The School of Creative Arts brings together expertise in drama, film, music and sonic arts. In addition to disciplinary strengths, the unit has a strong interdisciplinary focus on research in the creative arts and its impact on society at large. The School counts with over 30 full time members of staff whose individual research is united by a focus on artistic activity in international, contemporary and historical perspectives, disseminated through scholarship, practice, and public engagement. Collectively, the School investigates the creative arts in three broad domains: (1) contemporary creative practice, (2) theory and history of the creative arts and (3) society and the arts.
The School seeks to continually enhance quality and dissemination of research and foster interdisciplinary and collaboration leading to wider impact. The recently created Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities and the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s provide an important interdisciplinary focus for Arts and Humanities research across the University. Recent initiatives facilitated by the Institutes include the research groups Art, Performance and Media in (Post-) Conflict Societies, Recomposing the City: Sonic Arts and Urban Architecture, Translating Improvisation, and Belfast Soundwalks – a partnership with Belfast City Council, funded by the AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund.
Archives and Collections
Research is supported through a multifaceted infrastructure, which includes archives and collections (Gibson-Massie Moore Collection, the world’s largest collection of Thomas Moore’s published literary and musical works), as well as state of the art audio-visual technologies.
The School offers an extensive programme of research seminars, performances and screenings, which have included visitors such as Christopher Hogwood (2011), David Charlton (2012), Richard Coyne (2013) and Clare Hammond (2013). The weekly seminar and performance series is complemented by high profile events such as the Annual Brian Friel Lecture (Shaun Richards in 2013). The commitment to an intense programme of research-led public events is evidenced by an average of 25 seminars and 45 performances/screenings per semester.
The School has hosted major international conferences across all areas of creative arts. These include the International Computer Music Conference (2008), the Fourth Annual Society for Musicology in Ireland Postgraduate Conference (2010), the 14th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music (2010), the Eighth Biennial Conference for Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2011), Nine Tenths Under ICAN Conference (2012), Cities of Memory Colloquium (2013), World Cinema on Demand Symposia, the Location of Narratives: Storytelling and Archives Conference (2013), the BFE/ICTM Ireland Ethnomusicology in the Digital Age Conference (2013), the expansion of the annual Two Thousand + Symposia (2006 -) and the longstanding Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music (1981 - ).
Strategic partnerships have been established with Stanford University, the University of Michigan, the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC), the University of São Paulo, The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, The University of Utrecht and The Human Rights Media Centre, Cape Town. These links have facilitated student and staff mobility as well as collaborative research projects. The School has also been pro-active in the internationalisation of resources, as in the case of the Bach Bibliography Database; a world-wide reference in the field of Bach studies now developed in partnership with the Bach-Archiv Leipzig.