Research topic: History of art
The entrance to the Physics Building, University of Oslo. (Photo: Kine Selbekk Ottersen, UiO's historical photo archive)
The History of Art at IfIKK consists of a diverse community of faculty, who approach the topic from a wide range of theoretical perspectives, geographical areas, and periods. Our research culture places a strong emphasis on close attention to works of art, visuality, and material practices in their historical, aesthetic, and social contexts. Faculty research incorporates a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches: philosophical, aesthetic, gender and queer theory, popular culture, historiographical, iconographical, sociological, and comparative analyses. We encompasses international research and publications in the areas of painting, architecture, design, visual culture, photography, theory and historiography, media archaeology, new media, technology, and contemporary art. We have particular strengths in the study of Nordic art and architecture from medieval to modern, Renaissance art and architecture, art and visual culture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.