Image and Ascent: Mountain Terrains in the History of Art

Image and Ascent: Mountain Terrains in the History of Art
10 Oct 2019, 10:00 to 01 Dec 2019, 23:00
Call for Papers
Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

Organisers: Dr Joanne Anderson and Dr Carla Benzan

That artworks are closely tied to the landscape in which they are produced is often taken for granted, and yet the recent ecological turn in the humanities has only begun to critically intervene in the methodology of writing art’s histories. The two-day conference, Image and Ascent, raises related questions, highlighting new research of an interdisciplinary nature on images of and images in mountainous terrains that are remote, dangerous, and difficult to navigate - but equally focusing on those that engage with the mountains as places of residence, work, devotion as well as sites of artistic production and exchange.

We welcome papers addressing a range of global and trans-historical case studies, circa 1300-present day, to attend to, rather than flatten, such terrains. In reference to the physical features of an area of land, the terrain raises the way in which human agents – artists, patrons, beholders, and scholars – must accommodate and respond to their natural environment. The conference therefore takes the position that such challenges prompt scholars and arts practitioners to productively confront crucial issues to the study of both nature and art, including embodied experience, movement, and temporal duration. As such, the conference brings recent interest in mountains across the humanities into important dialogue with the history of images, and contributes to a broader enquiry into the role of images in understanding historical change across time and space.

The conference will include keynote addresses from Jason König (University of St. Andrews) and Christopher P. Heuer (University of Rochester).

Deadline for submissions: 1 December 2019
Conference: 18-19 June 2020: Warburg Institute



This conference is supported by the Cassal Trust and the John Coffin Memorial Trust


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