Research within the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies is undertaken by internationally recognized scholars, artists, and curators.
Our research is diverse and interdisciplinary. Our School provides a unique environment for research that seeks to develop and explore the relationship between theory and practice in creative practice, in art historical studies, critical studies in heritage and museums, and in critical humanities.
We develop collaborative links between scholars and artists in a range of disciplines and cultural institutions. These partnerships span the city, the country and worldwide. They foster innovation and, through this, we aim to produce world-class research outputs which reflect the expertise and experience of our academics and those working in practice.
We bring together the studies and practice of fine art, art history, cultural studies, and museums, galleries and heritage and have a number of established research centres, groups and projects in order to do so. Through the expertise of our scholars and artists, we have become renowned for our research in the following themes:
- social histories of art
- critical humanities
- critical studies of museums, galleries and heritage
- critical theory and the Frankfurt School
- feminist cultural theory and gender studies
- postcolonial critique from the medieval period to the contemporary
- cultural studies of the history of capitalism
- eighteenth century studies
- studies of sound, aurality and musicality
Being situated within a research-intensive university, we place high value on research-led teaching. The modules we offer to both undergraduates and postgraduates are delivered by expert researchers within the School and students are given the opportunity to learn from current research and developments. Both teaching and research activities contribute to the overall culture of the school.
The school also produces parallax, a journal which brings together discussions of cultural studies, critical theory and philosophy. This is edited by academics and postgraduates within the school.
For further information about research in the School, please contact the Research Support Administrator, Laura Jarvis-King.