Job title: Lecturer, Contemporary Art Theory and Practice

Role: Course-Coordinator Visual Culture Stage 1, REF Coordinator for Unit 32

Tel: 0131 651 5878


Office address: North-East Studio Building, Room J01D

Contact time: Mondays, 11am - 1pm

Research: See Dr Kamini Vellodi on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Kamini specialises in the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. She is interested in the conceptual and methodological implications of Deleuze’s philosophy for the practice of art history, with a focus on early modern visual arts. She is currently completing a body of research on the 16th century painter Jacopo Tintoretto, that explores the way in which his ‘difference’ can be thought, and the philosophical and disciplinary implications of that registration. Her research spans modern and contemporary continental philosophy and critical theory, theories of art history and historiography, and early modern visual culture. She is also a practising artist. At Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) she is course coordinator for 1st year Visual Culture, and teaches on the Fine Art and History of Art combined Honours programme as tutor in Painting.

Kamini joined ECA in September 2016. Prior to this, she was Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at Exeter University. She has held positions at Central Saint Martins School of Art, Goldsmiths College of Art and Kingston University. Kamini has a PhD in Philosophy from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, and Postgraduate and Undergraduate degrees in Fine Art (Painting) from the Royal College of Art and Chelsea College of Art.

Kamini has published several articles on the philosophy of Deleuze and his philosophical ‘lineage’, conceptual and methodological problems in art history and 16th century painting. She is currently completing a book on the painter Jacopo Tintoretto with Bloomsbury Press. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in London, Europe and India, and she contributes as a writer and editor for the contemporary art press.

She has exhibited nationally and internationally in London, Europe and India, (ICA, London; Bloomsburg Space, London; Sammlung Essl, Vienna, Asia House, London) and her work is held in numerous public and private collections (BBC art collection, Royal College of Art Collection, Sammlung Essl (Vienna), Asia House (London)). She has published widely in the contemporary art press (Contemporary, Modern Painters, Tate Etc, ArtReview, MAP) and has worked as a Visual Arts editor for Contemporary and Kultureflash.

Kamini’s teaching is strongly led by her research. She teaches across visual culture and studio practice, and her teaching is strongly informed by the intersection between practice and theory, as well as the meeting of art’s history with its contemporaneity. Kamini is responsible for coordinating the 1st year Visual Culture course. She teaches on the MAFA Fine Art/History of Art programme, on the postgraduate Contemporary Art Theory and Contemporary Art Practices programme, and across the Visual Culture programme, including at PhD level.

For 2017-18, Kamini is organising and teaching a new course entitled ‘Materials and Techniques. The History of Art as the History of Artistic Production’.

The philosophy of Gilles Deleuze; 20th century continental philosophy and theory; the philosophy of art history; early modern visual culture, specifically the visual arts of Venice.

Current PhD students

PhD Supervision Topics

Kamini welcomes enquiries from PhD applicants interested in her specialist research areas, which include: 

The philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari; contemporary continental philosophy and critical theory; philosophy of art history; art historiography and methodology; new methodological approaches to early modern visual culture; 16th century Italian visual arts, particularly the visual arts of Venice; Jacopo Tintoretto.