The Aby Warburg 150 Conference: Legacy, Work and Promise

On 13-15 June 2016, the Warburg Institute celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Aby Warburg. Aby Warburg (1866-1929) has long been regarded as one of the founding figures of a truly global and comparative cultural history. Ever more excitement attaches to his name and his work.  Under the dynamic new leadership of David Freedberg, the Warburg Institute in London, is achieving a dramatic surge in public and scholarly interest, as the sell-out of the 3-day Aby Warburg 150 Conference testifies. Under Freedberg’s direction, Warburg’s vision is being restored to the Institute.

 “In setting out the historical, psychological, anthropological and political dimensions of art and culture, the work of Aby Warburg underlines the continuing relevance of the humanities today,” Freedberg notes.

A larger conference venue needed to be found for the The Aby Warburg 150 Conference in response to the overwhelming interest in this event.  It will be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to hear renowned art scholars, historians and cultural theorists speak about his heritage and the implications of his work. The Institute has taken special measures to accommodate this interest by live web streaming the conference around the world.

Speakers include such well-known figures as Georges Didi-Huberman, David Freedberg, Carlo Ginzburg, Horst Bredekamp, WJT Mitchell, Quentin Skinner, Marina Warner and Lorraine Daston.

Continuing and expanding the Warburgian project, the Warburg Institute in London is one of the premier institutions in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture. From the outset it has been notable for its interdisciplinary research extending across the histories of art, science and religion to anthropology and psychology. Its contributions have been profound and paradigm-changing. Dedicated to the study of the survival and transmission of cultural forms – whether in literature, art, music or science – across borders and from the earliest times to the present, it will attend to the psychological, anthropological, biological and political dimensions of its historical and philological researches in ever more innovative and rigorous ways.

Conference details:          Aby Warburg 150. Work. Legacy. Promise.
                                          Mon 13 - Wed 15 Jun 2016
UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way London WC1H 0AL

Live streaming links:

Day 1 (Monday 13 June):

Day 2 (Tuesday 14 June):

Day 3 (Wednesday 15 June):

Germany via the internet (3 day):