Keywords of Mobility. Paradigms of Movement in Premodern Material Culture
The history of art has been engaged with mobility for centuries. Movement, with its limits and potentials, constitutes in several ways a founding principle of the discipline, and its fascination or rejection stands at the core of much of its narrative. But the recent (re)turn to mobility is rapidly reframing many assumptions about the discourses and practice of the discipline itself. How has art history and, more generally, the study of material cultures, absorbed and reacted to the mobility turn?
This international workshop aim to gather researchers to discuss the questions above, and to to consider what kind of theoretical frameworks has, does, and will the discipline, in its broader acceptance, foster and promote? How is mobility – whose intangible nature makes it a rather elusive object of study – embraced and developed in art historical projects?
More than a decade after Sheller and Urry’s call for a “mobility turn,” this workshop invites scholars of the premodern period to reconsider the role of art history and material studies in a de-sedentarized, mobile world. Our scope is to reflect and redefine a set of critical terms, whose use (and sometimes abuse) is central to current debates. In doing so, we do not intend to propose a “grand narrative” of mobility, but rather to explore a new set of questions, theoretical approaches, and ideas, in order to understand practices, meanings, forces, and impacts of movement in premodern art. Program.
Workshop organizer: Mattia Biffis, The Norwegian Institute in Rome
The workshop is by invitation, but researchers interested in the topic may contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they wish to participate in any of the sessions.