Kategorie: Disziplinen und Ansätze

Portrait-Images of Maharajas of Marwar in Garden Landscapes

A row of trees, colourful and seasonal flowers, and a flock of ducks gliding by on a lake beyond the trees can be said to function as agents of emotion enhancing the figure of the Maharaja of Marwar seated on a terrace.
How do illustrations with historic Maharajas shown in luxurious, green landscapes express emotions, and where do these lie? Does their expression in the form of bountiful nature visualised in the image produce “felt” emotions in the viewer?

Envisioning a Homoeroticized Cityscape Through Work

By Ezgi Sarıtaş. In this essay, the author explores how the illustrations in the Istanbul Ansiklopedisi (encyclopedia) bring together scattered pieces of a visual archive of the urban poor and their marginal labour, while concurrently adopting a voyeuristic interpretation of physical labour and young male bodies as objects of homoerotic desire.

Annual Bilderfahrzeuge Conference 2023: “Disincarnate: Art Histories of Nationhood Past, Present, and Future” 

Thursday 9th & Friday 10th March 2023
Woburn Suite, Senate House, University of London

A programme will be published shortly. Registration opens 25 January 2023 via the Warburg Institute Events pages.


Organised by the members of the sub group Art & Nationhood, Andreas Beyer (Basel), Alexandra Marraccini (London), C. Oliver O’Donnell (London) and Judith Rottenburg (Berlin).

WWith further contributions by Indie Choudhury (Courtauld Institute of Art, London), Jennifer Chuong (Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.), Ambra D’Antone (Bilderfahrzeuge, London), Will Jennings (UCL Bartlett School, London), Fred Scharmen (Morgan State University, Baltimore), Hannah Spahn (FU Berlin), Elvan Zabunyan (Université de Rennes), Martin Zimmermann (LMU, München) and keynote by Tim Barringer (Yale University, New Haven, Conn.).

New Event: Amerindian Art Histories and Archaeologies: A KHI – UCL Symposium on Material Transformations in the Indigenous Americas

Please see below for details of a new Symposium, co-organised by our Bilderfahrzeuge colleague Sanja Savkic Sebek.

01 – 22 February 2023

In the framework of Department Gerhard Wolf and the “4A Laboratory: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics” (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut), in collaboration with UCL Institute of Archaeology.
Organized by Sanja Savkic Sebek (KHI in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Bat-ami Artzi (CSoC, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; former 4A_Lab Fellow) & Elizabeth Baquedano (UCL Institute of Archaeology)

Merging in Space: The Ongoing War and Previous Wars in Ukraine

By Denys Shatalov. Until recently, when Ukrainians mentioned the ‘pre-war’ or the ‘post-war’ periods or subjects in everyday conversations about the past, no clarification was needed. It was obvious to everyone that this was about World War II, or, rather, a part of it – the German–Soviet War of 1941–1945. War – ‘that war’ – remained one of the main milestones of the past. However, since 24 February 2022, the term ‘pre-war’ refers to another time.

(Photo)graphic ethos formula: Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Panel 72

During  the course of the exhibition “Bilderatlas Mnemosyne – Das Original” at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin questions, arose not only about the content, but also about the mediality and materiality of the atlas. The problematic concept of the original threatens to create a new cult of genius around Aby Warburg. But perhaps, considering that tattoos of his face are already traveling across the world, perhaps this has already happened. Beyond that, however, the term “original” is in danger of developing a new aura, that now even encompasses the selected reproductions of the master. One can only imagine what Walter Benjamin would say.

News: “Language and Chinese Art History”

We are pleased to congratulate Mingyuan Hu, whose article “Language and Chinese Art History” has won the 2022 Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) prize for the best scholarly article in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art. Read the judges’ comments in full on the website of the AAANZ

“If earlier you had a problem finding relevant information, now it’s a challenge to choose useful and non-misleading material from the huge flow of it” – 5in10 with Taisiia Ratushna

Taisiia Ratushna is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Zaporizhzhia National University. In 2010, she received her PhD in Sociology from the Classical Private University (Zaporizhzhia). Since then, she has been working in the Department of Sociology at the Zaporizhzhia National University and conducts research on communication processes in urban space and in virtual environments.

War, Migration and Memory: An Introduction

By Viktoriya Sereda. The unprecedented Russian full-scale attack on Ukraine brought the recent conflicts over memory in East Central Europe and in Ukraine to the attention of an international audience. Mass displacement also exposed millions of Ukrainians to new challenges that triggered intensive reinterpretations of the past – both the distant and the very recent – and a reevaluation of their memory through new experiences.

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