Mnemonic Waves - Postgraduate Symposium

Mnemonic Waves - Postgraduate Symposium
15 November 2018, 9.30am - 6.30pm
Conference / Symposium
Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

The Warburg Institute will host its third Postgraduate Symposium on 15 November 2018. With this conference, we aim to identify and interrogate the ‘seismic waves’ generated by scholars active at the Warburg Institute from its inception to the present, who inherited the founder’s lessons by receiving his waves and producing their own. 

Speaking in Hamburg in 1927, Aby Warburg described how an Apollonian cultural historian and a Dionysian philosopher as different as Burckhardt and Nietzsche shared an impulse to detect, elaborate, transform, and eventually transmit ideas from artists and thinkers across time and space, acting as intellectual seismographs:

We must recognise Burckhardt and Nietzsche as receivers of mnemonic waves [. . .] Both are very sensitive seismographs, which shake in their foundations when they receive and have to retransmit the waves.

This event is free and open to all. 


9.30 - 9.45


9.45 - 9.50

Director's Welcome

9.50 - 10.00

Introduction - Gemma Cornetti (The Warburg Institute)

10.00 - 11.00

Keynote Address - Chair: Fabio Tononi (The Warburg Institute)

Caroline van Eck (Cambridge)

11.00 - 11.15


11.15 - 12.30

Gestaltpsychologie - Chair: Margherita Clavarino (The Warburg Institute)

Barret Reiter (St. Edmunds College, Cambridge), ‘Inner Iconoclasm’ After Yates

Sascha Freyberg (MPIWG, Berlin), Experimentalism avant la lettre: Edgar Wind

on the Methodology of Research and Recollection

Paolo Gervasi (Queen Mary, London), Caricatures as Pathosformeln: Gombrich, Warburg

and the Emotions

12.30 - 1.30

Lunch (speakers only)

1.30 - 2.45

Pathosformeln - Chair: Allegra Baggio Corradi (The Warburg Institute)

Lot Brouwer (University of Kent), From Constantinople to Nuremberg: Cross-Cultural

Encounters in the Age of Lutheran Confessionalisation

Laurence Garneau (Université du Québec, Montréal), ‘God is in the Details’: A

Teardrop in the Astrological Cycle at Palazzo della Ragione

Eleonora Andriani (Università del Salento, Lecce), Michael Scot and the Warburg

Institute: On the Trail of an Essential Bond

2.45 - 3.00



Keynote Address - Chair: Fabio Tononi (The Warburg Institute)

Claudia Cieri Via (Università La Sapienza, Rome)

4.00 - 4.15

Comfort Break

4.15 - 5.30 Verknüpfungszwang - Chair: Sarah Coviello (The Warburg Institute)

Dimitrios Roussos (UCL), The Period Eye and the Early Colonial tlacuilo:

Painting and Social Experience in 16th c. New Spain

Thomas Hughes (Courtauld, London), Michael Baxandall and the Language

of Art History

Felix Martin (RWTH, Aachen), Architectural Iconology or

The Casino at Marino as an Object of Enlightenment Culture


Closing Remarks - Merlin Cox (The Warburg Institute)

5.45 -6.30

Wine Reception


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