History of Art is committed to the pursuit of research excellence across a range of artistic media drawn from different historical periods and geographical areas. Our academic staff and research students contribute to national and international scholarly debate through the publication of high quality books, peer-reviewed articles, and other outputs. In short, we offer a rich, lively and pluralist research environment.
With a diverse graduate student body, History of Art trains its doctoral candidates to be engaged critical thinkers. We encourage a variety of approaches including, but not limited to, close looking and object-based analysis, critical and cultural theory, and historical contextualisation; and we foster sensitivity to the creative use of images in all their aspects, from mass culture to fine art.
- Dr Flavio Boggi - Research activities embrace the artistic culture of 14th- and 15th-century Tuscany and Emilia, notably the social and political circumstances in which the art of this period was created and received. More
- Dr Mary Kelly - Research focuses on East-West dialogues in art history and visual culture from 1860 to the present, and on women’s art and gender theories. A monograph on French women Orientalist artists is forthcoming with Ashgate (Taylor & Francis). More
- Dr Simon Knowles - Research interests target nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British art, most especially the problems raised by representations of the the urban setting. More
- Dr Sabine Kriebel - Research centres on modern art and photography, with particular emphasis upon the art of the Weimar Republic. Current projects include women photographers of the 1920s, relationality in technological modernity, and the collisions of psychoanalysis and realism. More
Current Student Research
- Michael Glenn Dunlea, PhD candidate. Thesis working title: 'Reevaluating the legacy of Lady Hazel Lavery'. Supervisors: Dr Mary Kelly, Dr Simon Knowles, Dr Maureen O'Connor.
- Sarah Kelleher, PhD candidate. Thesis working title: 'Sculpture's Metamorphoses: A study of the work of Maud Cotter, Dorothy Cross and Alice Maher since 2000'. Supervisor: Dr Sabine Kriebel. More
- Matthew Whyte, PhD candidate. Thesis working title: 'Michelangelo’s early visual sources: Understanding the role of the travelling artist in the process of cultural translation'. Supervisor: Dr Flavio Boggi. More
Completed Student Research
- 2017, PhD, Ann Murray, 'From Mars to Kassandra: The Memorialisation of World War I in the Work of Otto Dix'. Supervised by Dr Sabine Kriebel. More
- 2016, PhD, Kirstie North, 'Pedem referens: Art Historical Memory and the Analogue in the Work of Tacita Dean, Jeremy Millar and Lucy Skaer'. Supervised by Dr Ed Krčma. More
- 2016, PhD, Rachel Warriner, 'Nancy Spero: Pain and politics, 1966-1976'. Supervised by Dr Ed Krčma. More
- 2012, MPhil, Elaine Hoysted, 'The Art of Death in Childbirth in Renaissance Italy: A priviliged Status in Motherhood'. Supervised by Dr Flavio Boggi. More
- 2011, PhD, Simon Knowles, 'Changing Perspectives, Altering Perceptions: Picturing the Victorian London Street as Narrative Space'. Supervised by Dr Flavio Boggi.
- 2007, MPhil, Emma Rowe, 'Mexican Muralism in the 1930s: Beyond Revolution and the Pre-Columbian'. Supervised by Dr Sabine Kriebel.