Venue: Bushuis, Kloveniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam. https://www.uva.nl/locaties/binnenstad/bushuis.html
Dates: 25 November, from 10.00 until 16.00, Bushuis, Room E1.01C | 9 December, from 10.00 until 16.00, Bushuis, Room E1.01D | Lunch is offered by OSK
ECTS: The course represents a course load of 2.5 ECTS. A certificate will be provided by the OSK after successful participation
Instruction language: All discussions and presentations will be in English
Registration: Deadline for application: 1 November 2019
The Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History (OSK) will offer the PhD seminar ‘Paradigms in Art- and Architectural History’ this year on 25 November and 9 December 2019. The seminar will be chaired by prof. dr Kitty Zijlmans (professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, Leiden University) and dr Freek Schmidt (assistant professor History and Theory of Architecture, VU University Amsterdam).
Particularly designed for PhD-students in Art and Architectural History, the course will examine and discuss the processes of selections and structures in art and architectural historical research. The main question under examination will be: how does one define his/her field of research? And which rationales constitute that demarcation?
From this starting point, the two-day course will provide an in-depth discussion of art historical methodologies, approached from current status quaestionis. The course is suitable for the structuring of any art historical PhD-thesis. Participants are asked to prepare and contribute to a short bibliography, to participate in the discussions and to give a short presentation of their research on the second day, based on the main question of the course and the presentations by the professors on the first day.
The first day will consist of presentations by the professors and discussion of literature. On the second day, participants are required to give a 10 minute presentation of their own research, giving special attention to aspects of arrangement, demarcation and disciplinary limits. Of course the presentations will be discussed en groupe.
We kindly ask you to prepare the following before 5 November:
E-mail Paul Koopman (email@example.com) a pdf-file of a text which you would like to add to the bibliography of this course. We suggest you select a text which you personally consider a methodological or stylistic inspiration. This can be a key text (which was crucial for you at a certain stage of your research), or a text by an author who expresses a vision or starts a debate to which you relate in a certain way. This enables us not only to discuss the approach to your research object, but also methodological aspects. Paul will send the bibliography to the participants.
Also: send a short (1 A4 max.) abstract of your research.
Preparation for the first day:
Formulate, based on the given literature, in 2 A4 pages maximum, discussion points that you would like to raise. Connect the texts to your own research mentality: where do you draw lines, how do you demarcate your research and what is your position towards other disciplines or research areas? Elude your discussion points briefly and e-mail them before 15 November 2019 to Paul Koopman (firstname.lastname@example.org). He will forward all discussion points to the participants.
Preparation for the second day:
Give a presentation: everyone has 10 minutes to introduce their research subject shortly, to question it in relation to research in that area that has already been conducted and position it. Make sure to present your research question (why do you pose this question to your material?) and your approach.
We ask you to take into account the insights and discussion from day 1 and from the literature into your presentations. Confront your own approach to the suggestions that have been raised on day 1 and in the literature, taking into account the interdisciplinarity and demarcation of you research.
Bibliography, to be completed with texts suggested by the participants;
- Davis, Whitney, ‘Periodization’, in: The Dictionary of Art. dl. 24, 1996, pp. 453-455.
- Elkins, James, ‘Intuitive Stories’, in: James Elkins, Stories of Art, New York/London (Routledge) 2002, pp. 1-38.
- Dana Arnold, Reading Architectural History, London / New York 2002, introductions to chapters 1 (pp. 1-13) and 2 (35-50)
- Locher, Hubert, ‘The Idea of the canon and canon formation in art history’, in: Matthew Rampley, Thierry Lenain, Hubert Locher, Andrea Pinotti, Charlotte Schoell-Glass & Kitty Zijlmans (eds.), Art History and Visual Studies in Europe. Transnational Discourses and National Frameworks, Leiden (Brill) 2012, pp. 29-40 (Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 212).
- Zijlmans, Kitty, ‘An Intercultural Perspective in Art History: Beyond Othering and Appropriation’, in: James Elkins (ed.), Is Art History Global?, New York/London (Routledge) 2007, pp. 289-298.
Extra literature suggestions:
- Dana Arnold, Elvan Altan Ergut and Belgin Turan Ozkaya (eds.), Rethinking Architectural Historiography, London / New York 2006
- The selected proceedings of a conference, includes the texts by Fernie and Rendell.
- Andrew Ballantyne, What is architecture?, London/New York 2002
- A reader about architecture, with an introduction by Ballantyne on what architecture is, or as it has been described in 20th-century philosophy, followed by a selection of previously published texts on architecture by Diane Ghirardo, Michel de Certeau, Neil Leach, Kathleen Anne McHugh, Joyce Henri Robinson, Demetri Porphyrios, Kenneth Frampton, David Goldblatt and Bernard Tschumi.
- Matthew Rampley, Thierry Lenain, Hubert Locher, Andrea Pinotti, Charlotte Schoell-Glass & Kitty Zijlmans (eds.), Art History and Visual Studies in Europe. Transnational Discourses and National Frameworks, Leiden (Brill) 2012.
- Kitty Zijlmans, Kunstgeschiedenis, Amsterdam University Press 2018 (serie Elementaire Deeltjes no. 60).