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Faculty Research Fields
academic fields are not simply given but very much a result of the
production of texts and the debates triggered by them. The writings of
Vasari in the 16th century for instance not only established the genre
of the artist biography but also gave rise to the category of
"renaissance" — a term established in the 19th century when the history
of art became an academic subject. Closer to our time we have recently
seen the emergence of "contemporary art" as being a distinctly different
from "modern art." To contextualize current debates and give it a proper
historical grounding historiographic research investigates under what
circumstances certain fields, subjects, and methods of study emerge.
When and how do they change? How do "methods" develop?
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