Opening Event "Art History in a Global Context"

KICKOFF MEETING: Art History in a Global Context

Monday May 6. 2013, 4.15-5.45 pm
University of Zurich, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Rämistrasse 73, Zurich, RAK E 8


Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen: Introduction

Dr. Noémie Étienne: Moderation

Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja (Universität Heidelberg):
Reflections on Art History’s Shifting Global Geographies

Prof. Dr. Gregor Stemmrich (FU Berlin):
Politics of Attention

The University of Zurich is delighted to announce the coming of its new Master of Arts Program: Art History in a Global Context. Globalization, the increasing worldwide exchange and mobility of people, goods and information have an impact on our scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. The rapid transformation of our societies and economies draws attention to the inter-relational dimension of arts. Correspondingly, new methodologies and fields of expertise arise in art history, such as postcolonial and geographical approaches. In August 2013, the University of Zurich starts the two-year Specialized Master of Arts “Art History in a Global Context” to address cross-cultural disciplinary entanglements and to explore the potential and limits of our field. The program focuses on issues of global, glocal, international, and interregional exchange and transculturation. To inaugurate this new program, the Kickoff Meeting will address questions to past and contemporary art, as well as the global challenges of teaching and research for European universities.

Monica Juneja holds the Chair of Global Art History at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, University of Heidelberg. Her publications include “Global Art History and the ‚Burden of Representation’ “ in: Hans Belting et al (eds), Global Studies. Mapping Contemporary Art and Culture (2011); Universalität in der Kunstgeschichte? Theme Issue Kritische Berichte (2012 with Matthias Bruhn and Elke Werner), Contextualising Choices. Islamicate Elements in European Arts, Theme Issue, The Medieval History Journal (with Vera Beyer and Isabelle Dolezalek, 2012), Kulturerbe, Denkmalpflege transkulturell: Grenzgänge zwischen Theorie und Praxis (ed. with Michael Falser, 2013). She is working on a monograph tentatively entitled Can Art History be made Global? A Discipline in Transition. She edits the Series Visual and Media Histories (Routledge), is theme editor of the Encyclopedia of Asian Design (Berg) and is co-editor of Transcultural Studies.

Monica Juneja, Heidelberg: Reflections on Art History's Shifting Global Geographies, Paper held at the University of Zurich on May 6, 2013 (PDF, 147 KB)

Gregor Stemmrich is Professor of Art History (20-21th Centuries) at the Frei University of Berlin. He designed the module Art and Cinematography for Media Art Net ( Among other publications: Minimal Art. Eine kritische Retrospektive (ed. 1995); Jeff Wall. Szenarien im Bildraum der Wirklichkeit (ed. 1997); Kunst/Kino (ed. 2001); Having been said – Writings and Interviews of Lawrence Weiner 1968-2003 /Gefragt und gesagt – Schriften und Interviews von Lawrence Weiner 1968-2003 (ed. With Gerti Fietzek, 2004); Dan Graham (2008); Kunst als Verhör (2010); Robert Morris: HEARING (ed. 2010).

Gregor Stemmrich, FU: The Politics of Attention, Paper held at the University of Zurich on May 6, 2013 (PDF, 138 KB)