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Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research

The Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research (CTTR) inspires, supports, and promotes a wide range of cutting edge research and public engagement activities that transcend traditional disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

Re-launched in March 2018, CTTR provides a new, exciting international platform for Wolverhampton's humanities scholars to work together with researchers across other disciplines; collaborate with scholars and scientists across all stages of their career; develop partnerships with public and private bodies; organize public engagement events and impact activities; and bring together the arts, humanities, science, and industry for knowledge exchange.

CTTR's members have contributed internationally recognized and world leading research for the Research Assessment Framework (REF) subjects English Language & Literature and for Area Studies.

Drawing on researchers from Creative Writing, English Literature, Linguistics, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, and History, CTTR hosts a wide variety of interdisciplinary research and impact projects. The highlights include the hugely successful AHRC and Wellcome Trust-funded research project The Memory Network, BBC New Generation Thinker Daisy Black’s Chaucer Performance Project, Candi Miller’s Namibian San Storytelling project, the Leverhulme-funded Daljit Punjab identity and experience project, Black Country psychogeography, the AHRC-funded Politicians’ Fictions project, the British Academy-funded British Women’s Travel Writing Database, and the Arts Council-funded Wolverhampton Literature Festival, which draws close to ten thousand visitors annually.

The Centre’s Director, Professor Sebastian Groes (, invites proposals for collaboration and impact activities. 

For the latest CTTR news, visit our blog @

See also: Arts Learning and Teaching Research (ALTR) Group for research interests relating to arts learning and teaching in a range of contexts.

See also: Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture series, including lecture videos.

Research areas

European 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

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