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Current PhD theses

AHRC funding

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Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Here is a selection of PhD topics currently being researched in our School:

  • Chris Adams, Non si cambi la fede: Futurism after
  • Victoria Atkinson, Woven harmony: Matisse’s musical textiles
  • Marina Barsy Janer, Performance art from Latin America and its proposals of relational encounter with the public
  • Ana Bilbao Yarto, Contemporary curatorial theory
  • Georgia Chryssouli, Jan Svankmajer, the Alchemist of the Surreal and his Cabinet of Curiosities
  • Ian Dudley, Edward Goodall’s “Sketches in British Guiana”: Art, Anthropography and Colonialism in 19th Century Amazonia
  • Shelley Garland, Thomas, Earl de Grey and Wrest Park. French revival architecture on a Bedfordshire estate
  • James Golden, Roger Fry as a protestant art critic
  • Mary Hersov, The characteristics of the temporary exhibition gallery in the art museum
  • Stephanie Kogler, 20th century art from Latin America and Latino Art in the USA, and the networked archive
  • David Murrieta Flores, Art and politics in the 1960s
  • Suzanne Nolan, Yaxchilan hieroglyphic stairway 2: a hieroglyphic and iconographic analysis
  • Megakles Rogakos, Joycean exegesis of ‘The Large Glass’: Homeric traces in the post-modern sensibility of Marcel Duchamp
  • Rebecca Rose, The metamorphosis of Mexican art collections 1970 – present
  • Sabina Gill, Photography as art since the sixties in Poland
  • Kalinca Söderlund, Globalisation: hybridity, homogenisation or difference? Finding answers in the visual territory of Brazil

Completed PhD theses

A list of completed art history PhD theses can be found on our Albert Sloman Library catalogue, and are available for consultation in the library.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study

We are internationally recognised as a leading centre of postgraduate study in art history and curatorial studies, both at Masters and PhD level.

Curatorial Studies

Centre for Curatorial Studies

Our Centre for Curatorial Studies is a research and teaching unit based in our School that focuses on contemporary curatorial theory and practice and contemporary museology.



The Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) is a unique research and teaching resource giving our students the chance to engage with over 750 artworks from 1900 to the present.

BA Curatorial Studies

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Our new BA Curatorial Studies degree provides you with the expert knowledge and practical skills for pursuing careers in curating, gallery management and museums and combines class-based learning with hands-on experience.