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.

RESEARCH SEMINARS

The Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies runs a research seminar series during term time. Below is the schedule for the spring and summer terms:

SPRING TERM

Wednesday 20 January
Lara Pucci (University of Nottingham)
Fascist Fountains

Wednesday 3 February
Melissa Percival (University of Exeter)
Fantasy Figures: Inspiration and Reality

Wednesday 24 February
Joanna Woodall (The Courtauld Institute of Art)
‘Love is simply the name for the desire and the pursuit of the whole.’ Love and money in Abraham Ortelius’s Album Amicorum

Wednesday 9 March
Jo Applin (University of York)
Happy Housewives: Ida Applebroog’s History of Feminism

Wednesday 16 March (TBC)
Robin Veder (Penn State Harrisburg)
The Modernist Making of an International Rhythmic ‘Race’: Katherine Dreier’s Lithographs and Ted Shawn’s Dreier Lithograph Dance

SUMMER TERM

Wednesday 27 April
Faith Trend (University of Birmingham)
Church Design in Counter Reformation Venice

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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