Heritage and Material Culture

This Cluster embraces the disciplines of Art History, Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, and Cultural & Museum Studies, as well as aspects of Human Geography and Art History.

Chair: Steve Ashby, Department of Archaeology, University of York

Member University Research interests
Jade French Leeds Curatorial practice and theory; inclusive art, access and disability; participatory and socially engaged practices; co-produced and practice-led research methods
Gill Park Leeds Feminist interventions in art and exhibition histories; British photography since the 1980s; contemporary art and curation; histories of experimental film/video
Samuel Gartland Leeds Ancient Greek history; Classical Archaeology; Ancient Boiotia and Thebes; The Peloponnesian War
Kevin Kuykendall Sheffield Plio-Pleistocene hominin evolution in Africa; Evolution of early hominin life history; Middle Palaeolithic archaeology and Neanderthal occupation of Britain
Richard Phillips Sheffield Muslim geographies and postcolonial cities; sexuality, space and power; creative writing and innovative fieldwork
Eric Olund Sheffield The cultural and legal production and regulation of race, gender and sexuality; the sensory culture and geography of governmentality; urban life in the Progressive-era United States; critical theory — especially Benjamin, Bergson, Butler, Connolly, Deleuze, Dewey, Foucault, James
Jim Leary York Field and landscape archaeology; mobility in archaeology; perceptions of, and responses to, past sea-level rise; heritage management
Jeanne Nuechterlein York Nature and functions of sacred and secular art; impact of the Reformation on the visual arts; comparison between different artistic media e.g. painting, sculpture, prints, illuminated manuscripts, embroidery, and tapestry; conceptualization of period divisions; the impact of patronage; word/image/rhetoric relationships; interactions between art and science; and the methodologies applied to northern Renaissance art
Katherine Selby York Reconstruction of past sea level changes; environmental reconstruction of coastal areas and how these may have influenced cultural development; Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction using pollen and diatom analyses.