März 2017: Workshop der Symbolischen Artikulation im Warburg Institute in London

10 Mar 2017, 10:00 to 10 Mar 2017, 17:30

The Warburg Institute

Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

„Symbolic articulation“ has two philosophical and terminological sources: one is Cassirer’s famous theory of the „symbol“ and the other one is Wilhelm von Humboldt’s lesser known theory of „articulation“. By extending the concept of „articulation“ to the large realm of all symbols, the Research Group „Symbolic Articulation“, adds a structural trait to the investigations of symbols in order to understand symbolicity better and to grasp the very specificity of different symbols through the specificity of their articulation. The Research Group, based at the Humboldt University in Berlin and funded by the VolkswagenStiftung, studies the fundamental processes and forms of symbolization. The workshop presents its findings on some basic philosophical problems (e.g. the symbolic threshold, the nature/culture divide, language and the writerly attitude, convention) as well as on concrete fields of symbolisation – like painting, dancing, drawing, poetry – in the Warburgian context of Image, Word, Orientation and Action. The language of the workshop is English.

Organiser: Jürgen Trabant (Freie Universität Berlin)



09.30 Registration

10.00 Michelle O’Malley, Deputy Director of the Warburg Institute – Welcome

10.05 Jürgen Trabant – Introduction: Symbolic articulation: a research program

10.30 Horst Bredekamp – Origins of the image act and the question of gestalt

11.00 Sabine Marienberg – Articulating gestures

11.30 Coffee break (Common Room)

12.00 Matthias Jung – Articulating embodied reasons

12.30 Tullio Viola – Habit and the symbolic process

13.00 General discussion

13.15 Lunch break – [Lunch provided for speakers/organisers only]

14.30 Alva Noë – The writerly attitude

15.00 Yannis Hadjinicolaou – Symbolic articulation through stains

15.30 Coffee break (Common Room)

16.00 Anja Pawel – Ancient articulations? Antique schemata in modern art and dance

16.30 Maria Luisa Catoni – Symbolic articulation: word and schema

17.00 General discussion

17.30 Reception

The Research Group „Symbolic Articulation“ is interested in the reactions of the London workshop attendees. Therefore, the talks will be short (20 minutes each) in order to leave space for the discussion of each paper. In addition there will be time for general discussions.

Attendance is free of charge and includes tea and coffee in the morning and afternoon. Lunch is not provided for attendees but there are numerous cafes in the area. (Note: Lunch is provided for speakers/organisers). Booking in advance is required

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