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Dr Kamini Vellodi

Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Office Hours

Tuesdays, 2-4pm.

Room D14.



I studied Painting at Chelsea College of Art (BA) and the Royal College of Art (MA), before completing a PhD in Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, under the supervision of Eric Alliez and Peter Osborne. Following my PhD I held teaching posts at Goldsmiths College of Art, Central Saint Martins, Kingston University and the University of Exeter. I am Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter, and Visiting Lecture on the MRes Theory and Philosophy of Art at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. I joined ECA in September 2016.

My academic work is situated at the intersections between post-Kantian continental philosophy, the visual arts (particularly of the Early Modern period) and Art History and historiography - with a focus on problems of methodology, and the theory and philosophy of Art History. My PhD explored the art historical implications of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, particularly his concept of the ‘diagram’, through a study of the work of the 16th century Venetian painter Jacopo Tintoretto. I am currently engaged in bringing this work to publication, with Bloomsbury Academic.

My research currently falls into two intersecting areas:

Firstly, an interest in the philosophy of art history, and in the question and the stakes of a philosophical art history. This work has given rise to published articles/chapters on the art historical and art critical import of Deleuze's concept of the diagram, the problem of the fact in art history, the notions of speculation, critique and construction as paradigms of thought for art history, rethinking the 'world' of world art through Deleuze and Guattari's concept of the nomad, and the idea of an unhistorical art history.  

Secondly, an interest in the problem of art and temporality – approached as a philosophical question (through the work, in particular, of Deleuze, Bergson, Heidegger and Nietzsche), and a methodological and conceptual problem within Art History - including recent debates on the notion of anachronism. 

I continue to practice as an artist, and this practice informs and guides my academic work. The relations between my practice and my academic research are crucial to my teaching.

I welcome PhD proposals in post-Kantian philosophical aesthetics, early modern visual culture (particularly from philosophically/theoretically informed angles), and philosophical approaches to art history and historiography. 



My teaching interests focus on continental philosophy of art, aesthetics, theory and historiography of art history, as well as modern and contemporary art, criticism and theory.


PhD supervision.

Hannah Boaden. 'The Philosophy of Door/ways'











Research outputs

  1. Thought Beyond Research. Deleuze on 'Artistic Problems'

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  2. Tintoretto’s Michelangelo: An Artistic Diagram as the a priori of Art History

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. Unhistorical Art History: The Case of Amico Aspertini

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Research activities & awards

  1. Art History (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

  2. New Treatments of the Figure in Literature and Visual Arts

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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