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21.-22.05.2015 International Conference

Crisis: Art and Decision
International Conference
21. – 22. Mai 2015

ETH Zürich, Hönggerberg
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5, Raum HIL E3

The conference organized by the Vereinigung der Kunsthistorikerinnen und Kunsthistoriker in der Schweiz (VKKS) in collaboration with the University of Bern and the ETH Zurich  under the aegis of the Comité International de l’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA) takes as its starting point the derivation of the  ancient Greek verb krinein (“to divide”, “to decide”, “to separate”), which relates to both “crisis” and “critique.” How can we make fruitful the concept of crisis, which is mainly used in the fields of economy, politics and psychology for the field of art history? What has become of the many cases of crisis – be it art, art history, the museum, the market, etc. – which have been proclaimed during the last decade. Is the idea of the artistic crisis, as a moment of radical change within an individual career, a topos from the historiography of romantic and modernist art, still useful today? Does the notion of political or economic crisis help to understand changes in the realm of art? And can the practice of art criticism and its normative criteria of value and quality, which during the 20th century got separated from the academic practice of art historiography, inspire the methodology of the discipline as a whole?

Program (pdf, 97KB)

2015_Conference_Crisis_Program.pdf
28.05.2015 Vortragsankündigung

Die Abteilung Geschichte der textilen Künste lädt herzlich ein zum Vortrag von

Prof. Dr. Koenraad Brosens, Klara Alen und Astrid Slegten (Universität Leuven)
Big data, artistic production and social structure.
Or how can we use data visualization and network analysis
to study early modern creative communities?

Zeit: Donnerstag, 28. Mai 2015, 18.00 Uhr
Ort: Unitobler, Hörsaalgebäude, Lerchenweg 36, Raum, F-105

The lecture introduces a new methodology for the study of artistic/creative/industrial communities in early modern Europe. This methodology leads to a better understanding of the interplay between artistic developments and phenomena on the one hand, and the ever-changing social structure (or networks) fueling and shaping these developments and phenomena on the other.

Herbst 2014/
Frühjahr 2015
Forum Denkmalpflege: „Baudenkmale – MEHRwert“

Die Abteilung Architekturgeschichte und Denkmalpflege –  in Verbindung mit dem Bundesamts für Kultur sowie den Denkmalpflegeämtern von Kanton und Stadt Bern – lädt Sie herzlich zum Vortrags- und Diskussionsforum: „Baudenkmale – MEHRwert“ ein:

17.4.2015
Reuse, Reduce, Recycle – was bedeutet uns der historische
Baubestand? | Muck Petzet, München

Freitags 16:15–17:45h, Hauptgebäude Universität Bern, Hochschulstrasse 4, Raum 220

Der vierte Zyklus des Forum Denkmalpflege widmet sich dem Thema «Baudenkmale – MEHRwert: Das bauliche Erbe als Ressource» und will sich in regelmässiger Folge mit der Frage nach der gesellschaftlichen Stellung der Denkmalpflege in der Gegenwart beschäftigen.

Für alle weiteren Vorträge siehe den untenstehenden Link:

Flyer (pdf, 566KB)

Flyer_Forum_Denkmalpflege_2014.pdf
22.05.15 Vortrag

Freitag, 22. Mai 2015, 12:15–14:00 Uhr: Prof. Daniela Bleichmar (Associate Professor of History and Art History, University of Southern California): „Images, Words, and Cross-Cultural Knowledge between the New World and the Old: The Case of Mexican Codices“.

Ort: Kuppelraum, Hochschulstrasse 4

This lecture considers the travels of the Codex Mendoza, a pictorial manuscript about Aztec history, culture, religion, and tributary practices created in Mexico City circa 1541. Drawing from both Mesoamerican and European bookmaking traditions, the Mendoza was a new type of colonial object created through various types of translations. It involved movements from image into word, from Nahuatl into Spanish, from oral narrative into written language, and from indigenous traditions into colonial interpretations. It was set in motion immediately after its creation and continued to move in various ways for centuries. It moved physically, going from Mexico to Paris, London, and Oxford. It later moved across media, from manuscript to print, as authors selected portions to include in their publications. And it moved interpretively, since printed renditions created different versions of the codex based on their selection of pages to reproduce, the varying relations they articulated between images and text, and the conclusions they drew about Amerindian culture. Mobility, this lecture argues, was not a physical accident that befell an object that existed as a stable and immutable entity despite its travels, but rather a series of constitutive acts of translation, selection, and interpretation that produced multiple versions of the object itself.

Teil des ProDoc „Sites of Mediation: Europäische Verflechtungsgeschichte 1350–1650“: http://www.sitesofmediation.ch

Call for Papers

International Conference
20th/21st/22nd/ and 23rd May 2015, ETH Zurich
Crisis: Art and Decision

Programmed by the Vereinigung der Kunsthistorikerinnen und Kunsthistoriker in der Schweiz (VKKS) in collaboration with the University of Bern and the ETH Zurich under the aegis of the Comité International de l’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA).

Proposals from all geographical and temporal areas of art history and related disciplines, which reflect on the theoretical potential or the concepts of critique and crisis, are welcome.

Call for papers (pdf, 242KB)

CIHA_conference_crisis_art_and_decision_cfp.pdf
09.-11.12.15 Internationale Konferenz

Spaces, Places and Times of Solitude in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
A Three-Day International and Interdisciplinary Conference
Universität Bern, 9–11 December 2015
Hallerstrasse 6, 205/203 and Foyer

Organized by Christine Göttler, University of Bern, in collaboration with Karl A. E. Enenkel, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster

This conference asks about the construction, imagination and representation of the space of solitude in art, architecture, literature, church history and theology throughout the late medieval and early modern periods. It addresses, among other themes, the construction of ‘sacred solitude’ by various monastic orders; the literary and visual imagination of coenobitic or communal solitude; and the role of interiority and solitude in reform movements. Are there liturgical time periods specifically associated with solitude such as Lent and Easter? How was the space of prayer conceived of, imagined and represented in the late medieval and early modern European world? Other major questions concern the imagery and different forms of contemptus mundi and the role of early modern cultural criticism, including court criticism. From the 1300s onwards, solitude also became intrinsically connected with the space of aesthetic production (writing, drawing, painting). Topics discussed in the conference include discourses, practices, spaces, places and objects that shaped the construction of solitary selves in various societal environments and cultures.

Program_(pdf, 107KB)

Abstracts of Contributions (pdf, 238KB)

Solitude_abstracts of contributions_2015_0406.pdf
Solitude_conference program_2015_0406.pdf
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