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Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Alison Richard Building, Cambridge university.jpg
Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge
Established2001 (2001)
DirectorSteven Connor
Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge
United Kingdom
CampusSidgwick Site, Cambridge
AffiliationsUniversity of Cambridge Edit this at Wikidata

The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) is an interdisciplinary research centre within the University of Cambridge. Founded in 2001, CRASSH came into being as a way to create interdisciplinary dialogue across the University’s many faculties and departments in the arts, social sciences, and humanities, as well as to build bridges with scientific subjects. It has now grown into one of the largest humanities institutes in the world and is a major presence in academic life in the UK. It serves at once to draw together disciplinary perspectives in Cambridge and to disseminate new ideas to audiences across Europe and beyond.

CRASSH’s mission is to create new resources for thought, stimulate interdisciplinary research and disciplinary innovation, establish new intellectual networks and affiliations, respond to emerging social and political challenges, engage new publics in humanities research and help to shape public policy. Its programmes include visiting fellowships, early career fellowships for Cambridge academics, and a variety of interdisciplinary research networks, alongside a conference programme designed to forge new connections and open up fresh intellectual pathways. CRASSH’s research community includes many postdoctoral researchers working on its diverse range of interdisciplinary projects, which often involve international collaborations, and are funded by research councils, charities, trusts, and philanthropic donations.


Management committee 2022

Research projects

CRASSH is and was home to numerous major, long-term research projects and centres.[1]

Research networks

The CRASSH Research Networks Programme[2] supports groups of Cambridge graduate students and faculty members working together with a common interdisciplinary research interest, bringing together early-career researchers, established academics and guest speakers on particular research topics for a year of collaborative work.


The CRASSH Conference Programme][3] showcases arts, social sciences and humanities research in action. It enables Cambridge scholars to convene events designed to look beyond disciplinary boundaries and broker exciting collaborations with academics and practitioners from across the world.


CRASSH offers a number of Fellowship Programmes[4] to bring scholars from all over the world to Cambridge. These schemes allow a community of scholars–from postdoctoral and early career researchers to more established visiting fellows–to interact in an interdisciplinary research environment.

Alison Richard Building

At the beginning of 2012, CRASSH moved into the new Alison Richard Building at the West Road gateway to the University’s Sidgwick Site, the main base for humanities and social science teaching and research at Cambridge. The building was designed by Nicholas Hare Architects and received a commendation at the 2013 Civic Trust Awards. The Centre’s relocation put CRASSH alongside the major regional studies centres as well as the Department of Politics and International Studies. The building is also home to Edmund de Waal's first piece of public sculpture, A Local History, a commission of three vitrines filled with porcelain and sunk into the pavement outside the building.

See also


  1. ^ "Projects". CRASSH. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Research Networks". CRASSH. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Conferences". CRASSH. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Fellowships". CRASSH. Retrieved 10 May 2020.