7th Forum Medieval Art: “Licht: Kunst, Metaphysik und Naturwissenschaft im Mittelalter”, in cooperation with the University Jena. For the seventh time the German Society for Studies in Art History invites to an international congress “Forum Medieval Art”, which will take place from September 25th to 28th, 2024 in Jena.

VII. Forum Art of the Middle Ages

Light: Art, Metaphysics and Science in the Middle Ages

September 25–28, 2024, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Organization und concept: Juliane von Fircks, Svea Janzen

Bildnachweis: Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut; Fotograf: Roli, Ghigo

Under the topic “Light: Art, Metaphysics and Science in the Middle Ages” and organized by Juliane von Fircks, Svea Janzen and the Deutscher Verein für Kunstwissenschaft,the VII. Forum Art of the Middle Ages will be held on September 25–28, 2024 at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. A total of 19 sessions are dedicated to medieval art from Christian Europe, Byzantium and the Islamic world, discussing the role of light between transcendence, courtly splendor and scientific theory. The thematic range includes reflective and luminous materials (gold, silver, alabaster), light-giving objects, the staging of light in manuscripts, inscriptions, textiles, stained glass, painting and sculpture, the performative interaction of light, sound and space and, finally, modern radiation-based research methods. The transdisciplinary opening to the natural sciences builds a bridge to Jena, the “City of Light,” as a beacon for optical, photonic and glass research. The conference includes events like round tables, the opening of the exhibition “Glas!” as well as excursions in Jena, Erfurt and Naumburg.

An overview of the sessions is provided in the conference flyer; the full program and early bird registration will follow in June.

Organizing committee: Wolfgang Augustyn, Jiři Fajt, Juliane von Fircks, Dorothee Kemper, Lothar Lambacher, Gerhard Lutz, Jan Friedrich Richter, Jörg Richter, Marc Carel Schurr, Gia Toussaint, Harald Wolter-von dem Knesebeck, Andrea Worm


Flyer Forum Art of the Middle Ages
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