Lecture of Almudena Hernando, organized by the Chair of Artistic Studies. 20th / 21st centuries


Lecture “Identidades étnicas minoritarias frente a un mundo global” of Almudena Hernando, organized by the Chair of Artistic Studies. 20th / 21st centuries.

Almudena Hernando is Professor in the Department of Prehistory of the Complutense University of Madrid and member of the Feminist Research Institute.

She dedicates his research to the study of identity, both in oral societies and in the Modernity. He has done field works with indigenous groups in Guatemala and Brazil, and currently has a project in Ethiopia.

She has been a guest researcher at the universities of California-Los Angeles and Berkeley, at the University of Chicago and at Harvard.

And she is the author of several books, among which include “Arqueología de la Identidad” and “La fantasía de la individualidad”, as well as editor and co-author of others such as “La construcción de la subjetividad femenina” and “¿Desean las mujeres el poder? Cinco reflexiones en torno a un deseo conflictivo”.



IVAM-UV-UPV (Institut Valencià d’Art Modern-Universitat de València-Universitat Politècnica de València-Universidad Miguel Hernández)

Directors: Juan Vicente Aliaga / Vicente Sánchez-Biosca

The life in images of contemporary culture outruns the (material and immaterial) traditional spaces in which they were entrapped in the past, even the recent past. Their genres and registers, their ambits of circulation, their ceaseless migrations give the impression of offering a previously unknown experience of the real at the same time as, in an apparent paradox, they display a not in the least feigned technological pride.

Nevertheless, however much studies of the History of Art, Fine Arts, Journalism and Audiovisual Communication have attempted to adapt to the demands of this state of affairs, the lability of the borders between creation and reflection, technology and art, the media and the collective imaginary, among others, requires more ductile ambits of reflection and debate than those to be found in university studies and traditional research. On the other hand, unlike classical philology, palaeography, the exegesis of written texts and the image still presents an imbalance between its (emotional, conceptual, political, memory-based) impact and the instruments provided to analyse it.

The aim of Cátedra Estudios Artísticos, arising from the collaboration between the University of Valencia, the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the IVAM, will consist in encouraging this reflection about the life of images both in the world of art and in social life, including imaginary. It will do so broadmindedly, avoiding academic, artistic or technological restrictions, but, nevertheless, thriving on and taking advantage of all the academic, museum-based and institutional aids at its disposal. For that reason, the fact that it is held at the IVAM is propitious because it can enrich its activities with the reflection about exhibitions, installations or lectures, and also the series of projections.