The University of Brighton has an unrivalled reputation in the critical and historical research of design and is a major centre for visual and material culture.
The university has built and retains a central position of international importance in the field of historical and critical approaches to design and material culture, complemented by strengths in the theory and social history of visual culture, art and photography.
This provides both a disciplinary specialism which draws the highest calibre researchers and partnerships at all levels, and opportunities for interdisciplinary thematic research collaborations.
Research themes have been fostered around a number of areas, helping elucidate, for example, the personal and social identities formed through relations with objects; the ways social and political meanings are constructed through the visual and material world, art activism, and the policies of museums and galleries for the care, interpretation and preservation of collections.
Particular expertise and research interests span the fields of: Design, material and visual culture, Fashion and dress history, Design history and nation formation, Graphic design and representation, Design culture and design activism, Museology, curating and archives, Digital Humanities.
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