Professor Richard Howells' Professorial Inaugural Lecture


Richard Howells (Harvard AB '89) would like to invite HCUK members to his Professorial Inaugural Lecture at King’s on Thursday, 3rd May at 7.00pm.  He will be talking on “What is Visual Culture –And Why Should We Care?” 


The lecture will be followed by a wine and canape reception. The event is open to all and free to attend, but booking is required via Eventbrite. Please click


Event Details


Professor Howells will seek to define visual culture as an academic field, especially as distinguished from art history. He will argue that art history is a subdivision of visual culture, and not vice versa. He will then proceed to make the case for the study of visual culture today. It is an argument that promises some heretical departures from the orthodoxies of current thought in education and beyond.


Further details are available at: The event is organized by the King’s College London Arts & Humanities Research Institute.


Biographical Information 


Professor of Cultural Sociology King’s College London, 2016 to present. 

Visiting Fellow, Exeter College, University of Oxford, 2017. 
Visiting Scholar, St John's College, University of Oxford, summer 2015.

Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts, Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds, 1994-2006.

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Center for the Arts in Society, Carnegie Mellon University, 2004.

Director of Studies in Social and Political Sciences, Downing College, University of Cambridge, 1993-1994.

Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. PhD in Social and Political Science, 1994.

Harvard University. BA degree Summa Cum Laude in Visual Studies, 1989. 
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