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Prof.dr. R. van de Vall


Professor Arts & Media

Faculty / Department
  • Arts and Social Sciences, Literature & Art

Phone number: +31 43 388 3283

Location: B1.06, Grote Gracht 90-92

Prof.dr. R. van de Vall


Renée van de Vall studied sociology and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. She received her PhD in philosophy from the same university in 1992 and teaches at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences since 1993. She is Chair of the Department Literature & Art and head of the facultary research programme Arts, Media & Culture (AMC). She has co-ordinated and tutored courses on bachelors and masters level and was Director of Studies of the MA Media Culture until 2010. Since 2009 she holds a chair in Art and Media. Van de Vall’s research focuses on philosophy of art and aesthetics, specifically on the construction of spectatorship in contemporary visual and new media art; on the theory and ethics of contemporary art conservation; and on processes of globalisation in contemporary art and media. She was project leader of the NWO funded research project Transformations in Perception and Participation: Digital Games and currently leads another NWO funded project New Strategies in the Conservation of Contemporary Art and the NWO funded network Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (NECCAR).

Research Profile

My research areas are: philosophical aesthetics, visual culture, media theory, art history.

My main topics are:


  • The construction of spectatorship in contemporary visual art and culture: I am particularly interested in the phenomenology of spectatorship in interactive media art, installations and painting (see under Publications: At the Edges of Vision)
  • Theory and ethics of the conservation of contemporary art: As project leader of the collaborative NWO funded research programme New strategies in the conservation of contemporary art (University of Amsterdam; Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed) I develop a framework for conservation theory and ethics (see under Links)
  • Processes of globalization in contemporary art and media: in this context I have written about modern and contemporary art in India.

Official Publications

Most recent publications:

The sounding museum: box of treasures

Schoer, H., 2014, : . Prom./coprom.: Meijer, M.J.H.; Vall, R. van de; Gielen, P.

Documenting Dilemmas. On the Relevance of Ethically Ambiguous Cases

Vall, R. van de, 2013, Lisbon, NECCAR Conference Performing Documentation in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (June 20-21 2013).

The Devil and the Details. On the Relevance of Conservation Practices for the Theory of Contemporary Art

Vall, R. van de, 2013, Krakow, Poland, 19th International Congress International Association for Aesthetics 21-27 July 2013.

Art as Practice. Reflexive Materiality and Practice Theory

Vall, R. van de, 2013, Edinburgh UK, Workshop Artist Rooms – Materiality in Contemporary Art.

Gimme Shelter. Global Discourses in Aesthetics

Vall, R. van de; Mul, J. de (Eds.), 2013, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.



My main teaching activities are: 

  • Programme Director of the MA Media Culture;
  • Coordinator of MA MC Module 1, Transformations in Media Culture;
  • Coordinator of Course 1E Style and Modernity of the BA CW and AC.

Extra Activities

  • Member Nationale Onderzoeksraad Erfgoed
  • Member Raad Geesteswetenschappen KNAW
  • Member Advisory Council Research School for Media Studies (RMES)
  • Member international Advisory Board online journal Contemporary Aesthetics
  • Dutch delegate International Association for Aesthetics
  • Member editorial council Humanities / Social Sciences Amsterdam University Press