HIS 3. History - Art History: A Methodology Lab Course

Course content

Få overblik på:
- Historie, KA-2022, ét-faglig, lektionskatalog efterår 2024
- Historie, KA-2022, to-faglig, lektionskatalog efterår 2024
- Historie, KA-sidefag-2022, lektionskatalog efterår 2024
- Historie, BA, lektionskatalog efterår 2024

HIS 3. History - Art History: A Methodology Lab Course
This course provides a showcase for how art historical and historical methodologies are merging in current and ground-breaking research of the pre-modern world. We will investigate historical sources that document the ritual function of medieval holy sites (f. ex. churches, synagogues, mosques) and their decoration, as well as administrative documentation, and examine how they resonate with the organization and decoration of inner spaces (walls, domes, screens, curtains) ritual furnishings (altars, minbars, Torah Ark doors, baptismal fonts) and vessels (f. ex. censers, candlesticks, chalices).  The course introduces students to new art historical research that uses anthropological approaches to images and embraces non-Christian religious cultures and focuses on the sensorial experience of a holy site or object when activated in the ritual. By focusing on phenomenological aspects of sacred architecture and decoration, f. ex. natural and artificial light (reflections on mosaics, stained glass, enamels, candles in front of cult images), sound and music (arrangements for reading, preaching, (antiphonal) singing, as well as scent (f. ex. diffusion of incense), the goal is to provide students with tools to reconstruct the strategies that architects, donors, and artists used to create experience of a sacred space for an audience. The geographical and temporal scope is set widely to address different ritual specificities and artistic/architectural styles as well changes in function and decoration across Europe including the Mediterranean basin and from Late Antiquity to the early Renaissance.

At the same time, students are familiarised once again with the techniques of historical work and the preparation of historical term papers.


MA-Area 3: Academic Writing with Focus on Source Analysis (HHIK03911E)
[Kandidatuddannelsen i historie, 2022-ordningen]

MA-Area 3: Academic Writing with Focus on Source Analysis (HHIK03911E)
[Kandidatdelen af sidefaget i historie, 2022-ordningen]

MA-Area 9: Historical Area with Focus on Source Analysis (HHIK03991E) [kun for studerende, hvis centrale fag hører under et andet hovedområde end humaniora
[Kandidatdelen af sidefaget i historie, 2022-ordningen]

MA-Area 9: Historical Area with Focus on Source Analysis (HHIK13991E)
[Kandidattilvalg i historie, 2022-ordningen]

Historical Theme 1 (HHIB10211E) [kun for studerende med grundfag i Historie]
[Bachelortilvalg i historie, 2022-ordningen]

Seminar / lectures / exercises / excursions

- Finbarr Barry Flood and Beate Fricke: Tales Things Tell. Material Histories of Early Globalisms. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2024.
- Elina Gertsman and Barbara Rosenwein: The Middle Ages in 50 Objects. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Kun studerende med grundfag i Historie kan anvende dette kursus som Bachelortilvalg.

This Master’s course is open for international Bachelor’s students, but requires at least the equivalent to 45 ECTS passed within history. Questions regarding course registration should be directed to visitingstudents@hum.ku.dk

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Type of assessment
Exam registration requirements

Aktuelle studieordninger for Historie og  Studiehåndbogen [KA] eller  Studiehåndbogen [BA].

Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 203
  • Exam Preparation
  • 129,5
  • English
  • 388,5


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Bachelor choice
Full Degree Master choice
Master’s minor subject

1 semester


Dette er et dagkursus via tompladsordningen mod betaling på Åbent Universitet. Tilmeld dig og se aktuel prisoversigt på  denne side.

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Study Board of Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin, History
Contracting department
  • SAXO-Institute - Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin, History
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Anders Holm Rasmussen   (5-697077747548707d7536737d366c73)

Underviser: Nino Zchomelidse

Saved on the 10-05-2024

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