Philosophers and art historians at Essex have long been internationally renowned for first-rate research that challenges traditional academic boundaries and canons. Throughout our work, we emphasise issues of autonomy, agency, dissent, and the contestation of the public realm.
Our transdisciplinary approach facilitates critical engagement beyond the traditional canons of philosophy and art history, enabling us to deliver research which is both impactful and relevant.
Our postgraduate students actively contribute to our research profile. You can explore current PhD theses in our postgraduate students' profiles. Our postgraduate students also edit the Rebus journal.
You can discover our academic expertise, staff publications, research interests and supervision opportunities by visiting our academic staff profiles.
We're proud to be home to one of the oldest established centres for Latin American Studies in the UK, alongside the Centre for Curatorial Studies, which showcases outstanding research focusing on contemporary curatorial practice and theory, and contemporary museology. Our Research Centres are also home to students studying Latin America and Curating at undergraduate, masters and PGR level.
We specialise in a wide range of areas relating to the broader concepts of philosophy and art history. Explore our research clusters and areas of research and find research supervision opportunities.
Dive deeper into understanding our research by reading our research showcases and impact case studies. You can also explore our research projects below.
The Essex Autonomy Project is a research and knowledge-exchange initiative funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
This interactive documentary combines 3D visualisation and multimodal storytelling to tell the story of Senerchia terremotata, that is, hit by the earthquake that devastated the Irpinia region (South Italy) in 1980.
How can we use the socio-cultural role of 3D technologies in sustaining communities and heritage through disasters? The project is funded by the UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) Future Leadership Fellowship programme, and builds on the work undertaken by Dr Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco in her award winning project Italia Terremotata.
The aim of the project is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the different forms of competition and competitiveness and the role they play in a wide range of social practices and institutions.