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Roehampton has a distinguished tradition of research in Renaissance studies with a number of internationally recognised scholars producing high profile work in this field (see the Members page).

The group draws together the work of staff in Classics, Drama, English, History and Art History, with particular interests in the fields of Italian Renaissance history; seventeenth century politics; Shakespearean afterlives in literature, theatre, and the media; gender and performance; early modern court and domestic cultures; textual editing; and Renaissance visual cultures and mythographies. CRRS also offers an interdisciplinary MA programme drawing on the expertise of staff in Drama, English and History, and provides interdisciplinary PhD supervision across a wide range of subjects, supported by a varied annual programme of research seminars by external and home speakers, and regular international conferences and postgraduate Study Days.

The Renaissance and Classical Studies Research Group aims to enhance Roehampton's international reputation for excellence in Renaissance studies by promoting interdisciplinary research, publication and postgraduate education in the University.

Research degrees

We have recently awarded two 3 year AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for outstanding candidates in Early Modern and Renaissance studies. The Renaissance and Classical Studies Research Group welcomes applications from prospective research students (MPhil and PhD) in the following areas:

The social, cultural and political history of Italy, 1200-1500 (Professor Dean)
Renaissance mythography (Dr Kingsley-Smith)
Classical and Italian Renaissance art history (Dr Rosemary Barrow)
Shakespeare in his own time (Dr Kingsley-Smith, Professor Edwards)
Shakespeare in literature, performance and the media (Ms Greenhalgh, Dr Skantze , Dr Taylor)
Editorial theory and practice (Dr McManus, Professor Taylor)
Non-Shakespearean Renaissance drama (Dr McManus, Dr. Skantze)
Early modern women's performance (Dr McManus)
Renaissance women poets and playwrights (Ms Greenhalgh, Dr McManus)
Renaissance cultures of food (Dr Sara Pennell)


TECHNEThis research Centre is part of the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership consortium. For further information on the TECHNE AHRC funded PhD Studentships please see here.The closing date for 2013/14 has now passed.

Please visit our Graduate school webpages for more information

For more information please contact:

Susanne Greenhalgh
Centre Director
Renaissance and Classical Studies Research Group
The University of Roehampton
Roehampton Lane
London SW15 5PU

Tel: +44(0)20 8392 3334
Email: S.Greenhalgh@roehampton.ac.uk