Research projects

Michael Brown’s research project ‘Surgery & Emotion’ (2016-21) explores the relationship between emotions and the practice and experience of surgery from 1800 to the present. It is supported by a £569,215 Wellcome Trust Investigator Award and has received a further £19,650 of follow-on funding for impact and engagement work, also from the Trust.

In 2020 Marta Garcia Morcillo and Shushma Malik were awarded £349,946 from the AHRC for their project ‘Twisted Transfers: Discursive Constructions of Corruption in Ancient Greece and Rome’. This project explores the complex and contested conceptions of corruption in the ancient world and was supplemented by a further £18,000 worth of funding from the AHRC/BBC ‘Cultures in Quarantine’ initiative to make a short animated film about their research.

Michael Cullinane’s work on the memorialisation of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was awarded £53,843 by the AHRC. As part of his research, he worked with the Theodore Roosevelt Association, the Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island, the U.S. National Parks Service and the Theodore Roosevelt Center, to produce a 50-minute documentary on the history and legacy of Roosevelt Island, entitled The Man on the Island: Finding Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial. In 2020 he was also awarded £43,901 by the Leverhulme Trust to explore Roosevelt’s political networks.