Research Groups and Centres
Research Groups and Centres are a central part of the College of Arts and Humanities, providing a framework for promoting and facilitating research, collaboration and postgraduate teaching initiatives.
Here you will find information below about research centres and groups which are based within the College of Arts and Humanities, or have links with the College.
Collaborative Research Institutes and Centres
Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)
Director: Professor Raluca Radulescu
The Institute builds on excellence in Arts and Humanities research at Aberystwyth and Bangor and will take a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the medieval and early modern periods. Please visite the website.
Centre for Contemporary Poetry (ContemPo)
Co-ordinator: Dr Zoe Skoulding
The Centre for Contemporary Poetry (informally known as ‘ContemPo’) is a collaborative, cross-institutional research centre founded in 2006, and run by the English departments of
Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, the University of Brighton and the University of Surrey. Visit the website...
University-wide Research Institutes and Centres
- Centre for Research on Bilingualism
Director: Marie-Josèphe Tainturier (School of Psychology)
This Centre is located entirely within Bangor University and operate across a number of Schools and Colleges. Research in the field of bilingualism draws on several disciplines, including linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, education, sociology, economics, and political science.
Research Centres based in CAH
Centre for Advanced Welsh Music Studies (CAWMS)
Director: Dr Sally Harper
CAWMS coordinates and develops Welsh musical scholarship by promoting conferences and publications, providing written resources in the medium of Welsh, and collaborating with scholars in other Celtic countries. Visit the website…
Centre for Galician Studies in Wales
Director: Dr Helena Miguélez-Carballeira
A forum for research on contemporary Galicia. Issues pertaining to bilingualism and cultural identity and their relevance to both Galician and Welsh culture are of particular interest. Visit the website…
- R.S. Thomas Study Centre
Co-directors: Professor Jason Walford Davies (School of Welsh) and Professor Tony Brown
The Centre was officially opened by R.S. Thomas in April 2000. Its archive contains all of R.S. Thomas’s published works, together with a comprehensive collection of reviews, critical books and articles, interviews and audio-visual material. This material is available to visiting scholars. Visit the website…
- Centre for Arthurian Studies
Director: Professor Raluca Radulescu
This newly founded centre highlights the wealth of expertise and long-standing tradition in researching and teaching the Arthurian legend at Bangor since the inception of the university in 1884. The Centre brings together Bangor's Arthurian collection as well as the former Flintshire Harries Arthurian collection, which arrived at Bangor in 2014/2015. It is a hub for exchange and collaboration across several departments in the university, and with external partners. Visit the website...
- Stephen Colclough Centre for the History and Culture of the Book
The Stephen Colclough Centre for the History and Culture of the Book is an interdisciplinary centre for the advanced study of the past, present and future of the book as material artefact, and of the cultures that surround it. Working in collaboration with colleagues at Bangor and beyond, the Centre’s purpose is twofold: to enhance and broaden our understanding of the book’s place within cultural, social and economic practices, and to develop our understanding of the material book as cultural commodity, conveyer of knowledge, and object of desire. Visit the website...
- Institute for the Study of welsh Estates (ISWE)
The Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates (ISWE) is dedicated to promoting research into the history, impact and functioning of estates on a Wales-wide basis. ISWE seeks to advance outstanding research into the subject and ensure that the knowledge we generate regarding Wales’ past is accessible and contributes constructively to its future. Visit the website...
Research Groups based in CAH
- Creative Practice Research Group
Convenors: Dr Zoe Skoulding
This group focuses on practice-based arts research.
- Digital Economies Cluster
Bangor University's Digital Economies Cluster is an initiative of the College of Arts and Humanities in collaboration with the School of Computer Science to foster research expertise and networking within and beyond the College and University in the area of Digital Economies. Visit the website…
- Network for the Study of Media and Persuasive Communication
Convener: Dr Andy McStay
The rationale of this network is to harness interdisciplinary expertise within the University to research and explore media, persuasion and communication. Visit the website…
- Sacred Music Studies (ICSMuS)
Director: Professor John Harper
This aim of this research group is to stimulate, support, disseminate and engage in research and study in the interdisciplinary field of sacred music. Visit the website...
The Archive of Traditional Welsh Music
Director: Wyn Thomas
A repository of recorded musical and verbal forms which are perpetuated in the oral tradition rather than through writing or printing. Primarily a research, teaching and training centre, the Archive endeavours to serve educational institutions and the general public. Visit the website…
Former Research and Centres and Groups
The following Research Institutes and Centres are no longer operational. However, information on previous activity can be found by contacting us.
- Centre for Research in Early Music (CREaM)
The Centre, founded in 2006, co-ordinated the activities of music staff engaged in research on music before 1700 – a concentration of specific excellence unequalled in any other institution in the UK.
- Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS)
Director: Professor Raluca Radulescu
The Centre for Medieval Studies played an important role in fostering collaboration and scholarly exchange in Medieval Studies at Bangor and further afield, and, by extension, promoted teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level and encouraged initiatives involving more than one department.
- The Centre for East Asian Studies
Founded in 2014, the Centre engaged with scholars from across the university and beyond in the development and enhancement of Bangor’s engagement with the East Asian region. The Centre was highly interdisciplinary and promoted innovative, cross-cultural and dynamic research in the broad field of East Asian Studies. The Director of the Centre, Dr Kate Taylor-Jones, is now a member of staff in the School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield.
- The Digital Economies Cluster
Established in 2010, Bangor University's Digital Economies Cluster was an initiative of the College of Arts and Humanities in collaboration with the School of Computer Science to foster research expertise and networking within and beyond the College and University in the area of Digital Economies. Professor Astrid Ensslin, Convenor of the group, is now a Professor of Media and Communications affiliated with the University of Alberta, Canada.