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Organised by Dr Joanne W. Anderson (University of Aberdeen) and Dr Carla Benzan (The Open University)

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. Image and Ascent: Mountain Terrains in the History of Art brings recent interest in mountains across the humanities into dialogue with the history of images, offering a forum for new research concerning images of, and images produced in, mountainous terrains. Seeking an alternative to the hierarchical opposition between the base and the summit, we emphasise the notion of the terrain to raise the way in which human agents – artists, patrons, beholders, and scholars – must accommodate and respond to their natural environment. 

Originally scheduled as a two-day conference for June 2020, Image and Ascent will now take the form of a series of afternoon sessions delivered online via the Zoom platform, and hosted by the Warburg Institute. 



Monday 14 September
3.00-3:55pm: Keynote address
Professor Jason König (University of St. Andrews): "Mountains and Vision in Ancient Literature and Culture" 
Respondent: Veronica della Dora

4.00-5.00pm: Session 1: "Rhythm, Transmission, Travel"
Chair: Martina Mazzotta 
Linda Schädler (ETH Zürich): “Irene Kopelman. In Search Of Glaciological Traces”
Marianne Cailloux (Lille University): “Multimodal Mountain perceptions of the mountain: how artistic workshops convey the idea of the Alps” 
Philipp Meurer (Kiel University): “Deictic Shifts into the Image? – Fictional Aspects in Pieter Bruegel’s Large Landscape Series”

Tuesday 15 September 
3.00-3:40pm: Session 2: “Topography, Peripheries, Power” 
Chair: Opher Mansour 
Barnaby Nygren (Loyola University Maryland): "'Indian Wonders': The Landscapes of Early Colonial Mexico”
Elizabeth Griffith (Independent): “Mountain Imagery in Genoese, Ragusan, and Venetian Cityscapes”

3:45-4:45pm: Session 3: “Simulacra, Structures, Recreations”
Chair: Alessandro Scafi 
Shaun Midanik (University of Toronto): “Simulating the Ascent: Jacopo Ligozzi and the Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Verna (1612)”
Henrietta Simson (University of the Arts, London): “Moving a Mountain: The Distance and Presence of the 14th-Century Wilderness Image”
Rhoda Eitel-Porter (Print Quarterly): “Mountainous Terrain: Visualizing Dante in Sixteenth-Century Italy”
4:45-5.00pm: Discussion

Wednesday 16 September
3.00-4.00pm: Session 4: “Mapping, Aesthetics, Epistemology” 
Chair: John Tresch 
Cristóbal F. Barria Bignotti (The Centre for Sensory Studies, Concordia University): “William Morris Davis: Drawing the geomorphology of mountains”
Denise Koller (Princeton University): “Shaping the Lithic Mass: Composition and Geology in Ferdinand Hodler”
Rachel Daphne Weiss (UCLA): “Atlas/Mountains: Jan Hackaert’s Alpine Landscapes in the Atlas Blaeu-van der Hem”

4:05-4:45pm: Session 5: “Performance, Theory, Site” 
Chair: Oliver O’Donnell 
Jonathan Pitches (University of Leeds): “Mountain site related performance: bringing mountain culture into the climate crisis debate”
Jonathan Westaway (University of Central Lancashire): “‘But there is Art and ART’: George Leigh Mallory, positional deixis and the aesthetics of mountaincraft”

4:45-5.00pm: Discussion

Thursday 17 September 
3.00-4.00pm: Session 6: “Disintegration, Environment, Mechanics” 
Chair: Thalia Allington-Wood
Diana Mellon (Columbia University): “Bathing and Descent in De balneis Puteolanis”
James Pilgrim (Johns Hopkins University/CASVA): “Bassano’s Alluvial Painting”
Anna Grasskamp (Hong Kong Baptist University): “Miniature Mountains: Landscape Constructions in German Handstein and Chinese penjing” 

4:05-5.00pm: Keynote Address
Christopher P. Heuer (University of Rochester): “Evaporating Dürer”

5.00pm: Final summary