Workshop 'LICHT.GESTALTEN. The relation between theology and aesthetics in Mechthild of Magdeburg and Master Eckhart against the background of the metaphysics of light'

The workshop 'LICHT.GESTALTEN. The relation between theology and aesthetics in Mechthild of Magdeburg and Master Eckhart against the background of the metaphysics of light', organized by project C3, explores the theological aesthetics of light in Mechthild’s The Flowing Light of the Godhead and Master Eckhart’s vernacular sermons. The first part of the meeting will deal with the concept of light in the metaphysical tradition, while the second will be devoted to exploring the motif in Mechthild and Master Eckhart in particular. The workshop’s participants include: PD Dr. Wiebke-Marie Stock (Philosophy, University of Bonn/University of Notre Dame), Prof. Dr. Volker-Henning Drecoll (Church History, University of Tübingen), Prof. Dr. Uta Störmer-Caysa (German Studies, University of Mainz), Prof. Dr. Beatrice Trînca (German Studies, FU Berlin/University of Heidelberg) and Prof. em. Dr. Dr. Michael Eckert, (Fundamental Theology/Philosophy of Religion, University Tübingen).

Date: 24 June 2022, 2–8 p.m.
Location: to be announced

Downloads: Exposé
Links: Project C3

Workshop with Dr. Vera Henkelmann 'Ästhetik des Lichts. Leuchter im mittelalterlichen Kirchenraum'

Date: 03 February 2022, 1–6 p.m.
Location: Keplerstraße 17

Links: Project A6

Workshop with Prof. Dr. Cornelia Logemann (LMU Munich) ‘Woven Personifications: On the Interplay of Tapestry and Text in the 15th Century’

Tapestries with virtually life-size personifications were a familiar sight in the 15th and 16th centuries: the more personifications populated the compositions, the more precious the objects must have been. The medium itself attracted so much attention that even chroniclers, especially those at the court of Burgundy, painstakingly documented which cycles of tapestries were hung up at grand festivities. For the themes presented in the tapestries’ images could also be seen as comments on the events. While highly elaborate tapestries as were made for example in Arras and Tournai catered to their buyers’ need for self-representation on the one hand, even the technique in itself conveyed the impression of extreme valuableness, an effect which was also made use of by literature. As such, when the anonymous text titled Trois Tapisseries de Turquie describes intricate tapestries with numerous personifications as allegorical tableaus, this is not to be taken for a description of real artefacts or a draft for tapestries. Rather, it is a technique – employed for example in René d’Anjou’s Livre du coeur d’amour espris and similar writings – for capturing the attention of a group of readers who appreciated and collected precious tapestries.

By the same token, the tapestries which survived from this period remarkably often treat allegorical themes, suggesting that they are preceded by a concise textual basis. As the originator, the author and creator of the inventory of allegorical figures is frequently included in the tapestry, for example in an allegorical stag chase in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. To regard the tapestries solely as illustrations of preceding literary texts, however, is inadequate. The contribution seeks to explore these iconotexts, which can be found in astonishing numbers in the Franco-Flemish region around 1500 and on which only rudimentary research has been done so far.

Date: 13 January 2022, 4–6.30 p.m.
Location: Online broadcast, registration by mail with Daniela Wagner

Links: Project B4

Workshop on Digital Data Analysis

The workshop on digital data analysis hosted by project B6 is aimed at all sub-projects working with annotations as well as any interested CRC member.

First and foremost, the workshop’s aim is to jointly reflect on the various objectives of the individual annotation processes. Based on this, we will discuss which methods are suitable for analyzing and visualizing the annotated data. In the second part of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to apply the methods directly to their annotations in a practical exercise. We therefore ask you to bring your own computers with your annotated data along to the workshop.

Date: 08 December 2021, 2–6 p.m.
Location: as yet unknown, registration by mail with project B6

Links: Project B6

Workshop 'Architecture and Sculptures from Meninx: The Roman Forum as Aesthetic Economic Space'

In the workshop 'Architecture and Sculptures from Meninx: The Roman Forum as Aesthetic Economic Space' hosted by project A2, the results of the research unit on ancient economic architecture and sculptures on Djerba, which has been part of the CRC since 2019, will be presented and discussed. Drawing on the architectural parts of the ancient urban space which are visible above ground as well as on unpublished building elements and sculptures from Meninx, the speakers will provide new insights into the aesthetics of ancient urban areas which are profoundly influenced by the economy. The workshop is organized by Prof. Johannes Lipps (Classical Archaelogy, JGU) together with the CRC 1391 Different Aesthetics (University of Tübingen).

Date: 7 December 2021, 10 a.m.–5.30 p.m.
Location: In person, Jakob-Welder-Weg 18, Mainz (JGU Fakultätssaal Philosophicum, room 01-185), registration by mail with Elisa Schuster

Downloads: Programme
Links: Project A2

Workshop with Dr. Joanna Olchawa (University of Frankfurt) ‘Bronze. Materialästhetik und -semantik im Mittelalter‘

Bronze is a special and also an especially demanding material. Depending on the composition of the alloy, different shades of colour and effects of glossiness can be created, the material can be gilded or given an artificial patina. Due to all these possibilities and the complex techniques tied to them, the material was held in high esteem and endowed with a wide range of meanings.

The workshop, which will take place as part of project A6, is dedicated to the practices of the technical procedures in the Middle Ages (ranging from the manufacturing of the alloy to its finishing) and to the perspectives on bronze offered by material aesthetics and material semantics in a transcultural context. Furthermore, it wants to explore the potential which a ‘materiology’ holds for medieval art history.

Date: 23 November 2021, 1–6 p.m.
Location: Room 34, Keplerstraße 17, registration by mail with Maria Streicher

Links: Project A6

Workshop with Prof. Dr. David Scott Kastan (Yale University, Mercator-Fellow of the CRC 1391) ‘What Does ‘Based on’ Mean? Shakespeare, Source Study and the Idea of Originality‘

Recognizing or admitting what a work of literature is “based on” is not in any way to denigrate the new work but is to acknowledge the very condition of its writing. To discover what a literary work has been based on is to see where a plot, a character, a style, an image, a phrase, came from; to discover what influenced or inspired what offers itself as original (and that may indeed imagine itself to be). It is to allow the terms and the structures of cultural continuity to become visible. It does, however, also force a rethinking of what we mean by creativity. It undoes the fantasy of radical originality in its recognition that “nothing comes from nothing,” as King Lear said (King Lear, 1.1.90). And even that phrase came from something: its Latin form, ex nihilo nihil fit, can be traced back to Lucretius, and then back even further to Greek philosopher Parmenides; and no doubt the phrase, or at least the idea, existed in texts and even languages now lost. Literature always comes from something.

The workshop is designed to allow us to work together to think through the idea of indebtedness and of originality, recognizing the inevitably social and in some senses collaborative nature of all artistic and intellectual work. 

Date: 03 November 2021, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: Room 215, Brechtbau and Online broadcast, registration by mail with Jan Stellmann

Workshop with Prof. Dr. Irene Rapp and Laura Bon (CRC 833, Tübingen) ‘Personifikation und Metapher. Linguistische und literaturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven‘

In this workshop, which is open to anyone who is interested, the members of project B4 will meet with linguists Prof. Dr. Irene Rapp and Laura Bon from the Tübingen-based CRC 833 The Construction of Meaning in order to analyze literary representations of personifications on a micro level.

Date: 21 September 2021, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: to be announced, registration by mail with Sandra Linden

Links: Project B4

Workshop with Jessica Savage (Princeton) ‘Living Virtues and Charity Trees: Psalm Personifications in Action’

In her contribution entitled ‘Living Virtues and Charity Trees: Psalm Personifications in Action’, Jessica Savage (Princeton) deals with personifications of Charity in connection with Psalms 36 and 111. Moreover, Jessica Savage will give the members of project B4 and their guests an idea of her work on the Index of Medieval Art as related to personifications, addressing the issues of classification and naming that arise when cataloguing and categorizing.

Date: 24 June 2021, 3–6 p.m.
Location: Online broadcast, registration by mail with Daniela Wagner

Downloads: Exposé
Links: Project B4

International reading group with Dr. Eva Falaschi (SNS Pisa)

In the context of project B1, Ms Dr. Falaschi (SNS Pisa) is offering a digital reading group on Pliny the Elder and his monumental work Naturalis historia. Our joint reading will focus on the books on mineralogy (NH 33–37); and we are primarily concerned with the question of what function art has within natural history. The text will be provided in the Latin original and in translation (Latin-German or Latin-English) before each session.

Dates: 14 May 2021, 21 May 2021, 4 June 2021, 11 June 2021, 18 June 2021, 25 June 2021, each session lasts from 2–4 p.m.
Location: Online broadcast, registration by mail with Stefania Cecere

Links: Project B1

Workshop 'Ästhetische Experimentierfelder. Kreative Aneignung in der Antwerpener Kunst des 16. Jahrhunderts'

Using individual examples of 16th-century works from the Antwerp area, the workshop is dedicated to the complex artistic practice of creative appropriation and its relevance for cultural history. The contemporary artistic production, which was characterized by a multitude of innovations, is regarded as a field of aesthetic experimentation within which political, religious and art theoretical discourses were negotiated in an intense manner.

Date: 12 April 2021, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Location: Online broadcast, registration by mail with Laura Di Carlo

Downloads: Programme
Links: Project C2

Workshop 'Knowledge, Order, Narration. Animals as figures of reflection in pre-modern literature'

The workshop focusses on literary animals in the pre-modern period, taking into account the way that the literary text intersects with the animal’s embeddedness in everyday living environments. It discusses in what way animals in medieval and early modern literature function as figures in which discourses of knowledge, concepts of order, aesthetics and poetology are reflected.

Organized by: Marion Darilek, M.A. (University of Tübingen) and Dr. Hannah Rieger (University of Cologne)

Date: 04–05 March 2021
Location: Online broadcast, registration by mail with Marion Darilek

Downloads: Programme
Links: Project B3

Workshop with Dr. Heike Schlie (University of Salzburg) 'Körper und Affekt der Personifikation im Bildvollzug'

In this workshop, we will deal with Giotto’s personifications of the virtues and vices in the Cappella degli Scrovegni (Padua). Based on Heike Schlie’s thoughts on the realization of images, we will discuss questions concerning corporeality and affectedness. Participants will be provided with the material needed for preparation (images, texts) about a week before the workshop.

Date: 11 February 2021
Location: Online broadcast, registration by mail with Daniela Wagner

Links: Project B4

Workshop with Prof. Dr. Caroline Emmelius (University of Dusseldorf) 'frouwe minne, frouwe beschouwunge, frouwe brut: Personifikationen im 'Fließenden Licht‘'

Date: 24 November 2020, 10–12 a.m.
Location: Online broadcast via Zoom, registration by mail with Sandra Linden

Links: Projects B4 und C3

Workshop 'Historical Semantics – Theory and Application' together with the CRC 1369 Cultures of Vigilance

The workshop by project B3 ‘Semantics of the aesthetic in German literature of the Middle Ages’ focusses on recent as well as established concepts in historical semantics. As these concepts are also important for Prof. Dr. Beate Kellner und Dr. Susanne Reichlin (LMU München) and their CRC-project ‘Vigilance and Attentiveness. The Literary Dynamics of Self-Observation and the Observation of Others in German Poetry in the Middle Ages’, project B3 has invited colleagues from the Munich-based CRC 1369 Cultures of Vigilance to the workshop. For both the Munich and the Tübingen project, the question of how approaches taken from historical semantics can be effectively applied to literature/poetry from the high medieval period is highly relevant – therefore, this issue will be the main focus of the workshop.

Date: 30 October 2020, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Location: Online broadcast via Zoom, registration by mail with Marion Darilek

Links: Project B3

Workshop with Prof. Dr. Evelyn Gius on Annotation

Five projects from five different disciplines share a topic: annotation. What are similarities, given all differences? Where do issues overlap, and where can shared conceptual basics be found? These (and more) questions will be addressed by projects A3, B3, B5 and C5, chaired by B6 during a workshop in October. Prof. Dr. Evelyn Gius (TU Darmstadt), an expert in the field of (digital) annotation will also be present. She will give a talk on the topic and enrich our ensuing discussion based on her experience in annotation projects.

Date: 27 October 2020, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: Online broadcast via Zoom

Links: Project B6

Online Workshop 'Abstraktum, rhetorische Figur, Körper. Zur Beschaffenheit der Personifikation'

The project B4 meets with Mariam Hammami (University of Tübingen) and all  interested parties to take a look at medieval and early new age personifications under theoretical and functional point of views. 

Date: 02 July 2020, 2–5 p.m.                 
Location: Online broadcast via Zoom, registration by mail with Daniela Wagner

Links: Project B4

International Workshop 'Kamingespräche zur antiken Münzästhetik zwischen Eigenlogik und Funktion'

The workshop, a meeting of Project B2 open to everyone who is interested, examines the dynamic interplay between aspects of form and function in the iconography of ancient coins, aiming at grasping the complex aesthetic, medial and communicative relationship between production, emitters and consumers/recipients. For the project ‘Impressing Images’ within the CRC 1391 ‘Different Aesthetics’, this offers new perspectives which shall be discussed among an international panel of experts.

Date: 9 December 2019, 3–6 p.m.
Location: Ernst von Sieglin-Room (R. 165), Hohentuebingen Castle

Downloads: Flyer
Links: Project B2

'Ästhetik – Materialität – Wissen': Third Meeting of the Research Network 'Early Modern Studies in Southwest Germany'

Since 2017, the research network 'Early Modern Studies in SouthWest Germany' (initiated by Sandra Richter, Jörg Robert, Dirk Werle) has developed into an international and interdisciplinary discussion forum for researchers focusing on early modern literature, art and culture in Baden-Württemberg and beyond. The research network stimulates scientific networking, the development of joint research projects and the promotion of young researchers. On Friday, 12/06/2019, 10:30 - 19:00, the third meeting of the research network will take place in Tübingen in the Evangelische Stift Tübingen (Klosterberg 2, 72074 Tübingen). Focussing on the topics ‘Aesthetics – Materiality – Knowledge’, the full-day conference will present current research activities and publications in the research on the early modern period. The meeting in Tübingen will be held in cooperation with the newly established collaborative research centre 1391 Different Aesthetics.

The meeting focusses especially on connecting individual projects from the CRC 933 ‘Material Text Cultures’ (Project B13), the CRC 1369 ‘Cultures of Vigilance’ (Project A01) and the CRC ‘Different Aesthetics’ (Project C6).

Date: 6 December 2019, 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Location: Evangelisches Stift

Downloads: Poster, Flyer
Links: Project C6

Workshop ‘Translating Estius’

The Latin epigrams by the Dutch humanist Franco Estius (1586-1594; fl.) which can be found on copperplate engravings from the workshop of Hendrick Goltzius are the basis and the starting point for the philological unit of project C4. Not only do they make use of the intertextual possibilities that the copperplate engraving holds as media combination – the engravings also clearly embrace the concept of collaborative authorship when including both the signature of the word artist and the visual artist in the prints. In the workshop ‘Translating Estius’, project C4 seeks to discuss how to translate Estius and how to deal with media differences with all interested researchers. Input is expected to be given by Alexander Estis (University of Zürich), Walter Froleyks (Kleve), Katharina Ost (University of Tübingen) and Uta Schmidt-Clausen (VHS Bonn).

Date: 29 November 2019, 2–6 p.m.
Location: Kleiner Übungsraum, Hegelbau

Downloads: PosterFlyer
Links: Project C4

Workshop with Prof. Dr. Henrike Manuwald 'Vorstellung und Diskussion der Plattform: Muße/muoze digital – mittelalterliche Varianten der Muße'

In the context of project B3, Prof. Dr. Henrike Manuwald (University of Göttingen) is presenting the platform ‘Muße/muoze digital – mittelalterliche Varianten der Muße’. The platform was created within the project C1 ‘Paradoxes of Leisure in the Middle Ages. Paradigms of Active Inactivity in Courtly and Mystical Literature’, in the first funding phase of the CRC 1015 ‘Otium’ in Freiburg. Taking this concrete example, we discuss the pre-considerations and steps involved in setting up a digital platform which presents the results of research on historical semantics. Moreover, we ask which opportunities and limitations such a platform holds.

Date: 25 November 2019, 10–12 a.m.
Location: Room 215, Brechtbau

Links: Project B3

Workshop 'Annotation'

The workshop brings together the projects A3, B3, B5 and C5 to discuss the progress in their annotations and the workflow of annotating texts under the guidance of B6. It provides an opportunity to explain the respective schedule for each project as well as to introduce and test the tools for annotating. The aim of this workshop is moreover to come up with first approaches towards annotation guidelines.

Date: 04 November 2019, 4–8 p.m.
Location: Room 011, Brechtbau

Links: Projects A3, B3, B6, C5