Symposium | August Sander and Weimar Germany

SSHoP members might be interested in this event which is a collaboration between the National Galleries of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh’s VARIE Research Forum for German Visual Culture (RFGVC), founded by Dr Christian Weikop.

Date: Friday 13 May 2011, 10am-4pm

Location: Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Gallery Complex, Edinburgh

Tickets £20 (£10) available from the Information Desk at the National Gallery Complex or by phoning 0131 624 6560 with debit/credit card details between 9.30am-4.30pm, Monday-Friday. Advance booking recommended.

To complement the ARTIST ROOMS: August Sander exhibition at the Dean Gallery, this symposium will address the cultural significance and legacy of August Sander’s hugely ambitious and methodical photographic analysis of the people of Weimar Germany. From his early contribution to the visual canon of peasant representation, as seen in his Stamm-Mappe archetypal portraits of rural types, to his appropriation as a model for photographers working in the communist East German state, this forum will offer fresh and exciting insights into the nature of his work and its reception throughout the turbulent history of the twentieth century.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Christian Weikop, Visiting Lecturer in History of Art, University of Edinburgh
    August Sander’s Stamm-Mappe and the German Tradition of Peasant Representation
  • Jill Stephenson, Professor of Modern German History, University of Edinburgh
    Occupations: August Sander and German Society in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
  • Erica Carter, Professor of German, King’s College London
    August Sander and Social Portraiture
  • Katherine Tubb, PhD candidate, University of Glasgow
    Sex and Race: Document versus Drama in the Photography of August Sander and Marta Astfalck-Vietz
  • Dr Sabine Kriebel, Lecturer in History of Art, University College Cork
    Sander’s Surfaces
  • Dr Sarah James, Lecturer in History of Art, University College London
    A Socialist Realist Sander? Comparative Portraiture as a Model in the German Democratic Republic

Welcome address by Keith Hartley, Chief Curator and Deputy Director at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Roundtable Discussion chaired by Iain Boyd Whyte, Professor of Architectural History and Director of VARIE, University of Edinburgh


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