Call for Papers

Figure and Ornament: Aesthetics, Art and Architecture in the Caucasus region, from 400 to 1650

Conference, George Chubinashvili National Research Centre, Tbilisi, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz-Max-Planck-Institut, and the University of Basel

Tbilisi, 29 September – 1 October 2011

Deadline for Applications: 31st January 2011

Figure and ornament have generally been considered as opposites. Figurative representations, however, can be ornamented or framed by ornaments, and ornaments are frequently formed by repeated figural motives, such as animals or plants. In fact, ornaments and figures are related in manifold ways and define or articulate pictorial or architectonic spaces, elaborating various aesthetic concepts. The cultures the conference will discuss are not to be seen as given or static units but as having been formed and transformed in relation and interaction with each other. Thus, on the one hand, the conference examines the cultural transfer of phenomena beyond regions and borders, and on the other hand it aims to diagnose and compare the elaboration of different visual cultures in the Caucasus and their aesthetics regarding figure and ornament.

Proposals (ca 2500 characters) should be sent together with a CurriculumVitae (max 3 pages) by 31 January 2011 to both following addresses:

Marina Kevkhishvili

Natia Natsvlishvili

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