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Dr Andrew Murray

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Professional biography

Andrew joined the History of Art department at the Open University as a temporary lecturer in 2019. He has been an associate lecturer at the OU since 2017 and has also taught at Royal Holloway (University of London) and the University of Buckingham. Previously he was a Stipendiat at the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris (2015-2016) and a PhD student at University College London (2011-2015). 

BA History of Art (University College London), MSt History of Art (University of Oxford), PhD History of Art (University College London).

Research interests

I specialise in the art and ceremony of late medieval France and Valois Burgundy (c. 1350-1520). I research how authority – cultural, legal and political – is manifested in visual culture, and I pay particular attention to the representation and performance of emotions and virtues. The historical aspect of this research has investigated the rhetoric of the common good and justice and how such rhetoric is evident in tomb sculpture, funerary ritual, ducal ordinances and courtly literature. My sociological research is in the history of emotions, and particularly the work of Johan Huizinga. 

I am also currently learning how to use a range of digital painting programmes.

Teaching interests

I am currently developing my own research on the concept of employability and how it relates to teaching art history specifically. I have a special interest in the concept of play from my research into Johan Huizinga, and I am developing some of my ideas for this research by redefining ‘employability’ as a process of play and translation rather than a set of capability and their application.

I have extensive experience in online tuition. I have taught three modules at the Open University (A226 ‘Exploring art and visual culture’, A223 ‘Early modern Europe’, and A843 ‘MA art history I’), using the experience to become a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

External collaborations

I have worked with Jan van Duppen at the Open University and Catalina Pollak and Freya Field-Donovan at University College London to organise the symposium Play and its Potential Publics at the Institute of Advanced Studies at UCL (14 September 2019).

I am a convener of the seminar series Marxism in Culture, which before COVID-19 was being hosted at the at the Institute of Advanced Studies at UCL.


Burgundian Sword Ritual: Charismatic and Regnal Authority at the Funeral of Philip the Good in Bruges, 1467 (2021-05-18)
Murray, Andrew
The Court Historian - The International Journal of Court Studies, 26(1) (pp. 11-28)

Rebellion, Dialogue and the Use of the “Common Good” in Philip the Bold’s Ordinances (2020)
Murray, Andrew
Publications du Centre Européen d'Etudes Bourguignonnes, 60 (pp. 63-78)

The Montpellier Parchment and the Signature of Iustitia (2019)
Murray, Andrew
Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, 94 (pp. 301-323)

Artist (2019)
Murray, Andrew and Dumolyn, Jan
Kunst und Politik. Jahrbuch der Guernica-Gesellschaft, 21 (pp. 21-27)

Philip the Bold’s Tomb (1412): Creative Agency, Courtly Patronage and Labour History (2021)
Murray, Andrew
In: Cordez, Philippe ed. Mittelalter und Mittelalterbild / Le Moyen Âge et son image
Publisher : Heidelberg University Publishing | Published : Heidelberg

Political Emotion in the Mourners of Philip the Bold's Tomb (2020-12-07)
Murray, Andrew
In: Ekardt, Philipp; Fehrenbach, Frank and Zumbusch, Cornelia eds. Politische Emotionen in den Künsten. Mnemosyne (7) (pp. 25-42)
ISBN : 978-3-11-071130-1 | Publisher : De Gruyter | Published : Berlin

Statues (2020)
Murray, Andrew
In: Bradshaw, Alan and Hietanen, Joel eds. The Dictionary of Coronavirus Culture
ISBN : 9781913462437 | Publisher : Repeater Books | Published : London

Jan Dumolyn and Jeller Haemers, Communes and Conflict: Urban Rebellion in Late Medieval Flanders (2022)
Murray, Andrew and Van den Maagdenberg, Joannes eds.
Historical Materialism
Publisher : Brill | Published : Leiden