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School of Arts & Humanities

Arts & Humanities Research (MPhil) (PhD)


SoAH Research provides an experimental and rigorous programme for both practice-led and thesis-oriented research, that both supports and tests the trajectory of their very individual studies. Over the last three years our flagship Research Groups have explored a range of research methods; Absurdity, Archive, Collaboration, Correspondence, Disorder, Documents, Entanglement, Environment, Fiction, Me, Politics, Public(s) and Re-enactment. These groups, along with our public research platforms, presentations, exhibitions, performances and journal allow us to work together and build our communities, forging deep understandings of our peers’ subjects, methods and processes, as well as to reach out externally to continue conversations.

During this academic year over 26 vivas have taken place in SoAH Research, the result of years of study, each one facilitating new ways of thinking and researching to emerge across, and between, the fields of the arts and humanities. Our disciplinary scope is broad and urgent and innovative projects are underway, and we acknowledge and embrace the challenge to embed full diversity. We do not ‘set out to show the look of the world as something previously known, but rather to extend the thread of recognition in new and complex structures of [our] own’ (Michael Podro, Depiction, 1998)

Rebecca Fortnum
Professor of Fine Art & Research Lead, School of Arts & Humanities

SoAH Research completed research projects:
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Above image: School of Arts & Humanities Urgency of the Arts Research exhibition, Future Lab, Shanghai, November 2019

21 July 2020
17:00 (GMT + 0)

POSTPONED In the Realm of Re-Sensing: Ice and Pollen

A Conversation about Ice and Pollen - with screening
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22 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)

In the Realm of Re-Sensing: Sense, Non-Sense and Art

Live, participatory art-making workshop and discussion.
28 July 2020
11:00 (GMT + 0)

In the Realm of Re-Sensing: Textual Bodies – Online Studio Visit with Adam Walker

A desktop performance showing Adam's performances, texts, moving-image and digital projects
28 July 2020
16:00 (GMT + 0)

In the Realm of Re-Sensing: Sense-Making for Sharing Sensibilities – Art, Design and Social Change

A panel discussion with Marc Garrett, Jennifer Lyn Morone and Wesley Taylor
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