Online events: Times of Festival

A new series of online events at the Warburg Institute. Convened and organised by Eckart Marchand.

Festivals harbour temporal disjunctions. They can perpetuate the use of otherwise ‘antiquated’ literary, visual or musical art forms, stimulate the reception of motifs and genres from remote  period, but they can equally foster the development of new cultural forms. Festivals also trigger temporary display, raising issues about the afterlife of such ephemera. 

The theme Times of Festival is quintessentially Warburgian, relating both to Aby Warburg’s research and to scholarship facilitated by the Institute he founded. It also speaks to the interdisciplinary character of this institution. Scholars will discuss and analyse the temporal dimensions of festivals in Europe and beyond from the perspectives of social history, art history, history of music and literature, and anthropology.

To register for the lectures, please visit the Warburg Institute website


1589-1789-1989, Three Steps of Musical Individuation, Dr. Michael Fend (King’s College, University of London), Wednesday 21 October 2020, 5.30pm – 7pm.

“As of Old”: Ceremonial Tradition and Innovation in Ottoman Imperial Mosques, Prof. Ünver Rüstem (John Hopkins University), Wednesday 18 November 2020, 5.30pm – 7pm

From “In the beginning” to “World without end”: the History of Man’s Salvation in the San Giovanni Procession of 1454, Prof. Nerida Newbigin (University of Sydney), Wednesday 9 December 2020, 6pm – 7.30pm

“Laus urbium” – Early Musical Compositions on the Praise of Cities, Prof. Reinhard Strohm (Oxford University), Wednesday 20 January 2021

A Society on Show: State Processions in Renaissance Venice (1450-1700), Dr Matteo Casini (University of Massachusetts, Boston), Wednesday 24 February 2021

An Anthropological Perspective on Festival, Time and the Image, Prof. Susanne Kuechler (UCL), Wednesday March 17 2021

Bernard Palissy and Renaissance festive traditions, Dr François Quiviger (Warburg Institute, University of London), Wednesday 9 June 2021

Residues and Reuse: A festival and its afterlife in an Indian Metropolis, Prof. Tapati Guha-Thakurta (University of Calcutta), Wednesday 16 June 2021

Title image: Jacques Callot: Etching of a festival float representing the chariot of Amor, in the shape of a cloud, with nine amoretti at the top, and the three Graces at the bottom; from Salvadori, Andrea, ‘Guerra di Bellezza, festa a cavallo fatta in Firenze per la venuta del serenissimo principe d’Urbino l’ottobre del 1616 in Firenze’ (1616)

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