Competition: My Art History Thesis in 180 seconds

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March 15, 2020
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Ancient History, Archaeology, Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Fine Arts

Competition: My Art History Thesis in 180 seconds

10th Art History Festival

June 5, 6, & 7, 2020

The 10th edition of the Festival of Art History at Fontainebleau will take place on Friday June 5, Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7, 2020, with Japan as guest country. This years unifying theme is Pleasure. Researchers, curators, artists, art professionals, publishers, and students from France, Japan and beyond will engage with the public, demonstrating how to look closely at objects and images, trace their histories, comprehend their meanings, restore them, and exhibit them.

As part of this edition, young scholars are once again invited to take part in the competition "My Art History Thesis in 180 seconds".  This competition gives doctoral students in art history the opportunity to present their research to a diverse audience of art historians, heritage professionals, and the general public during the Festival.

Selected candidates will be able to practice their communication skills in an environment both friendly and fruitful t. At the end of the competition, prizes will be awarded to the three best speakers.

This experience will also allow students to publicize their research during a national event promoting exchanges and meetings between young researchers and seasoned professionals.

Each candidate will have three minutes (180 seconds) to make a clear and concise presentation of their research project. Presentations by successful applicants will be evaluated by two juries made up of art historians and professionals. At the end of the competition, prizes will be awarded to the three best speakers.



First prize: 1,000 Second prize: 500 Third prize: 500


Eligibility criteria

The competition is open to all students of art history, conservation, restoration, film studies, art school and archeology, provided that they are registered as a doctoral student.



Costs for transportation and accommodation for participants outside the Paris region will be covered upon presentation of supporting documents.


Application (form to be completed here)

Proposals must include a ten to fifteen line summary of the research presented as well as a curriculum vitae and a request to cover transportation and accommodation costs if necessary for students residing outside the île-de-France (up to 100 ).

Application deadline: March 15, 2020 inclusive.

Incomplete projects will not be submitted to the scientific committee.

Contact Info: 

Gaelle Parrot 

Communication Officer - The Art History Festival



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