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Dr Martyn Hudson


Department: Arts

Martyn is an Applied Sociologist of Art and Design and a Critical Theorist whose primary research interests lie in Sound Art, Cultural Landscapes, Classical Origins of Critical Theory and Aesthetics, Socially Engaged Practice with Communities and Design-led methodologies. He is currently the Editor for the new ‘Visual Modernities’ series from Routledge and is laying the groundwork for that series in his next monograph ‘Visualising the Empire of Capital’ (Routledge 2020).

His research lies in three broad streams of work. Firstly, in social and aesthetic theory and specifically Frankfurt School Critical Theory and 20th century Continental Philosophies of art and fabrication particularly as this relates to exile and the idea of refuge. Secondly, in ethnographies of arts practice including rural arts and ecological design, curatorial praxis, experimental design in studio and gallery spaces, and the social production of sculpture and sound art. Thirdly, in classical studies and the ancient world and understandings of design, sculpture and art in antiquity and their impact on contemporary making. He has over thirty peer-reviewed books, journal articles and conference papers.

Key Publications

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  • Visualising Worlds: World-Making and Social Theory, Hudson, M. 2021
  • Memory and the writing of catastrophe, Hudson, M. 4 Oct 2020, In: Journal of Political Power
  • On Blackamoor, Hudson, M. 2020
  • TESTT: Experimenting, Inspiring, Changing, Donkin, H., Hudson, M., Arnold, L. 2019
  • TESTT Space: Groundwork and Experiment in a Complex Arts Organisation, Hudson, M., Donkin, H. 9 Dec 2019, In: Arts and the Market
  • Visualising the Empire of Capital, Hudson, M. 23 Aug 2019
  • A Palace for Paupers: The Holgate Workhouse 1875-1930, Hudson, M., Fraser Gupta, A. 2018
  • Centaurs, Rioting in Thessaly: Memory and the Classical World, Hudson, M. 2018
  • Critical Theory and the Classical World, Hudson, M. 17 Jul 2018

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research spans three areas. Firstly in co-produced research with cultural organisations including galleries, event spaces and curators. Secondly, in an expansive theoretical and historical practice resting upon critical theory which takes in the aesthetics of the Frankfurt School to the landscapes of northern England. Thirdly in the art and philosophy of Greek antiquity and specifically its sculptural mythology. I am the editor of the Routledge book series 'Visual Modernities' and am the author of 7 academic monographs. My next book is forthcoming from Routledge in 2021 - 'Visualising Worlds: World-Making and Social Theory'.


Social Research PhD March 30 1997

PGR Supervision

Eleanor Docx Start: 01/10/2020

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