JOB: 2 pos­i­tions – Research Assist­ant (Postdoc), ‘Translocations’, TU Berlin

Salary grade E13 TV-L Ber­liner Hoch­schu­len

“We Want to Go Back Home” – caricature published for the sale of Yves Saint Laurent’s & Pierre Bergé’s collection (2009) Lupe ©

Part-time employ­ment may be pos­sible

The research cluster “Trans­lo­ca­tions” at the Insti­tute for Art His­tory and His­tor­ical Urban Stud­ies at the Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin is seek­ing to hire two postdoc­toral research­ers for its team. The pro­ject is fun­ded through the Gottfried Wil­helm Leib­niz-Prize of the DFG, awar­ded to Prof. Dr. Béné­dicte Savoy in 2016. The research cluster will study large-scale dis­place­ments of cul­tural assets from antiquity to the 20th cen­tury such as: art theft and spo­li­ation organ­ized by the state in times of war and occu­pa­tion, seizure of cul­tural goods dur­ing colo­ni­al­ism, dis­place­ments as a res­ult of a par­ti­tion of excav­a­tion dis­cov­er­ies or research exped­i­tions, mater­ial dia­spora of entire civil­iz­a­tions exped­ited by the art trade, and con­fis­ca­tions jus­ti­fied through ideo­logy, nation­al­iz­a­tion, or en masse dis­posal of private prop­erty. The key object­ive of “Trans­lo­ca­tions” is to com­pile a com­pre­hens­ive selec­tion of his­tor­ical find­ings in order to deliver ori­ent­a­tion and dir­ec­tion for deal­ing with the chal­lenges posed by this topic now and in the future. For fur­ther inform­a­tion on the research cluster see Continue reading “JOB: 2 pos­i­tions – Research Assist­ant (Postdoc), ‘Translocations’, TU Berlin”

CONF: A difficult legacy. Colonial objects and postcolonial insights – Schwieriges Erbe. Koloniale Objekte — Postkoloniales Wissen

Conference 24 April, 2017

Linden-Museum, Hegelplatz 1, 70174 Stuttgart

Abteilung für Ethnologie, Universität Tübingen; Ludwig-Uhland-Institut
für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft, Universität Tübingen; Linden-Museum
Stuttgart, Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde
Registration deadline 06.04.2017

How does one engage with colonial objects in museums? Which insights do these objects provide and how can they be exhibited? What do these objects tell us about our present society? More…. (in German)


CFP: Rivista MDCCC 1800 n. 6 – Arts on display: the 19th century international expositions

Call for Papers: International on-line scientific peer reviewed journal MDCCC 1800 [Italian text below]

Deadline for abstracts: 12 October 2016.

Deadline for submission of papers: 30 December 2016.

Arts on display: the 19th century international expositions.

The international online peer reviewed journal MDCCC1800 wishes to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Exposition universelle held in Paris in 1867 with an issue dedicated to the phenomenon of the international exhibitions set up during the 19th century. We welcome original, unpublished articles offering in-depth analysis of the developments, significance and legacy of this phenomenon starting from the Universal Exhibition of London (1851).

Contributors are free to propose any topic related to the general theme, such as the study of single national participations, the impact of the events on public opinion, the display architectures, the diffusion of decorative arts and photography etc.

A list of suggested topics, by no means exhaustive, includes:

  • The national participation to the events (committees, single artists, works of art)
  • The art market: private collectors and museum acquisitions
  • The divulgation of the arts: publicity, magazines, exhibitions catalogues
  • The social and pedagogical role of international exhibitions
  • Architecture, outfitting, national pavilions
  • The use of decorative arts and photography at the events
  • Colonialism and the influence and reception of non-European cultures
  • Literature and the arts: the narration of the exhibitions
  • Correspondence (relationships among artists, architects, art critics etc)
  • The role played by the Antiquities at the exhibitions (as models for inspiring artists; means for showing prestige; physical emblems for the building of identity; political propaganda etc)

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