Warburg and Luther - Word and Image in Times of Crisis - 1517, 1917, 2017

Warburg and Luther - Word and Image in Times of Crisis - 1517, 1917, 2017
16 December 2017, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

Warburg Institute Library and Archive Open day with displays of material relating to Warburg's Reformation study. This is the third in a series of three events on this theme.

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: a keynote lecture entitled ‘Luther’s Words are Everywhere”: Protestantism and Politics, 1517-2017’ by Jane O. Newman (California at Irvine) on 13 December; and a roundtable discussion on 14 December with James Curran (Goldsmiths), Jo Fox (Durham), Jost Philipp Klenner (Berlin), Jane O. Newman and Petra Roettig (Hamburger Kunsthalle).

You do not need to register in advance to attend the Warburg Institute’s Library and Archive Open day. However you do need to register for the other two events by clicking on the links above.


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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