Chair of East European Art History

Chair of East European Art History



7th International Forum for Doctoral Candidates in East European Art History, April 30th 2020



Dr. Katja Bernhardt is representing the chair.

In geographical terms, the chair and research area of Art History of Eastern Europe covers the eastern portion of Central Europe (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, the Baltic states, former German Democratic Republic) as well as Russia and the other countries of the former Soviet Union, and Southeastern Europe. The focus is on specific manifestations of artistic phenomena and on traditionally close ties with art history in other parts of Europe and beyond. This means that the Chair is one of very few locations to have an integral view of the plurality of artistic and cultural dynamics in Europe.
The courses offered by the Chair provide an insight into the diverse artistic developments in Eastern Europe in an epoch-spanning arc from the Middle Ages up to contemporary art. Comparative and historical relationship perspectives are consistently included. In terms of the area studies approach, the central point is a concept of examples of objects as way of articulating cultural processes (history of ideas, history of religion, politics and society). In the process, the critical reflection of the discipline itself always finds its way into the scientific debate.

The chair was lead by Prof. Dr. Michaela Marek (1956-2018) until 2018.