Call for Papers: Zwinger & Schloss – Augustus the Strong’s Dresden Residence in a European Context (1694-1733)

International Art History Conference, Dresden, 9 – 11 November 2017

Research on the Dresden palace plans is part of the art history project “Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann (1662-1736): plans for the electoral palace and the Zwinger in Dresden – planning and building in the ‘modus Romanus,’” funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for Scholarship and carried out at the Institute for Art and Music at the TU Dresden. Analyses of the project’s results are to be based on a variety of topics and methods, including planning and construction chronologies, geneses of type and motif, culture transfer, palace research, architectural semantics as well as questions pertaining to medium and performance in representational architecture. Taking the Dresden palace plans as a case study, historians, art historians and cultural studies scholars are invited to participate in the discussion from other perspectives and contexts. In addition to fundamental questions concerning the possibilities of baroque representation in architecture, interior design and landscape architecture as well as questions related to medium, other disciplinary approaches are encouraged. Political history, historical sociology, cultural transfer, palace culture, court ceremony, music and theater are valuable fields of inquiry in this context.

Those interested are invited to present a talk at the conference. Presentations are limited to 30 minutes. Please e-mail an abstract (max. 400 words) and brief CV summarizing important publications related to the conference topic by 28 July 2017 to Invitations will be sent in mid-August.

The full call for papers can be accessed here.

Preferred topics are:

  • Dresden Residence:
    – History of its concept, construction and furnishings
    – Architectural and interior design iconography
    – Functional, ceremonial and sociological aspects
  • Architectural typology of palaces and palace construction (ca. 1700):
    – In the Holy Roman Empire
    – Within the Saxon-Polish union
    – In Europe
  • Relationship between Saxony and Prussia (neighbors and/or competitors)
  • Court planning and construction organization
  • Adaptation methods and means of model-based design
  • Questions of medium and performance in palace architecture
  • Courtly spatial planning and spatial manifestations of authority
  • Cultural transfer

Concept and organization:
Prof. Dr. Henrik Karge
Dr. Peter Heinrich Jahn
Juliane Beier, M.A.
Research project of the Technische Universität Dresden: Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann (1662-1736): plans for the electoral palace and the Zwinger in Dresden – planning and building in the ‘modus Romanus’


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