Bilderfahrzeuge Reading Group

By employing the term “Iconology”, Aby Warburg sought to distinguish his own methodology from the pervading art historical practices of his time, generating a nucleation point for new approaches in art history at the beginning of the 20th century. This reading group will study texts and authors that have similarly expanded the field of art history and visual studies over the last 20 years.

The group is open to anyone interested and will take place on the Tuesdays listed below at 5.30pm in the Lecture Room of the Warburg Institute. Registration by email to is essential.

The programme is available for download as a PDF here.

Texts will be circulated to registered participants two weeks in advance of each meeting.

15 October 2019 Bruno Latour. “From Realpolitik to Dingpolitik or How to Make Things Public.” In Making Things Public. Atmospheres of DemocracyEdited by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005) pp. 14-43. 
(session led by Anita Hosseini and Steffen Haug)

5 November 2019: Richard Shusterman. “Somaesthetics: A Disciplinary Proposal.” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 57, No. 3. (Summer, 1999), pp. 299-313. (session led by Felix Jäger)

3 December 2019: Sianne Ngai. “The Cuteness of the Avantgarde.” In Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012) pp. 53-109.  
(session led by Alexandra Marraccini)

21 January 2020: Monica JunejaGlobal Art History and the “Burden of Representation. In Global Studies Mapping Contemporary Art and Culture. Edited by Hans Belting, Jacob Birken, Andrea Buddensieg and Peter Weibel (Berlin – Stuttgart – Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2012) pp. 274-298. 
(session led by Anita Hosseini and Johannes von Müller)

25 February 2020: Matthew Rampley. “Introduction” and “Art, Biology, and the Aesthetics of Selection.” In The Seductions of Darwin: Art, Evolution, Neuroscience (University Park, PA: Philadelphia State University Press, 2017) pp. 1-16; pp.16-44. 
(session led by Oliver O’Donnell and Matthew Vollgraff)

17 March 2020: Alfred Gell. “The Theory of the Art Nexus.” In Art and Agency: An Anthropological Theory (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998) pp. 12-27. 
and Caroline van Eck. “Agency.” In Art, Agency and Living Presence. From the Animated Image to the Excessive Object (Boston: De Gruyter, 2015) (Studien aus dem Warburg-Haus, 16) pp. 45-66. 
optional: “Introduction.” In Ibid. pp. 11-25.
(session led by Eckart Marchand)

Cite this blog post
Stuart Moss (2019, October 1). Bilderfahrzeuge Reading Group. BILDERFAHRZEUGE. Retrieved March 3, 2024, from

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