Kunst und Gesellschaft

Kunst und Gesellschaft beschreibt ein interdisziplinäres Feld der Erforschung von Kunst und ihren gesellschaftlichen Bezügen.

Im Vordergrund stehen sowohl die öffentlich-diskursive, wissenschaftlich-reflexive, sprachlich-kommunikative und ästhetische Auseinandersetzung mit zeitgenössischer Kunst als auch Fragen gesellschaftlicher Erwartungen an Kunst im Kontext von Ausstellungen. Das Fachgebiet widmet sich insbesondere jenen ästhetischen Praktiken sowie kuratorischen und künstlerischen Prozessen, welche gesellschaftliche Umbrüche und Kontinuitäten reflektieren. Es nimmt theoretische Paradigmen und die dazugehörige Kulturproduktion in ihren sozio-historischen und epistemischen Kontexten in den Blick und hinterfragt etablierte Kanons, die Aushandlungsprozesse von Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, Institutionen und Politiken, Gesellschaften und Wissen bezeugen.

Anhand ästhetischer Formen, Formate und Praktiken sollen die Beziehungen zwischen Kultur als Identifikation und Kultur als Prozess der globalen Verflechtung untersucht werden. Im Fokus stehen daher neben dem documenta archiv, den Weltkunstausstellungenund ihren jeweiligen Prozessen der Rezeption, Zirkulation und Produktion gleichermaßen die Theoriebildung und die dazugehörigen Begriffe und Konzepte globaler und lokaler Kunstdebatten. Das Fachgebiet beschäftigt sich konkret mit der Rolle der Kunst bei der Einforderung von Menschenrechten, wie generell mit ästhetischen Dimensionen normativer Ansprüche. Das betrifft etwa das Verhältnis von Kunst und Recht sowie Kunst im Widerstand. Weitere Schwerpunkte sind die Geschichte der documenta, Theorie und Geschichte der Gegenwart und Moderne und ihrer Globalität sowie ästhetische Ökologien in Kunst und Literatur.


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Akram Zaateri: The Desert Panorama (2007)

Das Fachgebiet ist Teil des documenta Instituts

Aktuelle Meldungen


Bogotá, Colombia
The University of Kassel, in cooperation with Universidad del Rosario, Escuela de Ciencias Humanas, and documenta Institut Kassel, invites Master and doctoral students, artists, and engaged members of the diverse fields of the humanities and the arts to apply for an international summer school held from September 4 to 15, 2023, in the city of Bogotá, Colombia.
The summer school is supported by CAPAZ - German-Colombian Peace Institute -, CELA - Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos of the University of Kassel, and the DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service.

Further Information


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Orient-Institut Beirut together wirth Peace and Conflict Culture Network

In the workshop “Contested (in)visibilities and memorial cultures” at the Orient Institut Beirut, on March 15, 2023, we will explore memorial cultures and consider critical readings of heritage and the impact of conflict on arts and cultural production. We will conduct an interdisciplinary exchange with local scholars and artists about landscape, architecture and industrial ruins in order to understand sites of tangible and intangible heritage and engage with visual arts and design practice. We plan to unpack in/visibility, un/official narratives, in/formal memorial practices as reference points for conflict captured in Lebanon, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Colombia. Demarcated by its diversity and complexity, contested heritage is a global issue for tourism, politics, urbanization and education and we will approach it from the lens of philosophy, cultural history, archaeology, museology, design and the arts. It is supported and organized by the Peace and Conflict Culture Network, Orient-Institut Beirut (LAWHA) and the documenta Institut Kassel. Speakers are Gregory Buchakjian, Yasmine Nachabe Taan, Nadia von Maltzahn, Cigdem Ivrem, Liliana Gómez, Paul Lowe and Nela Milic.

22.02.-25.02.23 | KUNST UND GESELLSCHAFT

Keynote-Vortrag Sektion: „Umgebungen des Kolonialen und der Kolonialität: Vermessung, Rentabilität, Distanzierung“

Liliana Gómez:  “The Commons, Not the Past”. Archives, Capitalism and the Camera.

XXIII Deutscher Hispanistentag Graz, 22.02.-25.02.23


10:00 – 13:00 GMT, Online 

The material past lives and lived testimonies of victims of genocide and human rights abuses frequently form a central part of the narratives of violence in Holocaust and Genocide Museums and other sites of memory. However, the use of victims’ testimonies, personal artefacts, photographs and even in some cases physical remains poses questions about the ethics of display. Firstly, to what extent might this process re-victimise? Secondly, do museums have a moral duty towards the dead they display? Thirdly, how should museums store, handle and display both human remains and personal artefacts? These are merely a few of the myriad moral questions that researchers and museum staff must deal with in their everyday encounters with remains.

Hosted by the Peace and Conflict Cultural Network this symposium will explore this contested space, with contributions from Tali Nates, director of the Johannesburg Genocide Centre, Dr. Zuzanna Dziuban of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Elma Hodžić of the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina and James Bulgin, Director of Public History at the Imperial War Museum.

In addition, we will explore possible themes and ideas for the 'Why Remember?' international conference as part of the symposium and invite both past participants and those wishing to attend in 2023 to engage with the Steering Committee of the Peace and Conflict Culture Network to assist in shaping the call for papers for the 2023 conference.

The Peace and Conflict Culture Network is an international network that facilitates connections between academics, practitioners and cultural sector workers, and mobilise arts and social institutions engaged in peace, conflict and cultural discourse.

The network will foreground the contribution of academics and institutions from post conflict societies in particular from the Former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and the Great Lakes region, Lebanon and the Middle East and Colombia and Latin America.

The Peace and Conflict Culture Network is convened by University of the Arts London and funded by the AHRC. The organising team consists of Professor Liliana Gómez, University of Kassel; Dr. Paul Lowe, PARC and London College of Communication; Dr. Nela Milic, PARC and London College of Communication; Professor Kenneth Morrison, De Montfort University.


Liliana Gómez: (Neo)Extraktivismus und sein Unbehagen: Künstlerische Antworten auf Rohstoffkulturen. Universität Duisburg-Essen 

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The Peace and Conflict Culture Network will address the complex and contested questions that face post conflict societies, of what should we remember, what should we forget, and, ultimately, why?

The network will seek to facilitate connections with academics and other relevant stakeholders and mobilise arts and social institutions engaged in peace, conflict and cultural discourse in the UK and abroad in selected regions. It will posit a central research question: what is the role of museums and memory sites that deal with memory and conflict, and how can they more effectively promote tolerance, resilience, inter-group and inter-ethnic cooperation? Firstly, it will investigate the role of art and artists in a museum/site of memory context in contributing to peacebuilding processes. Secondly, the network will facilitate discussions around the question of how youth can be engaged actively in peacebuilding through engagement with museums/sites of memory.

The network will especially foreground the contribution from academics and institutions from post conflict societies in particular from the Former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and the Great Lakes region, Lebanon and the Middle East and Colombia and Latin America.

The Peace and Conflict Cultural Network is convened by PARC and funded by the AHRC. The organising team consists of Dr. Paul Lowe, PARC and London College of Communication; Dr. Nela Milic, PARC and London College of Communication; Professor Kenneth Morrison, De Montfort University, and Professor Liliana Gómez, University of Kassel.


Kassel, Germany

We announce the program for the International Summer School Extractivism and its discontents: cultural and artistic counter-movements, organized by the University of Kassel, in collaboration with Más Arte Más Acción (MAMA), documenta Institut and CELA, which will take place in the city of Kassel, Germany from September 7-18, 2022 within the framework of documenta fifteen.

The sessions will feature a diverse group of guest lecturers who have proposed and co-created a variety of themed dialogue spaces that will allow participants to explore the cultural, aesthetic, and political implications of extractive economies through discursive and artistic laboratories, from interdisciplinary perspectives that span the arts, humanities, cultural studies, and social sciences.

The participants of the summer school were selected through an open call and the selection by an academic committee that resulted in a group of 35 people, 15 of them recipients of a DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service scholarship. We count among our participants activists, researchers, artists and academics who reflect on Latin America’s ecological diversity and its long (post)colonial experience of resource extraction through their practices.

Although these sessions are closed to participants, we will have two sessions open to the public that will take place at the MAMA Doc Space, the space dedicated to the development of the Más Arte Más Acción program during documenta fifteen.

On Friday, September 9, expert teachers from the summer school such as Liliana Gómez, Carolina Caycedo, Paco Gomez Nadal and Ximena Gonzales will talk in a forum called: Ecosystems: Art and Artivism. On Wednesday, September 14, Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Alejandra Rojas and Liliana Gómez will meet in a discussion space called: Thinking with Bodies of Water. If you are in Kassel, we invite you to join this open invitation to reflect on our Summer School.

The International Summer School: Extractivism and its discontents, cultural and artistic counter-movements is organized by the University of Kassel, documenta Institut, CELA and Más Arte Más Acción Foundation with the support of documenta fifteen and CAPAZ - German-Colombian Peace Institute. This initiative is financed by DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt, AA).

For more details on the program and the lectures, see:



Thursday, July 21, 2022
Artist talk with Ursula Biemann, Uriel Orlow and Alexandra Gelis (conSECUENCIAS collective)
Venue: Untere Karlsstr. 14, 34117 Kassel
6 – 8 pm
Friday, July 22, 2022
Talk and Round Table Discussion with T.J. Demos
Venue: Untere Karlsstr. 14, 34117 Kassel
6 – 8 pm
Discussants: Liliana Gómez and Fabienne Liptay
The events are supported by documenta Institut, Universität Kassel, Universität Zürich, and Schweizerischer Nationalfonds (SNF)

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25.04.-11.07.2022 | KUNST UND GESELLSCHAFT

Organisation: Prof. Dr. Liliana Gómez, Dr. Charlotte Bank, Hannah Katalin Grimmer

Montags | Monday 18 - 20 Uhr | 6 - 8 pm 

Kunsthochschule Menzelstraße 13 Nordbau | 0605

Programm / program: Mit/with Andrea Giunta, Gayatri Gopinath, Jens Kastner, Monira Al Solh, Elisabeth Tuider, Archives des luttes des femmes en Algerie, Marwa Arsanios, Jill Casid, Sylvia Sasse, Burcu Dogramaci