Arts & Humanities
The Faculty of Arts & Humanities (A&H), located on the King’s Strand Campus, is one of the UK's most prestigious arts and humanities faculties.
Based in the heart of London, A&H benefits from close links with many of the capital's most renowned cultural institutions, including the British Museum, Shakespeare's Globe and the National Portrait Gallery.
Key London priorities for the Faculty:
- Building stronger links with our home boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster.
- To establish a Faculty-wide register of London-related activities, as a basis for enhancing the visibility and collaborative strength of A&H's London engagement.
- To establish the AHRI (Arts & Humanities Research Institute) as a central hub for the Faculty's London-facing profile
- To continue to build London engagement into A&H curriculum development.
- Developing “Digital Creativity” as a thematic component to our London activities.
- Growing and supporting interdisciplinary London module development (e.g. new modules such as Terrorism in London).
- Supporting the Arts & Humanities Research Institute as it works to strengthen its connections to London.
- Offering of a suite of ‘London’ modules, such as ‘ German in London’ (German) and ‘Museums of London’ (Classics) and ‘Lives of London’ (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 (Culture, Media & Creative Industries).
- Developing a specific ‘London’ research theme within the AHRI’s 'World Service’ programme.
- Emphasising 'London connectivity' as a central component of The Georgian Papers Project (History).
- Establishing the ‘Philosophy and Visual Arts Research Centre’, which liaises with major cultural organisations throughout London.
- Continuing London-based, service 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’; as well as engagement with the BFI on a King’s branded symposium as part of their ‘Black Star’ season.
- Arts & Humanities first launched a ‘London Challenge Fund’ during 2017/18. Faculty grants of up to £1,000 per project are available to fund initiatives with a strong London connection or theme (with preference given to applications for seed funding for projects with long-term potential). 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, visit the Arts & Humanities Intranet pages (King's staff and student access only).
- Pop-Up University: A&H 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.
- King's London Collective: Led by Dr Alana Harris, Dr Ruth Craggs and Dr James Grande, King's London Collective brings together the expertise of King’s academics researching and teaching on London’s people, places and future prosperity. The resource showcases King’s vast body of knowledge on London, encompassing subjects as broad ranging as Education & Skills, Green Living and Urban Health & Wellbeing, organised around nine core themes.
- London-focused roles in the Faculty: The Faculty hosts, for example, 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 posts, the Faculty boasts an extensive programme of collaborations with London's cultural organisations across education, including the Black Cultural Archives, British Library and Shakespeare's Globe.
- Developing activities that serve society such as outreach work by the Department of Theology & Religious Studies in Brick Lane during the ‘Immigrants of Spitalfields Festival’ and working closely with the BFI as part of their ‘ Black Star’ season.
- The Faculty leads a number of projects that aim to open up access to education and King's research to our local communities. This includes:Advocating Classics Education, King’s Classics videos, MANSIL: Museum Access Network for Sensory Impairments (Classics); Bonas MacFarlane extension lecture series (Culture, Media and Creative Industries); Ishami Foundation 25 Schools for Kwibuk 25 (Comparative Literature); Code First: Girls collaboration, GLA “data surgeries” (Digital Humanities); Interwar women’s writing, King’s Indigenous, London Shakespeare Centre, Mentor for Sutton Trust/Fulbright Commission UCAS applicants (English); German play, Greater London German Network (German); Digital Ghost Hunt (King's Digital Lab); Language teaching (Modern Language Centre & Lambeth Alliance, DfE funding); English National Opera talks, St. George’s—King’s Academy (Music); Philosophy in Schools (Philosophy); Language Acts and Worldmaking, UDI Africa (Spanish, Portuguese, Latin & American Studies)
- Teaching partnerships with cultural institutions, industry and government: Tate (Culture, Media and Creative Industries); British Museum (English); Terrorising London (The Women’s Library, City of London Police Museum, British Library & Layers of London website) (Liberal Arts); National Gallery (Theology & Religious Studies)
Professor Graeme Earl
Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities (External Relations), Professor of Digital Humanities