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 and painting, 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.  Seminars take place on Thursday evenings in the Barber Photograph Room, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. The schedule for this year is as follows:


Thursday 9 October

Tamar Garb (University College London)

Photo Albums and Fancy Dress: Encounters with the African Archive

(Note the venue for this seminar is: Strathcona Lecture Theatre 1)

Thursday 23 October

Sandy Heslop (University of East Anglia)

Of shepherds and sheep: the fortunes of pastoral metaphor in Christian imagery c. 1100

Thursday 13 November

Krzysztof Fijalkowski (Norwich University of the Arts)

Cubomania: Collage, destruction and desire

 Thursday 27 November

Lucy Reynolds (University of Arts London, Central Saint Martins)

A collective response: Feminism, film, performance and Greenham Common

 Thursday 11 December 

Jamie Edwards (University of Birmingham) 

Piety, Peasants, Proverbs, and other Peculiar Pictures: Making sense of Pieter Bruegel’s paintings 


SPRING TERM (titles of papers t.b.c.)

Thursday 22 January 

Anna Gruetzner-Robins (University of Reading)

Thursday 29 January (t.b.c.)

Rosalie van Gulick (University of Utrecht; Barber Institute) 

Thursday 5 February

Richard Taws (University College London)

Thursday 26 February 

Imogen Wiltshire (University of Birmingham)

Thursday 12 March

Gaby Neher (University of Nottingham)

Thursday 26 March 

Abigail Harrison Moore (University of Leeds)


Enquiries Autumn term: Jamie Edwards at

Enquiries Spring term: Imogen Wiltshire at


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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