Bilderfahrzeuge Conference: “Mobile Memories”

Mobile Memories

Annual Conference of the International Research Project »Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology«

10 – 11 November 2022

Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Luisenstraße 56, Festsaal.

Organised by Dipanwita Donde, Anita Hosseini, Sanja Savkic-Sebek, Gerhard Wolf and Ning Yao.

“Mobile Memories” seeks to investigate objects and carriers, matter and media of memories in a transcultural perspective. Memories travel between locations, cultures, generations, groups, and migrate with people and objects. The processes of transmission or displacement of memories also mean their transformation according to social, political, personal or other dynamics. At the same time, memories are often addressed as ‘tradition’, as relatively stable points of reference in the self-definitions or identity constructions of groups or societies (bound to particular places and sites). Collective memory, which includes memory practices or agents, such as archives, museums and rituals, may be confronted with memory as the individual faculty to process, store and retrieve information. Under these premises, the interplay of memory, motion, aesthetics and transcultural dynamics is an important field for the investigation of concepts such as ‘heritage’ and ‘provenance’ or of constellations of translocated artifacts and global memory spaces. 

To attend, please register via our dedicated Eventbrite page.

Please find the programme below, or downloadable as a PDF here.

NB: Registration via Eventbrite is only necessary for in-person attendance. This conference will also be streamed as a Zoom Webinar, to join please follow this link to Zoom.




10th November 2022


Welcome and Introduction 


Section I:

Memory: Warburg and beyond


Katherine Hughes (Independent Scholar, London)

Flowering trees and a memory of light: Antique nachleben in Early Islamic Central Asia


Deeplakshmi Saikia (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

Moving images and images on the move: The manuscript painting tradition of neo-Vaishnavism in Assam


Lunch break


Florian Göttke (University of Amsterdam)

Burning Images: Between Tradition and Politics


Steffen Haug (Forschungsverbund Bilderfahrzeuge, London)

The Mobilisation of Images: Warburg’s idea of the „Bildgedächtnis“ 

14:30- 15:00

Coffee Break


Section II: 

Carriers of Memory. Contemporary Appropriations and Revisions


Ambra d’Antone (Forschungsverbund Bilderfahrzeuge, London)

“The images are ours…Karagöz is ours”: Revivalism and Orientalism in Turkish Art Historiography, 1926-1942.


Fan Xiaochun (TONGJI University, Shanghai)

Forms, folds, lives: Redefining visual memories in the eye of the beholder


Coffee Break


Philippa Sissis (University of Kassel)

Mobile Objects. Multidirectional Reading. Artist books in the Black Atlantic


Sasha Rossman (University of Bern) and Fanny Gonella (Fonds régional d’art contemporain de Lorraine, Metz)

Unsealed Pasts: Ersatz Genealogies and Michael Rakowitz’s Cylinder Seals


Break before the Keynote


Eva Kernbauer (University of Applied Arts, Vienna)

Migrating Images: Representation, Appropriation, Pleasure, Burden

NB: The Keynote lecture can also be booked separately here. Please note however, that a booking for the conference as a whole already includes a booking for the Keynote lecture. 


11th November 2022


Section III: 

Political Interventions: Rupture and Interaction


Paul Bernard-Nouraud (Aix-Marseille University)

Countering Cultural Memory. From the Migration of Images to the Images of Migrations


Fazil Moradi (University of Johannesburg)

Catastrophic Art


Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:40

Kylie Thomas (NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam)

Photography, Apartheid and Temporal Rupture

12:45 -13:25 

Nanne Buurman (documenta studies at the School of Art and Design Kassel)

Wir alle sind Gespenster: Haunting Infrastructures

13:25- 14:25

Lunch break 


Section IV:

(Re)mediation Processes. Between Material and Digital Culture


Ruth Ezra (University of Basel / University of St Andrews)

Mica on the Move


Max Koss (Leuphana University, Lüneburg)

From Analog to Digital: The Mnemonic Lives of Provenance


Coffee Break


Yuning Teng (University of Hamburg)

Silent Memory: Harrison Forman’s Wartime Photographs and Images of the Shanghai Lockdown 


Moran Avital-Ben Atar, Omri Grinberg, Chaim Noy (Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan)

Google, I’m uncomfortable with the idea of reviewing a Holocaust Museum – User Generated Content, Dark History Memorials/Museums, and the Intermediation of Place and History




The international research project “Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology” seeks to provide a fundamental contribution to a cultural history – through a history of images and ideas practiced in an interdisciplinary and international setting. Initiated in 2013 and now in its second funding period since 2018 with 15 research associates, the project is situated at and cooperates with several research institutions across Europe: The Warburg Institute (London), the Warburg-Haus (Hamburg), The Kunsthistorisches Institut (Florence), The Humboldt-Universität (Berlin), the University of Basel and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) and realised in cooperation with the Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland.

Poster image: Mariana Castillo Deball: Uncomfortable Objects (Detail). Plaster, pigments, stones, shells, masks, fabric, glass, wood, clay and diverse objects mounted on a steel frame, 600 x 400 x 300 cm, 2012, Courtesy of the Artist and dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, 2012, Photo: Rosa Maria Råhling

Poster design by Kolja Thurner.

Cite this blog post
Stuart Moss (2022, October 13). Bilderfahrzeuge Conference: “Mobile Memories” BILDERFAHRZEUGE. Retrieved June 25, 2024, from

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