Professor Hubert Locher
COFUND Senior Research Fellow at Josephine Butler College (October - December 2015)
Prof Locher is a Professor of the History and Theory of Art and Visual Media at the Kunstgeschichtliches Institut and is Director of the Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg. He is one of the most prominent and innovative researchers in the field of an art history focused on the historiography of art on one hand and on the history and aesthetics of photography on the other. Furthermore, he is an elected member of the committee of the CIHA (Congrès Internationaux d’histoire de l’art).
His current work looks at the formation of the art-historical canon in Germany – a topic on which he has already extensively published. In particular, he is interested in furthering his research by exploring the role of photography in canon formation. His visit to Durham will allow him to expand the remits of his project by taking into consideration debates on canon formation in the UK context, with a particular focus on the global turn in the art-historical discourse. His research chimes very well with the research agenda that members of the Centre of Visual Arts and Cultures are currently developing at Durham. Prof Locher’s proposal looks to develop a collaborative link between Durham’s Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures and Marburg’s Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte.