School of English and Drama

Research Centres

We run and contribute to the intellectual activities of a range of research centres, including:

The Sexual Cultures Research Group actively fosters and develops cross-disciplinary conversations about methodologies, cultures, texts and objects and research outputs related to sexuality, sexuality, gender, identity, and both intimate and public cultures. Its core members meet for closed reading groups as well as lively public events that provide spaces for reflection on the complexities of identity-cultures across research, pedagogy and lived subjectivities. Its research is informed by multiple histories, geographies, cultures and forms. In conceiving of ‘sexual cultures’, the group is committed to thinking about sexuality in relation to other identity forming discourses including, but not limited to: race and ethnicity, class, beliefs, dis/abilities, age, gender, and trans*. The Sexual Cultures Research Group was founded in 2016 as an initiative led by academics in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London. Its core members are: Nadia Atia, Dominic JohnsonJen Harvie, Catherine MaxwellSam McBeanScott McCrackenkitt priceCatherine Silverstone and Andrew van der Vlies


People's Palace Projects (PPP) is an independent arts charity founded in 1996 that advances the practice and understanding of art for social justice. The School of English and Drama continues to enjoy supporting the work of PPP in its ongoing mission to explore how people transform their world through creativity and the arts. PPP works on UK and international projects, and maintains a specific focus on strengthening cultural links between the UK and Brazil.
The founder and artistic director of People's Palace Projects is Professor of Drama and Performance, Paul Heritage.
For more information about PPP, see the People's Palace Projects site or follow @PPPQMUL on Twitter


The Centre for Poetry, launched in 2014, gathers together the many academic researchers and students at Queen Mary who are engaged in the writing, performance, and study of poetry. The Director of the Centre is Dr Andrea Brady, and it includes members from the School of English and Drama; the School of Languages, Linguistics, and Film; the Language Centre; Thinking Writing; the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science; the School of Laws; and the School of Physics and Astronomy. [Image © Andrea Brady. From the cover of Andrea Brady, 'Wildfire' (2010)].

The Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English, launched in January 2016, is a collaboration between the School of English and Drama and the School of History, focusing on Roman Catholicism, the Church of England, Protestant dissent, Methodism, and Judaism. The Centre’s director is Tessa Whitehouse, and its members are David Colclough, Isabel Rivers, and James Vigus (English), and Caroline Bowden, Eyal Poleg, and Miri Rubin (History). The Centre hosts major research projects, including the Dissenting Academies Project and the Henry Crabb Robinson Project, the journal Enlightenment and Dissent, and the Seminar in Religion and Literature and Research in Progress and Reading Group.

Established in 2005, the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies reflects revolutionary new developments in scholarship and interdisciplinary methods as well as the historical and cultural legacy of the Renaissance. The Centre has hosted an enormously successful series of public lectures by world-leading academics working in the field of Renaissance and early modern studies, as well as conferences on diverse topics including material culture and the Reformation. It supports the Early Modern Studies, 1300-1700 Pathway on the English department’s MA in English Studies, as well as collaborations with other institutions, including a long-running exchange with the University of Freiburg.

The Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies provides an umbrella organisation for all the researchers and students in eighteenth-century studies at QMUL. The centre has members in a wide range of humanities disciplines (including English & Drama, History, Geography, Law, French, German, Politics). It provides a broad-based but focused intellectual support for colleagues working in the area, through research-related activities. We organise a research seminar, a graduate reading group, and an annual graduate conference, amongst other activities. We sponsor an early-career visiting fellowship in collaboration with the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. Members of the centre also contribute to the MA in English Studies pathway called Eighteenth-Century Literature and Romanticism. The QMCECS blog is the best place to learn about up-coming events. is the Centre for Early Modern Mapping, News & Networks, launched in 2013. The centre acts a focus for research and postgraduate teaching in the areas of mapping, networks, and material texts. It hosts the Leverhulme Trust funded International News Networks in Early Modern Europe lead by Joad Raymond and a new international network on Cartography between Europe and the Islamic World, 1100-1600 led by Alfred Hiatt and Jerry Brotton. Ruth Ahnert and Tamara Atkin organize the Psalm Network on translation and cultural/linguistic exchange. further organises conferences, and supports the Early Modern Studies Pathway on the English department’s MA in English Studies, as well as collaborations with other institutions, including Lambeth Palace Library and the Newbery Library Consortium.