NIRVCNottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture

Welcome to NIRVC

The Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture (NIRVC) is a forum for research in art-historical and visual culture studies, drawing on a range of disciplines, within and beyond the university.

We demonstrate our workings through regular seminars, conferences and symposia, maintaining strong links with the University's History of Art department. We aim to bring together staff and students from across the University, creating an active research culture with national and international connections.


Upcoming events

Call for Papers: From Ruin to Museum

03 - 04/07/2018
Department of History of Art, University of Nottingham
Call for papers for From Ruin to Museum: the creation of new museums in old buildings in late 19th-century Europe

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Booking now open. Find out more about our courses, meet staff and students, explore funding and tour our fantastic facilities and campus!

Congratulations to Dr Gaby Neher

Congratulations to Dr Gaby Neher who has been awarded one of 50 National Teaching Fellowships. The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) recognises outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education.

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Past Events

5 September: Graphic Satire and the UK in the Long Nineteenth Century
8-9 June: Rethinking Regionalism: the Midwest in American Art History (with support from the Terra Foundation for American Art)

14 May: May Conference - Cultures of tyhe Copy: creative and subversive reinventions of reproductive technology 

: And Now It's Dark: American Night Photography (curated by Mark Rawlinson)
26 March
: March Conference - Art Criticism Now 
4-5 July
: July Conference - The Mobile Spectator: Viewing on the Move

20 November: November Conference - Museum Metaphors (organised by Dr Lucy Bradnock (University of Nottingham) and Briley Rasmussen (University of Leicester)

July ConferenceThe Flâneur Abroad: international and historical perspectives. Now published as a collection of essays edited by Richard Wrigley (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014)

Conference - Correspondances: Art, Theatre and Opera in France 1750-1850 (supported by the Royal Musical Society), National Gallery, London. Now published as Sarah Hibberd and Richard Wrigley (eds), Art, Theatre, and Opera in Paris 1750-1850: Exchanges and Tensions (Ashgate, 2013)
ConferenceGender and the City before Modernity. Published as Gender and History Special Issue for May 2012, ed. Lin Foxhall, Gabriele Neher 

2-4 July: 3-day Symposium with W.J..Mitchell: Day 1: Sites of Conflict, Day 2: 21st-Century Anxiety
Image, Space, Text: Perspectives on Interdisciplinarity
Conference 12 & 13: Representing the Everyday in Americal Visual Culture 

2-day conference: Display and Spectacle was held in conjunction with the Association of Art Historians
28 AprilVisual Histories, transdisciplinary research student workshop
21-22 JunePollution and Propriety: Dirt, Disease and Hygiene in Rome from Antiquity to the Modernity. Richard Wrigley (Art History, Nottingham) & Mark Bradley (Classics, Nottingham), collaboration with the British School at Rome. Published as Mark Bradley (ed.) Pollution and Propriety: Dirt, Disease and Hygiene in Rome from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
11 JulySpace, Place and Visuality, with W.J.T. Mitchell (Stephen Daniels, Geography, Mark Rawlinson, Art History)

December WorkshopRivers of Meaning   
23-24 June: Conference - Undercover Surrealism, Hayward Gallery, London

Conference: Cinematic Rome. Published as Cinematic Rome, ed. Richard Wrigley (Troubador Press, 2008)
Photography Between Two, organised by PhD student Diane Bailey

25-26 June: The Herbert Read Conference, Tate Britain, London

One-day symposium, Victorian Sculpture
13 September: Conference: Image and Critique: Image - Thought - Text 

Art and the Crisis of Multiculturalism
Exhibition and conference
Rubens and Italian Art  
Exhibition: Trentside








Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture

University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 3318
fax: +44 (0)115 846 7778