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Material and Immaterial Cultures Research Group

Unit(s) of assessment: History

Research theme: Sustainable Futures

School: School of Arts and Humanities


The Material and Immaterial Cultures Research Group brings together researchers exploring the role of historical, contemporary and future material and immaterial practices in the lived experience of place, community and world. Our research is necessarily interdisciplinary and multisensory in taking up the study of museums, photography, film, comics, mapping and map-making, auditory cultures, food practices, games and gaming. A key focus here is on the use of practice-based methods in the presentation and dissemination of our research together with the material and digital afterlives of cultural objects within and beyond the archive, collection or repository. We are interested in how communities and collectives co-create alternative forms of cultural practice and activity as a creative response to injustice and inequality and as a response to crisis and loss past, present and future.


The group holds an inclusive programme of activities throughout the year including reading and writing groups (grant writing and co-edited publications), creative methods workshops and guest research seminars.

The events held by the MICRG are listed on the Eventbrite for the Centre for Research in History, Heritage and Memory Studies.

Here for the epic thinkers

The School of Arts and Humanities is home to research in Modern Languages and Linguistics; English Language and Literature; History; and Communication, Cultural and Media Studies.

AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership scholarships.

Applications are open between October and January each year.