Alice Detjen

Ammerländer Heerstraße 114-118
26129 Oldenburg
Building A3, Room A3 1-108
Phone: +49 441 798-2374


Artists' Houses in England (1850-1920): Concept and Self-Conception


The project's objective is a typology of the artist's house in England between 1850 to 1920. Within and beyond the Victorian period, many different varieties of this phenomenon evolved. In this time, artists designed or changed houses in order to use them as a residence as well as a studio. The artist's house, which surfaced as a building type in contemporary architectural discourse, was symptomatic for the phenomenon – however, not limited to it: next to it, utterly different self-conceptions emerged, in which the status of the modern artist-subject was negotiated and new ways of working, distributing and staging were tested.

Main Areas of Research

  • English Art History of the 19th and 20th Century

Brief Vita

2011-2014   Member of the DFG Research Training Group: “Self-Making. Practices of Subjectivation in Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspective”
2002-2008   Study of Art History, German Literature and Media Culture at the University of Hamburg
2000-2002Study of Art History, Rhetoric and Philosophy at the University of Tuebingen

Further Academic Functions

2011   Symposium "Capri - Welttheater am Mittelmeer", honouring Wolfgang Kemp
Conception and chair, together with Anna Degler, Anna Feldhaus and Monica Pemic
June 30, Warburghaus, Hamburg
2010   7. Hamburg Graduate Forum: "Körper einrichten"
Conception and chair, together with Judith Rauser and Nana Tatalovic
June 18, Warburghaus, Hamburg
   6. Hamburg Graduate Forum: "Kritik"
Conception and chair, together with Agata Dziacka and Nana Tatalovic
January 29, Warburghaus, Hamburg



The Bloomsburies at Charleston, or, How to live in a Gesamtkunstwerk? Henry Van de Velde und die Idee des Gesamtkunstwerkes, 12. Bauhaus-Kolloquium Weimar, 4.-7.4. 2013


Das ausgestellte Interieur. Überlegungen zum Status des zu-Sehen-gegebenen Künstlerhauses Frederic Leightons. Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universität Bern, 06.10.2014


Ein Haus als Möglichkeit: Wie die Photographin Julia Margaret Cameron Gastgeberin der viktorianischen Gesellschaft wurde.                                                                 Jahrestagung des Arbeitskreises "Haus im Kontext - Kommunikation und Lebenswelt", Rheinfelden, 12.-14.5.2016


"I turned my coal-house into my dark room, and a glazed fowl-house became my glass house!"
Wie Julia Margaret Cameron Photographin wurde.
Workshop der Sektion Raum / Kultur in der Kulturwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft, Universität Flensburg, 17.-18.6.2016

09/2016Warum Julia Margaret Cameron ein Haus brauchte, um Photographin zu werden.
Alumni-Summer School Graduiertenkolleg Selbst-Bildungen, Universität Oldenburg, 13.-14.9.2016
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