CFP: Art Market and Art Collecting (Berlin/Paris, Nov 18/Mar 19)


German-French Research Programme
Berlin, Germany, 8–10 November 2018
Paris, France, 11–13 March 2019

Deadline: Sep 14, 2018

Refugee crises, trade wars, migration debates: within the context of global geopolitical, economic and cultural-political upheavals, Europe is presently undergoing a process of transformation. At the same time, European territorial occupations and colonial rule of the past are coming increasingly into the focus of national and transnational scholarship and the politics underlying it.

The 2018–2019 German-French Research Programme organised by the Forum Kunst und Markt/Centre for Art Market Studies of the Technische Universität Berlin and the Centre Georg Simmel of the Paris-based École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in cooperation with the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte Paris responds to these dynamics. The programme’s thematic emphasis is research into the art market and art collecting in national and transnational networks in Germany and France as well as how they relate to art and cultural policy from 1900 to the present. This historical timespan encompasses two world wars, occupations, world economic crises, stock market crashes, economic miracle years, the Cold War, the founding of the European Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall and, not least importantly, the above-mentioned crises of the present.

The chief aim of the programme – which is being carried out with financial support from the Université franco-allemande/ Deutsch-Französische Hochschule (UFA/DFH) – is to network doctoral and post-doctoral scholars currently carrying out research on the art market, museums and collecting in the contexts described above across national and discipline boundaries. To this end, it provides them with opportunities to present their research at conferences in Berlin and Paris and enter into exchange with experts and specialists in the respective countries, as well as access to museum and research “labs”, auction houses, galleries and archives.

The prerequisite for the selected doctoral and post-doctoral scholars’ participation in the German-French research network is the attendance of both research conferences – the one taking place in Berlin (8–10 November 2018) and the one in Paris (18–20 March 2019), which build on one another – and the presentation of a twenty-minute lecture on their own research projects in the context of the programme themes at one of the two conferences.

Assistance towards travel and lodging expenses will be granted. Participants will be informed about the administrative modalities of the respective German-French project partners following the selection procedure.

The conference languages will be English in Berlin (conference subject: “Art market and art collecting in Germany and France from 1900 to 1945”), and French and English in Paris (“Art market and art collecting in Germany and France from 1945 to the present”). Please send your application, complete with a lecture synopsis of 2,000 characters maximum, including spaces, and a CV to by 14 September 2018.

The German-French organizers will carry out the selection procedure and announce the participants by the end of September 2018.

Reference: CFP: Art Market and Art Collecting (Berlin/Paris, Nov 18/Mar 19). In:, Jul 15, 2018. <>.