About the department

Antigone, zombie films, Schubert, Beyoncé, Tizian, Japanese manga, Shakespeare, performance art...

In addition to studying art and culture in the traditional sense, we carry out research and teaching projects in many different areas, such as robot technology, disaster theory, sound culture, migration, and digital culture, just to name a few. 
These are just a few of the many subjects we are interested in and know a lot about at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies (IKK). In the department, we research and offer degree programmes in the histories of various art forms from antiquity to the present day, as well as the interactions between art forms and their relations to tendencies in their contemporary culture. 

The department encompasses international research and education from undergraduate to PhD-level within the subjects of Dance Studies, Art History, Comparative Literature, Modern Culture, Musicology, Theatre and Performance Studies and Visual Culture.

The department provides students with strong academic qualifications and flexible opportunities to form their own study programme. As such they can create a marked, individual competence profile, whether this is placed within the traditional delimitations of the academic subjects or combines the disciplines of the department in new ways.

We focus on the continued development of the interaction between research, education and communication. This happens through a dialogue with the surrounding community, employment market and other institutions, the mutual dialogue among the scholars, and through the interaction and dialogue of scholars and students.