Division of Art History and Visual Studies

    Unit profile


    The Division of Art History and Visual Studies researches old, modern and contemporary art, architecture and design, from historical, social and aesthetic perspectives. Art History is a humanistic discipline, a study of that which is human. What we call art is a mirror for the human, older than textual sources and vibrant and multifaceted today. At the same time, artworks are linked to their time and place of origin, and the scholar must pursue their historical specificity. In its modern guise, Art History emerged in the 19th century but has predecessors in Antiquity. In Lund, at the beginning of the 21st century, the term Visual Studies was added to the discipline’s name. This reflects that visual expressions not classified as “art” are equal carriers of knowledge and experience. Due to this widened focus, the Division today is characterised by a varied range of theories and methods and by collaboration with other disciplines. The division has a PhD program in Art History and Visual Studies.

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    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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