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Durham University

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture at Durham University promotes interdisciplinary research on visual culture, which is defined in a generous manner and encompasses work on the arts and humanities, social sciences, medicine and the natural sciences. It fosters collaborations both within the University and with other institutions, including museums and galleries and cinemas.

Durham Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships: Interdisciplinary Training Programme in Visual Culture
Durham Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships: Interdisciplinary Training Programme in Visual Culture
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During the course of this film, the Director of the Programme, Professor Ludmilla Jordanova explains the various components of the programme, with current PhD students commenting on the values of each of the distinct parts of the course and the training that this programme offers. This programme provides collaborative, interdisciplinary training in Visual Culture.

Our Forthcoming Events

Visual Intersections IV

The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture and the Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme in Visual Culture presents the fourth in a series of Summer Schools which brings scholars together to explore the interdisciplinary nature of visual culture. We welcome proposals from early career researchers working in a wide range of disciplines, including art, history, anthropology, philosophy, literary studies, archaeology, sociology, chemistry, physics and psychology, among others, whose work is connected to the study of visual phenomena.

We invite proposals for short contributions (maximum of 20 minutes in the form of presentations, demonstrations, participatory engagements or other presentation styles) on any aspect of visual culture, possible areas for enquiry include, but are not limited to:

  • Constructions of knowledge, identity and memories
  • Politics of visual culture
  • Materiality of vision
  • Landscapes and experiences
  • Visual research methodologies
  • Critical approaches to visual evidence
  • Curation and representation

Invited speakers include Dr Katy Barrett (Curator of Art Collections, Science Museum Group) and Prof Stephen Regan (Director of the Centre for Poetry and Poetics, Durham University). Presentations will be complemented by workshops aimed at enhancing visual research methodology skills. The event will also include a drinks reception at the Oriental Museum ( and there will be optional walking tours of Durham architecture and Durham Castle.

Application Process: the closing date for proposals is the 1st of March 2019. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words, including 5 keywords, and a one-page CV.

Contact for more information about this event.