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Networks of Improvement: Literary Clubs and Societies c. 1760-c.1840 This project challenges the idea of literature as the product of isolated genius read in private. It looks at the sociable life of reading and writing in clubs and societies in a period that saw a rapid expansion in all forms of civil association, especially those committed to the idea of 'improvement'. During the course of the project (2011-2014), we will build a database of clubs, memberships, and activities in Britain and empire, including America, tracking the movement of people, texts, and ideas over the period. Ultimately, this database will be accessible through a website.
  • Georgina Green
    georgina dot green at warwick dot ac dot uk

Ways of Listening: Audio Short Story Project The short story has undergone many revolutions in subject, style, perception and audience. In the English language, there is a dearth of quality collections despite some of our leading authors writing in and defending the short story form.
The digital revolution is the latest to transform the short story, or at least offer the potential. With the rise of the MP3 player alongside an increasingly mobile society with less leisure time, the digital audiobook market has boomed. Yet the short story has been largely overlooked. The collections of audio short stories on offer are generally outdated or genre based. There are no titles that reflect the vibrancy and diversity of the modern short story.
This project aims to produce an audio edition of modern short stories and find effective methods of marketing and distribution via digital channels. Audience response will be a guide to perception of the short story, the impact of the audio version and opportunities for future development.
A write up of the project will reflect on methods of production, distribution and the way in which stories are transformed by digital media.



Early Modern Forum: establishing an international virtual network of scholars working on early modern studies The Early Modern Forum aims to encourage and facilitate discussion between academics and postgraduates at our partner institutions: Warwick, Boston, Yale, the Huntington/USC, Vanderbilt, and the Sorbonne. By taking advantage of existing web technologies the forum will allow people who only meet physically infrequently to collaborate easily and effectively, to build an interdisciplinary communithy of early modern scholars. EMF contacts
Histories of the Digital Future: the projection project Cinema is in transition and this project, led by Professor Charlotte Brunsdon is investigating the ways in which the shift to digital projection is transforming cinema exhibition. The Projection Project forms part of a larger programme within the Department of Film and Television Studies, ‘Histories of the Digital Future’ which addresses the ways in which the disciplines of the audio-visual are changing as the shift to digital affects all aspects of film and television production, exhibition, reception and criticism. In this pilot project, we are focusing on the spaces and labour of celluloid projection, interviewing projectionists and cinema managers, and have commenced an exploratory collaboration with the photographer Richard Nicholson. Richard Nicholson is best know for his series on photographic darkrooms, ‘Last one out..’ shown as part of Analog at the Riflemaker Gallery in London (Jan-Feb 2011) Richard Wallace


ICT4EMPL: Literature review on employability, inclusion and ICT The overall purpose of the study is to extract from the literature reliable evidence about how and under which conditions ICT can enhance the employability of sub-groups of the population considered to be at risk of exclusion (including migrants, young people and older people/mature age workers). A further objective of the project is to provide guidelines for policy development at the intersection of ‘eInclusion’, employment and social inclusion. This will include the identification of examples of ‘good practice’ in the application of ICT promoting employability. Project team:
  • Anne Green
  • Maria de Hoyos
  • Beate Baldauf
  • Sally-Anne Barnes
  • Heike Behle
  • David Owen


Learning for career and labour market transitions This study, funded by CEDEFOP and co-ordinated by the University of Warwick Institute for Employment Research, will investigate how adults established in their careers are navigating their ways through changing labour markets. It focuses upon how skilled workers have engaged with different forms of learning (including learning at work as well as in more formal settings), guidance and other support in order to develop their current set of skills and competences and overcome barriers to career progression. The study examines the different patterns and pathways individuals follow in their career development in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, partly through outlining the strategic learning and career biographies of 25 interviewees in each country.

Alan brown: alan dot brown at warwick dot ac dot uk

  INTREPID - Employment relations in multinational companies: Cross national bomparative analysis Parallel surveys of employment practice in the national operations of multinational companies have been undertaken by research teams based in several countries. The surveys are comprehensive in their coverage of medium- and large-scale multinationals. The particular focus is on practice in four areas: pay and remuneration; training and development; employee involvement; and employee representation and consultation. A second phase of the research involves comparative analysis of the findings from the first four surveys undertaken, in the UK, Canada, Ireland and Spain, and is addressing the ways in which multinational companies interact with different national host environments.

The UK team is based at three institutions:

  • Warwick: Paul Marginson: Paul dot Marginson at wbs dot ac dot uk
  • De Montfort: Anthony Ferner: afhum at dmu dot ac dot uk
  • Kings College London: Tony dot Edwards at kcl dot ac dot uk
MarieCurieActions Migrants, work and social inclusion This research aims to examine the relationship between gender, labour in the ethnic economy and the social inclusion of migrants in the wider society. With special reference to the Turkish community in Britain, this research will focus on the relationship between Turkish women's work and their position in British society, through focusing on how ethnically based employment affects their capacity to become socially integrated in the dominant society. Saniye Dedeoglu: S dot Dedeoglu at warwick dot ac dot uk
rottenbeatlogomono_small.jpg Post-Socialist Punk ‘Post-socialist punk’ is a historically and spatially comparative study of punk in Eastern Europe conducted by an international, collaborative team of researchers from the UK, Russia, Estonia and Croatia. The project aims to reassess the dominant understanding of punk in the West - as an aesthetic articulation of late capitalist social relations - based on the challenges posed by the socialist and post-socialist punk experience. By situating punk in a different political context, the reading of punk as subcultural resistance to dominant class relations is replaced by a more open question about the political significance of the transnormative cultural practices of punk in both socialist and post-socialist Eastern Europe. Dr Ivan Gololobov
 TenthWarwickSymposiumOnParishResearch2012xsmall MyParish - A Digital Initiative by the Warwick Network for Parish Research On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the "Warwick Symposium on Parish Research", the Parish Network has embarked on a major public engagement initiative. Over three days in May 2012, a broad range of local history organizations, parish societies, church conservation bodies, independent scholars and university academics meet to survey the field of "Parish Studies Today". With the support of the British Association for Local History, Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, Warwick's Humanities Research Centre / Humanities Impact Fund and the GPP for Digital Change, we hope to use this gathering as a basis for longer-term interaction. The analysis of pre- and post-Symposium questionnaires will allow a better idea of the various delegate interests and help to identify opportunities for future collaborations. The latter can also be facilitated by the launch of the "MyParish" site, an online platform to showcase the wide variety of parish-related resources and research activities in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.
Prof. Beat Kümin
  Connecting researchers of the future. This pump priming grant which will lead to an application for an AHRC Research Networking award, will develop a microsite to trial the technology required to support the larger project. The site will provide sample digitised resources; online tools including comment facilities, top resources, blogs, shared note-taking facilities, and links to users' own social networking sites; and short accessible articles by academics on the MRC sources. The site will be aimed at three key groups of stakeholders: early career researchers; A level students and teachers; and family historians and genealogists. Dr Sarah Richardson
DIMAP_logo The Centre for Discrete Mathematics and its Applications

DIMAP is a multi-disciplinary research centre supporting an internationally competitive programme of research in discrete modelling, algorithmic analysis, and combinatorial (discrete) optimisation. It was established in March 2007 by the University of Warwick, partially funded by an EPSRC Science and Innovation Award of £3.8 million.

Professor Bo Chen
  • Bo dot Chen at wbs dot ac dot uk

csrn.jpg Cyber Security Research Network The Cyber Security Research Network reflects a vibrant community of researchers at Warwick who are interested in cyber issues ranging across e-security, computing, forensics, cyber crime and information assurance. Its distinguishing hallmark is inter-disciplinarity, bringing together researchers from all four faculties, together with our national and international partners, to engage with the most challenging research problems. Professor Richard Aldrich

Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation

The centre concentrates on change in the international political economy, issues of globalisation and regionalisation, and links between political economy and economic sociology, law, economics and organizational studies. Professor Shaun Breslin
futuretrack.png Futuretrack Futuretrack is an academic research study exploring the relationship between higher education, career decision-making and labour market opportunities. Graduate employment has become a heated issue in media and academic debates among those concerned with the relationship between higher education and the labour market. Futuretrack contact page
ritratto_di_aristotele.png Vernacular Aristotelianism ‘Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy, c. 1400-c. 1650’ is a collaborative research project funded by the AHRC; one of its outputs will be a publicly accessible database of interpretations of Aristotle in the vernacular in Renaissance Italy. Dr. David Lines
old_tv.png A History of Television for Women in Britain, 1947-89

This project is building a history of the production, texts and audience of women's television in Britain between the restart of the service after the war until the beginning of the multi-channel landscape.

Dr. Rachel Mosele


Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy

CAGE is a Research Centre based in the Department of Economics at Warwick and supported by the ESRC. It draws on the department's research experience in economic development, economic history, economic theory and applied economics. CAGE has been established to focus research on how markets, institutions and public policies interact to create and sustain successful economic performance and to investigate the circumstances in which economic success is conducive to reductions in deprivation and enhanced well-being. The various themes of CAGE's research flow from a single unifying issue: understanding and managing economic advantage in the global economy. CAGE Contact page
rural_china.jpeg Children in rural-urban migration in China Using a child-centred approach, this project explores the experiences, agency, needs, resilience and aspirations of rural migrant children in China and the impact of migration on their well-being. Funded by The Leverhulme Trust. Dr. Nana Zhang
james_shirley.jpg The Complete Works of James Shirley (1596-1666)  James Shirley is arguably the most significant dramatic writer of the late English Renaissance, and his complete works have never been edited. The most recent edition of his plays is the 1888 Methuen collection, and his plays and poems last appeared together in the Gifford/Dyce edition of 1833. Our edition will be based on current editorial standards and theory, with close attention paid to accuracy and bibliographical understanding of the copy-texts. Dr. Teresa Grant
French Revolutionary Prints  French Revolutionary Prints as Spectacle This AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award which ran from 2008 until 2011 investigated the notion of spectacle and theatricality within the visual culture of the French Revolutionary decade focusing on prints belonging to the Rothschild family at Waddesdon Manor. The project highlighted the complex interrelations between politics, theatre and imagery. The project resulted in an online database of prints and an exhibition at Waddesdon. Dr Kate Astbury
 Trade Card Selling Consumption in the Eighteenth Century Selling consumption looked at the history of advertising as a means for understanding consumers and consumer markets in the eighteenth century. The project ran from 2004 until 2007 funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The research resulted in an online database of trade cards and an exhibition hosted by the collaborative partner, Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property. Professor Maxine Berg
 Renaissance Festival Books  Renaissance Festival Books Funded by the AHRB/C, this project digitised 253 Renaissance Festival Books from the British Library's collection for the Treasures in Full project. The books describe festivals and ceremonies from all over Europe 1475-1700, including marriages and funerals of royalty and nobility; coronations; and stately entries into cities, making them an important source of historical information for this period. Dr Margaret Shewring with Ronnie Mulryne
 Perdita  The Perdita Project A collaborative project with Nottingham Trent University, the Perdita Project identified and catalogued manuscript writing by women in the early modern period (1500-1700) including poetry, drama, diaries and medical records, enabling scholars to more easily access previously unknown materials. Complete digital facsimilies are available from Adam Matthew Digital.  Dr Elizabeth Clarke
 Ancient Coin Ancient Coins Based on Professor Butcher's research on Greek and Roman coinage in particular civic and provincial coinages of the Roman Empire, these video-casts (vodcasts) consider topics such as the portrait of Cleopatra, identity of the so-called 'tribute penny' of the bible, and the date of the birth of Jesus. They are an excellent illustration of what one academic can do with a video camera and their research. Professor Kevin Butcher
 Digital Future Histories of the Digital Future A collaborative project in the Film and TV department, Histories of the Digital Future explored the ways in which digitisation has changed the ways in which scholars in Film and TV studies do their work. They approached the digital future through a historical understanding of earlier technological change. Film and TV department