Study at the Warburg: Open Day 2018

Study at the Warburg: Open Day 2018
6 December 2018, 1.00pm - 4.30pm
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Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

Study at the Warburg

The Warburg Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for studying the interaction of ideas, images and society. It is dedicated to the survival and transmission of culture across time and space, with special emphasis on the afterlife of antiquity.

We run MA programmes in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture and in Cultural and in Intellectual and Visual History, and encourage MPhil and PhD applicants in the many areas of research the Institute supports. The resources of the Warburg are especially geared to students interested in interdisciplinary study.

Why study with us?

Students at the Warburg Institute have access to the best resources for academic study in London:

  • Unparalleled staff contact hours are combined with access to the Institute’s collections and open-stack Library, which is classified as one of the ‘20 Libraries that changed the world’*
  • Training in Latin and a European language which are essential for independent study and PhD research in our fields of research
  • Extensive opportunities for networking with an international community of scholars including academic staff, Fellows, Library readers and research project researchers, which significantly enriches the learning experience and can provide ideal connections for the future careers.
  • Access to a wealth of additional academic and cultural resources within the School of Advanced Study and the Knowledge Quarter hub of Bloomsbury.

Funding opportunities

We have a range of full fee bursaries available to both home/EU and international students and an excellent record in securing external funding for our MA and PhD applicants.


Investing in your future

Many Warburg MA alumni have gone on to pursue PhD study at the Institute or other Universities across the globe. MA and PhD graduates have also gone into positions at cultural institutions such as Sothebys, the Government Art Collection Arts Council England, the National Gallery, the V&A, and the Southbank Centre. 

Join us to learn about the programmes we offer, meet our staff and current students, discover the Institute’s collections and find out what it’s like to study at the Warburg Institute. 


13.00         Registration and tea (Lecture room)

13.15         Welcome; Why choose the Warburg? 

 Bill Sherman, Director of the Warburg Institute                        

13.30         The MA courses (Lecture room)

MA Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture 

Deirdre Jackson and Sara Miglietti 

The MA is designed to build a new generation of academic curators and art historians. Drawing on the expertise of National Gallery Curators and Warburg scholars, the MA offers hands-on projects in catalogue-writing and exhibition planning as well as grounding in the scholarship and language training necessary for developing curatorial skills and further PhD research.

MA in Cultural, Visual and Intellectual History 

Alessandro Scafi

The MA equips students with the fundamental skills for interdisciplinary research in the reception of the classical tradition. Focussing on the interpretation of images and texts concerning late medieval and early modern European history of art, philosophy, science, literature, religion and society, the MA offers training in Latin and a European language essential for independent study and PhD research.

The experience of studying at the Warburg 

Lea Viehweger (Alumnus) Anna Speyart (current student, C&IH) Terra Smith (current student, Art History)

Hear from current and former students on their experiences of studying with us.

13.30         PhD programme (Classroom 2)

 Michelle O'Malley and Sara Miglietti

Our PhD programme is at the heart of the Institute. Around 25-30 students each year work on a variety of interdisciplinary topics built around the subjects of the Library and academic staff research areas. As the numbers suggest, the programme has an intimate atmosphere. Doctoral students work at the Institute almost daily; they have dedicated works spaces, participate in a weekly research seminar, have the opportunity to organise an international graduate seminar, and enjoy frequent supervisory sessions.  Students not only contribute fundamentally to a vibrant research culture, they also establish lifelong academic friendships.

14.20 The experience of studying at the Warburg 

Marta Ajmar (Alumnus) Current PhD Students Lorenza Gay and Antonia Von Karais.

Hear from current and former students on their experiences of studying with us.

14.30           Tours

  •        Archive
  •                        Library
  •                  Photographic Collection

15.30            Tea with Warburg staff and students (Common Room)

16.00            Tours

16.30            Close

Please join us for a special evening lecture presented by Professor Carlo Ginzberg: ‘Unintended

Convergences: Ernesto de Martino and Aby Warburg'. 

Separate registration is required - view more information and book your place here.

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