Decadence Research Unit

Decadence Research Unit

We are an ECL research hub that brings together the international community of scholars working in the highly distinctive field of Decadence, from antiquity to the present.

— Paris Gutter - Peter Coles Current Projects
— Paris Gutter - Peter Coles

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The DRU is home to the interdisciplinary online journal, Volupté, and the British Association of Decadence Studies (BADS), providing intellectual anchorage for the international community of Decadence scholars, from established academics to aspiring postgraduates.

The Decadence Research Unit was founded in 2017 with a view to engaging and advancing the rapidly growing field of Decadence studies.  By bringing together the international community of academics and practitioners from across the UK and beyond, the DRU aims to provide coordination for international research collaborations and funding bids.  Its objective is the exploration of the field of Decadence in the broadest sense, from the perspective of various cultures and multiple disciplines, from antiquity to the present day, including written, visual, performative, and audible texts, in English and in other languages.

We welcome proposals from externally-funded researchers who would benefit from being associated with the DRU, its resources and networks.  Enquiries should be directed to Dr Jane Desmarais - j.desmarais(

Goldsmiths is part of the CHASE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. If you are interested in studying for an MPhil/PhD or post-doctoral research in Decadence Studies at Goldsmiths, please email dru( for more information.

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