Department of Art History,

Aesthetics & Culture

and Museology

The Department of Art History, Aesthetics & Culture and Museology is one of nine departments at the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University. The department conducts degree programmes in the fields of art history, aesthetics and culture, aesthetic communication, visual culture and museology, including the Master’s degree programme in Curating, which is conducted in English.

There are about 25 permanently affiliated teachers and researchers (professors, associate professors and assistant professors/postdocs), as well as a number of external lecturers. The department also has about 15 PhD students.

The researchers at the department work with researchers from other departments in the two cross-disciplinary research programmes: Cultural Transformations and Mediality, Materiality and Aesthetic Meaning, and in the following research projects: The Democratic Public Sphere, The Contemporary Condition, Posthuman Aesthetics, and Literature between Media.

The departmental staff contribute actively to the following research groups:

The departmental staff are often used as experts in the media on issues relating to art, museums, aesthetics and culture, sound and auditive culture. They also present lectures to the general public to spread the results of their research.

The image at the top of the page: © Christian Salling & Peter Ole Pedersen, Digital Audiobooks, Routledge 2016.  

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Upcoming events at the department

Thu 30 Mar
14:15-17:00 | at Kasernen, Langelandsgade 139, Building 1584, Room 124
Aesthetic Seminar. Who Carries the Weight of History? Artistic Responses to Colonial Ruin(action)s in the former Danish West Indies
Mathias Danbolt is an art historian with a special focus on queer, antiracist, and decolonial perspectives on contemporary art and performance.
Thu 20 Apr
14:15-17:00 | at Kasernen, Langelandsgade 139, Nuilding 1584, Room 124
Aesthetic Seminar. Theory of the Gimmick
Sianne Ngai is Professor of English at Stanford University
Thu 11 May
14:15-17:00 | At Kunsthal Aarhus, J.M. Mørks Gade 13, Aarhus C
Aesthetic Seminar. Signer's Temporalities
Inge Hinterwaldner is currently professor for modern and contemporary art in the Institute of Art and Visual History at the Humboldt University in Berlin