Schlüsselkonzepte der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften


Mittwoch, 29.04.2020, 18:15 Uhr

Prof. Dr. Seth Estrin, Art History/Archaeology, University of Chicago

Öffentlicher Vortrag im Rahmen der Reihe Interdisziplinäre Vorlesungen und Kolloquien zu Schlüsselkonzepten der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften des Doktoratsprogramms Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies

Veranstaltende: Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies | Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities | Walter Benjamin Kolleg
Redner, Rednerin: Prof. Dr. Seth Estrin, Art History/Archaeology, University of Chicago
Datum: 29.04.2020
Uhrzeit: 18:15 - 19:30 Uhr
Ort: Verschoben!
Lerchenweg 36
3012 Bern
Merkmale: Öffentlich

Öffentlicher Vortrag

The Image of the Living and the Image of the Dead in Classical Athens

The sculpted funerary monuments of Classical Athens, produced between ca. 430-320 BCE, are generally considered apart from the history of the portrait (eikon) as a sculptural type. Subverting modern expectations that the portrait convey something of the sitter’s appearance, funerary monuments are consistently generic in appearance, filled with the same faces, the same dress and hair, the same accessories, the same postures and gestures. And yet, they are labelled not with the names of deities or mythological heroes, but those of actual persons—an epigraphic practice afforded to no other sculptures in Classical Athens, with the exception of the few honorific and commemorative portraits which were erected during the same period. In this paper, I consider the funerary monument—a sculpture accorded the name of an actual person and placed in proximity to their corpse—in relation to the portrait. Beyond looking at surviving sculptures themselves, I attend to how inscriptions on both types of monuments presented the depicted individuals in distinct but related ways. Rather than assimilate these categories of sculpture, my goal is to show how they operated according to shared structures of beholding. For despite their differences, both funerary monument and portrait statue, I argue, shaped the encounter with a sculpted image according to the cognitive and psychological effects of encountering an actual person.


Prof. Dr. Seth Estrin, Art History/Archaeology, University of Chicago
Prof. Dr. Beate Fricke, Art History, Universität Bern

Datum: 01.05.2020
Zeit: 10:15 – 17:00 Uhr
Ort: Verschoben!
ECTS: 1.5 (to be credited in the mandatory section ICS and in the mandatory elective section GS, SLS und SINTA
Sprache: Englisch

For PhD students and advanced Master students of the University of Bern

Part 1 of the colloquium is dedicated to the discussion of the lecture and the texts suggested by the guest. In Part 2, a core group present their PhD thesis, speaking for about 20 minutes (English) on how concepts like "Icon/Sign/Image" and related concepts connect to their research questions and which aspects of the texts are of particular relevance to their own work. The presenters raise questions for the discussion with their peers, which should contribute to the development of their thesis. Finally, in Part 3, the conversation will open up again so that the other PhD or advanced MA-students have an opportunity to address issues related to their projects. Required reading: t.b.a.

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