Nationalism, Imperialism and Decolonisation

Nationalism, Imperialism and Decolonisation focuses on the roles of art in discourses of national identity, hegemony and empire, or in the context of a post-colonial era. It also allows us to look at art from perspectives of both individual and group identities

The stream extends and diversifies our concerns and it significantly expands our range of expertise whilst also complementing the coverage of the previous stream. Research is focused on 19th- and 20th-century British art and imperialism; and global art and cultural restitution. The stream generates regular departmental research events, and also involves collaborations with major national and international institutions, particularly with reference to global art. Our ejournal Midlands Art Papers also highlights global art and ethnographic material in local collections. 

Our people

  • Khadija Carroll: contemporary and colonial art history and cultural restitution
  • Kate Nichols: British 19th- and 20th-century visual culture and imperialism
  • Greg Salter: 20th-century British art, popular culture and post-colonial and queer histories

Our projects

Our researchers talk about their work:

Cook's New Clothes - a film project by Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll
Dr Kate Nichols talks about her research


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