Hidden voices, contested pasts

Our world leading research recovers and amplifies the voices of those who have been marginalised and interrogates the legacies of the past in the present.

Hidden voices, contested pasts is a vibrant interdisciplinary area of research that brings together colleagues from across the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Our research seeks to challenge established theoretical and historical frameworks and literary canons. It examines contestations over identity, memory and heritage.

Some of our research is dedicated to writers, artists and communities that have been neglected and marginalised in terms of race, class, disability, gender, sexuality and political orientation. We also use novel and interdisciplinary approaches to examine the legacies of post-colonialism, slavery and conflict. Other research strengths lie in the areas of visual cultures, art and heritage practices as well as media and cultural history and mediated memories. These contribute to the University's strategic interest in vibrant and inclusive communities and the realisation of Sustainable Development Goals including SDG 5 Gender Equality and SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities.

Hidden voices, contested pasts aims to foster interdisciplinary exchange and the development of new approaches and methodologies, creating links between existing research centres and groups in our school such as Media, Memory and History, Cultural Currents, Textual Editing and Interpretation, Anarchism Research Group and DH@Lboro. It also helps to promote collaborations and public engagement activities with museums, galleries, media and community organisations, building on our existing successful work in this area.

For more information contact Dr Alena Pfoser 

Research highlight: Women and the Making of Joyce’s Ulysses

James Joyce's Ulysses, considered a landmark work of literary modernism, was first published on February 2, 1922. Dr Clare Hutton recently curated an exhibition at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas, to mark the 100th anniversary of the book's publication and to investigate the important and largely unacknowledged role of women in the realisation of his famed masterpiece.