HiCSA

Department of art history
UFR 03 History of Art and Archaeology

The research team Social and Cultural History of art is one of the leading university research centres in France for the history of art, both for the size of its permanent staff (39 lecturer-researchers in 2018) and the number of areas covered, from medieval cultures to the most contemporary art, including the Renaissance and modern Northern Europe. While works of art and creative processes form the core of the centre’s research, matters relating to institutions, the study of relations between art, architecture and heritage, and the inclusion of art economics and art communities are currently among our research teams’ interests. Within HiCSA, art history is defined in an open-ended manner, extending beyond the traditional perimeter of the fine arts, photography, decorative arts and the conservation and restoration of cultural goods. A number of projects concerning the world outside Europe, such as Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, are evidence of our desire to see art history against a wider background, open to contemporary issues both in terms of methods (visual culture) and the geography of art in an age of globalisation. These research fields require multidisciplinary points of view and are situated at the crossroads of the humanities and social sciences: art philosophy, cultural history, visual anthropology, sociology, art economics, literature.

The HiCSA (cultural and social history of the arts) host team at the University of Paris 1 PanthéonSorbonne is one of the leading university research centres in France for the history of art, both for the size of its permanent staff (39 lecturer-researchers in 2018) and the number of areas covered, from medieval cultures to the most contemporary art, including the Renaissance and modern Northern Europe. While works of art and creative processes form the core of the centre’s research, matters relating to institutions, the study of relations between art, architecture and heritage, and the inclusion of art economics and art communities are currently among our research teams’ interests. Within HiCSA, art history is defined in an open-ended manner, extending beyond the traditional perimeter of the fine arts, photography, decorative arts and the conservation and restoration of cultural goods. A number of projects concerning the world outside Europe, such as Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, are evidence of our desire to see art history against a wider background, open to contemporary issues both in terms of methods (visual culture) and the geography of art in an age of globalisation.

These research fields require multidisciplinary points of view and are situated at the crossroads of the humanities and social sciences: art philosophy, cultural history, visual anthropology, sociology, art economics, literature. By removing the barriers between chronological and cultural areas, seeking out new themes and emphasising critical theory, we at HiCSA see ourselves as an emblematic forum where researchers practise and invent a history of art engaging with culture as a major anthropological and political feature of modernity. HiCSA’s research activities include scholarly events, research programmes, publishing and the provision of masters and PhD courses for large numbers of students. HiCSA supervises over 211 PhD students from ED 441 History of art, France’s largest art history doctoral school. Not least, HiCSA is the lead unit for LabEx CAP (centre of research excellence “Creation, Arts and Heritage”), comprising 27 institutional partners with 360 lecturer-researchers, researchers and heritage and library conservators. This successful consortium has widely contributed to making us a leading player in art history research with respect to the heritage and museum community.