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…

Online Symposium: Problematic Shakespeare

Problematic Shakespeare A recent piece in The Daily Mail noted with evident disappointment that; “Woke attacks on Shakespeare’s works have so far been relatively restrained” (Hands off the Bard!, 8/2/22).  Yet in their treatment of gender, race, religion, disability, and violence, many of Shakespeare’s works are inescapably problematic, a phenomenon often enhanced by editorial and performance traditions. …

Introducing our 2021-22 Development Fund Grant Awardees

The International Institute for Cultural Enquiry (IICE) is delighted to announce the successful awardees of our 2021-2022 Development Fund Grant, designed to support challenge-led, disruptive and innovative research rooted in the Humanities and Social Sciences using interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches. IICE Development Grants facilitate and pump-prime large-scale humanities-led research geared towards addressing global, national or regional issues focussing on their cultural dimensions, and to nurture and develop socially conscious partnerships across these varying scales.  Our Development Fund will support a variety of exciting projects which explore vital subjects and methodological innovations, addressing, respectively: the cultural dimensions of translation, nation …