Research and Seminar Series

The Department of Art History, Film and Visual Studies has a thriving research community with staff and postgraduate students engaged in many areas of research from the Middle Ages to the present day, including manuscript studies, Renaissance architecture, gender studies, visual cultures of France and Germany, historiography, film theory, aesthetics and European cinema. For information about staff research and expertise, visit here, and for postgraduate research in the department, it’s here.

Undergraduates are also involved in independent research, notably through their dissertation module. In addition, the department has been successful in obtaining University Undergraduate Research Scholarships which allow UGs to work closely with an academic on a particular research project. You can read about Charlotte Flint’s experience of working with Matthew Rampley and Kate Ince on the Nazarene painters here and Holly Wain’s experience of working with Elizabeth L’Estrange on an illuminated manuscript here.

Research Seminars

We run a research seminar series during term time.  Here is a list for the forthcoming seminars for the academic year 2013-2014.  All seminars will take place in the Barber Photograph Room at 5 for 5.15pm.

Thursday 10 October

Noemi De Haro García, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

‘Broadcasting Modernity in 1968 Spaint’

Thursday 24 October

Simon Shaw-Miller, Bristol University

‘The Paradigm of Music: Kandinsky, Duchamp, & Nam June Paik’

Thursday 14 November

Marta Filipov, University of Wolverhampton

‘Great Exhibitions in the Margins: Cultures of International Exhibitions 1840-1940′

Thursday 28 November

Gemma Blackshaw, Plymouth University

‘Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900: Reflections on the Curation of a ‘Block Buster’ for the National Gallery, London’

Thursday 12 December

Rajinder Dudrah

Title TBC

Thursday 23 January

Sarah Street, Bristol University

‘Synthetic Dreams: Colour-Film-Music in the 1920s’

Thursday 6 February

Lucy Bolton, Queen Mary, University of London

‘Murdoch and Margaret: Learning a Moral Life’

Thursday 27 February

Ann Sumner, The Bronte Society and University of Birmingham

‘Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art’


Other Research Networks

There are also many other research networks and communities in which our staff and students are involved. Here is a selection:

Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages (CeSMA) Research Seminars

Early Modern Literature, Culture and Society Research Seminars

EMREM Forum for postgraduates workign on the Early Medieval to Early Modern Periods

Birmingham Eighteenth Century Centre

Sexuality and Gender Studies

Roles: Postgraduate Gender and Sexuality Research Network

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