Workshop „Migrating Histories of Art. Self-Translations of a Discipline“

8 – 9 October 2015

Annual Workshop of the International Research Group Bilderfahrzeuge. Aby Warburg’ legacy and the future of Iconology at the Kunsthistorische Institut Florence

organized by Maria Teresa Costa and Hans Christian Hönes


Aby Warburg: Bilingual Manuscript of „I costumi teatrali“, WIA III.42.1, fol [41] © The Warburg Institute, University of London

The workshop situates itself at the crossroads of art history and translation studies, exploring, for the first time, the problem of self-translation in the realm of art writing. One the one hand it seeks to provide a theoretical framework from Translation Studies, on the other hand it aims to offer case-studies from Art History and related fields, providing a unique and comprehensive overview on how a discipline defines itself through cultural transfers.

The workshop addresses these decisive migrations and considers how the adoption and processing of foreign-language texts and their corresponding methodologies have been fundamental to the disciplinary discourse of Art History, since the earliest days of its professionalization. The objects of investigation are both translations of texts by art historians who themselves migrated to other Sprachraums, changing their working language, and also the implication of this transfer for subsequent writings in the mother tongue.

In addition, the self-translations by art historians will be contextualised and juxtaposed against examples from other fields. This will lead to a case-based discussion of the theoretical and practical consequences of the understudied phenomenon of scholarly self-translation, especially with regard to the possibilities and limitations of the dissemination of art-historical methodologies (and therefore of the discipline itself). Consequently, the study of self-translations also addresses the problem of (un-)translatability of concepts and ideas.



Thursday, October 8th (KHI, Sala Conferenze, Palazzo Grifoni (Via dei Servi 51, I-50122 Florence)

14:30 Maria Teresa Costa and Hans Christian Hönes: Welcome and Introduction

Theory of Self-translation

Chair: Hans Christian Hönes

14:45 Verena Jung (South-Westfalia University of Applied Sciences Soest): Transferring your View on Art into another Language. Self-translation and Translation in the Arts

15:30 Linda Sandino (V&A London): Narrative Identities in Life History Recordings. The case of Leon Vilaincour

16:15 coffee break

Self-translation in art historiography I

Chair: Philipp Ekardt

16.45 Johannes von Müller (Bilderfahrzeuge, Warburg Institute London): Speaking art’s own language: Winckelmann writing Italian

17:30 Burcu Dogramaci (LMU München): Writings on Art and Architecture in Turkish Exile

18:15 coffee break

18:30 Sigrid Weigel (ZfL Berlin): Translation without original and the process of self-translation. The case of Hannah Arendt

20:00 dinner


Friday, October 9th

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Chair: Maria Teresa Costa

9:30 Yumiko Saito (TU Berlin): Loanwords in Yoko Tawada’s Japanese Translation of Opium für Ovid

10:15 Antonio Somaini (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3): Eisenstein’s General History of Cinema (1946-48) : Genealogies, Migrations, Remediations

11:00 coffee break

 Self-translation in art historiography II

Chair: Andreas Beyer

11:30 Jennifer Cooke (University of Turin): Frederic Antal or a Connoisseur Turned Social Historian of Art

12:15 Giovanna Targia (LMU München): Edgar Wind’s Self-Translations. Genealogies, Crossroads and Perspectives of a Cultural-theoretical Tradition

13:00 light lunch

Chair: Gerhard Wolf

14:30 Uwe Fleckner (Bilderfahrzeuge, Universität Hamburg): ‚… always living in a foreign tongue‘. Carl Einstein and the language of exile

15:15 Irving Lavin (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton): American Panofsky

 Followed by a conversation between Irving Lavin and Gerhard Wolf

16:30 Final remarks

2 Gedanken zu „Workshop „Migrating Histories of Art. Self-Translations of a Discipline“

  1. Sehr geehrter Herr Hönes,
    Wird es den Vortrag Irving Lavins in gedruckter Form geben oder ist eine Video-Aufzeichnung im Netz abrufbar?
    Mit freundlichen Grüssen
    Fritz Kestel

    • Sehr geehrter Herr Kestel,
      vielen Dank fuer Ihr Interesse! Ja, eine Drucklegung der Vortraege ist geplant – allerdings kann das freilich noch ein wenig dauern. Eine Aufzeichnung ist leider nicht verfuegbar.
      Beste Gruesse,
      Hans Christian Hones

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