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 at 5:15pm. The schedule for this term is as follows:

 

Thursday 22 January

Anna Gruetzner Robins (University of Reading)

Trouble at the Vale: Chelsea anarchists in the 1890s

 

Thursday 29 January

Rosalie van Gulick (University of Utrecht; Barber Institute)

“Utter lack of true dramatic feeling”: Exploring Jan Steen’s The Wrath of Ahasuerus

 

Thursday 5 February


Richard Taws (University College London)

Trickster, Charlatan, Apparition, King: Representing Royal Impostors in Post-Revolutionary France

 

Thursday 26 February

Imogen Wiltshire (University of Birmingham)

‘Better Than Before’?: Actor-Network-Theory and László Moholy-Nagy’s Occupational Therapy Courses

 

Thursday 5 March TBC


Sophie Bostock (Qatar Museums)

 

Thursday 12 March

Gaby Neher (University of Nottingham)

Title TBC

 

Thursday 19 March


Jamie Edwards (University of Birmingham)

Seeing Spiritually and Seeing the Spiritual: Seeking some Perspective on Pieter Bruegel’s Paintings

 

Thursday 26 March


Abigail Harrison Moore (University of Leeds)

Palpitatingly Modern Luxury: Electrifying the Country House

 

Enquiries Autumn term: Jamie Edwards at JLE756@bham.ac.uk

Enquiries Spring term: Imogen Wiltshire at IXW713@bham.ac.uk

 

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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