The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies (IKK) is based on the distinct disciplines of comparative literature, art history, theatre studies, and musicology, in combination with newer approaches from cultural studies, visual culture, and other analytic perspectives that have emerged in the ongoing attempts to come to terms with the transformation of culture.

IKK’s transdisciplinary research clusters and centres respond to contemporary societal challenges. They work across a combination of traditional art studies and an expanded cultural studies approach to contemporary and historical material. Our main strategic goal is to contribute considerably to the field of cultural and aesthetic analysis and to consolidate the study of art and culture as a fundamental component of the humanities in the twenty-first century

Research centres

Research clusters

Collective research projects