Job title: Lecturer, Contemporary Art Theory and Practice, School of Art

Role: REF Coordinator, Unit 32 (Art, Design, History of Art)


Office address: Hunter Building, Q13

Contact time: Mondays, 1pm - 2pm

Research outputs: Dr Kamini Vellodi on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Kamini Vellodi’s research explores the intersections between modern and contemporary continental philosophy and the philosophy, theory and historiography of art history.

Her first book, Tintoretto’s Difference. Deleuze, Diagrammatics and Art History, (Bloomsbury, 2019) brings together her specialisms in the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari and sixteenth century Italian painting. The book combines philosophical, art historical, art theoretical and art historiographical analysis to consider the implications of Deleuze and Guattari's philosophy of diagrammatics for the understanding of Tintoretto’s works, early modern art and the discipline of art history.

She is currently working on two research projects. The first, a book t titled The Visual World of Deleuze and Guattari. A Heteropaedia, (under contract with Edinburgh University Press), is the first comprehensive treatment of the visual artists that feature in the works of Deleuze and Guattari, from Byzantine painting to Keiichi Tahara. The book will offer a holistic analysis of the pivotal role of visual art in their thought, whilst reinventing the form and function of the 'dictionary of ideas' as a ‘heteropaedia’. This book falls within a broader project on the philosophy and history of encyclopaedias (and related genres such as ‘critical dictionaries’) that explores the nature of thinking at stake in these enterprises, the transformation of this image of thought from the 17th to the 21st century, and its appeal to and creative impact on scholars, writers and artists. As part of this research, I am working on the concept of ‘polymathy’, exploring its critical potential for the practice of scholarship today.

The second project is a book on time and art history. Bringing together art historiography, the philosophy of history and philosophies of time, this book will offer a systematic account of major concepts of time employed in art history’s study of its objects – such as chronology, and historical time – and explore the potentials of this critique for ‘global art history’. Vellodi is series editor of Refractions. At the Borders of Art History and Philosophy, Edinburgh University Press, a new series dedicated to the relations, crossings and spaces between Art History and Philosophy.

Vellodi has published articles and reviews on time and art history, theories and methodologies of art history, the relation between philosophy and art history, the philosophy of diagrams, the critical implications of Deleuze and Guattari’s work, and its philosophical lineage, for the practice of art history, 16th century visual art, the problem of world art history, and artists from Amico Aspertini to Paul Klee, in journals such as Parrhesia, Word & Image, Art History, Deleuze Studies, the Journal of Art Historiography and Zeitschrift fur Kunstgeschichte.

Recent invited lectures and keynotes include: the University of Oslo, Parsons School of Art, the Royal College of Art, Seoul National University, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, the University of Bucharest.

Vellodi is a practising artist, and has exhibited and had her work collected nationally and internationally in the UK, Europe and India: ICA, London; Bloomberg Space, London; Sammlung Essl, Vienna, Asia House, London. She has also written extensively for the contemporary art press, including journals Contemporary, Modern Painters, Tate Etc, Art Review.


Kamini joined ECA in September 2016. Prior to this she lectured across departments of Art History, Visual Culture, Philosophy and Fine Art at Exeter University, Goldsmiths University of London, Kingston University, and the University of Westminster. In recent years she has been visiting lecturer at Parsons School of Art, Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, and the Royal College of Art.


  • 2012. PhD Philosophy. The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University (supervisors: Prof. Peter Osborne; Prof. Eric Alliez)
  • 2006. MA Fine Art (Painting). Royal College of Art, London
  • 2003. BA Fine Art (Painting). Chelsea College of Art, London

Professional Service

  • Editorial board member of Art History
  • REF coordinator for Unit 32 (Art, Design, and History of Art)
  • Referee for: British Journal of Aesthetics, Art History, Deleuze Studies, Leuven University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Bloomsbury Academic, Palgrave Macmillan, Journal of Art Historiography.

Current courses include:

  • The Time of Art. Concepts of Time in the Philosophy, History, and Practice of Art. (Level 10; 3rd year UG)
  • Materials and Techniques. Art History as Artistic Practice (Level 8; 1st and 2nd year UG)

Vellodi teaches across a broad range of courses in Visual Culture and studio practice in the School of Art. Her teaching is motivated by the intersections of continental philosophy, art history and art practice. She teaches at all levels of Undergraduate Visual Culture in the School of Art, MAFA Fine Art/History of Art, Postgraduate Contemporary Art Theory and Contemporary Art Practices programme. Her courses make regular use of the collections, galleries and museums in Edinburgh.

Research interests

20th century continental philosophy and theory; Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari; the philosophy of art history; 15-16th century Italian painting and visual arts.



Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Book Chapters


Current PhD students

PhD Supervision Topics

Accepting applications.

I welcome enquiries from PhD applicants interested in my 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 approaches to early modern visual culture; 16th century Italian visual arts, particularly the visual arts of Venice; Jacopo Tintoretto.