Director: Professor Sebastien Groes
Deputy Director: Dr Benjamin Colbert
The Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research (CTTR) is located in the Faculty of Arts, University of Wolverhampton, but with affiliates from other Faculties and Honorary Research Fellows based at major research institutes in Bulgaria, France, Poland, and Spain.
Founded in 2010, CTTR promotes multidisciplinary research around a core of research specialisms in English studies and comparative literature, European studies, linguistics, South Asian studies, and creative writing. Its members have contributed internationally recognized and world leading research to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise for English Language & Literature and for Area Studies.
Members’ research includes the ongoing ‘Xenographies Project’ investigating representations of the foreign in literature, travel writing, and other discourses; a British Academy-funded database project, British Women’s Travel Writing 1780-1840: Communities of Authorship; and a Leverhulme-funded investigation, Dalit Punjab Identity and Experience. Other research ranges from Victorian literature and visual cultures to San folktales; from Czech ethnonyms to discourses of post-enlargement return migration in Poland. In all of this research is a concern with the permeable borders between experience, literature, culture, and peoples in the present and in the past.
The Centre also supports postgraduate research with its MAs in English Literature and in Popular Culture, as well as PhD research in all the areas of its members’ research specialisms.