In a rapidly changing world, we aim to be open to other perspectives and understand how culture shapes human experience.


We have a rich tradition of learning from the past to address the problems of the present, and of looking to other cultures to explore our own diverse identities. By examining social structures and interactions, and by exploring the languages, technologies and creative forms through which people communicate, our researchers and learners strengthen society’s capacity to foster tolerance and empathy.


From medieval civic and legal practice to modern-day immigration and injustice, our work generates insight into how individual lives are shaped and the impact on society. Whether delving into the cultural history and heritage of our own region, or nurturing creativity through international collaboration online, we think across borders of time and geography to connect ideas and bring people together to learn and develop.