Performativity and Visual Culture, 7.5 credits

About the education

The course explores the concept of performativity, and the ways in which it may be used in the interpretation of art and visual culture. Originating from the field of linguistics, performativity has become an increasingly important concept within social sciences and humanities, enabling us to understand and interpret the outside world, and our personal identities, as shaped and transformed through actions, gestures and signs in social space. Works of art and other images may likewise be understood as performative acts, not only representing the world, but actually contributing to its formation. Throughout this course, the students will work with contemporary as well as historical examples.

Subject: Art History

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Area of interest: Arts and Humanities

How are different cultures created and how do they affect us? Arts and Humanities is an area of interest that includes a wide variety of subjects such as Archaeology, Philosophy, History, Religion, Ethnology, Literature, and Theatre and Performance Studies. In one way or another these subjects are an expression of how culture affects human beings and society. As a student you will improve your analytical skills and learn to identify different lines of development, often in an interdisciplinary context.

Studies within Arts and Humanities give you broad general competence that is very useful in the job market, where autonomy, analytical and communication skills are in great demand.

Department responsible for education

Department of Culture and Aesthetics