An Introduction to AMA Research An Introduction to AMA Research

Research in the School of Art, Media and American Studies (AMA)

The School of Art, Media and American Studies at UEA produces world-leading, cutting edge research across the arts and humanities. Over 80 per cent of our research was rated 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), and our three research areas all achieved top ten rankings in the 2018 UK university league tables.

Specialising in a diverse range of interests, our innovative research culture spans contemporary and modern art, architecture, American history and literature, anthropology, cultural heritage, film and television studies, feminist media studies, medieval art, Native American studies, popular culture, world cinemas and the digital humanities.

AMA’s vibrant research community is currently home to twelve projects funded by the UK Research Councils, including Professor George McKay’s internationally renowned project on Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in European Festivals (CHIME) and Dr. Wendy McMahon’s pioneering research exploring Cultural Resistance to Natural Hazard on St Vincent. Recent projects have also been funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the British Film Institute (BFI), Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) and the Natural Environment Research Council, reflecting the highly diverse and interdisciplinary activity that characterises the School’s lively, international research culture.

Recognised for research excellence in the arts and humanities, our projects combine traditional and contemporary methodologies to address a wide range of social and cultural issues, both historically and in the present day. Professor Sandy Heslop’s Leverhulme-funded Medieval Churches of Norwich project explores the interdependent relationship between city, community, and architecture, and the ways in which people and places have shaped each other since the early Middle Ages. Professor Jacqueline Fear-Segals’s AHRC-funded project examines Native North American Presences in Britain, such as those who accompanied Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show on its tours of the UK in the early twentieth century, as well as more recent visitors. Filmed in Turkey and focused on the stories told by former child brides, Dr. Eylem Atakav’s 2016 documentary Growing Up Married has been screened at international film festivals and has informed an emergent dialogue around child marriage amongst British politicians and cultural policymakers.

These projects and others offer important insights into communities, cultures and societies, and demonstrate the School of Art, Media and American Studies’ valuable and ground-breaking contribution to research within the arts and humanities in the twenty-first century.

To learn more about the research projects across the School, follow the links to the departmental research pages for Art History and World Art, Film, Television and Media Studies, and American Studies.

To learn more about our School's research, follow the links to the departmental research pages below:

Contact contact

For more information about research at the School of Art, Media and American Studies, please contact:

Dr. Karina Aveyard, AMA Director of Research,


The AMA School office,