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In the early modern period, images of revolts and violence became increasingly important tools to legitimize or contest political structures. This volume offers the first in-depth analysis of how early modern people produced and consumed violent imagery and assesses its role in memory practices, political mobilization, and the negotiation of cruelty and justice.

Critically evaluating the traditional focus on Western European imagery, the case studies in this book draw on evidence from Russia, China, Hungary, Portugal, Germany, North America, and other regions. The contributors highlight the distinctions among visual cultures of violence, as well as their entanglements in networks of intensive transregional communication, early globalization, and European colonization.

Contributors include: Monika Barget, David de Boer, Nóra G. Etényi, Fabian Fechner, Joana Fraga, Malte Griesse, Alain Hugon, Gleb Kazakov, Nancy Kollmann, Ya-Chen Ma, Galina Tirnanić, and Ramon Voges.
Der vorliegende Band perspektiviert erstmals interdisziplinäre Beiträge aus dem Feld der Vormoderne im Hinblick auf die für unterschiedliche Bildphänomene entscheidende Dynamik von Enthüllen/Verbergen und präsentiert so unterschiedliche Zugänge, die das Thema für die Vormoderne als ein zentrales Moment fruchtbar machen: für Bildpraktiken in ihren unmittelbaren sozialen, religiösen und historischen Zusammenhängen ebenso wie für die begriffsgeschichtliche Relevanz von Enthüllen/Verbergen, die letztlich darüber entscheidet, was im jeweiligen, kulturellen Kontext Bild ist. Als Versuch eines vormodernen Panoramas der substantiellen Bewegung von Enthüllen/Verbergen versammelt der Band Beiträge aus den Bereichen der Sinologie, Ägyptologie, der Iranistik, Alt-Philologie, Philosophie und der mittelalterlichen und islamischen Kunstgeschichte.
Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
This volume explores social practices of framing, building and enacting community in urban-rural relations across medieval Eurasia. Introducing fresh comparative perspectives on practices and visions of community, it offers a thorough source-based examination of medieval communal life in its sociocultural complexity and diversity in Central and Southeast Europe, South Arabia and Tibet. As multi-layered social phenomena, communities constantly formed, restructured and negotiated internal allegiances, while sharing a topographic living space and joint notions of belonging. The volume challenges disciplinary paradigms and proposes an interdisciplinary set of low-threshold categories and tools for cross-cultural comparison of urban and rural communities in the Global Middle Ages.

Contributors are Maaike van Berkel, Hubert Feiglstorfer, Andre Gingrich, Károly Goda, Elisabeth Gruber, Johann Heiss, Kateřina Horníčková, Eirik Hovden, Christian Jahoda, Christiane Kalantari, Odile Kommer, Fabian Kümmeler, Christina Lutter, Judit Majorossy, Ermanno Orlando, and Noha Sadek.
Eine Archäologie der Gegenwartskunst
Author: Helmut Draxler
In der Moderne muss Kunst ebenso wahr wie gegenwärtig sein. Kein Werk und keine Praxis können sich ernsthaft als Kunst behaupten, ohne solchen Ansprüchen zu genügen. Doch wie konnten Wahrheit und Gegenwärtigkeit zu den entscheidenden, nicht-ästhetischen Kriterien von Kunst werden? Die hier vorgelegte Studie versucht diese Frage zu beantworten, indem sie hinter die dominanten Begründungsmythen von Moderne und Gegenwartskunst im Sinne von heroischen Überwindungsleistungen alles Alten im Namen eines Neuen blickt. Derart wird eine Tradition des Wahrheits- und des Gegenwartsbezugs von Kunst sichtbar, die tief in jener Geschichte verwurzelt ist, als die Malerei begann, um ihren Status als Kunst zu ringen. Die historischen Niederlande stellen zwischen dem 15. und dem 17. Jahrhundert den exemplarischen Schauplatz dieses Ringens dar. Durch den Verlust vorgegebener Wahrheiten und Funktionen entwickelte die Malerei im Spannungsfeld zwischen ökonomischen, politischen und religiösen Krisen besondere Strategien der Selbstbehauptung als Kunst. Anhand spekulativer Bildideen – dem Bild als Schwelle, dem antagonistischen, dem analytischen und dem synthetischen Bild – wird die Wirkmächtigkeit dieser Strategien im Sinne eines spezifischen Wahrheitseinsatzes nachvollzogen und so das Nachleben der Niederländischen Malerei als Gegenwartskunst erfasst.
Young People, Applied Theatre, and Education about Race
This innovative project wrapped research around a youth theatre project. Young people of colour and from refugee backgrounds developed a sustained provocation for the people of Geelong, a large regional centre in Australia. The packed public performance—at the biggest venue in town—challenged locals to rethink assumptions. The audience response was insightful and momentous. The companion workshops for schools had profound impact with adolescent audiences. Internationally, this book connects with artistic, educational, and research communities, offering a substantial contribution to understandings of racism. This book is a provocative, transdisciplinary meditation on race, culture, the arts and change.
Kunstgeschichte in eigener Sache
Wer PRO DOMO redet, spricht ›für das eigene Haus‹, das heißt in eigener Sache. Auf welche Weise Vertraute von Künstler:innen aktiv und nachhaltig Kunstgeschichte gestalten, untersucht dieser Band.
Aus dem direkten Umfeld von Künstler:innen versuchen sich immer wieder Personen an einer PRO DOMO-Kunstgeschichte: im Medium des Textes, der Fotoreportage, des Films oder des Digitalen. Solche Formen einer oft dezidiert parteiischen Kunstgeschichtsschreibung werden hier erstmals umfassend analysiert. Den Ausgangspunktbilden Schriften, die meist im unmittelbaren Umfeld von Künstler:innen – zuweilen auch in direkter Kooperation – entstanden sind und die somit gleichsam für diese das Wort ergreifen. Thematisch spannt das Buch einen Bogen vom 15. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart und fragt auch danach, was dieses PRO DOMO-Prinzip für die Kunstgeschichte insgesamt bedeutet und wie heute mit einer solchen Involvierung umzugehen ist.
Author: Jörg Oberste
Between 1150 and 1350, Paris grew from a mid-sized episcopal see in Europe to the largest metropolis on the continent. The population rose during these two centuries from approximately 30,000 to over 250,000 inhabitants. The causes and consequences of this demographic explosion are thoroughly examined for the first time in this book by Jörg Oberste.

As it turns out, the management of urban space is key to understanding one of the most dynamic processes of urbanisation in pre-modern Europe: Who decides on the new construction of streets, squares, and houses? From whence does the multitude of new inhabitants come? What are the consequences of this massive wave of immigration on urban society, the economy, and the keeping of the peace? What kind of self-understanding evolves from the heterogeneous construct of the rapidly growing city, and what kind of external perceptions is late medieval Paris able to create? When does the myth of the “magical city on the Seine” (Heinrich Heine), perpetuated to the present day, come to be born? Oberste’s extensive investigation of the pertinent and wide-ranging medieval sources sheds new light on these and other questions related to the significant expansion of the City of Lights in the Middle Ages.
This book proposes to investigate the arts from the inside, namely to consider, first and foremost, what artists do to create their works in order to proceed fruitfully in the direction of their evaluation and explanation. To this end, it develops a philosophical inquiry that examines the ground zero of the arts, their common foundations, namely the rules for artistic creation, the processes that involve artists in their activities, the forms that they can or cannot achieve. This proposal and its outline for a rule-based ontology of the arts addresses four themes: the relationship between human nature and artistic practices, the features of art-making, the conception of artworks as structures, and the social nature of the arts.
Knowledge Production and Transfiguration from the Renaissance to Today
Volume Editors: Axel Fliethmann and Christiane Weller
This volume addresses the interdependencies between visual technologies and epistemology with regard to our perception of the medical body. It explores the relationships between the imagination, the body, and concrete forms of visual representations: Ranging from the Renaissance paradigm of anatomy, to Foucault’s “birth of the clinic” and the institutionalised construction of a “medical gaze”; from “visual” archives of madness, psychiatric art collections, the politicisation and economisation of the body, to the post-human in mass media representations.
Contributions to this volume investigate medical bodies as historical, technological, and political constructs, constituted where knowledge formation and visual cultures intersect.

Contributors are: Axel Fliethmann, Michael Hau, Birgit Lang, Carolyn Lau, Heikki Lempa, Stefanie Lenk, Joanna Madloch, Barry Murnane, Jill Redner, Claudia Stein, Elizabeth Stephens, Corinna Wagner, and Christiane Weller.
Editor: Mike Humphreys
Few subjects have generated more argument in early medieval, Byzantine, and Orthodox history than Iconoclasm. Supposedly for more than a century the Orthodox Church and Byzantium were wracked by controversy over religious figural imagery, culminating in 843 in the establishment of icon veneration as a fundamental Orthodox practice. In this multidisciplinary Companion to Byzantine Iconoclasm, twelve contributors set the controversy in context and critically examine the key debates: what was the argument about? How much destruction and persecution were there? What caused and fuelled the controversy? What links, if any, were there to events in the Islamic Caliphate and the Latin West? And how can we use our contested literary and material sources to offer answers to these questions?

Contributors: Benjamin Anderson, Marie-France Auzépy, Sabine Feist, Mike Humphreys, Robin M. Jensen, Dirk Krausmüller, Andrew Louth, Ken Parry, Richard Price, Christian C. Sahner, and Jesse W. Torgerson.