The Modern Art Theory and Practice Research Group is based in the Art History Department, which has a leading reputation for the study of modern art and is the host for the important Art in Theory research project. The group is dedicated to the study of art since the eighteenth century in its widest ramifications. Members of the group have published extensively on aspects of the history and theory of art and have particular strengths in art theory, avant-garde art, contemporary art, photography, western encounters with the ‘non-west’, gender, political aesthetics and critical theory.
Dr Steve Edwards is co-organiser of the seminar programme ‘Marxism and Culture’ at the Institute of Historical Research, and is on the editorial board of the Oxford Art Journal and Historical Materialism. In 2006 he published two books on photography: The Making of English Photography, Allegories and Photography: A Very Short Introduction. The critical study Martha Rosler, The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems was published in 2012. His forthcoming book is titled Picture Capitalism: Photographs, Property, Biography.
Paul Wood is co-editor of the documentary series Art in Theory. He is working on a forthcoming anthology Art and Theory: The West and the World and is writing a book, Cultural Encounters, on the relationship between Western and ‘non-Western’ art.
Professor Gill Perry has an interest in art and gender issues. Her books include: Women Artists and the Parisian Avant-Garde (1995); Spectacular Flirtations: Viewing the Actress in British Art and Theatre 1768–1820 (2007) and the edited collection Difference & Excess in Contemporary Art: The Visibility of Women's Practice (2004).
Dr Leon Wainwright is a member of the editorial board of the journal Third Text, and the OU Principal Investigator of the research project Creativity and Innovation in a World of Movement (CIM), funded by the European Science Foundation. He is co-editor, with Paul Wood, of the next volume in the Art in Theory series, and author of Timed Out: Art and the Transnational Caribbean (Manchester University Press, 2011).
We welcome applications in areas which correspond to current staff research interests. We look for detailed and well thought-out proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact the department.