The Visual Culture Cluster is composed of academics, curators, practitioners, museum educators, and consultants with research expertise across a range of historical, theoretical, and practice-led forms of inquiry. In the last few years staff have published in Literature, Visual Culture Studies, Critical Theory, and Cultural Studies, been invited to give plenary addresses and lectures internationally in universities including Barcelona, Bergen, Madrid, Oslo and Zurich in Europe; and Brown, Johns Hopkins, MIT and the Smithsonian in the USA, and exhibited and curated in cultural institutions in cities such as Toronto, Shanghi, Beijing, and Canberra.
The Cluster is home to the internationally renowned MA Visual Culture: Creative Practices and Cultural Institutions, a unique multi-disciplinary postgraduate course established around the belief that visual literacy, and the impact of visual forms of thinking and working now play a significant role in our contemporary society.
Related MA programmes include English Literature, Cultural and Critical Studies, and, forthcoming from 2010, Museums, Galleries, and Contemporary Culture.
As an international research environment, with MA and PhD students from Britain, the USA, continental Europe, Africa, South America and South East Asia, it is an intellectual and professional context in which postgraduate students conduct research in the study of Visual Culture, in various contexts such as museum display; gallery curation; the visual and material culture of the city; contemporary visual arts; popular culture and socially engaged art practice; art and science; and new technologies and media.
Colleagues in this research area across the university include