DHCH / Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel

Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel


Université de Genève


Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel is Full Professor on the new chair in Digital Humanities at the university of Geneva. She studied in France at the university Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, and at the Ecole normale supérieure, in history, philosophy, and social sciences. Agrégation d'histoire in 1999, PhD in history at Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne university (2005), Habilitation 2015 from Sciences Po Paris.

From 2007 to 2019 she was Associate Professor (maître de conferences) in modern and contemporary art at the École normale supérieure in Paris (ENS, PSL), where she taught modern and contemporary art history and the digital humanities.

Since 2009, Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel has founded and lead Artl@s, an international research group on artistic and visual globalisation. Artl@s publishes digital sources and tools such as BasArt (https://artlas.huma-num.fr/map/), a global database of exhibition catalogues, and GEOMAP (https://paris-art-market.huma-num.fr/), an interactive cartography of the Parisian art market (1855-1955), and a biographical dictionary of the French Academy in Rome (https://artlas.huma-num.fr/acad/). The aim of Artl@s is to decenter our approach to art history, its so-called centers and peripheries.

Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel also leads Postdigital, a research group on contemporary digital cultures launched in 2016 (www.postdigital.ens.fr). Postdigital gathers scholars, contemporary artists and actors of the digital economy.

Since Automn 2019 she has led the Jean Monnet Excellence Center IMAGO, for the study and teaching on visual globalization and European visual convergences, fund by the European Commission (www.imago.ens.fr). IMAGO is part of a bigger project, VISUAL CONTAGIONS (visualcontagions.unige.ch), a project that uses computer vision to trace the global circulation of images in the 20th century. VISUAL CONTAGIONS is fund by the Swiss Research Fund (2021-2024).