Professor David Freedberg to stand down as Director of the Warburg Institute

Thursday 2 February 2017

The School of Advanced Study, University of London, announces that Professor David Freedberg will stand down as Director of the Warburg Institute with effect from 30 April 2017.

In tendering his resignation, Professor Freedberg said: ‘Having helped the Institute return to its intellectual origins in the work of Aby Warburg and rediscover both its significance and its implications for the world in which we live, I have decided I must reduce my international commitments and focus my energies on my own intellectual work. There are a number of writing projects that I am anxious to complete in the next years, and it is on these that I wish now to concentrate my attention.'

In accepting his resignation, the Dean of the School, Professor Roger Kain, said: ‘The University of London offers heartfelt thanks to David Freedberg for his transformative work as Director. Of all his many initiatives, the international conference to mark the 150th anniversary of Aby Warburg’s birth will live in the memory of those who attended forever. We will move swiftly to identify a replacement for Professor Freedberg to build on his outstanding contribution to the development of the Institute and to secure its position as a world leading research centre in the humanities. In the meantime, I would like to assure the Institute and its staff and students of my personal support.'

After leaving, Professor Freedberg will continue his academic involvement with ongoing Warburg projects such as Body and Image in Arts and Science (with Manos Tsakiris and the Nomis Foundation), the Bilderfahrzeuge group, and collaborations with the Siobhan Davies Dance Company and the Institute of Philosophy’s Centre for Experimental Aesthetics, Technology and Engineering.