Postdoctoral Research Fellow
College House 2.14
College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Matthew MacKisack is an art and cultural historian, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health, where he works on the interdisciplinary research project, the Eye’s Mind.
BA (Hons) University of Oxford
PGCE Institute of Education, London
PhD Goldsmiths College, London
Prior to joining the Medical School, Matthew completed a PhD in Art History and Theory at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and gained his BA in English from the University of Oxford.
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Matthew's research focuses primarily on the 18th-century, and artistic and literary responses to the European Enlightenment – but also traces the effects of those changes into modernity and modernism. A third concern is contemporary artistic production, particularly vis-à-vis scientific knowledge.
Interdisciplinarity is central to Matthew's research: in historicizing the relationships between art and social science, bringing cognitive science to bear in art-historical study, and in directly collaborating with scientists and philosophers in research.
His current work assesses the impact of cognitive diversity and neurodiversity on artistic production and reception, and broaches the necessary methodological issue of how to measure this historically.
- 18th-century Art Theory, Aesthetics, and Philosophy
- 20th-century, post-war art, particularly in relation to literature
- Contemporary art and aesthetics
- Cognitive Humanities
- Medical Humanities
- Critical Theory
- The Eye’s Mind: a study of the neural basis of visual imagination and its role in culture (PI: Prof Adam Zeman)