The Warburg Institute Postgraduate Symposium 2018

Fri 23 March 2018


The Warburg Institute will host its third Postgraduate Symposium on 15 November 2018. With this conference, we aim to identify and interrogate the ‘seismic waves’ generated by scholars active at the Warburg Institute from its inception to the present, who inherited the founder’s lessons by receiving his waves and producing their own. 

Speaking in Hamburg in 1927, Aby Warburg described how an Apollonian cultural historian and a Dionysian philosopher as different as Burckhardt and Nietzsche shared an impulse to detect, elaborate, transform, and eventually transmit ideas from artists and thinkers across time and space, acting as intellectual seismographs:

We must recognise Burckhardt and Nietzsche as receivers of mnemonic waves [. . .] Both are very sensitive seismographs, which shake in their foundations when they receive and have to retransmit the waves.

The Symposium is intended for postgraduate students and early-career researchers. Proposals for papers should be sent to by Thursday 31 May 2018 for more information click here

•    Abstract, in English, of no more than 300 words, for a 20-minute paper, in PDF or Word format.

•    One-page CV, including full name, affiliation and contact information.

  All candidates will be notified by Friday 29 June 2018.