Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies

Politics and identity

What we cover

  • art and gender, class, and race
  • visualising local, regional, and national identity
  • visual propaganda and the display of power
  • memory and memorial culture
  • art and protest
Charles Jameson Grant 'The Trade Unions - a general strike' [detail], 1834, University of Nottingham Manuscripts and Special Collections, MS 482/4


The close relationship between art, politics, and identity is key to much research conducted in the department. Research explores the role of the visual in both describing and shaping identity, whether at the level of the individual, group experience, or broader social movements. Areas covered include the French revolutionary period, the advent of modernity, the formation of the United Kingdom, the rise of fascism in Europe, the American Civil Rights movements, the Cold War and the American Vietnam War. Research conducted under this research area might focus on art works and their intervention into the political realm, or on the many forms of visual culture that reflect political contexts. Also important is the way in which the meaning of images can shift through political change, appropriation or redeployment.

The Centre for Media, Politics and Communication Research has a particular focus on political communication, discourse, rhetoric and disinformation through mediated and digital communication.

Associated publications

  • Fintan Cullen, ‘Representing the Irish emigrant: humour or pathos?’ in Visual Culture in Britain. 18(2), 176-191
  • Lara Pucci, ‘Revolutionary Shorthand: Guttuso's Art of Resistance’ in Renato Guttuso: Painter of Modern Life Silvana Editoriale, 2014, 9-17
  • Fintan Cullen, Ireland on show: art, union, and nationhood, Ashgate, 2012
  • Richard Wrigley, The politics of appearances: representations of dress in revolutionary France, Oxford: Berg, 2002

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