Transregional Academy on Latin American Art III – Spaces of Art: Concepts and Impacts In and Outside Latin America

26.10.2019-03.11.2019, Akademie, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City

The Forum Transregionale Studien and the German Center for Art History in Paris (DFK Paris) and Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) organize a Transregional Academy on the theme of Spaces of Art: Concepts and Impacts in and Outside Latin America.

Space is a fundamental category within the discipline of art history since its inception in the nineteenth century. The “spatial turn” proclaimed long ago in the humanities once again focused attention on both the spatial positioning of works of art and the determination of space through works of art and, in particular, architecture. In this context, methodological points of orientation taken from geography, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and even mathematics were integrated to facilitate a transdisciplinary approach to the study of space. Today, these approaches must be reconsidered from a transregional perspective. The focus on Latin America and its long history of colonialization raises specific questions about the appropriation of and encounters with space from a postcolonial perspective. The construction of spaces and their perceptions in and outside of Latin America are key themes of this Academy, which seeks to generate new critical approaches from various methodological and geographical vantage points in an effort to better understand the complexity of this category and to productively incorporate it in research.

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