“The Golovine” is the official Blog for the Department of Art History, Film and Visual Studies at the University of Birmingham. Run and edited by postgraduate students from the department, we hope that this blog will give an insight into how thriving and diverse the study of Art History, Film and Visual studies is here at Birmingham, and demonstrate what opportunities are available to graduates after Birmingham.
Since its inception in 1990, the department of the History of Art at the University of Birmingham has grown steadily in staff and student numbers. Back in 1990, the department boasted a handful of academic staff and students, and the curriculum was accordingly limited. From the very beginning though, the department has been housed inside the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Founded following the generous bequest of Dame Martha Constance Hattie Barber (for more on Hattie and the Barber’s history, click) a full 58 years previously, art historians at Birmingham have always had the privilege of being able to pop upstairs and see stellar works of art by the likes of Simone Martini, Giovanni Bellini, Jan Gossaert.. Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas…. Dante Gabriel Rossetti…. (and the list goes on!).
Over time, the number of academic and student bodies increased and the variety of academic expertise likewise grew. And in 2012, it was announced that the department would be expanding again, with the merging of the disciplines of Art History with Film and Visual Studies. This means that, as of September this year, there are 12 members of academic staff “on the books” and current staff interests include: Late Medieval and Early Modern visual culture and incunabula; the Renaissance and particularly the art of Michelangelo; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French visual culture and iconoclasm; Swiss and German visual culture in the eighteenth to early twentieth-centuries; Modern and Post-Modern art and art theory; the Historiography of art history; French, European and women’s film-making and feminist methodologies; and Italian cinema (click here). And this is supplemented by postgraduate research that is equally as varied (click here).
Academic Staff editor:
PhD editors and contributors:
M.Res editors and contributors:
Year 1: Oliver Stevenson and Emily Martin
Year 2: Sarah Theobald
Finalists: Holly Wain and Sophie Edwards
Past and present students, if you would like to contribute to the website please email us at: email@example.com