Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

Person

I have recently begun a project with the title Art and Transformation. Its purpose is to deepen the understanding of an existential side of our relation to art: how art creates inner transformation in the beholder and/or the artist. The concept ”unselfing”, when ”the walls of the ego fall”, coined by the philosopher and author Iris Murdoch, is important to the project.

My other research covers foremost three areas. 

The first is ”visual historiography”, how historical consciousness is shaped by and expressed in art and visual culture. 

The second is how images of the bodily interior, from anatomy to biomedicine, express and influence ideas about the human as biological organism, existential being and societal creature.

The third area is performativity and creativity, particularly in the intersection between art and the law.

Research

About the research

I am currently working in the research project Approaching the Numinous, together with professor Jayne Svenungsson and PhD student Clara Berg. The project is funded by the LMK foundation 2017–2020. The purpose is to explore affinites between the aesthetic and the spiritual in today's secular, multicultural society. 

My other research covers foremost three areas. 

The first is ”visual historiography”, how historical consciousness is shaped by and expressed in art and visual culture. 

The second is how images of the bodily interior, from anatomy to biomedicine, express and influence ideas about the human as biological organism, existential being and societal creature.

The third area is performativity and creativity, particularly in the intersection between art and the law.

My research is driven by a fascination for how humans create meaning by beholding and depicting the world in various ways. But also how presence partly resists man’s attempt to understand it – the gap between meaning and matter, name and body. I have had several interdisciplinary collaborations with historians, ethnologists, legal scholars, and bioscientists. 

Publications

Books (4)
Editorships (3)
Articles (8)
Book chapters (33)
Conference contributions (3)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (8)
Newspaper articles (1)
Supervision at Lund University (4)

Research portal (Lund University)

Administrative

Tasks

  • Reserve member, Academic Appointments Board, Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology

Teaching

Max Liljefors

Professor
Division of Art History and Visual Studies
Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

Contact information

E-mail max.liljeforskultur.luse

Phone +46 46 222 83 94

Mobile +46 70 173 07 98

Room LUX:C428

Visiting address Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address Box 192, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 30

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