|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|
Lecture date: 8 June 2016
The lecture will focus on the theorization of bodily adornment by Emil Selenka, renowned evolutionist and anthropologist and his wife Lenore Selenka, prominent feminist, pacifist, zoologist, and amateur anthropologist, who collected a large quantity of ethnographic material on bodily ornament and clothing during their travels to the German colonies of South-East Asia. How do such histories of ornamental development interplay with evolutionist theories of “becoming and perishing” among animal species as well as declining socio-political institutions? And how are the global circulation of bodily adornments and the phenomenal expansion of their historiographies related to the immanent eclipse of ornamentation in Western modernist practice?