The Warburg Institute runs an active programme of lectures, almost all of which are free and open to everyone.

Due to the ongoing social distancing requirements associated with the Covid-19 pandemic and following advice from the University of London all Warburg Institute events will remain online for the time being. We will keep the situation under review and if guidance changes we will respond accordingly.

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Bilderfahrzeuge Lecture Series

This annual lecture series is organised by the international research project “Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology.” Entitled “Not A Copy,” this year’s series seeks to discuss the advent of new forms of visual expression in response to preceding artefacts and following from an interplay with their materiality and mediality. Humanities tend to reduce these dynamics to a dichotomy of a supposed ‘original’ and its ‘copy’. By doing so, the productive quality of transformation is often overlooked, whereas terms such as imitation, emulation, repetition, transmission, translation or recording are in continuous need of critical re-evaluation.

Spring 2021 programme TBC.

Book and Print Initiative Online Seminars

The Book and Print Initiative 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).

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From Devilry to Divinity: Readings in Dante's Divina Commedia

This series aims to introduce the beauty, complexity and continuing significance of Dante’s ‘Divina Commedia’ through readings of the text, in the original and in translation, and through commentary on it. The readings are accompanied by a rich visual display of medieval illuminations whilst the commentary explores and invites discussion of some of the leading ideas of the poem.

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Work In Progress

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

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