Arts & Humanities
The Faculty of Arts & Humanities on King’s Strand Campus is one of the UK's most prestigious arts and humanities faculties. Its base in the heart of London means it benefits from close links with renowned cultural institutions including the British Museum, Shakespeare's Globe and the National Portrait Gallery.
Key London Priorities for the Faculty:
- Establish a faculty-wide register of London-related activities as a basis for enhancing the visibility and collaborative strength of Arts & Humanities London engagement.
- Establish the AHRI (Arts & Humanities Research Institute) as a central hub for the Faculty's London-facing profile.
- Continue to build London engagement into curriculum development.
- Offering of a suite of ‘London’ modules, such as ‘ German in London’ and ‘Museums of London’ hosted by Classics, and ‘Lives of London’ within Liberal Arts.
- Offering modules that are built on close engagement with cultural partners across London, such as ‘ Cultural Management: The Experience’ and the 'London Industries Forum' in the Global Media Industries MA both offered by the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries.
- The development of a specific ‘London’ research theme within the AHRI’s 'World Service’ programme.
- The launch of the Georgian Papers project, with London connectivity as a central component.
- The establishment of the ‘ Philosophy and Visual Arts Research Centre’, which liaises with major cultural organisations throughout London.
- Service-related projects such as outreach work by the Department of Theology & Religious Studies in Brick Lane as part of the first annual ‘ Immigrants of Spitalfields Festival’ and engagement with the BFI on a King’s branded symposium as part of their ‘ Black Star’ season.
Arts & Humanities London Challenge Fund
The Faculty of Arts & Humanities will launch a ‘London Challenge Fund’ during 2017/18. Faculty grants of up to £2,000 per project are available to fund King's staff and student projects with a strong London connection or theme.
Bids may be made for projects relating to the planning, development or implementation of initiatives that target one or more of the following:
1. Enhancement of educational opportunity across London (including but not restricted to opportunities for King’s students);
2. Civic outreach in London;
3. Fostering of partnerships with other London institutions (including but not restricted to other London HEIs).
Funded projects to date include the development of the Philosophy in Prison programme, the analysis of a new John Donne manuscript found in a trunk at Westminster Abbey and the next phase of the Strandlines project, a digital community dedicated to exploring lives on the Strand.
For further information about the London Challenge Fund, visit the King's internal Arts & Humanities pages (King's Staff and Student access only).
The Faculty of Arts & Humanities is developing a 'pop-up' university, which will take the study of arts and humanities to non-traditional venues in London. The Faculty aims to engage young people from under-represented groups and their families by bringing the work of students and academics out of the lecture theatre and into the local community.
Led by Dr Alana Harris, Dr Ruth Craggs and Dr James Grande, the King's@London project is bringing together King's research and teaching on London-related issues into an online database, message forum and interactive map, creating an invaluable cross-university resource.
The project has created opportunities to investigate topics such as mental health, housing, productivity, digital transformations, science in culture, migration and translating cultures, all through the lens of London. This research has been gathered with help from representatives across the Faculty and the university.
London-focused roles in the Faculty
The Faculty also hosts a lectureship in Liberal Arts & London – Dr George Legg – highlighting its wider ambition to increase the scale and scope of teaching on London.
Beyond these two posts, the Faculty holds an extensive programme of collaborations with London's cultural organisations across education, including the Black Cultural Archives, British Library and Shakespeare's Globe.
Professor Graeme Earl
Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities (External Relations), Professor of Digital Humanities