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The art history department has an international reputation for its innovative research projects and scholarly publications within a range of art historical fields, especially Byzantine, Renaissance, eighteenth century, and modern and contemporary art and visual culture.

We provide two innovative online resources for our student community and for a global audience, the Open Arts Archive and the Open Arts Journal.

Much of what we do as researchers involves producing high quality published academic outputs, especially single-authored research monographs, journal articles, edited books, exhibition catalogues and curatorial projects. We also encourage collective and collaborative projects with academic colleagues and the museum and gallery world, many of which are accessible as video or podcasts through the Open Arts Archive.

We place a high value on both individual and collaborative research activities. We aim to foster a distinctive environment for research and scholarship, and offer an extensive programme of research seminars and collaborative study days associated with major national exhibitions. All members of the department collaborate in one more of the department’s four major research clusters, Cross-Cultural and Artistic Networks, the History of Architecture and Design and Art Histories in Focus (comprising Early Modern Art, Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture, and Modern and Contemporary Art & Theory). They also play leading roles in the following universitywide, interdisciplinary research groups: the Byzantine Research Group, the Heritage Studies Research Group, the Material and Visual Cultures Research Group, and the Gender in the Humanities Research Group.     

Some public events organised by department members:

The First Actresses - poster

Making the World Working Class - conference poster