For art we welcome research applications in the following areas:

Fine Art, Philosophy and the Wild Sciences

Studies here are immersive and trans-disciplinary, and include fine art, digital media, photography, contemporary philosophy, painting, sculpture, video/film, visual arts, sound art, composing and the “wild” sciences (from the bio-arts to physics, computing and the meta-mathematics). The research groups currently active in this field include: The Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR); ARTicle Press; The AHRC Research Network in Photography; The International Research Network in Fine Art, Philosophy, Acoustics and the Wild Sciences. Our researchers and work are also linked with activities at Eastside Projects, Turning Point West Midlands, IKON Gallery, The Sorbonne, CALarts, MIT, IAMAS (Japan), STEIM, and with the Venice Biennale, Documenta, and de Appel.

Art, Archive and Curatorial Practice in the Public Sphere

Innovation in making art and/or curatorial practices accessible to the public. Investigations in this stream involve staff from our research platforms (notably, The Centre for Chinese Visual Arts [CCVA]), with strategic partners including: Turning Point West Midlands; EastSide Projects; IKON gallery; The Library of Birmingham; The Birmingham Photography and Archive Research Group (BPARG); ARTicle Press; The Museum of Childhood, Serpentine Gallery, and Henry Moore Institute.

Ars Erotica and the Queering of Sense

This theme focuses on enhancement of the logic of senses as the primary feature of art and cultural practices. The theme embraces Feminism, Gender Studies, ethnically diverse art, and exhibition and cultural practices. Strategic partners include: Turning Point West Midlands; EastSide Projects; IKON, Kalaboration/DRUM, the International Project Space (IPS); The Library of Birmingham; ARTicle Press; with links to the Venice Biennale, Documenta, de Appel. Recent projects include 58 indices with philosopher Jean Luc Nancy and artists AMAE.

Supervisory Staff

Professor John Butler; David Cheeseman; Dr Ole Hagen; Dr James Hellings; Professor Jiehong (Joshua) Jiang; Professor Andrew Kulman, Dr Jo Longhurst; Professor Bashir Makhoul; Dr Sue MayHenry Rogers; Professor Johnny Golding.

Primary contact for enquiries: Dr Sian Vaughan.