WRoCAH White Rose Networks

Networks offer a unique opportunity for collaborative research across the White Rose universities with three doctoral researchers working on separate projects on a common theme, with co-supervision across institutions.

Each Network has a three doctoral researchers, one at each of Leeds, Sheffield and York. Researchers are supported by a main supervisor at the home institution and a co-supervisor at one of the other institutions.

  • New for 2017: The Future of Holocaust Memory

    The Future of Holocaust Memory Network Lead: Professor Sue Vice, University of Sheffield Such recent events as the death of the Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel, and the ‘last great war crimes trial’ of John Demjanjuk, typify the changes that are taking place in how the Holocaust is remembered and represented as it passes out of living…

  • New for 2017: Imagining and Representing Species Extinction

    Imagining and Representing Species Extinction Network Lead: Dr Stefan Skrimshire, University of Leeds Imagining and representing species extinction – both currently witnessed and projected into the future, including human extinction – has become a powerful social and cultural discourse, the study of which is the domain of no single discipline. This proposed network brings together researchers…

  • Cultures of Consumption in Early Modern Europe

    In early modern society, diet offered nutrition; expressed national, regional and class identity; and was used to maintain and restore health. Between 1500 and 1700 cultures of consumption and attitudes to diet were in transition due to changing medical attitudes, new commercial empires and an increasingly wide range of available comestibles (notably sugar, tomatoes, tobacco,…

  • Expressive nonverbal communication in ensemble performance

            Visit the Expressive Nonverbal Communication in Ensemble Performance Network Website Research into music performance has always relied on and benefited from technical innovations. A major boost was given by the rise of MIDI technology allowing detailed recording of timing, dynamics and articulation in MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) instruments (generally keyboard)….

  • Beyond Charlie: Anticlericalism and Freedom of the Press

    The Paris attacks on 7 January 2015 make this an apposite moment to assess the deep cultural and historical links between iconoclastic thought and freedom of the press in western Europe. The proposed network will reassess anticlerical print culture and ideas of free speech, taking as its starting point the Hébertiste tradition of radical and…

  • Design Matters: Treasuring the past, enhancing the future

    This is a network created around the theme of design. ‘Nostalgic design’ is a subset of affective or emotional design, which exerts a profound impact on academic design research, heritage and contemporary craft practice, and on public consumption of, and engagement with, design. Hitherto, design research has been pioneered by the creative and visual arts,…

  • European Film, European Heritage, European Identity

    Thomas Elsaesser suggests that ‘European cinema distinguishes itself from Hollywood and Asian cinemas by dwelling so insistently on the (recent) past’. And, even if one takes the briefest of looks at the European films most visible to international audiences he would appear to have a point. From Germany’s The Lives of Others (2006) to the…

  • Faith in Food and Food in Faith: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Dietary Practice

    This network approaches the study of food and dietary practice in the past through molecular archaeology, nutritional epidemiology, zooarchaeology, history of medicine and artefactual archaeology.

  • Heroes and Heroism

    Projects: Classical Heroism in War and Peace Classical Heroines, Modern Conflicts: French Notions of Heroism in the Context of War Ghosts of the Vortex’: reimagined memories, heroism and the necessary acts of metacognition The Ancient Greeks created the concept of the hero. From the very beginning of the literary record –in Homer’s Iliad and Greek…