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Departmental Research Culture

The department is an active centre for cutting-edge research in a wide variety of fields which means that, whether you are an MA student or a research student, there are lots of activities and events that you can get involved with.

If you are thinking of organising an event, do check the department calendar to make sure it does not clash with other things that are going on. You can add this to your university Google calendar by searching for history@sheffield.ac.uk. You will also find information about all Departmental Seminars and Events here.

Research Areas

Our research interests extend chronologically from ancient history to contemporary history; geographically from the UK to Western, Southern, Central and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, South and East Asia, the Middle East and the USA; and thematically to include political, economic, social, cultural and intellectual history, with a distinct specialism in the application of digital technologies to historical research.

We have a variety of research clusters that combine several staff and student research interests cutting across the usual chronological and geographical boundaries.

Our Research Centres see us take that further by working across faculty and University boundaries with staff from all over the world.

 

Examples of our research clusters include:

Examples of our research centres include:

More about our research

Departmental Research Seminars

The department has its own research seminar series, which runs regularly during semester-time and covers a huge range of topics. Seminars usually host an external guest speaker who will present a paper on their current research but can also be based around a roundtable discussion.

Speakers are usually established members of academic staff but there is a reserved spot each semester for one of our own postgraduate research students. This is a great opportunity for students in later stages of their research to gain experience of presenting a full academic paper to a wider audience.

The seminars themselves are open to students at all levels, both MA and research, and provide an excellent opportunity to get involved in the department’s research activities and find out more about research that’s being undertaken by staff both in your area of interest and across the discipline more broadly.

Interdisciplinary Research Seminars

Many of our research centres run their own research seminar series:

Conference and other research events

Uppsala-Sheffield Early Modern Studies WorkshopIn addition to our usual research seminars, many of the research centres, networks and postgraduate discussion groups organise seminars, day conferences or special lectures during the year, often working in conjunction with staff and students across the faculty and wider-University.

Recent and upcoming events include:

Find out more about the research seminars and other events happening this year on our events page.