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Humanities and Arts Research Institute

Humanities and Arts Research Institute

The Humanities and Arts Research Institute (HARI) is central to Royal Holloway’s vibrant interdisciplinary research culture. It fosters and showcases the intellectual and creative energies of academics across all stages of their career. HARI stimulates and supports research of the highest quality across disciplinary and institutional boundaries and promotes the exchange of knowledge and expertise with diverse public organisations, the creative industries, the performing arts and festivals.  HARI’s collaborations and established partnerships with a wide range of external organisations are vital to the public dissemination and impact of its research.

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HARI is pleased to work in partnership with our colleagues in Research Impact to showcase work by our Royal Holloway academics in impact, engagement and outreach.  A collaboratively-produced publication, Researching Cultural Participation, outlines some of our recent, successful projects.

Director: Ruth Hemus, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, School of Humanities


Steering Group

Dr Ruth Hemus

Head of Department, Department of Languages, Literatures and Culture

HARI Director


Dr Matthew Smith

Director of External Engagement

Deputy Director of MA Public History

Senior Lecturer in Public Humanities


Dr Katie McGettigan

Research Lead, Department of English

Senior Lecturer in American Literature


Dr Jon Hughes

Director of Research, School of Humanities

Reader in German and Cultural Studies


Dr Siobhan Chomse

Lecturer in Latin Language and Literature


Dr Christopher Daley

Research Development Manager, Academic Services


Administrator: Eleanor Lofthouse, School of Humanities


HARI operates as both an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary Institute. Established over a decade ago, its explicit aim is to foster intellectual exchange between scholars of different disciplines.

It now hosts a wide range of collaborative projects, promoting events in central London locations, on Royal Holloway’s campus at Egham, and online.

This page offers an introduction to this year’s research topics, with links to individual project pages.

For any queries about events, please do not hesitate to contact us at

HARI’s objectives are to:

  • Provide funding for interdisciplinary research collaboration;
  • Stimulate the development of research projects that result in grant capture and/or Impact;
  • Serve as a dynamic platform for the exchange of knowledge and expertise with public organisations and industry stakeholders;
  • Foster a vibrant and inclusive research community that values the breadth and diversity of Royal Holloway’s research;
  • Enhance the public visibility of HARI’s research by organising high-profile events that attract national and international audiences;
  • Expand HARI’s internal and external networks via collaborations with Royal Holloway’s Research Centres; and
  • Provide dedicated support to the research leadership of early career researchers.

More information on our funding opportunities, and application forms, can be found here.

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