Unintended Convergences: Ernesto de Martino and Aby Warburg

Presented by Professor Carlo Ginzburg​

Professor Ginzburg is one of the most influential cultural historians, best known for his pioneering work on micro-history and case studies at the intersection of historiography and law. He is also author of one of the most important overviews of the legacy of Aby Warburg (1866-1929), ‘From Aby Warburg to E. H. Gombrich: A Problem of Method,’ first published in 1966. In this lecture, delivered as part of his tenure as the S T Lee Visiting Fellow in the School of Advanced Study, he revisits Warburg and questions of method by comparing him to the Italian anthropologist and historian of religion, Ernesto de Martino (1908-65). This event will be followed by a drinks reception.

6 December 2018 | 5.30pm - 6.30pm | Warburg Lecture Room 



Tableaux Vivants and Attitudes: Image-Circulation in Goethe’s ‘Elective Affinities’ (1809) and in Lady Hamilton’s Poses

Presented by Dr Philipp Ekardt (NOMIS-Fellow (eikones), University of Basel). 

Aby Warburg’s concept of the Bilderfahrzeug implies a theory of image-transmission which relies on the notion of a displacement of material ‘carriers’ (a palpable medial support) on which such images ‘travel’. This lecture focuses on the period around 1800, and in particular the works of Goethe – primarily his novel ‘Elective Affinities’ (1809), as well as Lady Hamilton’s ‘attitudes’ – offering a perspective on the mechanisms of image-circulation at that historical and cultural moment. Investigating Goethe and Hamilton also allows us to differentiate our general understanding of image-transmissions.

10 December 2018 | 5.30pm - 7.00pm | Warburg Lecture Room