About PAHC Symposium

Arts & Humanities Research Centres

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities was created in September 2016 when the School of Art, the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, and Manchester Fashion Institute merged into a single entity. As such, it is the home to researchers and research scholars in a wide range of different disciplines. Research in the Faculty is grouped into five Research Centres.

The Manchester School of Art Research Centre (MSARC) embraces public and outward facing research and recognises the importance of multidisciplinary, collaborative, applied and practice-based research methods, alongside traditional disciplinary approaches. We work in partnership with many cultural, social and industrial organisations in Manchester and beyond. The Centre provides the home for units which display research excellence in Apparel, Architecture, Art, Art and Pedagogy, Arts for Health, Asian Cultures, Crafts, Design, Future Ecology, Future Living, Future Technologies, Media and Visual Culture. Through the Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre with its thriving community of postgraduate researchers MSARC offers supervisory capacity for research projects in the practices, professions, histories and theories of Art & Design and encourages interdisciplinary approaches from across the faculty.

The Research Centre in Applied Social Sciences (RCASS) brings together researchers from the Departments of Sociology, Languages, Information & Communications, History, Politics and Philosophy, and Human Geography. RCASS seeks to produce critically engaged, high quality research that challenges common-sense ways about how we think about the world and our place in it. The Centre aims to provide an inter-disciplinary home for critical research that contributes to policy-making debates and decision-making, while genuinely impacting upon the work and strategies of local organisations and communities.

The History Research Centre (HRC) brings together researchers from the Departments of History, Politics and Philosophy, and Languages, Information and Communications. The Centre works in partnership with many cultural institutions, from theatre companies, museums to libraries, archives and galleries and places great emphasis on communicating research beyond the University to local, regional and international audiences.

The Centre for Research in English, Languages and Linguistics (CELL) was established in 2014 as part of the Faculty’s new Humanities Research Centre (HRC) bringing together staff and research students from the Departments of English, Languages, Information and Communications, all based on the Manchester All Saints Campus, and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at the MMU Cheshire campus. Research in CELL encompasses literary criticism, creative writing, film studies, languages and linguistics. Our work is characterised by a commitment to deliver world-class research that supports the economic and social development on a regional, national and global scale.

All of the above Centres have large communities of research students. The newly established Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre (PAHC) aims to bring together both these research students and taught scholars engaged in graduate studies to develop a thriving and multi-disciplinary student research community. It offers an ambitious and informative Researcher Development Programmes delivering research training and skills development opportunities, alongside other activities to meet with other students.

What is the purpose of the Symposium?

The Annual Arts & Humanities Research Student Symposium is an opportunity for research students across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, to meet and discuss their research with their peers, and to receive comment and feedback from more experienced researchers.

The Symposium has been designed to be supportive, but critical. The abstract submission and review process is straightforward, and offers constructive feedback, and the atmosphere at the Symposium is collegial and supportive, whilst challenging all participants to improve and advance their research.