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Kacper Radny

Über mich

I am an art historian and a PhD candidate at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in Gießen. Before relocating to Germany, I have completed my degrees in architecture (BA) and art history (MA) in Glasgow, Scotland. My scholarly focus lies predominantly on the Central-Eastern European painting and, in line with those interests, my PhD project explores the phenomenon of ‘orientalisation’ and/ or ‘exotisation’ of the 19th century Polish art in the West. I am also active in the fields of queer and feminist art and ludology. Professionally, I am a member of the Graduate Studies Team at the GCSC and the Editorial Team of the On-Culture magazine.


Dissertation Title: Orientalisation of the 19th century Eastern-European Art on the Case Study of the Polish Munich School





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  • 2023. “Between Roman Authority and Greek Ritual: The Turbulent History of the Uniate Church at the End of the Eighteenth Century.” KULT_online, 67.

  • “Between Orient and Occident: A Case Study of the Ukrainian Steppes and the Polish Munich School” at the conference “Un/Sichtbarkeit. Die polnische Kunst(Geschichte) und Deutschland”
    (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München 06.04 – 08.04.2022)

  • “(Im)Possible World: Communal Imagination and its Imagined Environment: the Case Study of the Polish Munich School” at the Hermes Consortium for Literary and Cultural Studies Summer School “Possible Worlds: Environment, Community, Heterotopia”
    (University of Siena, Arezzo 12.06 – 16.06.2023)
  • “'Bouncing Back': on the Difficult History and Uncertain Future of Exhibiting Queer Art in Central-Eastern Europe” at the ESSCS and TransHumanities Summer School “Bouncing Forward: Future Narratives, Scenarios, and Transformations in the Study of Culture”
    (International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Giessen 19.06 – 23.06.2023)
  • “Queering the Contemporary and Future Curating in Central-Eastern Europe” at the 8th Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture “Future/ Futures”
    (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon 03.07 – 08.07.2023)

  • 19th century painting
  • queer and feminist art
  • ludology (game studies)

WiSe 2023/24

Historienmalerei im 19. Jahrhundert / History Painting in the 19th century


Member of the Working Group 'Europe's East' (WiSe 22/23 – ongoing)

Member of the Working Group 'Game Studies' (WiSe 22/23 – ongoing)