Call for Papers: The Problem of Religious Art in Modernity

WS Religious Art in ModernityUses and Abuses of the Icon in Russia

Eigth Graduate Workshop of the Russian Art and Culture Group
Internationales Kolleg Morphomata
Cologne University

23. - 25. September 2020

Guest Speaker: Prof. George Pattison
Prof. of Theology and Modern European Thought at Glasgow

In Human, All Too Human, Nietzsche wrote: "that species of art can never flourish again which - like the Divine Comedy, the paintings by Raphael, the frescoes of Michelangelo, Gothic cathedrals - presupposes not only a cosmic but a metaphysical significance in the objects of art." In his usual provocative manner, Nietzsche attracted attention to the problem of religious art in a secular modernity . This issue was already implicit in Kant's notion of the viewer of the work of art as "indifferent to the real existence of the object of representation."

The eighth graduate workshop of the Russian Art and Culture Group will consider the deep implications posed by the problem of religious art by examining the various ways in which the icon was adapted in modern Russia to serve different artistic, philosophical, and political agendas.

Suggested topics might include:
- the role of the medieval image in nineteenth-century Russian literature
- the role of the icon in the project of nation-building in late imperial Russia
- the avant-garde's relation to religious art
- the Bolsheviks' cultural policy on religious images
Other, related topics are also welcome

We invite doctoral students, postgraduate researchers, and established academics to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations. Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome. Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words along with a short biographical note of 100 words by May 15, 2020 to .

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