General objectives

atualização / page update: 06/10/2020

In the upcoming period IHA will continue to cultivate the international dimension of its research. IHA’s strategic plan is project-oriented, committed to the promotion of high standard basic and applied research; to support the creation of scientific employment, to advance research training opportunities for students through the expansion of partnerships and funding sources; to foster and consolidate new fields of research in the broad field of art history; and to articulate the expertise of its scientific community with art historical education. Moreover, IHA means to share and debate its knowledge and resources with a scholarly audience, while also channelling into stimulating and accessible public formats such as exhibitions and websites.
IHA’s general objectives are:
1) To promote the international visibility of Portuguese historiography, and international discussions on Portuguese History of Art by disseminating research outputs through peer-reviewed publications, training courses, seminars, conferences, exhibitions, websites, etc;
2) To extend participation of IHA’s scholars to international research networks, and increase scientific exchanges with other European institutions in order to apply for European research funds;
3) To increase the scientific exchanges with non-European institutions, namely Lusophone countries, Japan, China and India in order to set up common R&D projects;
4) To collaborate with FCSH-NOVA’s Art History Department to update and deepen all areas of art history, museum studies, heritage and conservation practices, art theory, and contemporary art practices.
5) To support ongoing and future R&D projects (seed projects and FCT-funded), and to reinforce multidisciplinary approaches to the study of art history by deepening working partnerships and promoting joint initiatives with other FCSH R&D Units;
6) To reinforce the training of young graduates and PhDs through fellowships and internships that integrate them into research teams and ongoing funded R&D projects;
7) To assert art history as a fundamental area to Portuguese and EU’s cultural policies making clear its positive impact in economic and social cohesion and development. By the same token, respond to key priorities of the EU 2020 Research Agenda on ‘Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies’, ONU 2030 Agenda, and H2020 societal challenges, through promotion of cultural tourism, regeneration of historic centres, vivification of museums and monuments, use of emergent technologies, curatorial projects, pedagogical actions and creative media able to channel scientific knowledge to a wider audience);
8) To stimulate scientific employment, namely by continuing IHA’s active employment policy via internships and scholarships in museums and heritage sectors;
9) To establish a policy of systematic and diversified open-access publishing, aimed at both scholarly audiences and the general public;
10) To encourage researchers’ mobility through Erasmus Programmes and International Protocols.