Eine Tagung mit Unterstützung von:
Folkwang Universität
Folkwang Museum Essen
Der Kanzler der Ruhr-Universität
Förderverein Situation Kunst 


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Publication 2014


Gabriele Genge & Angela Stercken (eds.):

Art History and Fetishism abroad:
Global Shiftings in Media and Methods,
Bielefeld (transcript: IMAGE), 2014


By focusing on the various modes and media of the fetishised object, this anthology shifts the debates on thingness into a new global art historical perspective. The contributors explore the attention given to those material images, in both artistic and cultural practice from the heyday of colonial expansion until today. They show that in becoming vehicles and agents of transculturality, so called »fetishes« take shape in the 17th to 19th century aesthetics, psychology and ethnography – and furthermore inspire a recent discourse on magical practice and its secular meanings requiring altered art historical approaches and methods.


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Conference 2011


Between Fetish and Art
Is sculpture transcultural, global, universal?

13-15 January 2011


Universität Duisburg Essen
Institut für Kunst- und Kunstwissenschaft


Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Kunsthistorisches Seminar