The Warburg Institute runs an active programme of lectures. All of which are free and open to everyone (unless otherwise stated).
Following advice from the University of London we are postponing all our in-building events until the end of July 2020.
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Online Lectures


The Other Warburg: Aby's African American Cousin Eugène and his European Career as a Sculptor in the 1850s

2 June, 5:30 - 7pm | Presented by Paul Kaplan (Purchase College, NY State University)

The African American sculptor Eugène Warburg, born into slavery in New Orleans around 1826, was a distant relative of Aby Warburg. This talk carefully traces the sometimes astonishing twists and turns of the European phase of his career (1853-1859). Eugène Warburg’s affiliation with both pro-slavery American diplomats in Paris as well as the leading transatlantic anti-slavery figures of Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Duchess of Sutherland are highlighted. 

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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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Book and Print Initiative: 'Onofrio Panvinio: Papal History between Manuscript and Print'

18 June, 1 - 2pm | Presented by Stefan Bauer (Royal Holloway, University of London): 'Onofrio Panvinio: Papal History between Manuscript and Print'


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


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Lecture Series


Curatorial Conversations

Curatorial Conversations is our ongoing lecture series which invites museum directors and curators from around the world to share their knowledge and experience.

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Maps and Society Lecture Series

A series of lectures in the history of cartography

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