The recent ‘global turn’ in art history and curatorial practice has prompted the question of how to reflect this through pedagogy. The workshop Worlding Art History through Syllabi takes up the notion of ‘worlding’ to explore how art history is taught in different places and institutions around the world. What would a ‘worlded’ syllabus look like, and how can we collaboratively ‘world’ global art history?

A ‘worlded’ art history rejects the idea of a single global world framed, ordered and represented according to Eurocentric premises or as universally constituted by global capitalism. Instead, it conceives of the global as constituted from multiple and entangled geo-cultural perspectives. It is not centered on assumed commonalities of ‘global’ art. Rather, it seeks to shed light on differences and relations. What are histories, epistemologies, and ontologies that constitute ‘global’ art? What are infrastructural or institutional incommensurabilities which define the many intersecting art histories of the present?

This workshop invites scholars from the fields of art history, cultural studies, cultural anthropology, media studies, museum studies and other related disciplines to participate in an peer-to-peer exchange of experiences and practices. It focuses on how scholars may, or already have, designed teaching syllabi to complicate dominant frameworks of ‘global’ art history. It is particularly interested in how syllabi have the capacity to restructure pedagogical approaches to teaching topics such as global capitalism in the art world, the so-called Global North-South division, transnational and transcultural entanglements, and differences between teaching regional art histories.


In English

Launch of the publication series ‘Worlding Public Cultures: The Arts and Social Innovation’

Carine Zaayman (author of the premiering WPC book, Anarchival Practices: The Clanwilliam Arts Project as Re-imagining Custodianship of the Past, WPC/ICI Berlin Press 2022)  in conversation with Wesley C. Hogan (in person and online)

Lecture by Pheng Cheah (online)
Beyond the World as Picture: Worlding and Becoming the Whole World

Followed by a discussion (in person and online) with Pheng Cheah (UC Berkeley), Carmen Moersch (Kunsthochschule Mainz) and Birgit Hopfener (Carleton University)

Moderated by Monica Juneja (Heidelberg University)

Workshop: Worlding Art History through Syllabi
Further details to be announced soon.

Interested participants are invited to submit a short biography (max. 200 words) and statement (max. 500 words) describing your motivation for participating in the workshop, your experience with designing syllabi and what you would like to contribute to the workshop. Select participants will be invited to give short presentations on their syllabi, and others will be invited to partake as discussants. The aim of the workshop is to jointly explore how to develop more ‘worlded’ approaches to art history through syllabi/curricula in higher education.

For further details please see the Pdf.

Please email your application materials to Eva Bentcheva by Monday 26 September 2022.

Organized by
the Heidelberg University team of Worlding Public Cultures: The Arts and Social Innovation in collaboration with Ming Tiampo (WPC / Carleton University) and Birgit Hopfener (WPC / Carleton University), in cooperation with ICI Berlin.

WPC is funded by a Social Innovation Grant from the Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities and (within Germany) by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF/DLR, no. 01UG2026).

How to Attend
  • At the venue (registration required): Registration will open on 30 Sep 2022.

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Image Credit © Pansee Atta, Migrations, 2014, Mixed Media on panel, 8″x10″, courtesy of the artist