Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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David Hill

Harewood Professor of Fine Art

Romantic landscape art, particularly JMW Turner and his contemporaries; contemporary landscape; classical sculpture; contemporary art and the art market.

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John Holden

Hepworth Wakefield Visiting Professor


Roger Palmer

Professor of Fine Art

Representations of place and placelessness through photography, text, drawing and other media. Questions of location and dislocation, migration and settlement, in artworks made in different global contexts.

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Vera Pavlova

Visiting Research Fellow

I am a PhD in Theatre Studies with a particular interest in Russian art and theatre history. My academic and practical experience includes work in a number of museums, theatres and higher education institutions.

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Nima Poovaya-Smith

Senior Visiting Research Fellow


Anni Raw

Visiting Fellow

Anni is Visiting Research Fellow in School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. Current research interests include international perspectives on participatory arts practices, and arts in activism.

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Liz Stainforth

Liz Stainforth

Visiting Research Fellow

My research investigates the contemporary significance of memory for cultural heritage in the wake of digital technologies. I am also interested in the potential of utopia as a critical method in the field of heritage studies.

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Natalie Walton

Visiting Research Fellow


Liz Watkins

Lecturer in History of Art/ Research Fellow in Film

Liz Watkins' research queries the history of art, film and the photographic through the critical perspectives of feminist and cultural theory. Her recent research is culminating in a book project, The Residual Image: Film Theories and Philosophies of Colour (Routledge), which  approaches the technologies and aesthetics of different colour processes - as they intersect with analyses of the cinematographic and movement  - to offer a way of thinking about colour and its visual effects for film theories of perception, anxiety and the articulation of socially and culturally positioned sexualities and subjectivities.This focus on gender and representation extends to a study of the solicitations and misdirections of gesture in cinema as an insidious force of discontent in the interactions of body and language, and in the histories that are written in 'solitude and conversation'. Liz has co-edited a special issue of the Journal for Cultural Research on gesture, and a special issue of Paragraph on embodiment and the moving image with Nicholas Chare (Montreal). Publications from this line of research include an essay on on gesture and parapraxis as reminders of absence and the fragmentation of the everyday in Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing, on colour, perception and embodiment in Andrea Arnold's Red Road, and a co-edited collection Gesture and Film: Signalling New Critical Perspectives (Routledge 2017). Liz's research on the materiality of film includes a study of Herbert G. Ponting's re-editing of his film footage of Captain R.F. Scott's British Antarctic Expedition (1910-13): reading the British Film Institute’s 2010 digital restoration of Ponting’s The Great White Silence (1924) as a complex of materials sourced from geographically diverse archives. Subsequent research funded by the British Academy includes a focus on the indirectly recorded and contingent traces of the body and its perceptions - colour, touch, sound - in the mapping and imagination of landscape in narratives of early 1900s expeditions. Publications from this project include a piece on ‘Liminal Perceptions: Intermediality and the Exhibition of Non-fiction Film’ (Amsterdam University Press, 2017) Other publications include Color and the Moving Image: History, Theory, Aesthetics, Archive (Routledge 2013) and British Colour Cinema: Theories and Practices (Palgrave/Macmillan 2013), both co-edited with Sarah Street and Simon Brown. Journal publications include essays in Screen, the Journal of British Cinema and Television, Paragraph, Parallax, Journal for Cultural Research, and NECSUS - European Journal of Media Studies. Liz convenes the Special Interest Group on Colour and Film for the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS).

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Pauline Yao

Leverhulme Visiting Professor

Pauline J. Yao is Leverhulme Visiting Professor from January to May, 2017. Research interests include contemporary art, contemporary China, Asian art, critical writing, gender and visual studies.  

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