Conference: The Historiography of Architectural History. Genesis of a scientific discipline between national perspectives and European models. Munich, 3 July 2019

Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte München

This workshop aims to understand and describe the growing prominence of architectural history as a European phenomenon in a series of case studies. To do so we need to consider the different approaches in selected European countries and the mutual relations of the different methodologies in a synchronized perspective. The case studies will concern the Netherlands and neighbouring Belgium, Switzerland, Croatia, Catalonia and Britain.

Using comparative methods, we would like to analyze the genesis and development of architectural history within the panorama of historiographical disciplines, especially in relation to art history, and alongside the social and political development of the particular country. Did architectural history contribute to the creation of national identities and stereotypes? On the other hand, a largely standardized history of European architectural styles emerged during the 19th century. Can we capture the interaction of different countries and their particular academic institutions and scholarly traditions?

The workshop is intended to formulate the criteria and relevant questions for a larger scientific project.


12.30 – 13.00 Sabine Frommel (Paris), Henrik Karge (Dresden): Einführung / Introduction

13.00 – 13.45 Petra Brouwer (Amsterdam): A second Golden Age? Dutch architectural culture in the 19th century

13.45 – 14.30 Javier Girón Sierra (Madrid): A very French World History of Architecture: Auguste Choisy’s Histoire de l’architecture (1899) in the context of the emergence of a discipline

14.30 – 15.00 coffee break

15.00 – 15.45 Sonja Hildebrand (Mendrisio): Architekturgeschichte am Eidgenössischen Polytechnikum: Gottfried Semper und sein Umfeld

15.45 – 16.30 Jasenka Grudelj (Zagreb): History of architecture of historical Croatian lands vs. History of architecture in Croatia

16.30 – 17.00 coffee break

17.00 – 17.45 Joan Molet Petit (Barcelona): Wertungen und Umwertungen. Der Eklektizismus in der Architekturgeschichte Kataloniens

17.45 – 18.30 Richard J. Williams (Edinburgh): British architectural history and its discontents: popular culture, social class and reaction, from the 1950s to now


Prof. Dr. Sabine Frommel, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris (Université PSL), HISTARA EA-7347
Prof. Dr. Henrik Karge, Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Kunst- und Musikwissenschaft, Professur für Kunstgeschichte


We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.


©2021 EAHN

Log in with your credentials


Forgot your details?

Create Account