IICE: What we do

IICE cultivates interdisciplinary research into culture; working within and beyond the academy with external partners and cultural practitioners to develop world-leading interdisciplinary research for wider public benefit. We facilitate national and international collaboration to tackle pressing global issues, seeking solutions with deep, real cultural resonance.

IICE provides opportunities for researchers to carry out cultural enquiry, with interdisciplinarity as our guiding mode of practice: undertaking collaborative research projects across and beyond departments and disciplines.

Our projects cover matters ranging from climate change to racial justice, from marginalised communities to digital challenges, with a commitment to research excellence, ethics and innovative methodologies.  IICE aims to establish a disruptive space where research questions and methods – the cutting-edge tools of enquiry – are formed, defined and interrogated. 

Welcome to the International Institute for Cultural Enquiry at the University of Exeter

“Cultural enquiry is at the centre of IICE’s work, but we are not (too) doctrinaire about what this means. Cultural enquiry is, in its broadest sense, the practice of investigating the behaviours, beliefs, values, symbols and material effects of human animals. A vital element of our practice-based approach is to question the wording and debate the reference. So, for us, cultural enquiry is an open, working definition which will evolve over time in response to the Institute’s footprint activity.

IICE facilitates research projects, seminars and public events with multiple methodologies across intersecting disciplines and dynamic, forward-thinking approaches.

Our research may be curiosity-driven, or just as likely driven by an urgent global issue. Sometimes questions can only be answered with large-scale collaborative teams of academics and practitioners, whereas, for others, a researcher just needs a space to think, write and test their ideas.  It is these mixed research methods that IICE promotes – have a look at our schemes, activities and events on this site.”

– Professor Rob Gleave,  IICE Director



This blog is where you will find exclusive insights from live projects, news on forthcoming and recent events and opportunities, reflections and contributions from our collaborators  and more…

BOOK NOW- Towards an Environmental Humanities: a Joint Seminar Between IICE, ESI & Penryn Humanities.

We are thrilled to announce that the International Institute for Cultural Enquiry is co-hosting an in-person and online seminar on the galvanising potential of an Environmental Humanities in partnership with colleagues from the Environment and Sustainability Institute and Penryn Humanities, to launch ‘‘Public Policy and Climate Change: The Contribution of the Arts and Humanities’ by Dr. Joshua Wells, Dods …

Applications Now Open – Decolonial Methodologies Summer School for Doctoral Researchers

We are thrilled to announce that the International Institute for Cultural Enquiry is holding a 5-day summer school on Decolonial Methodologies, in partnership with colleagues from the Exeter Decolonising Network. — DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM FOR MORE INFO AND TO APPLY * — Up to 15 places are available to doctoral researchers currently registered for an MPhil or PhD at the University …

POSTPONED- ‘Anti-Palestinian Racism: Re-examining Race and Racism’s ‘Conceptual Double-Bind’ with Dr Shaira Vadasaria.

*** Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed. We will be in touch with those who registered once a revised date has been confirmed. *** Addressing the monumental, vital imperative to reckon with structural racism, the events in this series will consider the possibilities of social justice in our collective present; from cross-disciplinary …