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, 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

The Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies runs a research seminar series during term time. Below is the schedule for the autumn term, with the spring term schedule to follow shortly.

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies
Research Seminar Series 2015 – 16

Barber Lecture Theatre, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Refreshments served

Autumn Term

Wednesday 28 October
Rebecca Gill (University of Birmingham)
Micro-Architecture: Eucharistic Tabernacles and Concepts of Church Reform

Wednesday 11 November
David Cottington (Kingston University)
The Avant-Garde’s Alternative Professionalism

Wednesday 25 November
Mark Crinson (University of Manchester)
The Eye Wandering the Ceiling – Ornament and the New Brutalism

Wednesday 9 December
Hubert Locher (University of Marburg)
Peter Blake’s ‘God’s Own Junkyard’ (1964) – A Case Study on Photography as a Means of Architectural and Environmental Criticism

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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