Bilderfahrzeuge Lecture series 2022-2023

The Bilderfahrzeuge Project is pleased to announce its final, 2022-2023 lecture series, entitled “Border Regimes.” The series has been conceived and organised by the sub-group “Art & Nationhood,” comprising Andreas Beyer, Alexandra Marraccini, Oliver O’Donnell and Judith Rottenburg, and is presented in conjunction with and supported by the Warburg Institute.

Border Regimes

From the reality of geopolitical boundaries to arguments over national styles and disciplinary limitations, border regimes are a pervasive part of academic work and our everyday world. But what kinds of associations can be made between divisions of scholarship, divisions of artistic production, and divisions of nation states? It is a commonplace to note that knowledge and art transcend boundaries and bring politics with them; but are some forms of knowledge and some forms of art more nationalistically constrained than others?  Today, art historians are prone to celebrate Aby Warburg’s warning against the biases of disciplinary border guards (grenzpolizeiliche Befangenheit), yet scholarly boundaries can also help establish academic rigor and Warburg’s ideal of breaking down boundaries could well be correlated with his distinctly German milieu and its holistic ideal of Bildung. This lecture series brings together art historians working on “border regimes” in every sense of the phrase, querying the positive, negative, and ambiguous dimensions to this ubiquitous concept.  How does this issue apply to different historical and geographic periods of artistic production and how do those differences relate to art historiography both past and present?

Speakers include Esra Akcan (Cornell), Emmanuel Alloa (Fribourg), Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann (Princeton), Margit Kern (Hamburg), Susanne Leeb (Lüneburg), Partha Mitter (Sussex).

Programme – 2022/23

NB: This series is held online via Zoom, with the exception of the final lecture, which will be held in person at the Warburg Institute, London.

19 October 2022
Migration, Justice and Architecture
Esra Akcan (Cornell University)

16 November 2022
Reimagining Modernism: Art History and Modernisms outside the Metropolis

Partha Mitter (University of Sussex)

18 January 2023
The Container-Image. Warburg in the Age of Cargomobility
Emmanuel Alloa (Université de Fribourg)

3 May 2023
Difficult Heritage and Nature. Nature as an instrument of visual scepticism and the limits of this design strategy
Margit Kern (Universität Hamburg)

30 May 2023
Haunting the Nation State. Colonial Gothic in Contemporary Art
Susanne Leeb (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg)

28 June 2023
From Artistic Geography to a Global History of Art: Aby Warburg and his Legacy

Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann (Princeton University)
(NB: this lecture takes place in person at the Warburg Institute)

Cite this blog post
Stuart Moss (2022, August 26). Bilderfahrzeuge Lecture series 2022-2023. BILDERFAHRZEUGE. Retrieved May 24, 2024, from

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