Art and Media Studies

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Art and Media Studies

The department of Art and Media Studies sees itself as a discourse space in which students and professors work together on critical-epistemological questions relating to aesthetics, politics, materialities as well as artistic and media practices. Their entanglements with bodies, collectives, communities and technologies are dealt with in different research fields by three professorships: "Transversal Aesthetics", "Art History with an Expanded Concept of Material" and "Queer Studies in Arts and Sciences". In addition, there are specific thematic focuses such as the Black Radical Tradition, Politics of Care, Critical Curating, Queerfeminist Science and Technology Studies, Artistic Research, and (Sub-)Cultural Studies.

The department is based at university level in terms of teaching and research and, in addition to continuous collaboration in artistic and creative project development, offers the opportunity to complete an academic doctorate (Dr.phil.). It maintains diverse relationships with university and non-university research institutions and organizes symposia, lecture series and publications.

Teaching Staff


Seminars Summer Term 2024

Past Fellows / Past Cooperations

We are pleased to announce that Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, the director of the Academy of the Arts of the World, will be Guest Seminar Leader for Decoloniality in Practice together with Prof. Dr. Stefano Harney in the winter semester 2022/23.

MAX JORGE HINDERER CRUZ is a Bolivian-German writer, curator and philosopher. He is Artistic Director and Speaker of the Academy of the Arts of the World (Akademie der Künste der Welt, ADKDW) in Cologne, Germany. From March 2019 to June 2020 he was Director of the National Museum of Art (MNA) in La Paz, Bolivia. His texts and cultural criticism have been published in Spanish, German, English, Portuguese and French, in various formats in books, catalogues, magazines and international newspapers in Europe, Africa, the USA and Latin America. Hinderer Cruz regularly publishes essays in the Bolivian newspaper La Razón. Most recently, he published the book LA DEUDA CON LA BELLEZA. Textos 2019-2021 (PCP Programa Cultura Política, La Paz, 2022). Together with Elvira Dyangani Ose and Kader Attia, he will be directing MACBA’s Independent Studies Program (PEI) in Barcelona, Spain, in its 2023-24 edition.


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