01 February, 2009

Kunstgeschichte - Art Journal

Conceived as a forum for the entire discipline, its first edition covers a range of subjects: Italian Romanesque architecture, a critical opinion on Old Masters’ exhibitions led by connoisseurship, French and German 19th century painting, Ed Ruscha’s photography, as well as installation art by Paul Thek. One paper investigates the potential of Ernst Cassirer’s philosophy of perception for the visual studies; another describes in terms of system theory the museum as a place of learning and experience.

Besides publishing new and innovative research, the journal offers a forum for the reassessment of elder scholarly literature, i.e. texts that initially did not meet with the reception they deserved, or those that offer new perspectives today. The rubric ›Reconsidered‹ starts off with Heinrich W├Âlfflin's Prolegomena zu einer Psychologie der Architektur of 1886. His analogy between the human body and architectural form may be of interest to modern art history, which places the body at the center of its interest. Also, the ›spatial turn‹ might profitably relate to this short text.

Under the rubric ›Theses and Points of View‹, Kunstgeschichte. Open Peer Reviewed Journal wishes to give space for debates, particularly on the current status of art history and on perspectives for its future development. To begin with, we will soon publish the contributions to the panel on the »Historiography of Art History«, which will be held on the occasion of the 30th Deutscher Kunsthistorikertag (Biannual German Art History Convention) in Marburg on March 27, 2009.

Kunstgeschichte. Open Peer Reviewed Journal is committed to the principles of public peer review. Papers submitted to the e-journal are first put up as ›Discussion Papers‹ for public peer assessment over a period of six months. After this stage, the authors have the option of revising their work according to the public comments. Only then will the definitive papers be published as ›Journal Articles‹. By proceeding thus we capitalize on the specific possibilities of the internet: It allows scholars to interact immediately, and to contribute comments, criticism, and additional information online to the papers published in Kunstgeschichte. Open Peer Reviewed Journal. We would like to underline that all comments will be furnished with a proper URL so as to be citable as independent publications.

Finally, the format of online publishing gives readers different kinds of access to the papers: searches may be conducted by authors, epochs, sort of text, or publication date. Moreover, the journal offers full-text search, i.e. the search by names or keywords.

We wish you exciting and inspiring readings, and we look forward to your suggestions, wishes, and comments.


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