Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)

city / country: 
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Alison Richard Building
7 West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DT


Tel. +44 (0)1223 765279

Contact person: Michelle Maciejewska

Founded in 2001 and now well into its second decade, CRASSH was conceived as a way to create interdisciplinary dialogue across the University’s many faculties and departments in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Now indispensible to the research environment, it serves at once as a centripetal hub, drawing together different disciplinary perspectives, and as a centrifugal force for disseminating new ideas and supporting emerging disciplines.


CRASSH’s mission is to stimulate interdisciplinary research, promote disciplinary innovation, establish new networks of interest, and to engage new publics in humanities research as well as influencing public policy. Its programmes include Visiting Fellowships, Early Career Fellowships for Cambridge academics and a variety of interdisciplinary graduate groups, alongside an interdisciplinary conference programme. CRASSH’s research community also includes many postdoctoral researchers working on its diverse range of interdisciplinary projects.

Premises and facilities: 

In early 2012 CRASSH moved to a new 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. Its new premises puts CRASSH at the heart of a cosmopolitan building that also contains the major regional studies centres and POLIS, the Department of Politics and International Studies.  CRASSH fellows and researchers are based in the shared research space in the Centre. The Cambridge University Library is conveniently close by.




Scientific priorities: 

CRASSH brings together its various constituencies across an array of established and emerging fields. Its priorities are both faculty and graduate-student led and focused on specific projects or themes developed by the Centre. The website contains information about the Centre’s many research projects, groups, and conferences.

Opening to sciences outside the humanities and social sciences: 

All proposals should be interdisciplinary and fall within the arts, humanities or social sciences.