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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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  • Radny K. 2023. “Between Roman Authority and Greek Ritual: The Turbulent History of the Uniate Church at the End of the Eighteenth Century.” KULT_online, 67.
  • Mazzaglia P., Presago M., Radny K., Song Z. 2023. “Report on ESSCS/TransHumanities Joint Summer School 2023 'Bouncing Forward: Future Narratives, Scenarios and Transformation in the Study of Culture.'” KULT_online, 68.

  • “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)
  • “De-Mystifying the Myth: Critically Querying the Use of the Cossack motives in Polish Art” at the 30th meeting of the working group of German and Polish art historians and monument conservators “Art and War”
    (Schlesisches Museum zu Görlitz, Görlitz 15.11 - 18.11.2023)

  • 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)