School of Philosophy and Art History

Our research

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Investigating issues through philosophy and art

The School of Philosophy and Art History is internationally recognised for our research across a wide range of areas in continental and analytic philosophical traditions, and the history and theory of art.

We were ranked in the top 10 art history departments in the UK for research excellence and top 10 philosophy departments in the UK for research quality in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, with more than three-quarters of our research considered ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

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 activley contribute to our research profile. You can explore current PhD theses in our postgraduate students' profiles. Our postgraduate students also edit two journals, Rebus and Arara.

You can discover our academic expertise and research interests 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.


Research clusters

We specialise in a wide range of areas relating to the broader concepts of philosophy and art history. Learn about the research strengths within the School of Philosophy and Art History by exploring our research clusters.


Philosophy research clusters

Research showcase

Our research showcase gives you the chance to dive deeper into understanding our research.

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