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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

Mon 16 Aug
15:00-16:30 | Online
The Museum as Classroom: Albert C. Barnes, Collector-Curator-Educator
Online seminar
Tue 31 Aug
14:00-15:30 | Online
A Conflict of Identities: The Wallace Collection Across Time
Online seminar
Wed 15 Sep
17:00-17:00 | Online
Join the two-day online conference on the multitude of ways of seeing, thinking, and living ecology through visual art, cinema, magic and philosophy. The programme proposes to engage with a deep theoretical garden of ideas and experiences of ecology with a focus on cycles of decay and efflorescence in garbage and in plants, and on their particular ontologies and ways of inhabitation of the planet.