APPLY BY AUG 31 CFP: What does Art Market Research mean? Was bedeutet Kunstmarktforschung?

CFP: What does Art Market Research mean? Positioning of a Research Area in the Process of establishing itself as a Discipline (Workshop; apply by Aug 31, 2016)

German version below

Conception: Jun. Prof. Dr. Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck

An area of research that has been on the periphery for a long time is now making its mark on the discipline of art history: Art Market Research. It developed especially beginning with the research of wide-reaching well-researched areas such as the Italian Renaissance and the Dutch Golden Age and is now being carried into the present. In essence, Art Market Research examines relationships between suppliers, consumers, competitors and agents of the art market as well as their effect on the development, implementation and canonisation of visual arts both in its historical development and in its contemporary manifestation.

Findings that art market research into earlier epochs yield go well beyond just the mercantile and contribute significantly to a better understanding of historical communication. As this research area is still in the process of establishing and positioning itself, there is no consensus as to the subject areas and methodology as of yet. However, it is clear that art market research is genuinely indisciplinary from its conception. Usually placed in the field of art history, it is also linked with a variety of diverse trans-faculty subjects, for example: sociology (art sociology), economics (e.g. marketing, management, business), law (art law), history (economic history) and psychology.

Within the framework of the workshop, an intensive exchange regarding the definition of art market research as well as regarding the different approaches and methods of the research thereof as a sub-discipline should take place. It is hoped that there will be interdisciplinary dialogue; for this reason the participation of researchers from different disciplines is explicitly sought. Will it then be shown that the different disciplines’ understanding of art market research, but also that of the discipline art history depending on the epoch being examined, differs?

Central questions of the workshop are: What is the objective of art market research in general and which fields does it comprise? Which methods, approaches and sources does it require to research the individual fields? What are the consequences and conclusions that can be taken for the practice?

The aim of the workshop is to advance intensive networking between the different research centres through exchange which will then result in the publication of a method reader on art market research.

Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes to allow for time for discussion.

Travel costs (2nd class rail fare/economy flight/ petrol/diesel costs etc.) will be reimbursed (receipts required). Please send your abstract (max. 1 page) with a short bio and list of publications per email to Jun. Prof. Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck at by 31.08.16.

Further information on the Art Market Research and current projects of Prof of Art History and Art Market Research Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck can be found at: as well as at: (blog).

Contact: Jun. Prof. Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck, Jun. Prof. for Art History and Art Market, University of Cologne, Department of Art History (

University of Cologne, Department of Art History, An St. Laurentius 4, Seminarraum, 50923 Cologne, 12th November, 2016

German Version

Was bedeutet Kunstmarktforschung? Standortbestimmung eines Forschungsgebiets im Prozess der universitären Etablierung (Workshop, Deadline: 31 August 2016)

Further information on this workshop here
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Universität zu Köln, Kunsthistorisches Institut, An St. Laurentius 4, Seminarraum, 50923 Köln, 12. November 2016

Concept and contact: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck, Jun.-Prof. für Kunstgeschichte und Kunstmarkt, Universität zu Köln, Kunsthistorisches Institut,

Source: CFP: Was bedeutet Kunstmarktforschung? (Köln, 12 Nov 16). In: H-ArtHist, Jun 3, 2016 (accessed Jun 5, 2016).