CONFERENCE: "Iconologies: Global Unity or/and Local Diversities in Art History" (Cracow 23-25.05.2019)

Place pin Pałac Biskupa Erazma Ciołka, Kanoniczna 17, 31-002 Kraków, POLAND
Organizer The National Museum in Cracow and Institute of Art History, Jagiellonian University
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Iconology is considered to be the last widely used method of art-historical investigation, one that replaced the formal approach which had dominated the field in the earlier period. It has been almost automatically associated with Erwin Panofsky, sometimes also the name of Aby Warburg being added, the latter, however, usually considered merely as a precursor of the method. Yet, so far a question whether there was only one iconology has not been posed, although there have been indicated differences in the scholarly approaches of Panofsky and Warburg. The term ‘iconology’, as a noun, was used for the first time by Godefridus Johannes Hoogewerff, still before the Second World War. Hans Sedlmayr, and then Günter Bandmann (Bauikonologie), advanced their own versions of iconology immediately after the war. Also the research at the Warburg Institute in London went in its own direction. Later Ernst Gombrich, Mikhail Liebman, Erik Forssman, Jan Białostocki, and W. J. T. Mitchell, among others, expressed their views on iconology as a method; the last of them, however using the turn towards iconology as a vehicle for criticising art history.
The international conference organised by the Art History Institute of the Jagiellonian University in May 2019 is intended to discuss different types of iconology, the ways it was understood in various scholarly milieus and in various times, the modes of its reception, critical attitudes towards the method and its political connotations during the Cold War period on either side of the Iron Curtain.

Thursday, 23.05.2019

9.00 Opening of the Conference
moderator Andrzej Betlej (National Museum in Kraków; Jagiellonian University, Krakow)

9.30 - Wojciech Bałus (Jagiellonian University, Krakow)
Introduction: Iconologies - a few impressions

10.00 - Claudia Wedepohl (The Warburg Institute, University of London)
Impresas, devices, emblems and types: Prolegomena for Aby Warburg’s ‘Ikonologie’

10.30 - Altti Kuusamo (University of Turku)
Warburg’s Ladies: What Aby Warburg didn’t want to see? ”Accessories in Motion” and Warburg’s exclusion of the mid-16th century imagery: The fate of Ninfa

11.00 - discussion
11.30 - coffee break

11.45 - Stepan Veneyan (Department of History of Lomonosov Moscow State University)
Iconological diagrammatics: does Sophrosyne need an atlas?

12.15 - .Elisabeth Sears (University of Michigan)
G. J. Hoogewerff on “Iconologie et son Importance”

12.45 - discussion
13.30 - lunch break

moderator Ryszard Kasperowicz (Warsaw University)

15.00 - Hans C. Hönes (Leo Baeck Institute London)
Metamorphoses of a method in British exile

15.30 - Robert Pawlik (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw)
Political iconology of Ernst H. Kantorowicz
16.00 - discussion
16.30 - coffee break

16.45 - Matthew Rampley (Masaryk University, Brno)
Iconologies prehistoric and modern: On naturalistic theories of the image

17.15 - Nuria Jetter
Unknown premises of iconology? A critical reexamination of Panofsky’s attempt to deal with the problem of historicity

17.45 - Michael Ann Holly (Clark Art Institute)
Iconology’s shadow

18.15 - discussion

FRIDAY, 24.05.2019
moderator Marek Walczak (Jagiellonian University, Krakow)

9.00 - Ute Engel (Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Archäologien Europas, Martin-
Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
“Imperial Style“ or the “content” of architecture: Concepts of architectural iconography of the 1930s and 1940s and their afterlife

9.30 - Peter Kurmann (Professeur émérite Université de Fribourg)
Sedlmayr’s „structural analysis” of the Gothic Cathedral - an iconological study?

10.00 - Elizabeth Pastan (Emory University)
Returning to “Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism”: a reconsideration of the rose window

10.30 - discussion
11.00 - coffee break

11.15 - Heinrich Dilly (The Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg)
Helga Sciurie, Friedrich Möbius and the Jena Arbeitskreis für Ikonologie und Ikonographie in
the German Democratic Republic

11.45 - Milena Bartlová (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Prague)
The Prague School of Marxist Iconology

12.15 - discussion
13.00 - lunch break

moderator Hans Aurenhammer (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Kunstgeschichtliches Institut)

14.30 - Marina Dmitrieva (Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe,
Iconology in the art-historical discourse in the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s: Mikhail
Liebmann and Mikhail Sokolov

15.00 - Krista Kodres (University of Tallinn)
“Sneaking in”: Iconology and the discursive reconstruction of Soviet Estonian art history

15.30 - discussion
16.00 - coffee break

16.15 - Marina Vicelja (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka)
Iconology – a method or a discipline? Art history perspectives in South-East Europe

16.45 - Ada Hajdu, Mihnea Mihail (New Europe College – Institute for Advanced Studies, Bucharest)
The absence of iconology in Romania. A possible answer

17.15 - discussion

19.00 - EVENING LECTURE (Institute of Art History, Grodzka St. 53, 1st floor, room 39)
Keith Moxey
Barnard College/Columbia University
IIconology’s Temporality

SATURDAY, 25.05.2019
moderator Wojciech Bałus (Jagiellonian University, Krakow)

9.00 - Magdalena Kunińska (Jagiellonian University, Krakow)
Zofia Ameisenowa, W. Heckscher and the „Genesis of Iconology” (Bonn 1964)

9.30 - Ryszard Kasperowicz (Warsaw University)
From iconology to the aesthetics of image – on Jan Białostocki’s attitude towards iconology

10.00 - discussion
10.30 - coffee break

10.45 - Monika Leisch-Kiesl (Faculty of Philosophy and Art History, KU Private University Linz)
Evoking a Sign / Perceiving an Image: Warburg/ Panofsky – Imdahl/Boehm – and afterwards

11.15 - Sascha Freyberg (ERC Early Modern Cosmology, Dipartimento di filosofia e beni
culturali, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia) Morphological principles of iconology

11.45 - discussion and conclusion of the conference