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Professor Simon Shaw-MillerBA (Hons) (Brighton) , PhD (Essex), Hon ARAM, FRSA, FHEA

Chair in the History of Art

Simon Shaw-Miller

Professor Simon Shaw-MillerBA (Hons) (Brighton) , PhD (Essex), Hon ARAM, FRSA, FHEA

Chair in the History of Art

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Research interests

Professor Shaw-Miller is Chair of History of Art (the Chair having been established in 2000, with Stephen Bann as its first recipient), he was previously the Professor of History of Art & Music in the School of Arts, Birkbeck College, University of London. He is an Honorary Associate and Research Fellow 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. Current research looks to theoretical relationships between jazz and 20th century visual modernism.  

Research supervision

Professor Shaw-Miller’s areas of supervision 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, synaesthesia, sound and audio art, visual music, musical iconography and ekphrasis, the aesthetics of the Gesamtkunstwerk, interdisciplinarity and art and music history and theory from the early 19th century to the late 20th century.


Professor Shaw-Miller teaches across the BA, MA and Post Graduate Research programmes. He offers specialist courses on audio-visual culture and the relationship between art and music. He also teaches on more general topics such as modern art and theories of modernism, visual analysis and the historiography of art. Specific courses include, Introduction to Early Modern Art; Introduction to Modern Art; Art & Music (1800-2001); Understanding Cubism; Histories, Theories and Critical Interpretations of Art; Curating the Theatre Collection; Nineteenth-Century Realism in France & Britain, and Research Issues in Art History.


Office: 1.28, 9 Woodland Road

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9 Woodland Road
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Selected research outputs

  1. Published

    Eye hEar The Visual in Music

    Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

  2. Published

    Visible Deeds of Music: Art and Music from Wagner to Cage

    Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

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Selected awards and activities

  1. Nam June Paik Symposium

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  2. Academy of Finland (External organisation)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation

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