About the group
Identity, Power, and Protest brings together academic staff and postgraduate students whose research interests focus, in whole or in part, on the construction, contestation, reformation, and remembering of identity (broadly conceived) in various parts of the world (including the USA, Europe, South Asia, East Africa, and the Caribbean) during the modern period. We use a variety of methodologies, including multi-disciplinary approaches, in order to explore: the role of identity in political culture and its relationship with political power; the histories and cultures of groups, communities and societies around the world that have suffered discrimination or marginalization; the strategies that such groups have used to challenge established authorities and regimes; and the ways in which entrenched elites have mobilized to defend their interests in the face of insurgencies or external threats.
The group is the product of a long-standing collaboration between academics and postgraduate students in the School of History and other schools and departments in the Faculty of Arts, including the School of English, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies. We have also been associated with the successful MA programme, Race and Resistance.