Art and Visual Culture

In art history we study objects of art, as well as architecture and design, but also visual culture, advertising and fashion, for example.

Many of the methods developed in the area of art history are used today in other fields of research, and Linköping University hosts research and development in the area of visualisation, as well as in technological and medical fields.

Some examples of what this means at Linköping University are that we study how children and young people consume visual culture or how children and teachers use film and cinema in school. But we also turn our gaze inwards to academia and study the role of illustrations in the history of social sciences. Alongside this, we conduct traditional, fundamental subject research.

Traditionally, researchers have studied the objects themselves. Why have they been created, for example? Why do they look the way they do, what interpretations can be made, what is their function and how are they perceived in their historical, cultural and social contexts? In recent times, however, researchers' interest has continuously changed focus to the conceptions that they convey and consolidate. Norm-critical analyses have played an important role in the theoretical development in the field.