Critical Theories

The goal of the research group is to give an overview of new art history and/or critical theories that are wildly known and applied internationally but hardly known, let alone applied in the local art history writing. New disciplines (gender studies, minority studies, cultural studies, visual studies, postcolonial
studies, image and media studies, museum studies), and discourses (transitilogy, post-socialism, Holocaust, trauma-memory discourse, nationalism, etc.), as well as new attitudes and methodologies define the scope of our interest. Beyond fulfilling the need for channeling a whole new branch of knowledge into our discipline, we also wish to position art history in a more up-to-date way in
its relation to more open disciplines in the humanities, like social studies and history writing.

1.
Compiling a reader of the seminal writings of each subfield; translating these texts into Hungarian; explanatory notes and bibliography will be added to each text in order to make the context of the text itself more understandable as well as providing necessary information for  the reader. Each chapter will be introduced by the expert of the given sub-field in our group.

2.
Application of the new methodologies through case-studies, also taking into consideration
how the methods born in different historical and cultural contexts can be applied in our region. From the most substantial articles we wish to put together a special issue of Ars Hungarica.

3.
We wish to collaborate with researchers from other countries of the post-socialist region and publish a volume with a provisionary title Political changes and the visual representation of the post-socialist condition, containing studies that reflect on the new critical theories from a regional point of view, and those that try to interpret the post-socialist condition.

Researchers: Edit András and Sándor Hornyik (project leaders), Tímea Junghaus,
Mónika Perenyei, Erzsébet Tatai, Maja and Reuben Fowkes

Joined researchers from the Ludwig Museum: Katalin Timár, Hedvig Turai

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