The Warburg Institute Summer School: Aby Warburg, the Picture Atlas and the Making of Visual Culture

The Warburg Institute Summer School: Aby Warburg, the Picture Atlas and the Making of Visual Culture
08 Jul 2019, 10:00 to 12 Jul 2019, 17:00
Summer School
Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

The inaugural Warburg Institute Summer School is dedicated to the work of Aby Warburg and his picture atlas Mnemosyne. Over the course of five days participants will first be introduced to exemplary panels from the Atlas; they will examine original material, familiarise themselves with the collections of the Warburg Institute and discuss relevant texts by Warburg and other scholars that unlock this inspirational and complex body of work. This course will focus particularly on material and popular culture, on art and science and on intercultural relations. It includes site visits (e.g. Victoria and Albert Museum, Wellcome Collection, British Library, National Gallery) to work through the different ways in which we can examine artworks and artefacts. 
The Warburg Institute is located at Woburn Square in Bloomsbury. It has a history unlike any other institution within the humanities, being home to such luminaries as Ernst Gombrich, Frances Yates and Michael Baxandall. Its outstanding achievements within various fields of research - art history as well as the history of philosophy, religion and sciences - are reflected in the intellectual culture of the Institute today, and are materially accessible due to what is probably ‘the most complete institutional archive within the humanities’ (Elizabeth Sears, University of Michigan). The Warburg Institute Summer School is a unique opportunity to engage with this history and its big ideas by working with original archival documents, books and images.
Convened by Professor Bill Sherman, Director, Warburg Institute and Dr Johannes von Müller, The Bilderfahrzeuge Research Group.

Teaching will be carried out by Warburg Institute academic staff and The Bilderfahrzeuge Research Group.

Fee: £550 standard; £450 student/unwaged (lunch and tea and coffee included each day)

Bursary applications are now closed and decisions will be made by 14 June 2019.


Day 1: Introduction

Day 2: Historiography

Day 3: Visual and Material History

Day 4: Political Iconology

Day 5: Exhibition History and Curatorial Studies


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