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Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel is maître de conferences in modern and contemporary art at the École normale supérieure in Paris (ENS, PSL) with an Habilitation à diriger les recherches – a French equivalent of Professor in Modern and Contemporary Art History.

She teaches courses in the history of 19th and 20th century art, with a special focus on social, global, and quantitative approaches and digital humanities. She also prepares students to the entrance exam of Institut national du Patrimoine. She is responsible for the international relations of the ENS’s Department of History and Theory of the Arts.

Joyeux-Prunel’s research encompasses the global history of the avant-gardes, the visual culture of petroleum, and the digital turn in the humanities. She has founded and managed Artl@s  since 2009. In 2016 she founded Postdigital (, a new research project on digital cultures and imagination.

Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel published books and articles on quantitative, digital, and transnational methodologies in art history :

  • Nul n’est prophète en son pays? l’internationalisation de la peinture des avant-gardes parisiennes, 1855-1914 (Paris: Nicolas Chaudun/ Musée d’Orsay, 2009 – Prix du musée d’Orsay).
  • L’Art et la mesure: Histoire de l’art et et méthodes quantitatives, sources, outils, bonnes pratiques (Paris: Editions Rue d’Ulm, 2010).
  • with Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann and Catherine Dossin (ed.), Circulations in the Global History of Art (London: Routledge, 2015).

She recently published a pocket-book transnational and social reassessment of modern art history

  • Les Avant-gardes artistiques. Une histoire transnationale – Vol. 1: 1848-1918 (Paris: Gallimard, Folio Histoire Series, 2016).
  • Vol.2: 1918-1945 (Paris: Gallimard, Folio Histoire, 2017).
  • Vol. 3: 1945-1968 (Paris: Gallimard, Folio Histoire, forthcoming).

After three years teaching on petroleum and art (“Art et civilisation du pétrole”) she is currently preparing a new book project on crude oil, modernity, and contemporary art and culture.

Links :

  • Personal Page on the website of the Département d’Histoire et Théorie des arts, École normale supérieure-Université Paris Sciences Lettres.
  • Publications
  • Personal page on Academia
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