Art Theory, Historiography and Criticism

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Integrated members

Joana Cunha Leal

Joana Cunha Leal

Joana Ramôa Melo

Joana Ramôa Melo

Luísa Soares de Oliveira

Luísa Soares de Oliveira

Margarida Tavares da Conceição

Margarida Tavares da Conceição

Mariana Pinto dos Santos

Mariana Pinto dos Santos

 

 

PhD students

Alexandre Tojal

Ana Sofia Nunes

André Silveira

André Silveira Rodrigues

Begonã Farré Torras

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Emília Pinto de Almeida

João Oliveira Duarte

Maria Fernanda Rodrigues

Marta Soares

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Sónia Moura

 

Other collaborators

Nuno Crespo

 

keywords

Pivotal Concepts in Art History and Criticism
Politics and Practices of Theory
Modernisms’ narratives and aporias
Urban Design and Architectural Theory

 

Description

ArtTHC is a cohesive group created in 2010, in close articulation with the new specialisation on art theory offered by the FCSH’s PhD in art history. It has 5 PhD researchers and 6 PhD students (FCT fellowships) that informally share information and discuss their research subjects and procedures. ArtTHC’s team studies theory and historiography, and the relation between them. Within this framework, we particularly study pivotal concepts in art history; political stances in art theories and practices; modernisms’ narratives and aporias; and urban design and architectural theories. These approaches take Portuguese, or Portuguese related, art and architectural theories, histories and criticism into specific consideration, debating the terms of their inscription in the broader world of art history writing (e.g. debating concepts such as “periphery”). Articulating local specificities with the global challenges and debates of the discipline (its main theoretical debates and methodological approaches, changes in concepts, terminology, etc), along with the compromise to publish in English, has put some ArtTHC’s members has key contributors for IHA’s main goals.
ArtTHC’s team also has a strong commitment towards art historical education. Besides integrating graduate students in on-going research projects, its members have also offered undergraduate and graduate seminars at FCSH’s Department of Art History on current art historical debates, the historiography of modernism, architectural theory, and criticism and curatorial practices. ArtTHC’s Cluster on ‘Art Criticism Politics’, coord. by Crespo (recently hired by Universidade Católica as director of their Oporto School of Arts) has also offered, an intensive number of conferences and workshops opened to the academic and professional communities. Finally, significant curatorial projects lead by ArtTHC’s members have been decisive to balance basic research and applied research.