Research in Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

Our research in the Department covers a broad range of themes and topics, from medieval and Renaissance art and architecture to contemporary global art. Our work is multifaceted, and engages with historical issues as well as theoretical questions.

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The principal areas of current interest are:

  • Art, gender and sexuality
  • Imperialism, nationalism, and the decolonization of art institutions
  • Museums, curating and the politics of exhibitions
  • Antiquity and the classical tradition in the visual arts
  • Contemporary art and cultural studies


Recent and current research projects include: 

  • Sculptural experiments in Britain, 1837-1901
  • Cook’s New Clothes
  • The emulation of antiquity
  • Museums and cultural politics in Austria-Hungary
  • Birmingham to Ballarat: Visualizing antiquity in global Victorian cultures
  • Art and the reconstruction of ‘home’ in post-war Britain
  • Re-reading and re-writing at the French court in the early sixteenth century: Anne de Graville
  • Darwinism, science and art 

The Department also publishes Midlands Art Papers (published in September 2017) and the Journal of Art Historiography.