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Our diverse department conducts internationally recognised and world-leading research in a number of areas, encompassing a uniquely wide range of art history and material culture.

The research is represented by the following five Research Areas:

The research being produced by the department is also represented across a range of recent and forthcoming publications, that are given below.


The following is a list of some recent and forthcoming published research from the ART faculty members. For further details on individual research interests, please click on the names.

Dana Arnold: Architecture and Ekphrasis (forthcoming, Manchester University Press 2018/19);

Unreason and the Ambiguities of Silence, in Foucault on the Arts and Letters: Perspectives for the 21st Century. Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016, pp. 3-25.

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Jessica Barker: Marriage and Memory (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming 2018/19);

Legal Crisis and Artistic Innovation in Thirteenth-Century Scotland, in British Art Studies (6), 2017

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Joanne Clarke (with Nick Brooks): Prehistory of the Western Sahara: A Synthesis of Fieldwork, 2002 to 2009, Oxbow Books, 2018;

Burial Practices in Western Sahara, in Burials, Migration and Identity in the Ancient Sahara and Beyond: Trans-Saharan Archaeology Volume II, Cambridge University Press and The Society for Libyan Studies, 2017.

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Simon Dell: The Portrait and the Colonial Imaginary (forthcoming, 2019);

After the Portrait?: N.E. Thing Co.’s Portfolio of Piles, in Paper Cities: Urban Portraits in Photographic Books. Leuven, 2016

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Jack Hartnell: Medieval Bodies, Profile Books / Wellcome Publishing, 2018;

Wording the Wound Man, in British Art Studies (6), 2017

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Ferdinand de Jong: Decolonising Time: Pan-African Heritage in Senegal (Indiana University Press, 2018/19);

Animating the Archive: The trial and testimony of a Sufi saint, in Social Anthropology 24 (1), pp. 36-51, 2016

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Ed Krčma: Rauschenberg/Dante: Drawing a Modern Inferno (Yale University Press, 2017);

Eva Hesse’s Wanton Duality: Liquidity and Compression in the Mechanical Drawings of 1965, in Master Drawings 53 (3), pp. 365-384, 2015

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Helen Lunnon: The English Medieval Parish Porch (forthcoming, Boydell and Brewer, 2019);

Inventio Porticus - Imagining Solomon's Porches in Late Medieval England, in British Art Studies (6), 2017

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Sarah Monks: Marine Painting in Britain, 1650-1850: Framing Space, Power and Modernity, Routledge, 2018;

Between Country, Court and City: Art, the Thames and the Tides of Royal Power in Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames. Scala Publishers, pp. 26-32, 2012

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Christina Riggs: Photographing Tutankhamun: Archaeology, Ancient Egypt, and the Archive (forthcoming, Bloomsbury, 2018/19);

The body in the box: archiving the Egyptian mummy, in Archival Science 17 (2), pp. 125–150, 2017.

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Daniel Rycroft, Locating Adivasi Politics: Aspects of ‘Indian’ Anthropology after Birsa Munda, in Anglistica 19 (1), pp. 133-146, 2015;

Editor, World Art and the Legacies of Colonial Violence (Ashgate 2013)

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