Philip Larkin statue

School of Arts Research

Research in the School of Arts brings together academics working in and across the disciplines of Drama, English, Music and Screen (Film and Digital Media).

Our researchers work across the creative arts and literature. We conduct research by making original music performance, digital media and screen work and creative writing at the cutting edge of artistic practice. We also develop critical insights into cultures and communities of art making and interpretation. Our researchers make artistic interventions into social problems and have worked with foundations such as the Wellcome Trust, NESTA and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to produce research that makes a difference to society.


The drama subject group is actively engaged in these areas of research:

Theatre and performance histories
Practice as research
especially scenography and digital performance
Contemporary theatre practice
especially in the area of applied and social theatre and playwriting


The subject group has expertise in all periods of English literary history and in creative writing. Particular strengths lie in:

Medieval and Renaissance literature
Victorian, modern and contemporary literature
Creative Non-Fiction, Novel, Short Story, Poetry and Screen-writing

Research in the school encompasses author-centred work, archival studies and textual editing as well as interdisciplinary projects such as literature and the visual arts, literature and place and theatre history.

The literary tradition at Hull, associated especially with the poets Andrew Marvell and Philip Larkin, continues and embraces new creative and critical work. Research in the English subject group is supported by the Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and the Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies.


Research in Film and Digital Media is very wide ranging and interdisciplinary, including topics such as:

Disney / American animation
Hollywood Cinema
Digital creativity

Our diverse research output includes focus on Disney Theme Park history, extremity in film (horror), and Information security, e-government and educational technologies. Director: Dr James Aston


Music research is undertaken in three main areas:

Contemporary music practice
Science and technology

Our team includes leading experts in jazz studies, groovology, music psychology and education, studio production, performance, electroacoustic and acoustic composition, as well as historical, critical and analytical musicology. Our research has a strong practical focus, whether through performing, composing, listening, producing and/or studying musical phenomena.

Recent projects were featured as part of two events in the Hull City of Culture programme, specifically the International Conference on 'Musical Cultures' (April 2017) and the 'Sound and Environment' conference (June/July 2017).


Research in the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

From medieval literature to modern slavery, our diverse research output drives change and shines a light on the world around us, explores where we've been and illuminates where we are going.


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School of Arts
  • University of Hull
  • Hull, UK
  • HU6 7RX