Research and Seminar Series

The Department of Art History, Curating 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 and aesthetics. 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.


The Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies runs a research seminar series during term time. Seminars begin at 4:10 pm and are held at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts in the Lecture Theatre. All are welcome and refreshments are served.

Below is the schedule for the spring term:


Wednesday 25 January
Simon Dell (University of East Anglia)
‘Portraiture and the colonised: The problem and a case study’

Wednesday 8 February
Alastair Wright (University of Oxford)
‘Seurat’s Public’

Wednesday 22 February
Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll (University of Birmingham)
‘Fragile Crown: the case for restitution of el Penacho to Mexico from the Vienna Weltmuseum’

Wednesday 1 March (co-organised with the American and Canadian Studies Centre)
David Lubin (Wake Forest University & Terra Foundation Visiting Professor Oxford University)
‘O Say Can You See: American Art, Propaganda, and the First World War’

Wednesday 15 March
Kim Woods (Open University)
‘Speaking Statues’

Enquiries to Sara Tarter:


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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