Hermeneutics of the Face / Current Positions of Portrait Research
The Department of Art History at the University of Hamburg and the Aby-Warburg-Foundation are organizing the International Warburg-Seminar 2012-2013 from October 15th to 19th, 2012 and from February 4th to 9th, 2013 for doctoral students and young researchers. This seminar is dedicated to the theme of the portrait in all aspects of its genre history and its methodological complexity.
The portrait from its beginning to the very present is a contradictory art form: asked to strictly depict an individual human being and his/her character, while at the same time creating an art work of its own legitimacy, all forms of portraiture face an aesthetic conflict. Solutions and approaches to this oscillate strongly between anatural/close to nature reproduction and far reaching abstract ways of contriving the works.
The seminar will pay attention to the whole spectrum of the theme. The following themes might be discussed, depending on submitted proposals:
- Images of all époques of art history
- Western and non-European forms of portrayal
- single, group orrole portraits as well as their functional use in political, historical and other representational contexts, portraiture and physiognomy
- portraiture beyond genre borders, also within New Media, non-figural images as well as deletions/negations of portraits.
Welcomed are thematic proposals from the field of systematic portrait research or from the field of monographic case studies as well asthemes which combine these two approaches.
Who should apply?
Doctoral candidates or young post-graduate art historians are invited to submit proposals for a theme of the Seminar. It is expected that the participants give a talk about their submitted project description. A publication of the contribution - in case of appropriate qualification - is planned. During the first session week in autumn 2012, all seminar participants will give preliminary papers, which will be further developed based upon the discussions for the second seminar week. During the spring meetings in 2013 joint editing of the submitted contributions will take place.
The Aby-Warburg-Foundation, Hamburg, will cover all expenses for travel and accommodation. Submissions from abroad are strongly encouraged. The seminar will be conducted in both German and English. Applications with a detailed thematic proposal (max. two pages), CV, list of publications (if applicable) as well as a letter of recommendation from the academic advisor or a senior researcher are to be submitted before August 15th 2012 to the attention of: Prof. Dr. Uwe Fleckner / Prof. Dr. Iris Wenderholm, Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar (Department of Art History), Universität Hamburg, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, D-20146 Hamburg.