Research Area

Space and Place

Woman drawing on a map on the wall
This research area brings together academics from art history. Our research investigates different topics surrounding the conceptualisation, production, representation and experience of spaces and places.

We investigate topics that include the way borders and migration have informed contemporary architecture and street art in Europe, the ways in which modernist practices and ideas have informed the approaches to Fascist built environments, and the role of digital technologies in altering the perception in museums and sites of cultural heritage.

Scholars involved in this research area have published a number of publications around these topics. To find out more information, please visit academic members staff profiles. You can also contact members of staff for information on research supervision opportunities.

Our members

Diana Bullen Presciutti
Head of School - Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: visual hagiography (especially miracle scenes); charitable institutions (hospitals, confraternities); visual culture of social problems; late medieval and Renaissance Italian visual culture (1300-1600); reception theory; visual culture of the mendicant orders (especially Franciscans, Dominicans, Augustinians, Servites); gender and sexuality; medical humanities
Lisa Blackmore
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Modernity in Latin America; Visual culture; Space and politics; Memory politics; Human-nature relations; Water, hydraulics, liquid ecologies in the arts; Environmental aesthetics; Photography; Digital culture; Contemporary visual production in Latin America
Gavin Grindon
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: modern and contemporary art history; art and politics; activist-art; institutional critique and its futures; visual and material cultures of social movements and of social control; aesthetics and affect in social movements; curatorial studies; intersections of curating, critique and political organising
Michael Tymkiw
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Spectatorship; Histories of modernism; Exhibition design and curation; The relationship between art and politics; The use of digital technologies in museums and galleries; Intersections between pre-modern and modern art
Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco
Research Fellow, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Heritage, Digital Heritage, Virtual Museums, the use of digital technologies in museums, 3D digital and printed replicas of artefacts and monuments, authenticity, lost heritage, natural disasters, heritage at risk, resilient communities, sense of place, 3D visualisation.

Highlights of our research



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