Stacey Kennedy

Department of African Studies and Anthropology
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Women’s agency in the African contemporary art world; exploring cosmopolitan art networks 
SupervisorDr Benedetta Rossi (Birmingham), Professor Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll (Birmingham) and Dr Amy Rushton (Nottingham Trent)
PhD African Studies and Anthropology


  • MRes African Studies
  • BA Joint Hons African Studies and Cultural Studies


I was awarded my BA Joint Honours from the former Centre of West African Studies and the Cultural Studies Department at Birmingham University in the late nineties. After graduating I enjoyed a successful career in the arts and social research, working for high profile organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Office for National Statistics. I combined work and raising my three children, before returning to Birmingham University to study for an MRes at the Department of African Studies and Anthropology. My MRes research was based upon a study of the African contemporary art market at Bonhams Auction House in London, and I thoroughly enjoyed this academic research project, as well as returning to the University community. I have been fortunate to gain funding through M3C and am now working towards my doctorate.


My research focuses on women's agency in the African contemporary art world, specifically exploring cosmopolitan art networks to investigate how women negotiate and connect global art spaces. 

Other activities

  • My research is AHRC-funded through Midlands Three Cities Doctoral Training Partnership
  • My MRes research was awarded the RE Bradbury Memorial Prize
  • Instagram : Tapestries2018