About Us

The Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research (CTWR) links writers, academics and Lancaster University’s postgraduate student community to extensive research activity in creative writing and its impact on society.  Our aim is to create a transnational and interdisciplinary environment.  We are committed to promoting creative writing across cultures and to studying the work of writers from a wide range of social and cultural contexts.
              The Centre encompasses research-as-practice, action-research projects, study of historical and contemporary creative practice, the innovative application of information technology through e-science and the interrelationship between writing and social change. We promote critical, pedagogical and theoretical accounts of praxis with special emphasis on cultural exchange between practitioners and with social and political institutions.

Associate Membership

The Centre is now developing an Associate Membership scheme. The purpose of the scheme is to make writers and academics with an interest in transcultural issues more visible to each other internationally and to extend the possibilities for networking and collaboration.  Read more.

 Research and Events

The activities of the Centre stimulate and explore creative process – its definition through textual production, mobility, publication, transmission, adaptation, re-writing and translation – and its theoretical and cultural context.  Since its inception in 2006, CTWR has initiated or  raised the profile of a range of new or pre-existing transcultural and intercultural research activities, including Crossing Borders, Radiophonics, Moving Manchester, Regarding War, Trans-Scriptions, Many Women, Many Words and Writing for Liberty.

Writing for Liberty has developed into a bi- annual conference alternating between Lancaster and one of our overseas partners. In 2015 the first conference event was held at Lancaster, attracting delegates from the UK and overseas. In 2017 the conference will take place in partnership with the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa.

Postgraduate Study

in Lancaster’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The members of the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research believe in a research community that includes postgraduate students as well as members of staff. Several departments within the Faculty offer postgraduate teaching that has a strong intercultural dimension, recruiting students from very diverse cultural backgrounds, and their research connects to a panorama of writings linking issues of location, migration, diaspora and intercultural exchange. We want to encourage applications from students at both MA and PhD level.  Read More about Postgraduate Studies at Lancaster.