Translation Phenomena: Texts as Artistic Intermediaries
Junior Researchers’ Workshop, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität ErlangenNürnberg, 17/18 July 2017
In the early modern period, the production of art was governed to a large extent by the ubiquitous core cultural skill of translation. The translation and rediscovery of texts from antiquity ignited the humanist enthusiasm for emulation and inspired a wide variety of adaptations of theoretical concepts, exemplary works and motifs. However, this workshop will not be concentrating on the relatively well-researched reception of antiquity, but will instead focus on the successive waves of translation that have to date received but little attention. Two factors relating to transnational cultural transfer need to be primarily considered in this context. Hence, we shall be looking at the dynamics of early modern translations within Europe (the translation of artistic and architectural treatises, for example, from Italian to German and French, from Dutch to English, etc., the annotation of these and the reinterpretation of plurivalent passages). Secondly, we will analyse the artistic transformation of the ideals and norms codified in such treatises both within and outside Europe.
This junior researchers’ workshop is intended to address the concepts and practices of translation and examine how these relate to the arts and architecture of the period ca. 1550 to 1800. Welcome are presentations with a duration of some 20 to 30 minutes that deal with the following aspects: - The relationship between translation and commentaries - The role of illustrations in the process of translation - The adaptation and transformation of the ideals and norms exemplified in artistic treatises - The reception of early modern artistic treatises outside Europe
The Institute of Art History at FAU will assume the costs of travel and accommodation on behalf of participants on the basis of the rates quoted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Childcare can be provided where necessary. If you would like to attend, please send your application together with an abstract (two pages of text) and your academic CV by 1 May 2017 to:
Prof. Dr. Christina Strunck
Chair of Art History
Schlossgarten 1 (Orangerie)
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