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.

Research strengths

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 Centres and clusters. You can also discover our academic expertise by visiting our academic staff profiles.

Postgraduate research

Our postgraduate students activley contribute to our research profile. You can explore current PhD theses in our postgraduate students' profiles or view completed PhD theses in our Albert Sloman Library.

Our postgraduate students also edit two journals, Rebus and Arara.

Research Centres


Research clusters

Research case studies