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 professional Master's degree programme MA 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 27 Sep
14:15-17:00 | Kasernen, Langelandsgade 139, Building 1584, Room 124
Andreas Broeckmann: Seven Aspects of Machine Aesthetics
Aesthetic Seminar
Tue 09 Oct
11:00-16:00 | Aarhus Universitet, Kasernen, Forskerhusets Mødelokale 114, Langelandsgade 139, 8000 Aarhus C
Det er sygt! Sygdom i kunsten, litteraturen og videnskaben i 1800-tallets Norden
Sygdom som kulturelt og visuelt inspirationsmateriale for 1800-tallet.
Thu 11 Oct
14:15-17:00 | Langelandsgade 139, Building 1584, Room 124
John Cayley: Reading with Aesthetics: before and after transactive synthetic language
Aesthetic Seminar
Thu 01 Nov
14:15-17:00 | Langelandsgade 139, Building 1584, Room 124
Kristin Veel: Social Media Small Forms
Aesthetic Seminar
Thu 08 Nov
14:15-17:00 | Kasernen, Langelandsgade 139, Building 1584, Room 124
Anna Nacher: Between the “gray media” of camera trapping and the techno-ecological art practice: towards non-only-human aesthetics of post-digital imaging
Aesthetic Seminar