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"Bildwissenschaft & Visual Culture”:
International lecture series 2013-2014

A strategic IKK-Lecture Series in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Dänemark and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK)  

Read more about the series in the actual article at UNIavisen, Copenhagen University

List of scheduled lectures in 2013

Oliver Grau
STRENGTHEN THE HUMANITIES. MediaArtHistories, Image Science & the Archive 2.0
12. April 2013, Friday, 15-17.00

Norbert Schneider
4. October 2013, Friday, 15-17.00
Auditorium 23.0.50

Whitney Davis
(in Visual Culture and Bildwissenschaft)
18. Oktober 2013, Friday, 15-17.00
Auditorium 23.0.50

Susanne Regener
BILLEDERNES MOBILITET: Om det visuelle I homoseksuel kultur
1. November 2013, Friday, 13-15.00
Auditorium 22.0.11 

Horst Bredekamp
THE SWIMMING SOVEREIGN: Charlemagne and the political iconology of the body
15. November 2013, Friday, 15-17.00
Auditorium 23.0.50


In 2013 and 2014, IKK: Department of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen organizes a lecture series "Bildwissenschaft & Visual Culture" as a starting point for two prospect collaborative networks: On one hand it is a start of the new Strategic Partnership in Arts and Culture between the Goethe-Institut Dänemark and the Department for Art and Cultural Studies (IKK).  On the other hand it is the start of a strategic collaboration with the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK), Copenhagen and its international research network, “What Images Do” (hosted with The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts).


The common platform for the collaborative initiatives is to build and accumulate core competences internationally with regard to concepts and practices of the Image, Visibility and Visuality in their widest sense, including research practices within the creative educations in Denmark and internationally.

The strategic approach of the IKK-Lecture Series can be summarized in the question:

“How can the image-related disciplines like the Art History, Cultural Studies, Media – Performance- and Critical Studies keep and expand their specific skills interdisciplinary within the shared and highly competitive educational and research environment?”

Today´s German-language visual studies or Bildwissenschaft on one hand and the Anglo-Saxon Visual Culture on the other are standing before the substantial challenges after their ca. 2 decades-long history. In particular the creation of a new academic environment has remained an important target for the study of images of all kinds. The explanation for that lies not only in the notorious disciplined focus on traditional preferences and strongholds of research into the visual, but also, and not least, in the largely separated discussions between the discourses in the German-spoken countries and those in the Anglo-Saxon field of influence.

The lecture series and its collaborative network therefore has as goal to deepen an interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue between the two cultures of image-oriented studies by presenting the paradigmatic positions and discussing the current thinking focused on Images, Visiblity and Visuality and to relate strategic debates to the sphere and research practices incorptated in creative educations in Denmark and internationally.

"What Images Do" will among other activities organize a related ph.d.-study-forum, Autumn 2013 related to "Bildwissenschaft & Visual Culture" and involve these events in “What Images Do”, an international symposium, Copenhagen March 19th-21th, 2014 on."


The lecture series will be published as a special edition of the leading SAGE Journal Thesis Eleven in late 2014 / beginning of 2015.


Slavko Kacunko & Anders Michelsen, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, in collaboration with Henrik Oxvig, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK).

List of confirmed lecturers for 2014

Henrik Oxvig (Spring 2014)

Anders Michelsen (Spring 2014)

Gunhild Borgreen (Spring 2014) 

Nicoletta Isar (Spring 2014)

Slavko Kacunko (Spring 2014)