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Eric Olivier Michaud

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

Art as an adaptation technique (France, Germany, Italy, 1890–1940)


Eric Michaud, b. 1948, is Directeur d’études at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, where he holds the Professorship for Histories and Ideologies of Contemporary Art. His research interests lie in the relationships between art, politics, propaganda and the anthropological notions of race and filiation related to images.
Prior to joining the Ehess he was Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at the Marc Bloch University, Strasbourg (1972-1998). He served as a Visiting Professor at the The Johns Hopkins University (1991-1992 and 2004), at Duke University (2003) and at the University of Virginia (2005). Selected Honors include an Institute for Advanced Study Membership (Princeton, 2010), a Clark Art Institute Fellowship (Williamstown, 2014) and a Getty Resarch Institute Fellowship (Los Angeles, 2015).
His books include Les invasions barbares. Une généalogie de l’histoire de l’art (Paris, Gallimard, 2015 ; Spanish transl. Adriana Hildalgo, 2017 ; English transl. forthcoming, MIT Press, 2019), The Cult of Art in Nazi Germany (transl. Janet Lloyd, Stanford University Press, 2004), Histoire de l’art : une discipline à ses frontières (Paris, Hazan, 2005), Fabriques de l'homme nouveau, de Léger à Mondrian (Paris, Carré, 1997).

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