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Research Centres

Centre for Early Modern Studies

The Centre for Early Modern Studies was established in 2015 to promote research in the early modern period (understood in its broadest sense, roughly 1400-1700).

Centre for Enlightenment Studies

The Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s supports 18th century research strengths across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.

Network for Life-Writing Research (formerly CLWR)

Formely Centre for Life-Writing Research (CLWR), the network creates research-led events which aim to promote and increase understanding of life writing as a literary field, in association with visual and material arts.

Centre for Modern Literature and Culture

The Centre for Modern Literature and Culture is a forum for academics, writers and artists to explore, interrogate, dismantle and reinvent the notion of the ‘modern’.


Across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, King’s academics study cultural interactions across time and the transhistorical traditions that often frame, foster, and shape them.


Centre for research and teaching in gender and sexuality studies and a hub for collaborative work with queer activists, artists, and communities.

Shakespeare Centre London

Devoted to research, learning and teaching in Shakespeare and early modern literature and drama - in partnership with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.


Performance Research Group 

The Performance Research at King’s College London takes a ‘broad spectrum’ approach to the study of performance. The group’s members are involved in research in theatre, dance, and live art, as well as in performances operating within a wide range of disciplines, social contexts, and systems. The Anatomy Theatre and Museum provides a state of the art home for theatre and performance research at King’s. The space features a digitally equipped i-lab and performance studio, and is the studio for the internationally recruiting MA Theatre and Performance Studies, as well as for the Centre for e-Research. 

Prospective PhD students interested in pursuing performance research at King’s are invited to contact one of our members, such as Kélina Gotman or Alan Read.

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English Department - graduate destinations, alumni information and more



Examples of current and past research projects from the King's Department of English



Examples of career paths from former postgraduate English Department students