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ESNA Winter Seminar 2022 (Dutch spoken)

ESNA organiseert elk jaar in samenwerking met het RKD op de laatste vrijdag van januari een winter seminar rondom een thema dat leeft binnen de negentiende-eeuwse kunst. Voor 28 januari 2022 is gekozen voor technische kunstgeschiedenis. Het winterseminar vindt dit jaar volledig online plaats. U kunt zich hiervoor gratis aanmelden via

Atelierpraktijk en technische analyse: anders kijken naar negentiende-eeuwse kunst

In zijn oratie uitgesproken in 2016 gaf Sven Dupré aan dat het creatieve proces van de kunstenaar in al zijn materiële en intellectuele complexiteit moet worden bestudeerd. Daarbij zijn materieel technisch onderzoek met behulp van technieken als infraroodreflectografie, röntgenopnamen etc. uitermate belangrijk. Dergelijk onderzoek wordt al ingezet sinds de negentiende eeuw.

Claude Monet, Blauweregen, 1917-1920, Kunstmuseum Den Haag

Zowel door de steeds grotere technische mogelijkheden en de nadruk op object based research, zijn materiaal-technische analyses tegenwoordig niet meer weg te denken bij object-onderzoek. De vereiste samenwerking tussen kunsthistorici en technische onderzoekers heeft geleid tot gezamenlijke projecten van musea met bijvoorbeeld de Technische Universiteit Delft, gezamenlijke promoties van kunsthistorici en restauratoren, zoals die van Louis van Tilborgh en Ella Hendriks en tot de nieuwe hoogleraar Technical Art History aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam, Erma Hermens.

Het is dus belangrijk op de hoogte te zijn van deze nieuwe ontwikkelingen en de rol die kunsthistorici hierin kunnen nemen. Tijdens deze bijeenkomst gaan we in op vragen als: Welke meerwaarde heeft technische kennis over kunstwerken? Hoe werken restoratoren, chemici en kunsthistorici samen om die kennis te vergaren?



  • Datum: vrijdag 28 januari 2022
  • Locatie: Online via MS Teams
  • Tijd: 13.30 – 16.00 uur
  • Deelname: Gratis


  • U kunt zich tot en met woensdag 26 januari gratis aanmelden via
  • Na aanmelding ontvangt u een link die toegang geeft tot het seminar.

Deadline postponed to 7 January 2022
Call for Papers ESNA Conference 2022
Ways of Studying: Towards New Histories of Nineteenth-Century Art

Call for Papers
ESNA Conference 2022
RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague
19-20 May 2022

In the autumn of 2020, the Van Gogh Museum, in collaboration with ESNA and the University of Amsterdam, organized a series of roundtable discussions that from various angles sought to address the question of “diversifying” the canon of nineteenth-century art and making art-historical practice more “inclusive.” The aim of these meetings, followed up in January 2021 by the annual ESNA Winter Seminar on the same topic, was to formulate concrete research strands, which, rather than simply broadening the nineteenth-century canon, would substantially change it. Ideally, these would give direction to university teaching, exhibitions, and collection building over the next five years.

It soon became clear, however, that the terms “diversification” and “inclusion” were in themselves problematic, as they imply that the current disciplinary system would remain intact. One might study art from other parts of the world or by “Other” creators, one might expand the canon, but the idea that the history of nineteenth-century art followed a certain developmental pattern, one that culminated in an avant-garde that then went on to shape Modernism, would not necessarily be affected. Instead, one might better seek to fundamentally decolonize the history of nineteenth-century art. This term, too, is not unproblematic: it has a particular historical dimension, but in recent times has come to stand more generally for a call to both recognize and challenge hierarchies in and beyond the academy and the art world, not only those resulting from concrete actions in the (colonial) past but also those linked to questions of class, gender, race, and ethnicity. Ideally, a decolonized history of nineteenth-century art would not only add new voices and objects to the existing canon but would productively mobilize the awareness of the ways in which what we study, teach, and display reflects European hegemony. Although this topic is clearly not new, even in the study of nineteenth-century art, specific recent events and debates, as well as fundamental shifts within both academia and society at large, lend it a particular sense of urgency.

The study of the nineteenth century can look back on a history of self-renewal and has in the past been the vehicle for the revitalization of the field of art history as whole. In this sense, we see this conference – together with those organized by our colleagues in other parts of the world – in the tradition of the so-called “new art history.” We seek to build on the studies of the seminal figures of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, those who brought new methods to bear on research into objects both known and unknown and thereby changed the perspective on the period as a whole.

The annual ESNA Conference 2022, Ways of Studying: Towards New Histories of Nineteenth-Century Art, will expand on this initial phase of reflection, setting it in an international context. We understand the conference as a kind of laboratory, a place for experiment and exchange. Taking a two-pronged approach, we seek papers that take case studies as their starting point, but which also pinpoint and further explore the implications of these new discoveries for the field in general. In this way, the conference will present new information and address questions of methodology, i.e. “ways of studying”.

We seek papers which can serve to disrupt and restructure the field of nineteenth-century art history both in terms of content and method. Proposals should therefore explicitly address the wider implications of the chosen case study.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• makers from diverse ethnic and gender communities
• works of indigenous or first-nation artists
• neglected objects, media, and genres
• examinations of institutional structures and non-canonical spaces of display
• rethinking geographies of creation
• networks and exchange between Europe and the global south

We particularly encourage the input of junior scholars.
Please submit an abstract of 300 words and your CV by 7 January 2022 to
Selected speakers will be contacted end January 2022.

Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art

The Gendering of Collecting: Women as Tastemakers and Philanthropists

In the week of 12-17 June 2022 the University of Amsterdam and the Van Gogh Museum invites you to participate in the annual Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art seminar.

The aim of the Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art seminar is to provide the opportunity to study a single yet wide-ranging subject in nineteenth-century art through an intensive one-week workshop taught by a leading scholar in the field and supported by the Van Gogh Museum. The seminar will you to important issues in the study of nineteenth-century art and provide an impulse for further research. Its aim is to encourage interest in various aspects of the discipline, and to provide you not only with factual information, but more importantly with new methodological and theoretical perspectives on this important period in the history of art.

This year’s Visiting Fellow is Prof. Dr. Frances Fowle, Chair of Nineteenth-Century art at the University of Edinburgh and Senior Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland. Fowle is Chair of the Association for Art History and board member of the International Art Market Studies Association (TIAMSA), of which she is co-founder. She has published widely and curated exhibitions on French, British, American and Nordic art c.1880-1910, with an emphasis on collecting, the art market, national identify, cultural revival and artistic networks. A recent focus has been the role of women collectors of impressionism and post-impressionism, the subject of this year’s seminar.

Until recently women’s agency in the arts, both as collectors and museum patrons, has been largely overlooked. Nevertheless, their role in the early reception of modern French art was pioneering. This year’s seminar will focus on women collectors and agents in Europe and the USA, from Bertha Honoré Palmer and Mary Cassat to the Davies sisters. Preceded by a public lecture, provisionally entitled Spinsters and Speculators: Women Collectors of Nineteenth-Century Art, the seminar sessions will consider such issues as class, philanthropy, financial independence, gender bias, the role of the agent or art dealer, social networks and nationalism.

The seminar will consist of three sessions of three hours each, plus an afternoon excursion. A public introductory lecture will take place at the Van Gogh Museum on Sunday, 12 June. The exact location and days of the seminar and the excursion will be announced well in advance.

Attendees will be supplied with the themes of the sessions and a list of readings in advance (mid-January). These will introduce the material and issues of the seminar.

Interested in attending? Contact Dr. Rachel Esner: r.esner[at] for more information. Please also supply a short letter of motivation, stating your interest and reasons for wishing to attend. Please put “VGM Visiting Fellow” in the subject line.

INCS 2022 “Strata” | March 24-27 | Salt Lake City, UT

Held in a region of rich fossil beds, towering crags, plunging canyons, and snow-capped mountains, the 2022 INCS Annual Conference in Salt Lake City will dig deep into questions about stratification – physical and social, spatial and temporal, visual and textual. We invite papers that consider the myriad varieties of literal and figurative layering that played out across the nineteenth century. This conference will foreground how exploratory and creative acts of digging down and building up expose new truths and generate new knowledge both in the nineteenth century and in our present work as scholars of the period. Please join us in our transdisciplinary and interconnected investigations into what lies below, above, and on the surface.

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