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Premodern Objects. An Archeology of Experience

LMU Munich

Anthropomorphic Anvil, Nuremberg, 16th century. Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. (Photographer: Stefan Büchner)[Bildunterschrift / Subline]: Anthropomorphic Anvil, Nuremberg, 16th century. Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. (Photographer: Stefan Büchner)

International Junior Research Group
in Art History and Cultural Sciences


Head: Dr. Philippe Cordez


Contact: pcordez@dfk-paris.org


Duration: 5 years


Affiliated Program within the Elite Network of Bavaria:

Elite Graduate Program “Aisthesis. Art and Literary Culture Discourses and Methodologies from a Historical Perspective”


Cooperations:

•    Institute for Art History, LMU Munich
•    Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich
•    École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris


Our concept of the object is surprisingly recent. It was not until “Modernity” that it came to be understood as material, spatially confined and clearly defined. These modern notions are also closely connected to the scientific paradigm of “objectivity,” which has been a crucial factor in the formation process of academic disciplines and its institutions during the 19th century. But if all pre-modern objects in our museums have thus been transformed, what were they before?

The Junior Research Group aims to reconstruct “pre-modern” conceptions of objecthood and experiences with objects. Of central importance to this are the interplays both between objects and images (pictorial ornamentation/ representation) as well as objects and words or texts (description, narration). Countless object groups and systems emerge in their specificity and with their own history by means of a comparative analysis of these different media.

Contact
Dr. Philippe Cordez
Stellvertretender Direktor / Directeur adjoint Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte / Centre allemand d'histoire de l'art
Hôtel Lully
45, rue des Petits Champs
F-75001 Paris
Telefon: +33 (0)142606073
Fax: +33 (0)142606783

Further information

Funded by:
  • Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts;
  • Elite Network of Bavaria:
  • October 1, 2013 - March 31, 2019