Digital Visual Studies

Dealing with questions that arise from the development in the digital humanities plays an important role in the research focus of the department. Computer-aided processes increasingly determine the collection, the management, and the communication of research-related data – from sustained digitization of art historical sources and their automatized evaluation to formats of digital publishing. Considering the mediality of sources and tools, hitherto conventional conceptions of working in the humanities are changing. Apart from a reflection on these radical changes and their epistemological implications on the level of science history and theory, the department encourages the acquisition and mediation of digital competences by introducing an extensive reorganization of the academic IT area at the institute. From 2020 to 2026, the department directs the research project Digital Visual Studies at the University of Zurich.

Digital Visual Studies @ University of Zurich

Digital Visual Studies is a cooperative project funded by the Max Planck Society and hosted by the University of Zurich, starting January 2020. The project’s aim is to establish Digital Visual Studies as to expand Art History towards the Digital Humanities, to modernize its methodologies, and to contribute in forming a first generation of Digital Visual Humanists. The project includes Predoctoral Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Fellows, who work in the areas of visual, textual, spatiotemporal and multimodal research. Digital Visual Studies is connected with a national and international network of partner institutions and digital initiatives. This cooperative project seeks to generate avant-garde research and methodological, technical, and intellectual innovation.

For the DVS team, projects, and activities see its website:


Towards a Collaborative Cultural Analysis of the City of Rome

Public event without registration
Jun 26, 2023 12:00 AM (Local Time Germany) - Jun 28, 2023 12:00 AM
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rome

Image Systems and Urban Spatio-Temporal Navigation

Frédéric Kaplan
Event open to the public without registration
Feb 27, 2023 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rome and online

Navigating and Annotating Art Historical Collections

Workshop (closed) with Open Lecture (participation possible on-site or online) by Dario Rodighiero
Only the Lecture is public (participation possible on-site or online)
Nov 23, 2021 - Nov 25, 2021

What's next for Art History and Cultural Analytics: Features, Dimensions, Networks

Harald Klinke
Online event via Zoom
Apr 21, 2021 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)

"A Tale of Two Practices. Literary Studies between Hermeneutics and Quantification"

Franco Moretti
Versione italiana sarà resa disponibile in formato cartaceo / Admission until 11:30
Dec 10, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Totentanz: Aby Warburg and Digital Art History

Leonardo Impett
Jan 17, 2018 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom
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