Summer School of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, 9 – 16 October 2016
March 31, 2016
Marcel Odenbach's large-scale collage Ein Tag am Meer (A Day at the Sea, 2012), which has the refugee issue deliberately inscribed into its moved sea surface, almost perfectly expresses the visual multilayeredness and symbolic polyvalence of the phenomenon of water. It is illustrative of the fact that water, which already in ancient cosmogonies and philosophies was seen as the source of the universe, is more closely interwoven with the cultural history of mankind than any other element. Omnipresent in myth and religion, it is also of central importance in the history of science, technology and medicine. To this day, its life-sustaining and at the same destructive powers are the cause of man's ambivalent relationship to water, which by virtue of its ubiquity has given rise to a wide variety of poetic and visual imagery and symbolic meanings over the centuries. These range from fertility, eroticism and birth to purification, healing and baptism and to death, the threat of deluge and drowning in sea storms. Today's primary associations with water are the dangers of rising sea levels and impending water shortage.
The summer school is addressed to advanced undergraduates, PhD students and recent postdocs in the sphere of art history or related disciplines. Participants are expected to present papers. The course will be taught in German and English. To allow for active participation in the discussion, good passive knowledge of German is required. In addition, in light of the literature addressed in the course, a passive knowledge of Italian is desirable. The Institute will bear the cost of lodging and will reimburse half of the incurred travelling expenses; in addition, participants will receive a daily allowance.
Applications should include a CV, a letter of recommendation and, where applicable, copies of certificates as well as a brief summary of the master thesis or dissertation project. For undergraduate students we also request copies of all course assessments in their major subject area. Students may suggest topics for presentations; these will be considered to the extent the course schedule allows it.
Please send your documents by 31 March 2016 in a single pdf file (max. 2 MB), referencing "Studienkurs 2016", to the attention of Prof. Dr. Alessandro Nova (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org).