Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


I'm a senior lecturer of Art History and Visual Studies and coordinator of the International Master-programme in Visual Culture.

My main teaching and research interests are in art historiography, methodology, memory studies, aesthetics and theory of visualities from 1500 to the present.

My present research deals with art historiography and aesthetics, especially how art historians have dealt with the birth of art and its conditions of possibility.

Furthermore, I research:
1) how evolution biology influenced the thinking in art history during 1800/1900,
2) how Art History was popularized as an academic disciplin via BBC TV-documentaries during the 1960s,
3) how representations of climate change contribute to an ontodramatization of our existence.
4) the Visual Culture of Education.

I wrote my dissertation "Picture atlas, Visual education and Reproduction. Aby Warburg's Mnemosyne-atlas and the visualization of Art History around 1800/1900" at Copenhagen University.


About the research

Currently I'm engaged in a collaborative research project for the exhibition “Myths of Nations. The Clash of Futures. 1914-1945”, organized and curated by Prof. Dr. Monika Flacke at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin.

My interest in art historiographical matters focus, at the present, on German Art History and how it became influenced by Darwin and Piderit, and later by the racial biology of the 1910-20s. Furthermore I research how Art History was popularized e.g. by Kenneth Clark's "Civilisation" and John Berger's materialstic response: "Ways of Seeing".

During 2012 I was engaged with a post-doc Project called "Visual Ecocriticism". The project focused on how images of nature and climate change manifests itself in science, popular science and fiction. I was and still am particularly interested in the ways how natural catastrophies and apocalyptic scenarios are used and arerepresented in video-animations, charts and illustrations in Nature, National Geographic, Animal Planet and in contemporary film in order to ontodramatize our existence.

Visual education and the visual culture of schools and higher education is a research theme that I touched on in my dissertation. Visual aids, wall charts, experiment-boxes and other didactical aids are investigated in relation to the history of visual education.

Furthermore I work, quite slowly, on a critical commentary on Aby Warburg's unfinished and fragmentary text "Mnemosyne Einleitung", written between March-July


Books (1)
Articles (11)
Book chapters (2)

Research portal (Lund University)


Other tasks and qualifications

Chairman of Ester Almqvist Foundation, 2015-2017.

External examiner, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), 2016.

External examiner in Art History and Visual Culture at Copenhagen and Aarhus University, Denmark, 2014-2018.

External examiner in Art Theory at the Royal Academy of Fine Art, Denmark, 2012-2014.

Joacim Sprung

Senior Lecturer
Division of Art History and Visual Studies
Division of Fashion Science
Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

Programme Coordinator
Division of Art History and Visual Studies
Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

Contact information

E-mail joacim.sprungkultur.luse

Phone +46 46 222 31 41

Room LUX:C431

Visiting address Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address Box 192, 221 00 Lund

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