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Workshop on Art Histories and Terminologies

Feb 09, 2015

"Art Histories and Terminologies II" was the title of a workshop organised by the HCTS Chair of Global Art History in collaboration with the research programme "Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices" of the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Planck Art History Institute Florence. The event took place at the Karl Jaspers Centre from February 6 to 7, 2015.

The workshop kicked off with an introduction to the topic by Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja (Heidelberg) together with Dr. Hannah Baader (Berlin/Florence) and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf (Berlin/Florence). Subsequently, scholars with different areas of specialisation presented their research projects. The covered topics ranged from Islamic art history and terminologies, Arabic calligraphy, the lack of Tibetan texts and terminologies, to Medieval Chinese Sculpture, and early modern Japanese painting. Speakers included a number of fellows of the three organising institutions.

The workshop was the second of three workshops on "Languages and Terminologies of Art History". They address the challenges posed by issues of language and conceptual terms to the scholar working in a transcultural perspective. How does scholarship involving more than one cultural context and different philological traditions negotiate the gap between languages of the sources and a shared academic vocabulary – mostly in a European language – that implicitly claims universality? What are the issues of translation that scholarship on transcultural questions has to deal with, what are the limits of translatability and how can these be plausibly handled? And most importantly, how are terminologies formed (and recast) within the context of transcultural encounters and relationships, what kinds of historicization do we need to pay attention to so as not to fall into the trap of cultural essentialism? These are some of the issues the participants will problematize from within their respective research projects.

The Event was organised by the Chair of Global Art History, which is held by Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja, in collaboration with the research programme "Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices" of the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Planck Art History Institute Florence.

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