Art History staff have a wide range of research expertise, including in Indigenous Australian art, contemporary art and critical theory, Renaissance and Baroque art, and the arts of the Asia-Pacific. Current research projects include books and exhibitions on art and melancholia; contemporary art and science fiction; Indigenous Australian art historiography and body art; contemporary Japanese art; a history of ‘un Australian’ art; screen technologies and the public sphere, and the politics of utopia in contemporary art of the documentary mode.

We collaborate regularly with a variety of academic and industry partners, fostering extensive networks across the fields of curatorship, art publishing, and museology. Art history staff have curated major exhibitions in partnership with national and international museums and galleries such as the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth; Stony Brook University, New York; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and the University of Queensland Art Museum. We are also frequent contributors to national and international arts media.

Research partners and collaborators include the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, the Research Unit for Public Cultures (University of Melbourne), Cairns Regional Gallery, Australia Museum, Sydney, Liquid Architecture Festival of Sound Arts, the UQ Art Museum, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Griffith University Queensland College of Art, Queensland University of Technology, the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and QAGOMA.


HDR Projects

Postgraduate Research in Art History

As HDR supervisors, Art History staff draw upon specialist expertise in Indigenous art, cross-cultural critical theory, and photography (Sally Butler); early modern printmaking, and the art and science of Albrecht Dürer (Andrea Bubenik); art and time (Amelia Barikin), and the history of photography and the moving image (Paolo Magagnoli).

The postgraduate research program in Art History at UQ encompasses the Diploma of Arts (Art History); the Doctor of Philosophy (Art History); and the Doctor of Philosophy in Art History by Exhibition. The Doctor of Philosophy in Art History by Exhibition provides an innovative and exciting opportunity for arts professionals and established curators to develop an original exhibition based on high-level academic research as part of their doctoral project.

Art History HDR candidates have access to a number of internal scholarships and grants designed to support fieldwork and research. National and international scholarships opportunities for prospective PhD candidates are listed on the Graduate School website. Application procedures for the University of Queensland’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship schemes can be found here.  

For further information on pursuing postgraduate research in Art History, including PhD supervision enquiries, please contact the School of Communication and Arts.