Department of American and Canadian Studies

Print and Visual Culture

Our work in this area underpins the Department’s longstanding reputation for interdisciplinary research and intellectual and cultural history. We have particular strengths in American magazines and periodicals; the visual culture of slavery, abolitionism, and civil rights; contemporary American and Canadian literature; US Latino visual culture; American crime film; and Canadian film and postcolonial film adaptations.

We work closely with artists, archivists, curators, galleries, and museums, and staff have won many grants, fellowships, and prizes as a result of their research.

Print and Visual culture  

Research and activities

In addition to exhibition consultations and public lectures at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham City Archives and Nottingham Castle, recent highlights include:

A conference on “American Periodicals, Print Cultures, and Communities” which lead to a special issue of the journal American Periodicals

A gallery walk-though and YouTube interview at the Nottingham Contemporary for an exhibition on the Chicano art collective Asco

A gallery walk-through and YouTube interview at the Nottingham Contemporary for an exhibition on Haitian art and Vodou

A Terra Foundation-funded international symposium on cross-cultural encounters in American art with a special issue of the Journal of American Studies

Advice to New Perspectives Theatre Company on their 2014 touring production of Saul Bellow’s Him with His Foot in His Mouth

A Terra Foundation-funded conference on art of the black diaspora which lead to a book with Liverpool University Press

Postgraduate study

We have an active community of postgraduate students working in the area of print and visual culture. We welcome enquiries from potential postgraduates in any area of this field.

Our masters and PhD students have written on a wide range of print and visual culture topics. The Department also has dedicated reading groups on nineteenth-century print culture and contemporary literature. Both meet regularly to discuss ideas and scholarship.

You can find out more about our postgraduate research opportunities by consulting the online prospectus

 Online Prospectus


Department of American and Canadian Studies

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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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