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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

Ruth Hemus is a Reader in French and Visual Arts. Her research and teaching interests focus on avant-garde women writers, artists and performers, from the early 20th century, into the 21st. Her work on women in Dada has led to collaborative events with arts institutions in the U.K. including The National Theatre and Southbank Centre in London, Wasps Studios in Glasgow, and Hatton Gallery in Newcastle. Beyond the U.K. she has collaborated on exhibitions, catalogues and events in Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, and Norway. Together with a composer and a visual artist she leads an ongoing team project that stages workshops on avant-garde women characterised by accessibility and interactivity. For the past four years Ruth has been one of the co-organisers, with the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance, of Royal Holloway’s annual partnership activities at Tate Exchange. Ruth is interested in comparative treatments of radical women artists, writers and performers that span geographies and genres, moments and movements.


Administrator: Paul Gomm, School of Humanities


HARI senior fellows

Professor  E. Boehmer - Faculty of English, Oxford University

Professor T. Cave - St. John’s College, Oxford University

Dr A-L. Fortin-Tournes - Le Mans Université

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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