International Students Sessions 2020

Appel à participation. Call for participation

From Friday, June 5th to Sunday, June 7th, 2020, in the château of Fontainebleau

The Art History Festival organizes the International Students Sessions for Master and PhD art history and cinema students, as well as for students of Art, Design and Architecture. The students will be given a privileged access to the different events of the Festival, as well as opportunities to meet with established professionals. By inviting experts and students to meet at Fontainebleau, the Festival creates a precious moment of contact between two generations of scholars, while connecting the future international community of art historians.


The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from Friday, June 5th to Sunday, June 7th, 2020, in the legendary château of Fontainebleau and its city.

The Festival is a three-day international free event that provides a crossroads between the world of professional art history and the public. Organized in collaboration by the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), the château de Fontainebleau and the ministère de la Culture, its goal is to reach the broadest audience possible and update their vision of art history. The Festival addresses a wide array of visual arts: from ancient to contemporary, painting to photography, cinema, performance to decorative arts; it also considers architecture and digital arts. During the three days of the Festival, more than 300 lectures, panels, tours, concerts, exhibitions, films, lectures, and workshops are offered to the public – free of charge and without reservation.

The Festival invites 300 professionals of the art world (artists, academics, scholars, curators, art dealers, art publishers, students etc.) to present their expertise to a large audience in a scholarly yet passionate and accessible way. It goes beyond the usual academic borders, periods, and methods, providing an opportunity for the speakers to compare different practices in the domains of art history, heritage and culture. It also offers those professionals a chance to meet, discuss and interact together on a large scale. Every year, the Festival focuses on two main topics (a theme and a guest country). This year, the theme selected is « Pleasure » and the Japan is honored. The Festival also offers recurrent main events: a Forum de l’actualité (Art History Current Events Forum), Art & Caméra (the film section of the Festival), an Art Book Fair, Art History workshops for school teachers, tours, shows and family activities, as well as the International Students Sessions.


The Festival invites a group of approximately 30 selected French and international students in the fine arts, art history, architecture and design cinema, restoration. Beyond attendance of the lectures, panels and various events organized, they are invited to discuss their work with other students, scholars and professionals on site. By sharing their personal experience, and exchange about future career choices, they will create bonds and build a professional network.

The Festival will pay for transport, lodging and meals in Fontainebleau. Travel expenses will be covered up to 150€ for French students enrolled at institutions outside the Ile-de-France region, and 200€ for international students. Dates: June 4 – June 8, 2020.

Documents to provide:

Please submit a Curriculum Vitae, a letter of motivation to before March 31th, 2020 or fill in the application form.

Students will be selected by a committee based on academic value and their motivation to motivation to participate in the festival. The engagement of their research with the theme « Pleasure » or the guest country, Japan, will be a favourable factor.