The Art History Department specialises in high-quality research and teaching relating to several areas of art and architectural history, including Byzantine art; the Renaissance (both in Italy and in Northern Europe); art and art theory from the seventeenth through to the twentieth century; recent and contemporary art practice; a cross-period interest in gender studies; architecture and material culture; and heritage studies. Our fully illustrated teaching books (co-published with Yale University Press) have attracted international recognition and many are best sellers. We run a popular MA in Art History and supervise PhD students.
The department has four research groups, some of which are interdisciplinary:
The department also plays a key role in two inter-departmental research groups. The interfaculty Heritage Studies Research Group promotes a critical approach to understanding the role of heritage in society, looking at the historic environment, interpretation and sustainability issues as well as collections history. The Material Cultures Research Group uses a critical consideration of the role of tangible expressions of culture in society. Topics range from the uses of Byzantine icons to the impact of social housing on gender relations.
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