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Kunsthistorisches Institut

Project Summary


  • What are the coming challenges to research and teaching art history in a global world? The project New Art Histories: Connecting Ideas, Objects and Institutions in Latin America will contribute to this international debate, especially in the Latin American world, and explore the history and the future prospects of different art histories. The main goals of the project are to
  • discuss the past, present and future identity of the emerging discipline of art history, with a concentration on the Latin American world
  • foster international debate on the discipline of art history in a global world by connecting people and institutions both within Latin America and beyond
  • focus on the relations between ideas, objects and institutions as historical and contemporary agents of global disciplinary exchange
  • implement these discussions in practice in conjunction with the recent establishment of one the largest departments of art history in Latin America (Unifesp)
  • realize a substantial and lasting exchange of research and teaching experience by establishing a tandem cooperation between a Latin American (Unifesp) and a major European (UZH) department of art history.

Research Program

Because the two collaborating institutions are universities, the program will engage both in teaching and research. IDEAS addresses the intellectual foundations of the discipline by reflecting upon its historiography, methodological traditions and the ongoing debate about what constitutes a global art history. The research part of this two-year unit, which particularly contributes to the establishment of a network of international scholars and institutions in Latin America and abroad, consists of three international workshops:

Teaching Program

The teaching exchange between the Unifesp and the UZH including students and professors of both universities will focus on historiography, methodology, the early modern period and global art history. Teaching will embrace lecture courses, seminars, field studies and guest lectures structured by one research-oriented and reciprocal Visiting Faculty per semester and one Field Study Trip:

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