School of Philosophy and Art History

Our research

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Investigating issues through philosophy and art

Our School fosters a distinctive research ethos: collaborative, transdisciplinary, cutting edge.

Philosophers and art historians at Essex have long been internationally renowned for first-rate research that challenges traditional academic boundaries and canons. Throughout our work, we emphasise issues of autonomy, agency, dissent, and the contestation of the public realm.

Our transdisciplinary approach facilitates critical engagement beyond the traditional canons of philosophy and art history, enabling us to deliver research which is both impactful and relevant.

Our postgraduate students actively contribute to our research profile. You can explore current PhD theses in our postgraduate students' profiles. Our postgraduate students also edit the Rebus journal.

You can discover our academic expertise, staff publications, research interests and supervision opportunities by visiting our academic staff profiles.

Research Centres

We're proud to be home to one of the oldest established centres for Latin American Studies in the UK, alongside the Centre for Curatorial Studies, which showcases outstanding research focusing on contemporary curatorial practice and theory, and contemporary museology. Our Research Centres are also home to students studying Latin America and Curating at undergraduate, masters and PGR level.


Research clusters and areas

We specialise in a wide range of areas relating to the broader concepts of philosophy and art history. Explore our research clusters and areas of research and find research supervision opportunities.


Philosophy research clusters

Art history research areas

Research showcase

Dive deeper into understanding our research by reading our research showcases and impact case studies. You can also explore our research projects below.

Highlights of our philosophy research

Highlights of our art history research



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Discover our cutting edge research

Use our research finder to explore research supervision opportunities, and learn more about the exciting research projects, groups and centres our academics and students are actively involved in across Essex. You can also search for publications and seek out further opportunities for research collaboration. Simply search your area of interest.

Explore our research
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Get in touch
Timo Jütten Research Director
School of Philosophy and Art History