University of Edinburgh: Reframing Medieval and Renaissance Global Art History

InstitutionUniversity of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Edinburgh College of Art
Study type Taught


This programme invites you to join one of the largest and most diverse concentrations of global medieval and renaissance art historical and cultural expertise in the UK. The programme encourages you to challenge traditional Eurocentric assumptions. Together we will question what it means for something to be medieval, renaissance, or non-Western, uncovering neglected narratives and scrutinising assumptions that have often served as the foundations of art historical scholarship. Meaningful connections and shared concerns will be established by embracing theoretical frameworks and more recent approaches to objects (such as the body, ritual, performativity and material culture).

Covering a period from the third to the seventeenth century, across the world—including the British Isles, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and North Africa, India, China and Japan—and cultures from Celtic and Christian to Islamic and Buddhist, the programme will allow you to conduct in-depth research projects in Edinburgh’s rich collection of archives and libraries, with behind-the-scenes access to world-leading galleries and museums.

You will also spend a week in Rome working closely with members of the programme team.


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The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and ranked 20th in the 2020 QS World University Rankings. Our entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts not only students but also staff from some 156 countries, creating a unique Edinburgh experience.

We provide a stimulating working, learning, and teaching environment with access to excellent facilities and attract the world's best, from Nobel Prize winning laureates to future explorers, pioneers and inventors.

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