Governance of the Warburg Institute

Founded by Aby Warburg in Hamburg at the end of the nineteenth century and exiled from Germany in 1933, the Warburg Institute attracted the greatest humanist scholars and philosophers of the time – from Erwin Panofsky and Edgar Wind to Ernst Cassirer. The Warburg Institute quickly became one of the leading centres in Germany for the understanding of the interactions between images and society across time and space.  It transformed the histories of art, literature, and music, and in emphasizing fields such as astrology and magic, anticipated many of the developments in the modern understanding of the history of science.



Our mission is to promote research on the formation, character and history of the classical tradition in all its aspects; and to be a University, national and international centre for interdisciplinary study of the various branches of history through cultural documents, both visual and literary.


The Warburg Institute is part of the School of Advanced Study for further information, please visit Governance of the School. The Scheme of the Warburg Institute sets out its governance arrangements

The Institute conducts its day-to-day business through the following Committees:

Advisory Council 

Higher and Research Degrees Committee

Staff-Student Liaison Committee