the modern and contemporary world is best understood as an interconnected whole. 

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Cultures of the Cold War

This network aims to provide a forum for scholars working on diverse aspects of the Cold War. By 'cultures of the Cold War' we mean all those experiences, structures of feelings, and representations that decision makers, protesters, artists, writers, cultural producers, and everyday individuals developed, in East and West, in the Soviet Union and in Asia, in Europe and the United States, in response to the Cold War.

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Centre for the History of the City

The Centre for the History of the City seeks to to bring together staff and students from across our University and beyond, explore cities across chronological and geographic ranges, and involve scholars with an interest in the urban.

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Centre for Peace History

The Centre for Peace History at The University of Sheffield aims to advance our understanding of the historically contingent ways in which people have thought about and, quite literally, made peace. The Centre is a unique institution, not only in the UK, but also in Europe and the wider world. It is devoted to the inter-disciplinary study of practices, representations and reflections of peace and peaceful conflict resolution.

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Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

The Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies brings together scholars from a wide range of disciplines across the University of Sheffield and aims to promote genuinely interdisciplinary and collaborative research. Its interests extend over the whole breadth of the 'long nineteenth century', from c. 1789 to c. 1914, covering British, American and European history, literature and culture.

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Centre for the Study of Journalism and History

The Centre was formed in Autumn 2009 to provide a forum for interdisciplinary research on journalism and history. It's aim is to use seminars, research projects and publishing ventures to set up dialogues about using journalism both as a source for understanding the past, and for clarifying ideas about the public sphere, language and discourse. It is particularly interested in developing robust methodologies for exploiting digital archives of journalism content.

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White Rose South Asia Network

The White Rose University Consortium facilitates collaboration in research, learning and teaching, and public engagement between the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield. Together, these three world-leading universities boast an exceptional concentration of scholars working in the interdisciplinary area of South Asian Studies.

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Medical Humanities Sheffield

This Centre brings together over 100 colleagues from the Faculties of Medicine, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Engineering to explore the interface between medicine/science and and the arts and social sciences, focusing on issues relating to the well-being of mind and body in societies past and present.

View the Medical Humanities Sheffield website