BÉATRICE JOYEUX-PRUNEL is Full Professor at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), on a new chair in Digital Humanities. From 2007 to 2019 she was Maître de conférences HDR at the Ecole normale supérieure, Université Paris Sciences Lettres (PSL). She has published on the transnational history of modern and avant-garde art (Éditions Gallimard, 2016 and 2017, and forthcoming, Editions du CNRS). She leads the Artl@s Project which she founded in 2009 (https://artlas.huma-num.fr/en/). She also leads the Postdigital research group on contemporary art and digital cultures (www.postdigital.ens.fr). She leads the IMAGO Jean Monnet Excellence Center (European Funding), a collaboration between the Ecole normale supérieure and Geneva University, on the digital and historical study of Vis ual Contagions.

Chair in Digital Humanities at University of Geneva, Switzerland



Nobody knows how images have fueled historical upheavals and modernization in the 20th c., which images have fostered eventual global convergences of taste, and according to which geography. Visual circulations pose also challenges to the cognitive sciences and to visual studies. This presentation will explain how illustrated publications (e.g. exhibition catalogues and illustrated periodicals), taken digitally and historically, can help us identify the most recurrent artistic images of the past centuries, their cognitive features, the characteristics of their authors, and to study their impact in copies, imitations, visual quotations, their channels of circulation and their contribution to a global cultural homogenization. They also incite us to question the old geopolitical model of prescriptive centers and imitative peripheries.