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This is the website of NORDIK – The Nordic Association for Art Historians r.y. Since 1984, NORDIK has been a forum which brings together individual scholars and organizations who has an interest in Scandinavian art history. Anyone who shares our interest is welcome to join the association!

One of the key tasks of NORDIK is to organize a triennial art historical conference.

Call for papers on the topic of “COLLECTIONS” for the 13th triennial NORDIK Conference of Art History in the Nordic Countries, 24.-28.10. 2022 (virtual via zoom) is now open! 

Deadline: May 9th 2022

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Steven ten Thije, Head of collections, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Susanna Pettersson, Director General, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden

Collections are the basis for art history as we know it. Whether in museums or on the pages of treatises, we bring objects and artworks together and ascribe meaning to them. Through history, artmaking has been deeply entwined with collecting. Collections give power – over history, over art, over taste, and ultimately over the future. Arguing about and intervening in collections can also be a fight for alternatives and other futures, or a way to right past wrongs. Collections are born from creativity, and they can stifle new creations. Many artworks are collections in themselves and the collection itself can be seen as an artwork. No matter the perspective, collections are deeply bound to art history.

For more information and detailed session descriptions, see our Call for Papers-page.

All members will get the latest updates via our e-mail list, you can also check our Facebook-page for updates.


To become a member of NORDIK – just klick the link below!



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