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Research Symposium

The Pleasure of Challenging Representation 

Writing Global (Art) History

Wednesday, 10 February, 2016
9:00-16:00 (Symposium)
16 c.t. (Celebration)

Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies
Voßstr. 2, Room 212, 69115 Heidelberg

Organizing Institutions
Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” and Heidelberg Institute for European Art History, Heidelberg University

Franziska Koch and Jennifer Pochodzalla on behalf of the Cluster’s Chair of Global Art History

The symposium includes four panels, each consisting of one presentation à 30 min. and a response à 10 min. followed by questions and answers à 10 min. It concludes with a moderated plenary discussion and is followed by an academic celebration  on the occasion of Monica Juneja’s 60th birthday.

The symposium The Pleasure of Challenging Representation – Writing Global (Art) History  takes stock of current research approaches in the related fields of global (art) history focusing on comparative and cross-disciplinary perspectives. Seven years after the foundation of the first chair of global art history in the German-speaking countries, held by Monica Juneja at Heidelberg University, the symposium invites prominent scholars and collaborators to critically revisit the local and global reception as well as the methodological relevance of its transcultural research agenda. They dialogically explore the “pleasure of challenging representation” in its double sense: the (art) historian’s methodological task to challenge representation – be it textual or visual – and the additional demands that result from representations of artifacts, concepts, and cultural practices that do challenge historiography because they circulate and take on new meanings across time and cultural divides. Thus, a more flexible and reflexive definition of conventional research units when addressing the “global” in (art) history is being called for.

See the detailed program as e-flyer and long version below and read more about the abstracts and 18 participants here.


9:00 – Opening
Welcome Address by Peter Schmidt,
Speaker of the Heidelberg Institute for European Art History (Heidelberg University)

Introductory Remarks by Franziska Koch (Heidelberg University)

9:30 – Talk & Response I
Chair: Joachim Kurtz (Heidelberg University)

Franz Mauelshagen (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam, IASS):
Climate Change, Catastrophe, and the Historical Imagination in the Anthropocene
Response by Michael Falser (Heidelberg University)
Questions and Answers

10:30 – Talk & Response II
Chair: Antje Flüchter (University of Bielefeld)

Kirsten Rüther (Vienna University):
Pleasures, Burdens and Bereavement: Representations in Globalized African Biographies
Response by Kim Siebenhüner (Bern University)
Questions and Answers

11:30-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 – Talk & Response III
Chair: Melanie Trede (Heidelberg University)

Hans Belting (em. Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design):
Migrating Images: From Istanbul to India,
Response by Henry Keazor (Heidelberg University)
Questions and Answers

12:45-14:00 Lunch Break with catering on site (room 112)

14:00 – Talk & Response IV
Chair: Christiane Brosius (Heidelberg University)

Tristan Weddigen (Zurich University):
Transcultural Formalism in the Study of Indian Art
Response by Birgit Hopfener (Free University Berlin)
Questions and Answers

15:00 – Concluding Discussion
Moderator: Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University)

15:45-16:00 Coffee Break

CELEBRATION on the occasion of Monica Juneja’s 60th birthday

Beginning: 16:00 c.t., KJC, room 212, see detailed celebration program here.




Celebration Program