Event/Speaker

Symposium: Beyond Representation: an Interdisciplinary Approach to the Nature of Things

Date

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Time

1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Place

38 West 86th Street

212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu

Description

Beyond Representation: an Interdisciplinary Approach to the Nature of Things, presented by the Bard Graduate Center and the Institute of Fine Arts-NYU  

September 27, 2012
Bard Graduate Center

 

September 28-29, 2012
Institute of Fine Arts-NYU

 

Download a PDF of the complete program here.

Registration is now closed for the afternoon session at the Bard Graduate Center on Thursday, September 27, 2012.  To add your name to a wait list for this session, please send an email to academicevents@bgc.bard.edu with "Beyond Representation Wait List" in the subject line.

A separate RSVP is required for the sessions at the Institute of Fine Arts-NYU on September 28-29, 2012; please visit http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/fineart/research/mellon/mellon-beyond.htm to reserve your place at these sessions.

The past two decades have been marked by a renewed concern with the agency, presence, and ontological status of crafted things, witnessed in a shift of interest across several fields from questions of iconography and meaning to questions of affect and efficacy. These developments call into question some of the binary oppositions that are foundational to the epistemologies and ontologies of Enlightenment (and post-Enlightenment) thought: animate-inanimate, subject-object, material-meaning, and so forth. They raise significant questions about the nature and operation of things in the world, their materiality, their ability to act or inspire action, and their relation to speech, texts, and words. Acknowledging the need for an interdisciplinary approach to the profound questions raised by these developments, the conference aims to examine the historical antecedents for these 'new' ways of thinking about the material world, to consider their implications, and to imagine the ways in which they might help us develop novel approaches to images, things, and words. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

1:30-6:00pm
Bard Graduate Center
Lecture Hall, 38 West 86th Street, New York, NY 

Thursday’s afternoon session at the Bard Graduate Center is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To make a reservation for this session, please visit https://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/-792/register.html#register-form, email academicevents@bgc.bard.edu, or call 212-501-3019.

1:30pm
Peter N. Miller (Bard Graduate Center)
Welcome
 
1:35pm
Jaś Elsner (Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford); Finbarr B. Flood (Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences, New York University); and Ittai Weinryb (Bard Graduate Center)
Introduction
 
2:00pm
Hugh Raffles (The New School)
Writing Stones
 
2:45pm
David Frankfurter (Boston University)
Female Figurines in Late Antique Egypt – Problems and Revelations in Mimesis and Efficacy
 
3:30pm
Coffee Break
 
4:00pm
Caroline van Eck (Leiden University)
Representation, Animation, and the Excessive Object

4:45pm
Richard Neer (University of Chicago)
Not Puzzling Enough: Gell, Art History and the Aesthetics of Disavowal
 
5:30pm
Zainab Bahrani (Columbia University)
Response
 
6:00pm
Reception 

Please note that the Bard Graduate Center’s Lecture Hall can only accommodate a limited number of people, so please come early if you would like to have a seat in the main room.  We also have overflow seating available; registrants who arrive late will be seated in the overflow area.

 

Friday, September 28, 2012

9:00am-6:00pm
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Lecture Hall, 1 East 78th Street, New York, NY

Friday’s all-day session at the Institute of Fine Arts is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To make a reservation for this session, please visit http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/fineart/research/mellon/mellon-beyond.htm or email ifa.events@nyu.edu with "Beyond Representation" in the subject line. 

9:00am
Coffee
 
9:30am
Patricia Rubin (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University)
Welcome
 
9:35am
Brigitte Bedos-Rezak (New York University)
Media Regimes: Imprinted Matter and the Horizon of Agency (Western Europe, Twelfth-Fourteenth Century)
 
10:20am
Peter Geimer (Freie Universität, Berlin)
Relics/Stuff: On Composing and Decomposing Aura
 
11:05am
Coffee Break
 
11:30am
Milette Gaifman (Yale University)
The Life of Greek Painted Jugs
 
12:15pm
Glenn Peers (University of Texas, Austin)
Relation and Dividuation in Byzantium
 
1:00pm
Lunch Break
 
2:00pm
Beate Fricke (University of California, Berkeley)
Crafts of Blood and Shapes of Life
 
2:45pm
Frank Fehrenbach (Harvard University)
Infra ‘l vedi e non vedi. Enlivenment in Italian Renaissance Art
 
3:30pm
Coffee Break
 
4:00pm
Pamela Smith (Columbia University)
How to Study the Nature of Things: Material Complexes of the Early Modern World
 
4:45pm
Jane Bennett (Johns Hopkins University)
Posture and Sympathy in Leaves of Grass
 
5:30pm
Gerhard Wolf (Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence)
Response
 
6:00pm
Reception

Please note: seating in the Institute of Fine Arts' Lecture Hall is on a first-come first-served basis with RSVP. Due to restricted capacity regulations, we will provide a simulcast of the lecture in an adjacent room to accommodate overflow from the Lecture Hall.

 

Saturday, September 29, 2012
9:30am-1:15pm
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Lecture Hall, 1 East 78th Street, New York, NY

Saturday’s morning session at the Institute of Fine Arts is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To make a reservation for this session, please visit http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/fineart/research/mellon/mellon-beyond.htm or email ifa.events@nyu.edu with "Beyond Representation" in the subject line. 

 

9:30am
Coffee
 
10:00am
Spyros Papapetros (Princeton University)
Animist (Re)turns: Shifts in Approaches to Objects in Turn-of-the-Century Histories of Art
 
10:45am
Caroline Walker Bynum (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
The Paradox of Aniconic/Iconic Materiality in the Middle Ages
 
11:30am
Horst Bredekamp (Humboldt Universität, Berlin)
The Hand Axe and the Anthropology of Picture Act
 
12:15pm
Christopher Wood (Yale University)
Closing Remarks
 
12:45pm
Discussion

Please note: seating in the Institute of Fine Arts' Lecture Hall is on a first-come first-served basis with RSVP. Due to restricted capacity regulations, we will provide a simulcast of the lecture in an adjacent room to accommodate overflow from the Lecture Hall.


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