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Professor Carol Tulloch

University of the Arts London
Researcher Research
Carol  Tulloch


Carol Tulloch is a writer and curator with a specialism in dress and black identities. She is a member of the Transnational Art, Identity and Nation Research Centre (TrAIN) and is the TrAIN/V&A Fellow in the Research Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Tulloch was the Principal Investigator of the Dress and the African Diaspora Network, an international endeavour to develop critical thinking on this subject. Tulloch’s knowledge of this area of study has led to appearances on television and radio in programmes such as Tales from the Front Room, BBC4 (2007) and Good Golly, Bad Golly, BBC Radio 4 (2010).

My current research focus is on the telling of self through the styled black body. This includes cross-cultural and transnational relations, cultural heritage, auto/biography, personal archives and what I call style narratives. I combine these approaches to consider how black people negotiate their sense of self within various cultural and social contexts locally, nationally and internationally.

Understandably, my work includes other social and cultural groups to compare experiences, and/or cultural collaborations with people of the African diaspora that enables me to develop a dialogue in the telling and place of individuals and groups. Additionally, the experiences of lives in different situations, the home, and making things have also informed the expansion of my research.

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • British Academy, The Birth of Cool, £5,244.60, (2011-2014)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Dress and the African Diaspora, £19,974.00, (2006-2007)

Research Outputs


Conference, Symposium or Workshop item


  • Rangecroft A, Tulloch C. Interview with Carol Tulloch: Handmade Tales Exhibition at the Women's Library (2011)
  • Tulloch C. Good Golly, Bad Golly (2010)
  • Tulloch C. Woven in Time (2008)


Current research students

  • Martina Linda Attille, How does a Sankofa Aesthetic function in a British black female reading of avant-garde films? (Lead supervisor)
  • Leah Muwanga-Magoye, Afrofuturism and the British African Diaspora: a graphic novel. (Joint supervisor)
  • Maria Smith, Scheherazade Emerging (2000-2012); Reconstructing the Oriental Female Other in Contemporary Western Visual Culture.' (Lead supervisor)
  • Kathleen Stevenson, Potentials of the ‘me-made’: own-use clothing production as ecosophic praxis (Lead supervisor)
  • Nicola Stylianou, Producing and Collecting for Empire: African Textiles in the V&A 1852-2000. (Lead supervisor)
  • Anushka Hui-Xin Tay, Chinoiserie Outside China 1945-present: an exploration of how British Chinese people have experienced and demonstrated their relationship to their Chinese heritage through dress (Joint supervisor)
  • Premila Van Ommen, Kpop, Kathmandu and Camden: Transnational Trends and Fashion Creativity Amongst Young Nepalis in Britain. (Lead supervisor)

Past research students

  • Jessica Carden, Contemporary Visual Representations of the Non-White Body in Arctic Space: British Colonial Constructions of the 'Heart of Whiteness' and the Black-White Binary as Fetish. (Lead supervisor)
  • Kimathi Donkor, Africana Unmasked: Fugitive Signs of Africa in Tate's collection of British Art. (Lead supervisor)
  • Ope Lori, The oppositional gaze: Contemporary image-making practice and the implications of skin colour ideals. (TrAIN) (Joint supervisor)