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Professor Shaw-Miller is Emeritus Chair of History of Art (the Chair having been established in 2000, with Stephen Bann as its first recipient). Before Bristol he was the Professor of History of Art & Music in the School of Arts, Birkbeck College, University of London.

He is an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Professor Shaw-Miller’s research interests are the history of art and music in the modern period (1800-1960s). He is concerned with questions of interdisciplinary methodology, modernism, the concepts of visual music, sound art, musical iconography, synaesthesia, musical ekphrasis, and the aesthetics of the Gesamtkunstwerk. 


Professor Shaw-Miller’s areas of research are broadly within the area of modernism (from Vienna to New York), with a specialist methodological concern with interrelationships in audio and visual culture up to the present; he is specifically interested in the concepts of abstraction, art and the senses, sound and audio art and culture, interdisciplinarity and art and music history and theory from the early 19th century to the late 20th century.








  • art
  • music
  • sound art
  • art history
  • art theory
  • synaesthesia
  • interdisciplinarity
  • visual culture
  • inter art aesthetics
  • painting


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