History of Art research exchange

In the autumn of 2003, the Art History departments at Birmingham, Kingston, Oxford Brookes, Reading, Southampton at Winchester, and Roehampton came together to create an institution-based network for fostering research exchange and collaboration in our region. Warwick joined in Spring 2004, Brighton in 2005 and Bristol in 2006.

Houses of Parliament, LondonOur network has a community of about 47 research active staff and around 70 research students. Collectively our research expertise ranges from Gothic art and architecture to contemporary culture with particular strengths in architectural history of all periods and including cultures beyond Europe and America, Renaissance art, twentieth century and contemporary art and culture, design history, and encompassing themes such as patronage systems, gender and feminism, colonial histories and diasporic cultures, theories of visual culture, and theories and histories of institutions.

In 2004-06, the RX network held an AHRC grant to develop collaborative research training. We host a series of workshops for postgraduate students throughout the network including on using visual resources, on architecture and design history, on curatorship and on publishing in art, architecture and design history. These are taught at different universities throughout the network including Reading.

The RX network also hosts an annual postgraduate research conference. In 2006, this was held at Kingston, in 2007 at Birmingham. In 2008, Reading will host the conference.

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