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Dr.Zoltan Somhegyi Academic RankAssistant Professor

Specialization:

  • History and Theory of Art and Architecture

Research Interests:

  • History of art, Philosophy of art, Aesthetics, Art criticism, Curating, Art markets

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Ph.D. in Aesthetics – Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, 2010 Final Degree in Art History (equivalent to BA & MA) – Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, June, 2006 Final Degree in Teaching Art History (equivalent to BA & MA) – Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, June, 2006
Since September 2014: Assistant Professor of Art History and Cultural Studies College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates March 2013 – September 2014: Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture Department of Interior Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Izmir University, Turkey September 2011 – March 2013: Assistant Professor of Aesthetics Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Szeged, Hungary September 2010 – June 2011: Assistant Professor of History and Pedagogy of Art Communication Institute, Faculty of Pedagogy, SZIE University, Szarvas, Hungary
International Association for Aesthetics – Secretary General (since 2016) and Website Editor (since 2015) International Relations Manager (from September 2010 to March 2013), Consultant (since March 2013) Art Market Budapest – International Contemporary Art Fair. www.artmarketbudapest.hu, Hungary September 2006 – June 2009: Member of the Romanticism Research Group University of Pécs, Hungary
International Association for Aesthetics – Secretary General and Website Editor Argument. Biannual Philosophical Journal – Advisory Board Member Popular Inquiry: The Journal of the Aesthetics of Kitsch, Camp and Mass Culture – Associate Editor Art Africa – Middle East Editor-at-Large Anonymous article peer-reviewing for: Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology; Argument. Biannual Philosophical Journal; Sztuka i Filozofia (Art and Philosophy); Hungarian Philosophical Review Selections. Art / Style / Culture from the Arab World and Beyond – regular contributor Hungarian Philosophical Society – Member Nordic Society of Aesthetics – Member Finnish Society for Aesthetics – Member Association of European Journalists – Member
Seed Research Grant at the University of Sharjah, 2015-2016 Research topic: Ruined fortresses in the UAE and Oman. Aesthetics and Heritage Erasmus LLP Teaching Mobility Grant Seville University, Spain, 2014 Erasmus LLP Teaching Mobility Grant Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012 DAAD-Scholarship Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany, Fall term 2009/2010 Research Scholarship of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs University of Bologna, Italy, Fall term 2005/2006 Erasmus Scholarship Ca’Foscari University, Venice, Italy, Spring term 2003/2004
Books „A kifürkészhetetlen Túlnan” – A tájkép a német romantikában (“The Impenetrable Beyond” – The Landscape in German Romanticism) in Hungarian, with English language summary Budapest: Kijárat Kiadó, Hungary, 2011 ISBN: 978 615 5160 07 3; 191 pages A tájkép útjai. Vándorlások egy műfaj körül (The ways of Landscape. Walkabouts Around a Genre) in Hungarian Budapest: Vince Kiadó, Hungary, 2008 ISBN: 978 963 9731 77 6; 144 pages Book chapters “On Knights and Nymphs. Considerations on the Representation of Couples in German Romanticism,” in Jale Erzen. Book of Testimonial, ed. Ayşen Savaş (Ankara: Middle East Technical University, 2017), 71-78 “Design and the Audience. On the Questions of Presentation in Contemporary Museums,” in A New Affair: Design History and Digital Design Museum, ed. Tevfik Balcıoğlu and Gülsüm Baydar (Izmir: 5T-Yasar University, 2014), 42-49 “Art Market Budapest: On Ways of Cooperation Between For- and Nonprofit Art Sectors,” in Contemporary Art Market: Passion? Speculation?, ed. Elisabeth Károlyi (Budapest: Helikon – Joseph Károlyi Foundation, 2013), 216-221 “Segnata dalla storia. Berlino e i suoi simboli (Signed by history. Berlin and its symbols), in Sguardi sulle città in trasformazione, ed. Laura Ricca (Imola: Editrice La Mandragora, 2012), 149-158 “Dipinti dalla serie McSwiny” (Paintings of the McSwiny-series), in Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna. Catalogo Generale vol. IV. (Seicento e Settecento), ed. Gian Piero Cammarota et. al. (Venezia: Marsilio, 2011), 188-195, 211-215 Collection-Monograph The Szalóky Collection (in English and Hungarian) Garbo Publisher, Budapest, 2011 ISBN: 978 615 5007 16 3; 313 pages Papers in Peer Reviewed Journals and in Academic Periodicals “Mother Nature’s Exhibition: On the Origins of the Aesthetics of Contemporary Northern Landscapes,” The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics Vol. 52 (2016): 28-50 “Multi-ethnicity as source of inspiration. Contemporary examples from the former Ottoman Empire and beyond,” Parol. Quaderni d’Arte e di Epistemologia Vol. 27, (2016): 129-136 “Mi marad abból, ami megmaradt? A romtalanítás ellen” (What remains out of remnants? Against destroying of ruins), Ókor. Folyóirat az Antik kultúkráról – Antiquity. Journal on Antique cultures, 2016/4: 3-10 “Learning from Detroit? – From materialised dreams to bitter awakening. Aesthetics around decayed shopping malls,” Serbian Architectural Journal Vol. 7. (2015/2): 201-212 “The Aesthetic Attraction of Decay. From the Nature of Ruins to the Ruins of Nature,” in: Krystyna Wilkoszewska (ed.): Aesthetics in Action. International Yearbook of Aesthetics Vol. 18 (2014). Krakow, 2014: 319-326 “Eternal Distance. On the Significance of Window- and Cave Representations in Northern Romanticism,” The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics Vol. 48 (2014): 60-73 “From Nature to Identity: Contemporary Asian Photography,” The Journal of Asian Arts & Aesthetics Vol. 5. (2014): 53-61 “Art (out) of separation. Aesthetics around the wall,” Serbian Architectural Journal Vol. 6. (2014/1): 17-28 (later invited by the editors to be re-published in Hungarian in the journal “2000”, 2015/August: 20-25) “Ruines contemporaines. Réflexion sur une contradiction dans les termes” (Contemporary ruins. Investigations of a contradiction in terms), Nouvelle Revue d’Esthétique 13 (2014/1): 111-119 “From Domination to Respect. The Evaluation of Nature through its Representation from Enlightenment to Romanticism,” in: Jale Erzen and Raffaele Milani (ed.): Nature and the City. Beauty is Taking on a New Form. International Yearbook of Aesthetics, Vol. 17 (2013). Sassari, 2013: 457-462 “Az ünnep értelmezése” (On the philosophy of Rudolf Bohren and Hans-Georg Gadamer), Theológiai szemle 2005/4: 226-228 “Az önmagát szagoló illat kritikája” (The critique of the fragrance that smells itself. The art theory and artworks of Leó Popper), Ars Hungarica 2005/2: 419-436 “Az ünnep értelmezése” (On the philosophy of Rudolf Bohren and Hans-Georg Gadamer), Theológiai szemle 2005/4: 226-228 Book chapters “On Knights and Nymphs. Considerations on the Representation of Couples in German Romanticism,” in Jale Erzen. Book of Testimonial, ed. Ayşen Savaş (Ankara: Middle East Technical University, 2017), 71-78 “Design and the Audience. On the Questions of Presentation in Contemporary Museums,” in A New Affair: Design History and Digital Design Museum, ed. Tevfik Balcıoğlu and Gülsüm Baydar (Izmir: 5T-Yasar University, 2014), 42-49 “Art Market Budapest: On Ways of Cooperation Between For- and Nonprofit Art Sectors,” in Contemporary Art Market: Passion? Speculation?, ed. Elisabeth Károlyi (Budapest: Helikon – Joseph Károlyi Foundation, 2013), 216-221 “Segnata dalla storia. Berlino e i suoi simboli (Signed by history. Berlin and its symbols), in Sguardi sulle città in trasformazione, ed. Laura Ricca (Imola: Editrice La Mandragora, 2012), 149-158 “Dipinti dalla serie McSwiny” (Paintings of the McSwiny-series), in Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna. Catalogo Generale vol. IV. (Seicento e Settecento), ed. Gian Piero Cammarota et. al. (Venezia: Marsilio, 2011), 188-195, 211-215
“Classical topics in contemporary painting”, 2013 “Art and celebrity”, 2013 “The aesthetics of trauma-representations”, 2013 “Mathematics in art – The meaning of the compass”, 2013 “Poster-anatomy – The aesthetics of publicity”, 2012 “The interpretation of Hieronymus Bosch’s works through Johan Huizinga”, 2012
Seed Research Grant at the University of Sharjah, 2015-2016 Research topic: Ruined fortresses in the UAE and Oman. Aesthetics and Heritage Erasmus LLP Teaching Mobility Grant Seville University, Spain, 2014 Erasmus LLP Teaching Mobility Grant Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012 DAAD-Scholarship Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany, Fall term 2009/2010 Research Scholarship of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs University of Bologna, Italy, Fall term 2005/2006 “Köztásrsasági ösztöndíj” – Grant of the Hungarian Ministry of Culture and Education, 2005/2006 Erasmus Scholarship Ca’Foscari University, Venice, Italy, Spring term 2003/2004 First place in Art History in the Hungarian National Competition between High Schools, 2000
Regularly contributing to art journals and magazines (printed and online) in Europe and in the Middle East, and holding public lectures. Curating international exhibitions, so far in six countries.
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