Warburg Institute Online Events




While our events taking place at the Insitute are currently postponed we are going to be bringing a number of them to you online instead. 


Online Lectures




From Antiquity to Modernity: from Sculpture to Painting

Presented by Sir Nicholas Penny Visiting Professor at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou

A special series of three lectures, extracted and adapted from the eight Slade Lectures given at the University of Cambridge earlier this year, explore some of the different ways in which the art of ancient Greece and Rome was interpreted, misinterpreted, revived and re-imagined between the fifteenth and the twentieth centuries. 

15 June, 5.30pm | 'Avatars of Antiquity'

22 June, 5.30pm | 'Drapery as Metaphor'

29 June, 5.30pm | 'Tangled Figures' 

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Online Conferences


Memoria saltationis: The Memory of Dance

5 June, 9:30am - 5pm

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the relationship between dance and memory, including revival and re-enactment as modes of engaging with historical dance, dance as cultural memory, the question of how archives preserve dance, methodological issues surrounding archival research in this field, and somatic memory in dance practice, with attention to psychological and physiological research.

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Book and Print Initiative Seminars

The Book and Print Initiative was founded in 2017 to bring together scholars of books, printed material, and printing, at all career stages, across the School of Advanced Study (SAS). It is an umbrella for new and existing projects. As part of the UK’s research centre for the humanities, it provides a national focal point for the interdisciplinary, global study of word, image, and other written content from before the print era (manuscripts, palaeography, codicology) through to its future (digital humanities).


The History of the Book and the History of Cryptography

4 June, 1 - 2pm | Presented by Professor Bill Sherman (Director, Warburg Institute)


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'Onofrio Panvinio: Papal History between Manuscript and Print'

18 June, 1 - 2pm | Presented by Stefan Bauer (Royal Holloway, University of London)


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'Publishing for the Popes: The Roman Curia and the Use of Printing in the Mid-Sixteenth Century'

2 July, 1 - 2pm | Presented by Paolo Sachet (Università degli studi di Milano)


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The invisibilities of the engravers: the prints and portraits of Robert Morrison (1782-1834)

16 July, 1 - 2pm | Presented by Uganda Sze Pui Kwan (Nanyang Technological University)


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Tea Time Talks

Tea Time Talks provide a forum for Warburg research fellows and academic staff to meet each other, introduce their research, and discuss some of the problems and questions that their work addresses.


Work in Progress

The work in progress seminar explores the variety of subjects studied at the institute. Papers are given by third-year PhD students, research fellows studying at the Institute, visiting fellows and occasionally invited international scholars. 


Language Courses


Classical Greek – Beginners: Online Course

Mondays 4 May - 29 June, 6.30-8.00pm

The programme is designed for beginners. A principal aim will be to equip students with an essential set of linguistic navigational tools, which can serve as a springboard for further study of both language and literature. An initial level of competence in the language will, it is hoped, also engender a corresponding degree of confidence when it comes to encounters with Greek in Renaissance texts. 




Late Medieval and Renaissance Latin Beginners: Online Course

Thursdays 30 April - 9 July, 4.00-6.00pm

This course is designed to train students to read and understand late Medieval and Renaissance documents, and is a continuation of the beginners' classes from the Autumn and Spring terms. The focus will be on grammar and vocabulary, and on the forms taken by commonly used documents, as well as their texts. 

New students are welcome to join the course, but will be expected to have a basic grasp of the language, including nouns, adjectives and active and passive indicative verb forms. 



Renaissance Latin Intermediate Refresher: Online Course

Daily, Monday 29 June to Friday 3 July, 1.00-3.00pm

This course is aimed at intermediate level Latin, and is designed as a refresher for those training to read and understand late Medieval and Renaissance documents. Language consolidation will be coupled with a focus on reading a range of Neo-Latin texts from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries.  




Beginners Renaissance Latin 5-Day Intensive

2 - 8 September, 3pm - 5pm

The course is designed for beginners and focuses on Latin texts from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century, drawing on a wide range of sources - the sophisticated Latin of the humanists, various forms of technical Latin (medical, philosophical, theological, etc.), and macaronic jumbles of Latin and the vernacular. One of the principal aims of the course is to help students develop the ability to read primary sources in the original Latin.