Humanities Research Institute

Strategic Themes

Strategic Themes

Our priorities


Medical Humanities

By Medical Humanities (MH) we mean the interdisciplinary field that includes engagement with medical science from humanities scholars (in subjects such as literature, history, law and architecture), from creative arts practice (in subjects such as visual arts, music, creative writing), and from the social sciences (in subjects such as sociology, politics, business studies)

NUHRI supports:

  • ‌Joint Committee representing the major academic units interested in MH which meets regularly throughout the year to coordinate MH research;
  • a schedule of MH seminars, each of which takes a particular theme in MH, giving NCL and external speakers the opportunity to talk about their current and planned research in MH; and
  • an MH mailing list.


Medical skeleton

Digital Humanities

On 8 November 2017, NUHRI convened ‘DIGITAL & RESEARCH’, an introduction to opportunities for digital humanities and creative practice collaboration at Newcastle.

Following introductions to the work of Open Lab, Culture Lab, the Digital Institute, and Digital Cultures Research Group, and presentations on a range of successful projects, the event ended with a Forum on equality and diversity in digital research (PDF: 178KB).

A panel addressed the question ‘What steps can be taken to ensure that the digital space is an inclusive and welcoming space for diversity?’ Chaired by Kate Chedgzoy, Professor of Renaissance Literature and Director of Diversity for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the panel consisted of:

  • Areti Galani, Lecturer in Digital Cultural Heritage and Digital Cultural Communication in the School of Arts and Cultures
  • Audrey Verma, Research Associate in Geography, Politics and Sociology, lead ethnographer on Creative Fuse North East, and co-founder of Newcastle University's BAME staff and PGR network
  • Paul Watson, Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Digital Institute

Each panel member was asked to make three main points, after which the question was thrown open for discussion. For a summary of the panellists’ contributions, see the Forum on equality and diversity in digital research (PDF: 178KB). Based on these contributions and the ensuing discussion, NUHRI plans to help develop a tool-kit to support greater equality and diversity in digital research.


Details to follow shortly.

Maritime Humanities

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Freedom City

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