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Institute of Art History

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Theory and History of Photography

CAS in Theory and History of Photography
Image Credits: Cortis & Sonderegger, Bronco, 2005, aus der Serie Lightning, © Cortis & Sonderegger /

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Photographic images circulate globally now more than ever. They are found in analog and digital form, depicting artistic, scientific, and historical objects and situations, from outer and inner worlds. The visual medium of photography shapes our perception of people and history, of culture, politics, and economics.

The Continuing Education Program in the Theory and History of Photography is designed to offer foundational knowledge of this medium to a broad professional audience. We bring core expertise in the methods and objects of art history to a wider educational horizon focused on the history and theory of photography in an interdisciplinary context. Drawing from more than ten years of insight, research, and experience built up by the program of international teaching and research on the theory and history of photography at the University of Zurich, we furnish program participants with knowledge in the following areas:
– The theory and global history of photography as a medium in both its analog and digital forms
– Photography in its scientific, aesthetic, and art historical contexts 
– Artistic, political, and not least ethical engagement with photographs

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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Zurich
Prof. Dr. Bettina Gockel, Institute of Art History, University of Zurich
Steering Committee
Prof. Dr. Bettina Gockel, Institute of Art History, University of Zurich
Prof. Andrés Mario Zervigón, Department of Art History, Rutgers University, New Jersey

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Nadine Jirka, MA
Universität Zürich
Kunsthistorisches Institut
Rämistrasse 73
8006 Zürich
Phone: +41 (0)79 515 57 68