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Art History & Visual Material Culture

The theme group Art History & Visual Material Culture develops transhistorical perspectives on art and heritage objects – from the medieval to the contemporary – including their socio-material agencies and the geo-political networks they exist in. Research interests include artistic & art-based research, care & repair, colonialism & decolonization, conservation & restoration, digital & technical art history, eco-criticism & extractivism, gender & diversity, heritage & documentation, inclusion & canon, making & materiality, pedagogies & literacies, practices & processes.

The group comprises 15+ researchers and 20+ PhD students, including Artistic PhDs. It is open to colleagues interested in art history & visual material culture and organizes the following activities:

  • the bi-monthly Arts in Society PhD colloquium, announced in the ICOG newsletter and the AiS calendar, contact Eva Waterbolk, Ann-Sophie Lehmann
  • a small-scale, internal research colloquium (contact Veronica Peselmann)
  • the Talks & Drinks staff-student guest lecture series (see ICOG newsletter for dates and speakers, contact Jesus Rodriguez Viejo)
  • the bi-annual Horst Gerson Lectures, contact Annemarie Kok
  • themed conferences, lectures, and workshops

Past events include Artistic Research in the North, keynote Tim Ingold, 2017; “Art History Lectures Groningen” in collaboration with the Groninger Museum, featuring Paul Taylor (2017), Jan von Brevern (2018), and Nancy Turner (2019); a Webinar Series curated by Eelco Nagelsmit & Merel van Tilburg during the pandemic in 2021, with a.o. Joanna Woodall, Leena Crasemann, Dan Hicks, Aaron Hyman, Juliet Bellow, Mingyuan Hu, Brigitte Sölch. For more information on past events, see the Arts in Society Events Archive

A selection of ongoing research projects:

Participating researchers

PhD candidates

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