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1 August 1914 – The First Page of Aby Warburg’s ‘Kriegs-Zibaldone’, his war journal

“On 1 August 1914, after all, the mobilisation was announced. Our Kaiser has proven himself so worthy that he could even lose the war without disgrace; what God may prevent.” Aby Warburg began his war journal of the years 1914–1918 with these words. He positions himself in line with the patriotism of the majority of his milieu of the bourgeoisie, supporting “our Kaiser”. In all the praise of the Kaiser, though, he underlines the uncertain outcome of the war, even the possibility of losing it— a notion present already in the very first sentence of this diary.

Wissensbewegungen und Wissensbeziehungen im Kalten Krieg

Der Kalte Krieg oder Ost-West-Konflikt ist bislang stark als politischer bzw. potenziell militärischer Konflikt zwischen den USA und der UdSSR untersucht worden. Die vielfältigen Beziehungen innerhalb der Blöcke, besonders diejenigen im Ostblock, die in besonderer Weise als Beziehungen des Wissens innerhalb seiner Metropolen und zwischen diesen und zahlreichen Ländern der sogenannten Dritten Welt gestaltet wurden, sind bisher weitgehend unerforscht geblieben.

Essay: “Ephemere Bilder in Zeiten des Coronavirus”

In Zeiten der SARS-CoV-2-Pandemie verlagert sich das öffentliche Leben weiter in die digitale Welt. Neben neuen Motiven entstehen auch andere Kommunikationsformen, von den leeren Plätzen bis zu digitalen Klima-Streiks. Diese Bilder erreichen einerseits eine große Öffentlichkeit, verschwinden aber teils ebenso rasch wieder. Die materiellen Ephemera der Pandemie werden längst von Museen weltweit gesammelt, aber auch für die digitalen Bilder stellen sich Fragen nach ihrer langfristigen Speicherung. In einem Beitrag zum Blog des Zentralinstituts für Kunstgeschichte, München, haben Ursula Ströbele (Studienzentrum zur Kunst der Moderne und Gegenwart, ZIKG) und Steffen Haug einige dieser Bilder kommentiert.

« Le concept de la bureaucratie appliqué dans le secteur de la santé » – Interview avec Aissatou Seck

L’histoire de la santé contribue d’une manière générale à la connaissance et aux renouvellements des savoirs dans la recherche historique. Elle est fondamentale dans la mesure où elle s’intéresse aux faits sociaux relatifs à la compréhension des maladies qu’elles soient épidémiques ou endémiques, de leurs causes et leurs impacts sociaux.

From the Archive II: Cataloguing the Yates Family Archive

n the first half of this two-part blog about the Yates Family Archive I have introduced the parents of Frances Yates (b. 1899), her three siblings Hannah (b. 1885), Ruby (b. 1887) and James (b. 1889) as well as the house in Claygate from where after the scholar’s death in 1981 the Family Archive, an adjunct to Yates’ working papers, had been transferred to the Warburg Institute. I shall now turn to the collection itself.

From the Archive I

In her “Autobiographical Fragments”, written in the year of her death, Frances Yates (1899-1981) refers to a photograph from her childhood. It relates to a period in 1912, when her family was briefly living on a farm in Ingleton in North-Yorkshire. The twelve-year old Frances had been told by her family to work through the books for the Junior Cambridge examination as to supplement her irregular teaching: “I think that this is why I was making an elaborate study of Macaulay’s ‚Lays of Ancient Rome,‘ …. or passionately declaiming ‘Lars Porsena of Clusium By the nine gods he swore’ to the lamb in the field opposite. I have a snapshot of that lamb standing quite alone in the distance … and looking slightly worried.”

Tragic loss and monumental legacy: Warburg on epidemics

Almost 130 years ago Hamburg experienced a cholera epidemic which took the lives of 10,000 citizens in a matter of six weeks. In response to this, a publication was produced with the proceeds going to those who had been affected by the outbreak. Aby Warburg contributed a text to be included which takes into account historical parallels and tells the story of the matriarch of the Strozzi family who lost her husband and four of her children to illness. The cholera epidemic in Hamburg almost 130 years ago inspired Aby Warburg’s first ever published text. Turning to 15th century Florence, it tells the story of the matriarch of the Strozzi family who lost her husband and four of her children to illness. In an essay for ‚Mnemosyne. The Warburg Institute Blog‘, Steffen Haug and Johannes von Müller discuss this early attempt by Warburg to respond by the means of historical comparison to a crisis of his time that was indeed a health crisis.

Modern Tools and Ancient Documents: Conference „Virtual Research Environments and Ancient Manuscripts“ – SNSF MARK16 project

In collaboration with OPERAS-P – a project of the OPERAS research infrastructure – and Classics@ Journal, endorsed by the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH) and Humanistica, the conference „Virtual Research Environments and Ancient…