The Centre pursues research into a number of areas of intellectual and literary history, with a strong focus on the early modern period. For the Centre's current funded research projects click here.
Professor Peter Harrison’s research focuses on the interactions of philosophy, science and religion in the early modern period. He is currently working on a project investigating ideas of progress in history and the historical sciences.
Professor Simon During's research combines literary theory, criticism and history. His primary current research program explores the relation between literature and religion in the period 1600 - 1945, with a particular focus on Anglicanism. He is also working on ways to theorize and historicise relations between philosophical anthropology and literature, an interest which has developed from his broader interest in how various paradigms of secularization might help (or not help) illumine the study of British literary history.
Professor Philip Almond deals with religious history in seventeenth-century Britain. His recent research focuses on witchcraft and demonology.
Professor Peter Cryle and Dr Elizabeth Stephens conduct research into the history of European understandings of sexuality. Current projects include a critical genealogy of the idea of normality and a study of representations of medical imaging technologies in the media.
Professor Ian Hunter works on the history of early modern political, religious and philosophical thought, focusing on the academic culture of the Holy Roman German Empire.
Associate Professor Gary Ianziti works on the Renaissance intellectual history, with a particular focus on the politics of historiography in pre-Machiavellian Italy.