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Prof Ben Highmore

Post:Professor of Cultural Studies (Media and Film)
Other posts:Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange (School of Media, Film and Music)
 Member (Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth)
 Reader in Media Studies (Centre for Photography and Visual Culture)
Location:ARTS B B261

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 873339
International:+44 1273 873339

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BA (Sheffield Hallam), MA (Leeds), PhD (London)

I studied fine art in the mid-1980s before going on to complete an MA in the Social History of Art at the University of Leeds in 1990. I started teaching cultural studies in various universities from 1991. I completed my doctoral studies at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2000. My thesis was titled ‘Everyday Life and Cultural Theory’ and became my first book. Between 1993 and 2006 I taught cultural studies in Bristol at the University of the West of England. In 2007 I joined the University of Sussex.

Recent Books:

The Art of Brutalism: Rescuing Hope from Catastrophe in 1950s Britain, New Haven and London: Yale University Press and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2017.

Cultural Feelings: Mood, Mediation, and Cultural Politics, London and New York: Routledge, 2017.

Culture (Key Ideas in Media and Cultural Studies), London and New York: Routledge, 2016.

The Great Indoors: At Home in the Modern British House, London: Profile Books, 2015. 

I supervise doctoral research (PhDs) in a range of fields: cultural history and media studies; art history; photography history; urban culture; everyday life studies; theoretical work. I am keen to support experimental doctoral research (in methods and in presentation).




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