|Place||Prague, Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Husova 4, CZECH REPUBLIC|
|Organizer||Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic|
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Influence of the Vienna School of Art History II: The 100th Anniversary of Max
Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
15–16th April 2021
The year 2021 will mark 100 years since the death of the Czech-born Viennese art historian
Max Dvořák (1874–1921). After he moved from the university in Prague to Vienna
University in 1894, he went on to become one of the most eminent art historians in early 20thcentury
Central and Eastern Europe, transforming the method of the Vienna School of Art
History when the region was at the start of a new political order, and with an influence on art
history comparable to that of his contemporaries Aby Warburg or Heinrich Wölfflin. He
became an associate professor at the University of Vienna in 1905 and a full professor in
1909. Researching the influence of his thinking on art history a century after his premature
death is therefore crucial in order to obtain a better understanding of the Central and Eastern
European art-historical phenomenon known as the Vienna School of Art History.
For the conference we are organising to mark this anniversary, we welcome papers on the
* Biographical research on Max Dvořák, which can include subjects such as family
matters, recollections from his contemporaries, his correspondence, and archival
* Topics and interests addressed in Max Dvořák’s scholarly work, his sources of
inspiration, comparisons with other art-historical approaches to the same topics,
possible intellectual innovations made by him, and his eventual influence on later arthistorical
research on the same topics.
* Max Dvořák’s pupils, followers, and contemporaries, their relationship with Dvořák,
their art-historical research, whether based on or distinguishing itself from Dvořák’s,
the influence and fate of Dvořák’s pupils and followers in the historiography of art
history, including both past and present praise and criticism of Max Dvořák’s art
* Max Dvořák’s method of art history, its origins, inspirations, influence, and
limitations, and the theoretical, philosophical, and cultural aspects of Dvořák’s art
* Competing art-historical traditions that existed in Max Dvořák’s time and the
relationship between them.
Papers on other topics that are in keeping with the focus of the conference are also welcomed.
The languages of the conference will be German and English. The conference papers will be
collected and published in the Journal of Art Historiography, as were the papers of the
previous conference held in 2019 and titled ‘The Influence of the Vienna School of Art
History before and after 1918‘, see Issue No. 21/2019.
The plenary lecture will be delivered by Prof. Dr. Hans Aurenhammer (Institute of Art History, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am
Each draft paper submitted must include:
* The title of the paper
* A summary (max. 1800 characters in length)
* The author’s name
* The author’s workplace
* The author’s contact details (most importantly an e-mail address) for communication with the organisers
Please submit the draft of your paper complete with the information requested above directly
to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 30 June 2020.