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The Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck is well respected with an excellent reputation, both national and international.

High-quality research

Our research is world-class. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 75% of research in the School’s Department of English and Humanities was recognised as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, with 73% of the research in the College’s reconfigured Modern Languages group ranked in the same top two categories.

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Courses at all levels

Our department has an outstanding reputation for offering imaginative, critical and creative programmes designed and taught by leading academics and practitioners in the field, within a learning environment supportive of the needs of students from a wide range of educational backgrounds.

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Current News

This issue of 19 on ‘The Arts and Feeling’ explores the ways in which Victorian writers, artists, composers, sculptors, and architects imagined, conceptualized, and represented emotion.

21 December 2016
  • CFP: Fluid Physicalities conference

    During 2016, Fluid Physicalities has been running as a seminar series. We now invite papers, panels, and other forms of presentation for our closing conference on 10th March 2017

  • CFP: Politicians and Other Performers

    How might interpreting politicians and their work through some of the practices and concepts established in theatre and performance studies help us to better understand contemporary political life?