Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research

The Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research (CTTR) provides a research environment for interdisciplinary investigation into internationalism, cosmopolitanism, and inter-cultural configurations of consciousness and identity, including their manifestation in micro-cosmopolitan contexts (e.g. the national, regional, or local).

Research aims


  • recognises the mutuality of spatial/geographical and aesthetic/cultural modes of identity;
  • emphasises the importance of longitudinal study from the eighteenth-century to the present;
  • draws researchers from Literary Studies, Modern Languages, American Studies, European Studies, Linguistics, Politics, and other disciplines;
  • collaborates with international Honorary Research Fellows and Advisors representing a world-wide community of scholars;
  • provides opportunities for early career and post-doctoral research, post-graduate study, and public outreach.

Research areas

The CTTR has four principal focus areas:

Glyn Hambrook, Centre for Transnational and Transcultural ResearchEuropean Studies

This research is characterised by a European or European diasporic dimension. Areas of activity include:

  • Communism and post-communism
  • European integration and enlargement
  • Immigration and identity
  • Comparative European literature
  • European linguistics: Pragmatics and discourse analysis

South Asian Studies

This focus is on the ideas, faiths, and group identities manifest in South Asian cultures, as well as migrant communities within the United Kingdom. Areas of activity include:

  • Dalit Punjabi identity
  • Contemporary Indian feminism
  • Sikh studies

Transnational/Transcultural Writing

This research focuses on cross-cultural literary exchange, travel writing, cultural theory, and the development of trans-national reading communities through international networks of translation and publishing. Areas of activity include:

  • Travel writing and translation
  • American (and trans-Atlantic) literature
  • Comparative European literature
  • Caribbean and black British writing
  • Welsh writing in English

Intercultural Media

This focus is on inter-media research in text and image, the relations between marginal and mainstream cultures, and the genres and forms of cultural transmission. Areas of activity include: 

  • Popular literature and culture
  • Literature, Film, Painting, and adaptation
  • William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement

More information

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