Conference | Memoria and Souvenir, 1700–1800

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on November 19, 2014

From H-ArtHist:

Memoria and Souvenir: Mediality and Materiality of Remembering in the Arts, 1700–1800
Memoria und Souvenir: Medialität und Materialität des Erinnerns in den Künsten, 1700–1800

Universität Zürich, 5–6 December 2014

This conference aims at discussing historical concepts of memory and remembering with a focus on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century painting, art theory, and science. In suggesting that a fundamental shift in traditional concepts of human memory in relation to changing information management systems took place in the long eighteenth century, focus will be placed upon questions of how changing theories of remembering and forgetting were reflected within new artistic topics and media as well as in art theoretical discourses. Our intention is to explore the pictorial modes of displaying souvenirs, personal memories, and knowledge management by taking into account both eighteenth-century memory theories and the cultural role and development of external memory storage systems. Key issues include the interrelationship of the history of memory and the culture of seeing, the role of memoria within the context of rhetoric and art theory, scientific and artistic reflections on new paradigms of systematization and on the problem of dealing with large quantities of information, and the role of portrait genres and personal souvenirs.

Concept and Organisation: Bettina Gockel and Miriam Volmert (Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität Zürich)

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F R I D A Y ,  5  D E C E M B E R  2 0 1 4

19.00 Abendvortrag, Katia Saporiti, Universität Zürich, “Erinnerung und Repräsentation”

S A T U R D A Y ,  6  D E C E M B E R  2 0 1 4

9.00  Bettina Gockel und Miriam Volmert, Begrüssung und Eröffnung der Tagung

9.15  Miriam Volmert, “Introduction: Art, Memory and Knowledge in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries”

9.30  I: Concepts of Memory and Knowledge Transfer, 1600–1800
• David Allan, University of St Andrews, “Remembering Reading: The British Commonplace Book in the Long Eighteenth Century”
• Valeska von Rosen, Ruhr-Universität Bochum: “Historiographie und Wissensspeicherung: Überlegungen zu Giovanni Pietro Belloris Viten”

11.00  Coffee

11.30  II: Memoria in Art Theory and Science around 1700
• Jan Blanc, Université de Genève: “Mémoire volontaire ou involontaire? Pratiques et débats autour de l’emprunt (borrowing) dans les arts en France et en Grande-Bretagne au XVIIIe siècle”
• Reinhard Wegner, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena: “Strategien visueller Erinnerung: Karl Philipp Moritz und das Bildgedächtnis”

13.00  Lunch

14.30  III: Eighteenth-Century Concepts of Memory and Remembrance in the Arts

• Andreas Gormans, RWTH Aachen: “Vergessene Bilder, erinnerte Metaphern: Mediengeschichtliche Kontinuitäten und Brüche zwischen memoria passionis und encyclopédie”
• Michael Thimann, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen: “Religiöse Empfindung: Bilderbibelprojekte um 1800 und ihr wissensgeschichtlicher Kontext”

16.00  Coffee

4.30  IV: Between Memory and Souvenir: Visual Memories around 1800
•  Allison Goudie, The National Gallery, London: “Wax and the Materiality of Memory in Royal Portraiture of the French Revolutionary Period”
• Patrizia Munforte, Universität Zürich: “Remembered by the Pose: Nineteenth-Century Mourning Portraits”