Mobility: Objects, Materials, Concepts, Actors, Buenos Aires 2017

Mobility: Objects, Materials, Concepts, Actors

30 September to 8 October 2017, Buenos Aires

The German Center for Art History, Paris (Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte Paris, Max- Weber-Foundation) and the Program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices of the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin invited applications from doctoral and postdoctoral scholars of Art History and related disciplines to participate in the Transregional Academy on Latin American Art II in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on »Mobility: Objects, Materials, Concepts, Actors«. The Academy was organized in cooperation with the Centro de Investigación en Arte, Materia y Cultura at the Instituto de Investigaciones en Arte y Cultura »Dr. Norberto Griffa« (IIAC) from the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF). It took place from September 30 to October 8, 2017 at the Museo de la Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (MUNTREF) in Buenos Aires.

With a focus on Latin America, the Academy questioned artistic interrelations within Latin America as well as those with other parts of the planet. It combined the study of transregional mobility and movement with a critical, methodological reflection. Rather than merely describing or confronting artistic traditions and tendencies, the Academy discussed the various dynamics of cultural creativity, strategies of appropriation, modalities of translation and comparison in transregional and transcultural terms.

The Academy aimed at a transnational and transregional exchange about concepts and characteristics of mobility. From such point of view, research concentrating on Latin America was put in dialogue with ongoing debates regarding other regions such as Africa, the wider Americas, Asia, Europe, as well as the regions of the Atlantic and the Pacific, the Caribbean, Indian Ocean in their connectivities and within the horizon of global art histories. This also meant asking if indeed there is a common epistemological base for the construction of such a global discourse, interrogating the concepts “transcultural” and “transregional” themselves.

Transregional Academies are part of the strategic cooperation between the Forum for Transregional Studies and the Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad. They are supported by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF). The Terra Foundation for American Art sponsors two fellowships to facilitate the participation of scholars researching the question of mobility within the United States or as part of a broader international context.


Paula Hrycyk
Secreteria Académia del Instituto de Investigación
en Arte y Cultura Dr. Norberto Griffa, UNTREF
Mosconi 2736
B1674AHF Sáenz Peña, Buenos Aires, Argentinia

Dr. Lena Bader
Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art
Hôtel Lully
45, rue des Petits Champs
75001 Paris, France

Dr. Hannah Baader
Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices
Forum Transregionale Studien
Wallotstr. 14
14193 Berlin, Deutschland

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