IHA’s research policy is focused on internationalization, promotion of basic and applied research, knowledge transfer and the expansion of funding sources. Thereby, the following general objectives apply:
1) To promote and extend the study of all areas of art history, museum studies, heritage and conservation practices, art theory, contemporary art practices, and art history writing.
2) To promote the international visibility of Portuguese Art History, and the international discussions on Portuguese History of Art by the dissemination of results of the research through refereed international publications, general and monographic training courses, seminars, conferences and other scientific meetings; as well as,
3) to extend the participation of IHA’s researchers in international research networks, and increase the scientific exchanges with other European institutions in order to apply to European research funds; while also
4) extending the participation of IHA’s researchers in international research networks, and increasing the scientific exchanges with non-European institutions, namely those belonging to Portuguese speaking community, both in Africa and Brazil, in order to set up common research projects.
5) To encourage and support future and ongoing research projects in all IHA’s research areas, and to reinforce interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches to the study of art history and related domains (namely by deepening working partnerships and promoting joint initiatives with other FCSH and non-FCSH R&D units).
6) To reinforce the training of young graduates and PhDs in contexts of team research, through their integration both in the established research groups and ongoing funded research projects (namely by way of fellowship programs); concurrently, to reinforce IHA’s articulation with FCSH’s PhD programs; while also
7) promoting and extending the scientific culture that supports art history as a key instrument to the development of research competences and carriers in the fields of heritage, museology and artistic studies; and in this context, deliberatly
8) help to stimulate employment within art history, museums and heritage sectors, by establishing cooperation conventions with private and public institutions, and with city councils. By the same token,
9) to assert art history as a fundamental area to the definition of Portuguese and EU’s cultural policies, making clear its impact to economic and social cohesion and development, namely through its articulation with cultural tourism, and again the regeneration of historic centers and the vivification of museums and monuments;
10) To affirm art history as a scholarly domain prepared to answer to new societal challenges related to heritage’s sustainability and urban regeneration, through innovation and the use of emergent technologies, as well as through pedagogical actions destined to channel the knowledge produced by IHA’s researchers to a wider audience; Finally,
11) to establish a systematic and diversify publishing policy, both through traditional and digital media (including IHA’s web site), seeking not only scholarly audiences but also non-academic general audiences.