Research themes

In accordance with the University Research Plan, the Faculty of Arts has chosen a number of themes to develop as research priorities over the next five years. The Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA) has also been established to support promoting Bristol’s international reputation, to disseminate current research and to open new research frontiers.

Designated research themes


This theme looks at research on colonialism and post-colonialism. Interests encompass the ancient and the contemporary. The intellectual community based in Bristol has close external links with the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum. More about colonialism

Medieval Studies

This theme concerns all aspects of the literature, art, history, and thought of western European civilization between c.500 and c.1500. More about medieval cultures


This theme explores the extent to which this famous sites have shaped public perception of antiquity and the past. More about reception

Screen Research @ Bristol

This theme explores screen research in its broadest sense, incorporating comparative studies of historical periods and contexts; a theoretical understanding of screen media; and methodologies including the analysis of text-based and archive material and practice-based work. More about screen research

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