Course detail

Shared Interdisciplinary Theory 1

FaVU-3STV1Acad. year: 2020/2021

Interdisciplinary theory represents a core course in the doctoral program curriculum. The content of the course has been modeled along the fact that in the undergraduate and graduate programs, students obtain general knowledge of art theory and related humanities. Hence each semester of the course is adapted to a certain extent to the current individual focus of the students in the particular year and their research needs and preferences.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will get a overview of theories relevant for the formation of modern and conterporary art, especially theories which were formed in direct relation to the needs of the evaluation and interpretation of art which gradually departed not only from the classical canon, but also from the idea of the specific medium or artifact as the locus of theory.




Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Jacques AUMONT, Obraz (2. vydání). Praha: AMU, 2010. (CS)
Helena BENDOVÁ – Matěj STRNAD (eds.), Společenské vědy a audiovize. Praha: AMU, 2014. (CS)
Peter BURKE, Společnost a vědění II. Od Encyklopedie k Wikipedii. Praha: Univerzita Karlova – Karolinum, 2014. (CS)
Umberto ECO, Meze interpretace. Praha: Univerzita Karlova – Karolinum, 2004 (CS)
Michel FOUCAULT, Archeologie vědění (2. vydání). Praha: Hermann a synové, 2016. (CS)
Nelson GOODMAN, Jazyky umění. Praha: Academia, 2007. (CS)
Stuart HALL, Representation. Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices. London – New Dehli: Thousand Oaks – Sage, 2000. (CS)
Wolfgang ISER, Jak se dělá teorie. Praha: Univerzita Karlova: Karolinum, 2009. (CS)
Konrád Paul LIESMANN, Teorie nevzdělanosti. Praha: Academia, 2009. (CS)
Erwin PANOFSKI, Význam ve výtvarném umění. Praha: Malvern – Academia, 2013. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Combination of lectures and group seminars in which texts on theory and philosophy or art are selected in advance.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The semester is completed by a colloquium during which students show the extent of the body of knowledge they have acquired.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

The initial lectures introduce the role of theory in contemporary art and provide a survey of art theories of the 20th century to present.
Seminars are based on group discussions of texts.


The course aims at intertextualizing and deepening theoretical knowledge from a broad spectrum of disciplines ranging from traditional art history, contemporary art theory, new media and visual culture theory, currently formed interdisciplinary field of curatorial studies and a wide spectrum of related humanities which inform postcontemporary artistic practices.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Students obtain the non-letter grade upon actively participating in the semiars and fulfilling the assignments.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme VUD Doctoral

    branch VUUP_DP4 , 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory

  • Programme VUD Doctoral

    branch VUUP_DK4 , 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



6 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Guided consultation

6 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer