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Jul 31, 2015

This year's summer school titled "Walking the line – Art of border zones in times of crisis" ran from July 26 to 31. 24 young scholars discussed how art is created and disseminated in times of wars, struggles for national independence or conflicts between ideologies. The event was organised by Cathrine Bublatzky, Isabel Ching and Franziska Koch together with Prof. Christiane Brosius, Prof. Monica Juneja, and the Research Network "Arts and the Transcultural".

The summer school engaged with the production, circulation and the disruption of art and visual practices in times when wars, struggles for national independence and conflicting ideologies result in border contestations and territorial partitions. Participants benefited from a number of lectures on this topic by scholars, curators, and artists. They discussed the topic and develop their skills through guided group work. Participants discussed posters of their research with scholars and professionals from the University of Heidelberg and elsewhere, and each participant also developed a visual essay that is relevant to their research as a learning outcome.

The summer school ran along three themes: The first section, "Partitions: Controls and Dislocations", concerned artists' response to the violent (re-)drawing of national borders and the complex identities and social divisions produced by border zones. The second, entitled "Open up – close down: Art and Civil Society", dealt with the way art can be political and circumvent censorship. Finally, there was "Memory and the Re-Turns of Trauma", where participants discussed how artists address painful pasts and disturbing presents in their work.

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Iftikhar Dadi on Monday, July 27, at 5 pm. Prof. Dadi, who is an art historian, artist and curator, talked about the project "Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space". The project has examined artists' responses to forced displacement. Other speakers include Prof. Christiane Brosius, Cathrine Bublatzky, Isabel Ching, Dr. Eckhart Gillen (independent curator and writer), Prof. Monica Juneja, Prof. Raminder Kaur Kahlon (University of Sussex), Prof. Henry Keazor, Astrid S. Klein (artist and curator), Dr. Franziska Koch, Dr. Karin Polit, Prof. Patricia Spyer (Leiden University), Oliver Sukrow, Dr. Chitra Venkataramani (John Hopkins University) and Dr. Friederike Wappler (Ruhr-Universität Bochum).

The Summer School "Walking the line – Art of border zones in times of crisis" took place in Heidelberg from July 26 to 31. It was organised by Cathrine Bublatzky, Isabel Ching and Franziska Koch, in collaboration with the Chairs of Global Art HistoryProf. Monica Juneja, and Visual and Media Anthropology, Prof. Christiane Brosius, as well as the Research Network "Arts and the Transcultural".

For more information, please visit the Summer School's website.


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  • Speakers, organizers, and participants of Summer School 2015.

  • Prof. Barbara Mittler at Welcome address on July 27.

  • Participants and speakers listening to talks closely.

  • Franziska Koch on ''Noh Suntag: Tracing lines of the Korean partition''.

  • Prof. Monica Juneja.

  • Cathrine Bublatzky with Prof. Raminder Kaur Kahlon and Chitra Venkataramani in Q&A session.

  • Prof. Christiane Brosius and participants during group work session.