Course code: KOVN14
ECTS credits: 15
Programme affiliation: Part of Master's Programme in Visual Culture

NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below was about autumn semester 2021.

Study period: autumn semester 2021
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2021-11-01 – 2022-01-16
Language of instruction: English
Eligibility: 90 credits from first cycle including Bachelor's essay in one of the subjects history of art and visual studies, filmvetenskap, musicology, design studies, architecture, visual view of mankind or the equivalent knowledge

Application code: LU-E1571

Application code: LU-31611

Introductory meeting: 2021-11-01 at 13:15 – 15:00 in LUX:B251

Course coordinator: Peter Bengtsen
Teachers: Björn Fritz, Max Liljefors, Joacim Sprung, Ellen Suneson


The course covers issues related to the human body and its status in modern and contemporary society, with particular regard to the display, representation, exposure, and invisibilisation of the body in different societal, cultural and artistic contexts. The modern and contemporary problematics of the body, and of how it is pictured and imagined, are studied with consideration of their continuities and discontinuities with the visual cultures of pre-modern periods.

The course examines the visual cultures of the body from three perspectives:

  1. The connections between visualisation and knowledge, control and power, including the economisation, politicisation and juridification of the body in the context of bioscience, bioeconomy, and biopolitics.
  2. The relation between embodiment, individuality and subjectivity, including issues of identity, self-(mis)recognition and performativity in relation to ethnicity and race, gender, age, disability, etc.
  3. Theoretical and philosophical understandings of human corporeality and its existential conditions and implications, including the complex relations between visuality and materiality.


The course is not open for applications through / next semester. Please contact the department for more information!

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

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