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Many of the Department’s research activities have ramifications far beyond their immediate theoretical and educational value, offering genuine, varied expressions of the ‘impact’ of arts and humanities research on the wider world.

Projects include the creation of a consortium of cultural and creative organisations to mark the Shakespeare Quatercentenary in 2016; a study of the value of dance as a global phenomenon attesting to human resilience; a celebration of melancholia as a creative and resistant force in European culture; and an account of cultural responses to genocide in Rwanda focussing on the role of photography in processes of witnessing, mourning and memory.

2014 REF case studies can be found below:

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Strandlines: Building Community on the Strand

Strandlines was designed to create a community, digital and real, for an area of central London (the Strand) where there was none. Using life writing to bring together local residents, workers, students and visitors, Strandlines has provided a website,, and activities by which people explore the meaning of place, discover its histories and exchange experiences and impressions locally, nationally and internationally. Strandlines has brought together academics, the homeless, the elderly, low income residents, local people, archivists, writers, artists and the public to foster community through a common interest in their locality, and to understand better its significance for the world.

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Queer@King’s Research, Community-Building, Cultural Production, and Advocacy

Established in 2003, Queer@King's provides a focus for queer studies research and a meeting place for queer scholars and wider LGBTQ communities, including activists, artists, advocates, curators, performers, school educators, and writers, in which to share ideas and shape public discourse. Through Queer@King's, academics have enhanced queer life and civil society in London, and developed a remit around cultural production and advocacy that is both national and international. Impact includes shaping public discourse and informing public understanding about queer histories; challenging dominant assumptions about sexual minority lives, including those of transsexuals; and informing educationalists and law makers. Submitted projects relate to the research of Prof. John Howard, Dr. Robert Mills, and Prof. Mark W. Turner.

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From page to stage: editing two Shakespeare plays for use in the theatre

Academics at King's have long been involved in the editing of Shakespeare. Their editions have benefited school students and teachers, general readers, and theatre practitioners. Here we describe the impact which two King's-edited plays have had on theatrical performances and cultural life. Both were published in the Arden Shakespeare series, the general editorship of which has been located at King's for nearly 30 years. Hamlet and King Henry the Eighth, edited by Ann Thompson (co-editor, with Neil Taylor) and Gordon McMullan respectively, were used in major theatrical productions by the RSC in 2009 and Shakespeare's Globe in 2010. Impact is demonstrable in sales figures, directors' statements, viewing figures, and in related media appearances by Thompson and McMullan.

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The BBC/HBO Adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End

Max Saunders' case study is based on his work on the critical edition of Ford Madox Ford's tetralogy of novels Parade's End (1924-8). This edition was used for the BBC/HBO series, adapted by Tom Stoppard. Saunders was literary consultant for the series, wrote about it in the media and gave the creative team advice. The adaptation has been watched by 2.5m viewers many of whom will not previously have been aware of Ford or his novels. BBC2 drama doubled its normal viewing figures for drama. The impact of the edition and of Saunders' wider scholarship on the adaptation is demonstrable in statements by the producer and director of the series.


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