Colloque : « Collections, Displays & The Agency of Objects » (Cambridge, 20-23 septembre 2017)

Collections, Displays & The Agency of Objects

Keynes Library, The Cambridge Union Society

20/09/2017 – 23/09/2017

Conference organized as part of the BMBF project Parerga and Paratexts – How Things Enter Language. Practices and Forms of Presentation in Goethe’s Collections in collaboration with the Department of Art History in Cambridge.


September 20, 2017

6:00 pm : Welcome & Introduction

6:30 pm : Opening Lecture. Ivan Gaskell (Bard Graduate Center), Display Displayed


September 21, 2017

Moderator: Johannes Grave (Universität Bielefeld)

9 – 9:45 am : Ruth Bielfeldt (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Do Things Talk? On the Practice of Epigraphein in Greek Sanctuaries

9:45 – 10:30 am : Elsje van Kessel (University of St. Andrews), The Street as Frame

Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:30 am : Peter Schade (National Gallery, London), The Framing of Sebastiano del Piombo’s The Raising of Lazarus

11:30 am – 12:15 pm : Hannah Williams (Queen Mary University of London), Staging Belief: Immersive Encounters and the Agency of Religious Art in 18th-Century Paris

Encounters with Objects

Moderator: Wolfgang Holler (Klassik Stiftung Weimar)

4:15 – 5:00 pm : Eelco Nagelsmit (ETH Zürich), Interiority on Display: Models of Holy Sites in Halle Pietism

5:00 – 5:45 pm : Thomas Schmuck (Klassik Stiftung Weimar), Vestiges of Earth History. Objects and Order in Goethe’s Geological Collections

5:45 – 6:30 pm : Diana Stört (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Goethe’s Cabinets as Epistemic Furniture


September 22, 2017

Moderator: Cindy Kang (The Barnes Collection)

9:00 – 9:45 am : Mechthild Fend (University College London), Order and Affect. The Museum of Dermatological Wax Moulages at the Hôpital Saint Louis in Paris

9:45 – 10:30 am : Juliet Carey (Waddesdon Manor, The Rothschild Collection), Staging Things: Framing the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor

Coffee Break

 11:00 – 11:45 am : Dario Gamboni (Université de Genève), Ready-made Eye-opener: Models, Functions and Meanings of the Ironwork in Albert C. Barnes’s Displays

 Encounters with Objects

 Moderator: Valérie Kobi (Universität Bielefeld)

 4:15 – 5:00 pm : Noémie Étienne (Universität Bern), Unfolding the Specimen. Display and Diorama in New York, 1900

5:00 – 5:45 pm : Angela Matyssek (Philipps-Universität Marburg), Death by/Life by Wall Label

Final Discussion & Conclusions


Conference venue : Keynes Library, The Cambridge Union Society, 9a Bridge Street, Cambridge, CB2 1UB

Contact, Information & Registration :

Registration is open until September 10, 2017.

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