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The emergence of maritime trade routes between Europe, the American continent and Asia in the 16th century heralded a new era of economic relations that was characterized by a vital exchange of cultural goods. Images of all kinds may be reinvestigated against the background of trade between Europe, the Americas and Asia in the early modern period. Two important trade routes linked all three continents during this era, the route of the Portuguese India fleet (Carreira da Índia), which circulated between Lisbon and Goa, Malacca and Macau and halted in the ports of Salvador und Rio de Janeiro, and the maritime route proceeding from Spain to Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico (Carrera de las Indias) and from Acapulco on the Pacific coast to Manila (Galeón de Manila or Nao de la China) and eventually to China or Japan. The documentation and analysis of the spatial movements of artifacts and their transformation along these 'European-American-Asian trails' allow for a new iconological investigation in a transcultural perspective. The time frame for this endeavor is provided by the Iberoamerican colonial era. In 1815, just a few years before almost all colonial territories became independent, maritime trade between Acapulco and Manila ceased.
During this conference, the hitherto often overlooked objects circulating between continents shall be analyzed according to the diverse locally determined conceptions and perceptions of images. Special attention will be paid to those objects that emerged from transoceanic trade as culturally hybrid creations. The introduction of new media and materials gave rise to novel image functions and aesthetic qualities. Questions to be considered include: How do the imported objects create iconic meaning in their new cultural surroundings? How do the newly introduced materials shape the imagination and perception of the recipient? How do the 'foreign' images and those that emerged from the transcontinental encounter contribute to shaping cultural identities?

Abstract Keynote Lecture Jens Baumgarten (pdf, 51KB)

Conference Program (pdf, 61KB)

Abstract Keynote Lecture Jens Baumgarten.pdf
Conference Program.pdf
8.-9.10.15 Internationale Tagung und Workshop

Das Berner Münster - Das erste Jahrhundert (1421 – 1517/1528)

Internationale Tagung 8.-9. Oktober 2015 Universität Bern, Institut für Kunstgeschichte Berner Münster-Stiftung

Workshop am Samstag, 10. Oktober nur für Respondenten und geladene Teilnehmer.

Flyer (pdf, 847KB)

Flyer Berner Tagung und Monomaster.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, 110KB)

Abstracts of Contributions (pdf, 238KB)

Solitude_abstracts of contributions_150720.pdf
Solitude_conference program_20150727.pdf
Paradigmen der Kunstbetrachtung

Paradigmen der Kunstbetrachtung

Aktuelle Positionen der Rezeptionsästhetik und Museumspädagogik

Band 12
Erscheinungsjahr: 2015

Herausgeberschaft: Peter J. Schneemann

(Zu vergünstigten Konditionen zu beziehen über Prof. Dr. Peter J. Schneemann)
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