Thibault Boulvain

Assistant professor
Visual History and Modern and Contemporary Art History, History visual and artistic representations of the Mediterranean area from World War 2 to nowadays, History visual and artistic representations of diseases (in particular AIDS, Spanish Flu)

Thibault Boulvain is Assistant Professor in art history at Sciences Po.

In 2017 he was awarded a PhD by the university Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. His thesis focused on visual representations of seropositivity and AIDS, in Europe and in the United States, between 1981 and 1997. It was published in June 2021 under the title L’art en sida. 1981-1997 (Presses du réel, « Œuvres en sociétés »).

While still actively working on the subject – and, more widely, on visual representations of illness in history –, Thibault Boulvain has also started research on a new project entitled « ‘The Mediterranean effect’ in visual arts from the 1950’s to today ». In it, he will focus on the nature, expressions, meanings and functions of artists’ relationship to the Mediterranean, underlining how an interdisciplinary approach can confront different international creative methods with one another.

At the Musée national d’art moderne-Centre Georges Pompidou, Thibault Boulvain is also a member of the « Section Sexualités » project (Musée national d’art moderne-Centre Georges Pompidou/École Universitaire de Recherche ArTeC-Université Paris 8/Université Paris Lumières).

Current research projects

  • "'The Mediterranean effect' in visual arts from the 1950's to today" ;
  • "Art in AIDS. From 1981 to today" international exhibition project.
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