Welcome to the Queen Mary Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS)
The Institute is an ideas generating hub for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. It seeks to enable inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary conversations, by bringing together the expertise of some of the world’s finest scholars from within Queen Mary University of London and from outside.
The activity of the Institute is focused each year on a thematic programme. Subsequent years will be framed around other thematic foci.
The Institute enables engagements between the fifteen Research Centres which are supported by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and led by members of our distinguished academic staff.
The Institute is also home to a dynamic group of visiting fellows (both junior and senior), whose research interests align with the annual thematic programme.
Inter-Disciplinary Research Centres
The Queen Mary IHSS hosts and supports fifteen cross-School, inter-disciplinary research centres, which are each led by a member of our distinguished academic staff. In addition, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences supports a wider array of inter-disciplinary activity through:
Mile End Institute a public policy, politics and governance institute based at QMUL.
Peoples’ Palace Projects a charity supported by QMUL which focused on the role of arts projects and performances in supporting people to transform their worlds in the contexts of risk, violence and crisis.
Digital Initiatives Network a support network for those working on digital technologies in research and the digital humanities.
Faculty Research Centres
Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations
Centre for Early Modern Mapping, News and Networks
Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies
Centre for European Research
Centre for the History of Emotions
Centre for Labour and Global Production
Centre for the Mind in Society
Centre for Poetry
Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
Centre for Studies of Home
Centre for the Study of Childhood Cultures
Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought
Centre for the Study of Migration
Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English
The City Centre
Visiting Fellowship Scheme
The Queen Mary IHSS was established to showcase the disciplinary, cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research strengths of humanities and social sciences research at Queen Mary University of London, and to enable leading scholars from around the world to engage and contribute to this research environment.
A key part of the Institute’s activity is the Visiting Fellowship programme. This scheme enables scholars from around the world to spend up to one month visiting the Institute and the Faculty to engage with the particular thematic programme of activity.
For many years, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has run a successful Distinguished Visiting Fellows programme and the Queen Mary IHSS scheme builds on that and extends it to more junior scholars.
The scheme is most suited to those wishing to spend part of a sabbatical leave period at Queen Mary University of London. The scheme covers the on-campus accommodation costs for Visiting Fellows.
In addition, applications from those wishing to be considered for either the British Academy or Leverhulme Early Career Fellows schemes are strongly encouraged to consider the Queen Mary Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) as an intellectual base.
A key element to the activity of the Queen Mary IHSS involves engagement with the Queen Mary University of London post-graduate community in the humanities and social sciences. The Institute will establish a number of PhD studentships to focus on thematic programmes and to support the activity of the Institute.
The Queen Mary IHSS People
Director: Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas, Faculty Dean for Research, Humanities and Social Sciences
Annual Programme Director: TBC
Faculty Administrative Officer: June Ryde