Evelyn Welch appointed as Chair of the Warburg Institute Advisory Council

Monday 10 October 2016

The University of London is pleased to announce that Professor Evelyn Welch will take up the role of chair of the Advisory Council of the Warburg Institute with effect from 1 October 2016.

Professor Welch is a distinguished academic of the Italian Renaissance. She is currently Professor of Renaissance Studies and Provost and Senior Vice President (Arts & Sciences) at King’s College London.  Prior to this Professor Welch held positions at the universities of Essex, Birkbeck, Sussex and Queen Mary, University of London. She did her PhD at the Warburg Institute where she also held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship and taught a range of MA courses.

With research interests in Renaissance Milan and fifteenth-century court culture, this has led to more recent publications on early modern material culture and fashion. Professor Welch is a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award holder for a major project on ‘Renaissance Skin’, a member of the Victoria and Albert Museum Board of Trustees and the British Library Advisory Board. She is also chair of the Trustees of the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Commenting on the appointment, Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London said: “I am delighted that The Warburg Institute will have such a respected and knowledgeable chair of their Advisory Council.  It will be a pleasure to welcome Evelyn back to the Warburg. Her academic research and her wealth of contacts in the Renaissance field will bring an additional dimension to the Board.  The University would like to express its thanks to Margaret McGowan, chair of the Advisory Council since 2013 and who has been demonstrated great support for the Institute and who has been so supportive of the ongoing relationship with the University of London.”

“This appointment is excellent news for the University, the School of Advanced Study (SAS) and, of course, The Warburg Institute itself,” said Professor Roger Kain, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study. “I look forward to Evelyn’s contributions to the Advisory Council and have no doubt that she will continue the strong relationship with the School and the University.”

Director of the Warburg Institute, Professor David Freedberg said, “I have no doubt that Evelyn will be immensely helpful in supporting and promoting the Warburg Institute as the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture.  Having studied and taught at the Warburg in the past means she has tremendous insight into our work and I look forward to working with her in her new role with the Institute”

On her appointment, Professor Welch said: “Given my close connections to the Warburg, I am so pleased to accept this role and to support the Institute with fresh momentum under the leadership of Professor Freedberg. The Warburg Institute is one of the great centres for the study of cultural history in the world. It has an extraordinary history and I look forward to working with the other members of the Advisory Council to achieve great things for the Institute in the future.”

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3. About the Warburg Institute

The Warburg Institute is the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture. It is cross-disciplinary and global. It is concerned with the histories of art and science, and their relationship with superstition, magic, and popular beliefs. Its researches are historical, philological and anthropological. It is dedicated to the study of the survival and transmission of cultural forms – whether in literature, art, music or science – across borders and from the earliest times to the present. In setting out the historical, psychological, anthropological and political dimensions of art and culture, the work of Aby Warburg underlines the continuing relevance of the humanities today.

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