CFP: 12th Conference of Iconographic Studies: Iconography of Pain, Rijeka (Croatia),  May 31 – June 01, 2018

Call for Papers: 12th Conference of Iconographic Studies: Iconography of Pain, Rijeka (Croatia),  May 31 – June 01, 2018
Deadline: 20 January 2018

The conference seeks to explore and discuss recent development in the dialogue between art history, history, theology, philosophy, cultural theory and other relevant disciplines concerning the representation and perception of pain (both physical and emotional) in history. Pain represents not only one of the very used subjects in art but also the strong creative force for many artists. It has been recently discussed as being a transformative force in cultural production but also beyond the cultural and temporal boundaries. It can be also perceived within specific methodological paradigm of the Warburg’s Pathosformel as well as within the broader theoretical contexts. We welcome academic papers that will approach these subjects in interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse angles. The themes and subjects include, but are not limited to the following:

  • pain as art form
  • torture, punishment and penal iconography
  • spectacle(s) of pain
  • violence in visual culture
  • martyrs and martyrdoms
  • passion iconography
  • dealing with pain – images of medical and other treatments in history
  • pain as creative impulse in art
  • (in)expressibility of physical pain

Paper proposals should be submitted electronically to

A paper proposal should contain:

  1. full name, institution, affiliation, address, phone number(s), e-mail address
  2. title
  3. abstract (maximum 2 pages – 500 words)

Deadline: January 20, 2018

Invitations to participate will be sent out by email before February 20, 2018

There is NO registration fee

Administration and organizational costs, working materials, lunch and coffee breaks during conference, closing dinner as well as all organized visits are covered by the organizers.

All presented papers will be published in the thematic issue of the IKON journal in May 2019.

Conference: Singular Acts: The Role of the Individual in the Transformation of Collective Culture, The Warburg Institute, 16 November 2017

410868Conference: Singular Acts: The Role of the Individual in the Transformation of Collective Culture, The Warburg Institute, 16 November 2017

The Warburg Institute will host its second Postgraduate Symposium on 16 November 2017. This year’s Symposium focuses on particular personalities who acted for or against historical and cultural change.  The Early Modern period saw seismic shifts across all aspects of society, ranging from technological developments to new artistic techniques; to innovations in philosophical thought and religious doctrine and scientific discoveries; to social and political movements. This interdisciplinary conference will appraise the extent to which such transformations were triggered or repressed by the acts of individuals such as innovators, pioneers, reformers and censors.

Attendance is free of charge. Pre-registrations required:

For more information:

Organisers: Organisers: James Christie, Lorenza Gay, Hanna Gentili, Lydia Goodson, Vito Guida, Antonia Karaisl, Finn Schulze-Feldmann, Genevieve Verdigel. 


10:15 – 10:30 Professor Bill Sherman (Director of The Warburg Institute)

SESSION 1: Art and Invention
Chair: Lorenza Gay (The Warburg Institute)

10:30 – 10:50 Allegra Baggio Corradi (The Warburg Institute)
A Book, a Bust and a Pelican Pet: Philosophy, Art and Zoology in Niccolò Leonico Tomeo’s Cinquecento Padua

10:50 – 11:10 Mauricio Oviedo Salazar (University of Amsterdam)
The Legacy of the Poeta-theologus: Salutati’s Influence in 15th-century Italian Art

 11:10 – 11:30 Response and discussion.

 11:30 – 11:45 Tea

 SESSION 2: Challenging Established Philosophies

Chair: Genevieve Verdigel (The Warburg Institute)

 11:45 – 12:05 Maria Vittoria Comacchi (University of Venice)
Marsilio Ficino’s renovatio antiquorum through Leone Ebreo’s Dialoghi d’amore: a philosophical theological Reform before the Reformation

12:05 – 12:25 Salvatore Carannante (Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento, Florence)
‘A Mercury sent down by the Gods’: Bruno’s Self-Representation between Ancient Wisdom and Nova Filosofia

 12:25 – 12:45 Response and discussion.

 12:45-14:00 Lunch

SESSION 3: Within/Without Institutions
Chair : Antonia Karaisl (The Warburg Institute)

14:00– 14:20 Sophie-Bérangère Singlard (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
To be an Influential Humanist and to become an Important Name in 16th-century Spain: The Case of Francisco Sánchez de las Brozas

14:20 – 14:40 Hasan Siddiqui (University of Chicago)
Critical Modes of the Scholarly Life in Early-Modern South Asia 

14:40 – 15:00 Response and discussion.

15:00 – 15:15 Tea

SESSION 4: The Patron and the Poet: self-fashioning in words, art, and music

Chair: Lydia Goodson (The Warburg Institute)

15:15 – 15:35 Elisa Zucchini (University of Florence)
Art and Music in Gran Principe Ferdinando de’ Medici’s Patronage

15:35 – 15:55 James Barry (University of Cambridge)
Vanity Projects: Thomas Lyster’s Fragments (1714) and the commercialisation of individualism in late seventeenth and early eighteenth century print culture

15:55 – 16:15 Response and discussion.

16:15 – 17:15 Keynote AddressDr Ben Thomas, (Co-Curator of the 2017 Exhibition ‘Raphael, The Drawings’ at the Ashmolean; University of Kent)

 ‘Raphael: Singular Acts of Drawing’

17:15 – 17:30 Closing Remarks: Professor Michelle O’Malley (Assistant Director of The Warburg Institute)

17:30 – 18:30 Reception



Short-term Research Fellowships in Cultural and Intellectual History

Short-term Research Fellowships in Cultural and Intellectual History
Warburg Institute, London
Deadlines: Friday, 29 November 2013

wblogoThe Warburg Institute is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the classical tradition – in the sense of those elements in European thought, art and institutions that have evolved out of the cultures of the ancient world. Its Library and Photographic Collection are designed and arranged to encourage research into the processes by which one culture learns from another and by which different fields of thought and art act on each other.

The Institute is offering a number of short-term Fellowships of two, three or four months for tenure in the academic year 2014-15:

Brian Hewson Crawford Fellowship
A two-month Fellowship is available for the study of any aspect of the classical tradition. Under the terms of the deed, the Fellowship is open to European scholars other than of British nationality.

Alan Deyermond Fellowship
A two month Fellowship is available to undertake research on a project related to Spanish or Portugese literature, culture or visual arts before 1600 (with a preference for the Medieval period).

Henri Frankfort Fellowship
This two-month fellowship may be held in any of the areas in which Professor Frankfort made his distinguished contributions to scholarship: the intellectual and cultural history of the ancient Near East, with particular reference to society, art, architecture, religion, philosophy and science; the relations between the cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Aegean, and their influence on later civilizations.

Albin Salton Fellowship
This two-month fellowship is intended to promote the understanding of those elements of cultural and intellectual history which led to the formation of a new world-view, understood in the broadest cultural, political and socio-economic terms, as Europe began to develop contacts with the world outside Europe, and that world came into contact with Europe.

Grete Sondheimer Fellowship
The two month Fellowship, may be held in any of the areas of interest of the Institute.

Frances A. Yates Fellowships
These fellowships interests may focus on any aspect of cultural and intellectual history but, other things being equal, preference will be given to those whose work is concerned with those areas of the medieval and Renaissance encyclopedia of knowledge to which Dame Frances herself made such distinguished contributions. A number of two-, three- and four-month Fellowships are available. Candidates domiciled in the U.K. may apply for three- or four-month Fellowships only.

Brill Fellowships at CHASE
The publishing house Brill (Leiden) is sponsoring up to two annual research Fellowships at the Warburg Institute’s Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe (CHASE). Postdoctoral researchers may apply for a two, three or four month Fellowship for research projects on any aspect of the relations between Europe and the Arab World from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

Further details on eligibility and application for all fellowships can be
found at the Warburg’s website.

Applications must be emailed to the Institute by no later than  Friday, 29 November 2013.

Job: Research Post on Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology

Job: Research Post, Bilderfahrzeuge: Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology
Warburg Institute, London
Deadline: Tuesday 26 November.

wblogoThe German Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, which unites art and cultural historical Institutes in France, Germany, Great Britain and Italy, invites applications for several full-time research posts (in principle post-doctoral) based at the Warburg Institute in London for five years from February 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The objective of this project is to explore the migration of images, objects, ideas and texts in a broad historical and geographical context. The aim shall be a contribution to the history of images which is based on Aby Warburg’s approach and method, rethinking them in the light of new interdisciplinary, international scholarship. The project will reconstruct and develop a rich scholarly approach which addresses the distinctiveness of images while also studying the language in which ideas about transfers between cultures (including ideas about images) are expressed.

Research staff in London will contribute particularly to the overall project of studying the ways in which images and ideas are transferred between cultures and to the project of investigating the role of rhetoric in understanding images, ideas and intercultural relations. Research staff will conduct their own research and contribute to the larger projects. We are particularly interested in applicants with high level research skills in art history, trade between Europe and the Orient, prints and other portable images, rhetoric, anthropology and comparative religion. Applicants will be expected to have a good knowledge of the languages relevant to their field of study and a good speaking and reading knowledge of German and English.

Post-holders will be employed by the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris and paid on German government research scales according to their skills and experience. For qualified applicants residing in Germany this may include international German subsidy. Place of work is

Applications should include:
A letter of application indicating candidates’ interests in and suitability for the projects of the
research group; a curriculum vitae and publications list; the names of three referees;  a writing sample of around 5,000 words of published or unpublished research.

Completed applications must be submitted by Tuesday 26 November.

Interviews may be held in London on Saturday 14 or Sunday 15 December, 2013.

Please send your application to:
Andreas Beyer, Director
Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte,
Max Weber Stiftung
45, rue des Petits Champs
F – 75001 Paris

Conference: The Mobility of Antiquities

The Mobility of Antiquities. Cultural Processes and Collecting Practices in Early Modern Italy
London, Warburg Institute, November 15, 2013

wblogoIn the last few years, research on mobility (of ideas, cultural phenomena, people, and art works) has increasingly engaged scholars invarious disciplines. This workshop contributes to these studies by considering the mobility of antiquities in the early modern period from various perspectives, looking at mobility both as the physical process of moving objects and as a richly symbolic act. The papers in this study day will investigate the material context in which antiquities were discovered and the cultural and political processes involved in moving them from excavation sites to new locales. They will also deal with the issue of their ‘virtual’ mobility among collections and collectors by means of prints, drawings and casts.

First Session: 2:30 – 4:00
– Barbara Furlotti, ‘Antiquities Ripen in Wintertime. Excavations and the
Search for Ancient Findings in Sixteenth-Century Rome’
– Kathleen Christian, ‘Translatio and the Movement of Antique Sculpture
in Early Modern Italy’

Second Session: 4:15 – 6:00
Bianca de Divitiis, ‘In Search of Identity: Moving Antiquities in
Southern Italy between the Medieval and Early Modern Period’
Leah Clark, ‘Exchange and Replication: The Circulation of Antique Gems
and Coins in the Italian Courts’