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Salon convened by Monica Juneja and Sumathi Ramaswamy

Jul 10, 2017

From July 7 to 8, 2017, a “Salon for Slow Reading and Deep Looking” took place at the Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg. Under the theme “The Art of Curating in our Global Times”, the salon was convened by Profs. Monica Juneja and Sumathi Ramaswamy and several Cluster members participated.

The discussions addressed several dimensions of the so-called “curatorial turn” in art practice and history. These focused not only on curating in contemporary times, but rather looked at how curating practices across Europe, Asia and North America have evolved through history, beginning with the etymology of the word (“curare”) that goes back to Roman times. The methodology of the salon was partly inspired by the French philosopher Pierre Hadot, as well as by the “slow reading revolution” that is being proposed as an antidote to “the hurried age” of multi-tasking and information overload, at the expense of reflection.

Maria Hlavajova, Artistic Director of BAK (Utrecht), and Prof. Karin Zitzewitz, Humboldt Fellow at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies, led the salon. Alongside international guests, several Cluster and HCTS members participated: Amara Antilla (New York), Emily Graf, Dr. Birgit Hopfener, Prof. Monica Juneja, Prof. Henry Keazor, Dr. Franziska Koch, Prof. Barbara Mittler, Prof. Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University), Dr. Moumita Sen (Oslo), Prof. Melanie Trede and Irina Denkmann.

This is the first of a series of three annual salons planned by Profs. Monica Juneja and Sumathi Ramaswamy under the aegis of the Anneliese-Maier Research Award that Sumathi Ramaswamy received by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in September 2016.

Find more information on Prof. Ramaswamy's work at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies and the Anneline-Maier Research Award here.


Find more information on the salon in its report.


Salon Report.pdf242 K


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