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Cultural Histories @ Kingston

Cultural Histories @ Kingston (CHK) is an interdisciplinary research group based in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University. Centred around the concept of the 'cultural text', the group includes scholars from the fields of literature, film, media, history, music, dance, performance, journalism and publishing, who are brought together by a shared interest in the way in which narratives - written, visual, and performative - shape and have shaped individual and communal experience, material culture, and everyday life. 

The group is concerned both by how these diverse narratives describe cultural identities, and the contribution they make to how such identities are formed, engaging both with the role of the cultural text and the conditions of its production. Extending from the past, to the present, and to future culture, the group is engaged in research that historicises cultural practices from Early Modern culture to the present, and that situates current and future practices within the contemporary cultural moment. A particular feature in these terms are concerns for questions of social justice, and how gendered, racial, religious, ethnic and sexual identities are both produced through, and reflective of, texts as cultural forms. 

Mission and objectives

CHK is committed to enriching the research culture of staff and students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences by bridging disciplines across the faculty, exploring collaborations between members of different departments and schools, and promoting interdisciplinary research, publications and events.

CHK aims to:

  • Support and facilitate the production of both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research of national and international significance, and making connections between publications produced by staff within the Faculty working under the banner of cultural histories
  • Enrich the provision of research-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching in the field of cultural history, drawing upon the strengths and shared concerns of staff
  • Provide a forum in which staff and students, in connection with wider research networks, scholars from other institutions, and those with relevant public and professional interests, can exchange knowledge relating to the production of cultural histories
  • Offer a dynamic and supportive environment for postgraduate students, both at MA and doctoral levels, and expand PGR recruitment through defined interdisciplinary courses
  • Promote interest both within and outside Kingston in the cultural text through the sponsorship and co-sponsorship of seminar series, conferences, and public events
  • Provide a home for the Faculty's archival holdings and work to utilise these collections more effectively in research and teaching
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