Revised lecture title: Signs of Crisis: Warburg, Luther and the Reformation Jubilees

Revised lecture title: Signs of Crisis: Warburg, Luther and the Reformation Jubilees
13 December 2017, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

Professor Jane O. Newman, University of California at Irvine


Due to the Californian fires Jane O. Newman is unable to travel to London. this lecture will be postponed to February 2018. Instead we are offering a lecture by:


Johannes von Mueller, Bilderfahrzeuge Project, Warburg Institute on 'Signs of Crisis: Warburg, Luther and the Reformation Jubilees'


A keynote lecture entitled ‘Luther’s Words are Everywhere”: Protestantism and Politics, 1517-2017’ by Jane O. Newman (California at Irvine) on 13 December.

The Warburg Institute is holding a series of events on ‘Warburg and Luther - Word | Image in Times of Crisis - 1517, 1917, 2017’ to mark both the fifth hundred anniversary of the Reformation and the hundredth anniversary of Aby Warburg’s seminal lecture on Martin Luther and the role of propaganda in the process of public opinion-making. Warburg’s lecture, delivered in November 1917, and published in 1920 under the title ‘“Pagan-Antique Prophecy in Words and Images in the Age of Martin Luther’ is nowadays considered to be one of the founding documents of Bildwissenschaft (science of images) and of media studies.

The other events are:

The roundtable event has been cancelled roundtable discussion on 14 December with James Curran (Goldsmiths), Jo Fox (Durham), Jost Philipp Klenner (Berlin), Jane O. Newman and Petra Roettig (Hamburger Kunsthalle); this event will be re-scheduled to February 2018.

Open day on 16 December, when the Warburg Institute’s Library and Archive will display and offer introductions to materials that relate to Warburg’s Reformation study.

Attendance is free of charge. Please register in advance for this lecture by clicking on the Book Now button. 


The Warburg and Luther series of events is kindly supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, London, and the University of London Coffin Trust


Jane Ferguson
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