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Politics, Art and Resistance MA

Course Description

This MA explores the theme of political resistance. While ideas and practices of resistance are discussed in general terms, the programme pays particular attention to artistic practices of resistance. It examines how resistance has featured in the history of political ideas, from Plato to Badiou, and investigates past and present practices of resistance as articulated in a wide range of activities including art, film, poetry and fiction. The programme is affiliated with the TATE Modern museum in London (via the TATE Exchange initiative), and will normally include a visit to the museum and an exploration of its collection. By linking theory to practice and focusing on a core thematic, this MA develops an innovative approach to political thought encompassing historical, conceptual and practical knowledge. Students on the programme will be able to submit a ‘documented practice of resistance’ for assessment. The MA won the prestigious Teaching Innovation Award (2015) from the UK’s Political Studies Association (PSA).

About the School of Politics and International Relations

The School of Politics and International Relations is one of the most dynamic places to study Politics and International Relations. We combine high-quality teaching with cutting-edge research in a supportive environment that welcomes students from all over the world.

All lectures and seminars on postgraduate modules are informed by the latest research and scholarship, and are delivered by full-time academic staff who have internationally recognised expertise in their field.


The School of Politics and International Relations has a dedicated Employability, Internships, Placements and Alumni Manager who works with students to develop work-based placements in a range of organisations. Centrally, the Careers and Employability Service can help you plan for your future by providing one-to-one advice at any stage of your postgraduate studies.

Our graduates have gone on to careers in academia, local and national government and public relations.

We are currently ranked 6th in the UK for Graduate Prospects in The Guardian League Table 2017.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

Visit the Politics, Art and Resistance MA page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Hollie Mackenzie

3607.jpg In my final year on the BA in Fine Art at Arts University at Bournemouth, I created ‘Downfall’, a life-sized melting wooden staircase. During the making of this project, I deepened my interest in the politics behind art and the notion of the impossible Utopia. Inspired to further extend my political knowledge and the conceptual quality of my art in order to explore such Utopian ideals and change through artistic expression, I chose to study the MA in Political Theory and Practices of Resistance at the University of Kent in 2012.

Dr Iain MacKenzie, Dr Stefan Rossbach and Dr Adrian Pabst teach both Resistance in Theory and Theory in Practice. As they offer their own perspective and teaching style that reflects their own research interests, this enables more variety of feedback and supervisory choice. Their open and encouraging teaching styles provide an accessible and open atmosphere, in which students feel they are welcomed and encouraged to engage in and contribute to.

The MA enabled me to develop an ontological conception of art and therefore situate my artistic practice as a practice of resistance. Both my MA thesis and artistic practice built upon this connection by introducing the conceptual qualities of Deleuze's philosophy of the encounter and Irigaray's 'labial' language of difference into my work. The resultant projects were attempts to establish a feminist artistic practice of resistance. These connections and developments were central to the sculpture I produced during the Practice in Resistance module, called ‘Breakthrough’ (2013).

I am now beginning the spring term in my second year of the PhD. In the next coming months I will be co-hosting a second iteration of the exhibition ‘Learning, Exchange and Play II’ (with Conor Heaney) at the Transformative Moments conference at the University of Kent, Canterbury in January 2016. Of which we will be presenting a short film produced on this exhibition at the Undisciplined Environments conference in Stockholm in March 2016. I am also planning to publish another article this year titled, ‘Labial Art-Politics: A Feminist and Poststructuralist Artistic Theory - Practice of Resistance’.


Graduate School Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The Graduate School Scholarship Scheme was established in 2009 to celebrate the founding of the University's Graduate School, which is responsible for the strategic development of graduate education and research within the University.The Scholarship is awarded to 2016 University of Kent Graduates who earn a Batchelors degree with honours (or undergraduate Masters degree) and register for a postgraduate degree at Kent by 1 October 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 reduction (£500 per annum for part-time students, for 2 years) in tuition fees


- Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree with honours (or undergraduate Master's degree) awarded in 2016 by the University of Kent.- This scholarship offer is not available to those students who have been awarded foundation degrees, HNCs, HNDs or postgraduate degrees.Candidates must have satisfied the criteria for admission and register for a postgraduate degree (Master's or Doctorate) with the University of Kent by 1 October 2016. - Candidates must be self-funded, i.e. they are paying their tuition fees themselves.- Open to overseas/home/EU fee paying students.- MArch students are not eligible for this scholarship.

Application Procedure

There is no need to make a separate application. The tuition fee reduction will be provided to all eligible 2016 graduates on registration

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent. English Language requirements: View Website

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