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Ms Portia Ungley

Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture

About

My research is about points of uncertainty, where ideas get messy and unclear, where they flex and mutate. I am an art historian by training, a design historian by inclination but I choose material first and formenost because it helps unpack complex ideas. To this end, I have used ballet costumes to consider the nature of the historical artefact, mudlarking and kintsugi to interrogate uncertainty, science fiction to question potemkin villages and a TV dating show to consider taboos around body hair. I am passionate about learning and teaching and currently studying for a professional doctorate in education at Cambridge to supplement my role as Director of Learning and Teaching for the School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries.

Areas of specialism

  • Visual culture
  • Design history
  • Art history
  • Critical theory

Qualifications

  • HEA Fellow
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • MA Art History
  • BA (Hons) History of Art, Architecture and Design with French
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