Universität Bonn

Abteilung für Asiatische und Islamische Kunstgeschichte


Emerging Trends in Research on Classical Indian Dance – Ed. II
11.07.2022 von 15:00 bis 19:45

Online conference by the Department of Asian and Islamic Art History, University of Bonn (Germany) and the School of Arts, University of Roehampton (UK). Welcome address – 2:00 pm (UK), 3:00 pm (Germany), 6:30 pm (India): University of Roehampton: Prof. Ann R. David University of Bonn: Prof. Dr. Julia A. B. Hegewald and Prof. Dr. Claudia Wenzel. Panel 1: Chair: Arunima J R, Speakers: Sandra Jasmin Schlage (University of Bonn, Germany), Anuradha Ramesh (VISTAS, Chennai, India), Giridhar Raghunathan (University of Roehampton, UK). Panel 2: Chair: Aryamba Sriram, Speakers: Dr. Varada Pandit (University of Mumbai, India), Shambik Ghose (Leeds Beckett University, UK). Panel 3: Chair: Sripadma Ganapathi, Speakers: Dr. Swetha Sundaran Mangalath (St. Aloysius College, Mangalore, India), Dr. Ayla Joncheere (Ghent University, Belgium). Keynote by Dr. Avanthi Meduri, Reader, School of Arts, University of Roehampton, UK: 5: 15 pm (UK), 6:15 pm (Germany), 9:45 pm (India).

Transformations of the Peacock.
27.06.2022 von 18:15 bis 19:45

Public lecture by Prof. Ryan R. Overbey: The Great Peahen Queen of Spells (Mahāmāyūrīvidyārājñī) is a dynamic Buddhist scripture containing lists of gods and demons, apotropaic spells, and protective rituals. This scripture and its artistic manifestations grew over time, with various forms of Mahāmāyūrī emerging in South, Central, and East Asia from the early centuries CE up to the present. In this lecture we will explore two aspects of the development of the Māhāmāyūrī corpus over time. First, we will examine the ways images of Mahāmāyūrī transformed as they moved from South to Central and East Asia. Second, we will investigate some ritual manuals and visualization instructions extant in Chinese, Sanskrit, and Tibetan sources. Comparison of these materials will allow us think critically about the relationship between art and ritual in the Buddhist traditions. Picture: Tokyo National Museum, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Searching for Old Goa: Traces of an Asian-European Port City
15.06.2022 ab 18:00 Uhr

Lecture by Dr. Sidh Losa Mendiratta: As civilizations’ most complex material expressions, cities have flourished and withered over the centuries. Among the world’s ruined cities, Old Goa holds a unique place. Following its thriving development as the Estado da Índia’s main port city during the 16th century, this cosmopolitan and commercial hub entered a long period of decline, mirroring the woes of the Portuguese Empire. In this presentation, I will describe how Old Goa’s archaeological and heritage structures were perceived from the late 19th century onwards, and how some of them were preserved and used during the final years of Portuguese colonial rule. Highlighting the handful of archaeological excavations in Old Goa, I will address how recent research allows us to form a clearer picture of the erstwhile port city, and to reassess its significance, not only for the fields of Architectural and Urban History, but also for the larger narratives of Asian/European cultural encounters.

Asymmetrical Dependencies in a Maritime Cosmopolis
13.06.2022 ab 16:10 Uhr

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Finbarr Barry Flood: Asymmetrical Dependencies in a Maritime Cosmopolis: Reading a Medieval Iraqi Image Cycle. One of the most celebrated extant medieval Arabic manuscripts is an illustrated copy of the Maqāmāt (Assemblies) of Abu Muhmmad al-Qasim ibn ‘Ali al-Hariri (d. 516H/1122 CE), a popular text subject to frequent copying. Many of the images in the 634/1237 copy of the Maqāmāt exceed its specifications, extending the purview of the text in ways that reflect the impact of oral and textual lore concerning the Indian Ocean. My talk will focus on the most extensive image cycle within the manuscript, which narrates a sea voyage and shipwreck on a mysterious island. It will explore the ways in which various kinds of asymmetrical dependencies are depicted in the images.

Transoceanic Trade Repictured.
16.05.2022 ab 18:15 Uhr

Public lecture by Dr. Lianming Wang: "Transoceanic Trade Repictured: Coromandel Lacquer Screen and the Mobile Image in Global Exchange." This talk responds to the ingenious concept of the ‘image vehicle’ (Bilderfahrzeuge) coined by Aby Warburg, highlighting its potential and valence for studying the global migration of the image. Departing from a Coromandel lacquer screen with the portrayal of the Dutch paying tribute, now kept in the National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, the discussion centers on the recurring theme of the transoceanic tributary trade found on a wide array of material surfaces.

The Triloknath Temple of Tonde in Lahul, Himachal Pradesh, India.
02.05.2022 ab 18:15 Uhr

Public lecture by Dr. Gerald Kozicz: The Triloknath Temple of Tonde holds a special position within the topographical and religious landscape of the valley where the Chandra and Bhaga rivers unite. Although the temple is located in the lower part of the valley, it is a place of Buddhist and Hindu worship and pilgrimage alike. This unusual co-existence of the two religious belief systems results from a two-fold identification of the main cult image as Avalokiteśvara or Śiva. I will aim to reconstruct the significance of the site for the cultural landscape of the Western Himalayas.

“The programme of this museum is ART!”
25.04.2022 ab 18:15 Uhr

Vortrag von Dr. Petra Rösch zu "“The programme of this museum is ART!” - The first catalogue of the collection of the Museum for East Asian Art in Cologne by Alfred Salmony". This year, the first catalogue published by the Museum of East Asian Art in Cologne achieves its centenary. This catalogue on early Buddhist and Han-period stone sculptures was published in 1922 by Alfred Salmony, academic assistant and since 1924 deputy director to Frieda Fischer-Wieruszowski. This talk will briefly introduce the work and life of Alfred Salmony and the history of the MOK. Some stone sculptures published in Salmony’s catalogue will be discussed in the light of academic approaches of the early 20th century, which differ from present day art historical methods.

Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Julia A.B. Hegewald
05.04.2022 von 18:15 bis 19:45

Am 05. April hält Frau Prof. Dr. Julia A. B. Hegewald im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung des Zentrums für Religion und Gesellschaft (ZERG) und des Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS; Research Area C) den Vortrag “Vira-Saiva and Jaina Rivalries in Medieval South India: Creating and Overcoming Structures of Dependency”.

Lecture Demonstration by Junko Matsubara
26.01.2022 von 14:15 bis 15:45

Junko Matsubara is a dancer and dance teacher born in Tokyo and living in Germany for the last decade. Junko dances in a variety of dance styles, but today she is going to demonstrate the basics of Butoh. Butoh is a contemporary Japanese dance form which evolved during the 1960s and 70s. This art form was initiated by Tatsumi Hijikata (1928–86) and it gained international recognition from the 1980s onwards. Butoh dance is highly experimental and often challenges social norms.

Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Martin Roth
17.01.2022 von 09:15 bis 10:45

Over the last decades, videogames have developed into a transregionally successful entertainment medium and increasingly recognized space of cultural and artistic expression. But in what ways are they also spaces of political imagination and play? In this presentation, I will revisit the development of gaming culture in Japan, starting with early arcade machine, and gradually diversifying into so-called AAA titles, indie games, social games, and games as services, which finally have radically changed the concept of a game work. Considering a range of examples, I suggest that the location of play has shifted from games, to other digital spaces.

01.12.2021 von 15:00 bis 16:00

Prof. Dr. Julia Hegewald, Dr. Petra Linscheid und Prof. Dr. Nikolai Grube Materielle Kultur macht das Thema Abhängigkeit auf unterschiedlichen Ebenen „greifbar“. Einerseits können Objekte selbst Instrumente sein, um Abhängigkeitsverhältnisse zu etablieren und zu verstärken. Bilder und Kunstwerke können Zeugnis von sozialen Praktiken ablegen, die mit extremer Ungleichheit verbunden sind. Aber es ist auch die Art und Weise, wie Ressourcen genutzt sowie Güter produziert und konsumiert werden, die tief in soziale Asymmetrien eingebettet ist. Daher können die Beziehungen zwischen Menschen und ihrer materiellen Welt einen analytischen Rahmen für die Untersuchung von Abhängigkeiten bilden. Schon allein, welche Kleidung eine Person trägt und welche Nahrungsmittel sie isst, zeigt ihre soziale Stellung in einem System asymmetrischer Abhängigkeiten an.

Vortrag von Laura Drinck, M.A.
01.12.2021 von 14:15 bis 15:15

Was wird durch chinoise Maskeraden direkt und indirekt ausgedrückt und kommuniziert? Und was spiegeln sie über die Beziehung Europas und Asiens während des 18. Jahrhunderts wider? Fest steht, dass chinoise Maskeraden nur eine Facette der komplexen und vielschichtigen Beziehung zwischen Ost und West darstellen. In ihnen drückt sich in künstlerischer Form ein bestimmter Aspekt der europäischen Asienrezeption und des asiatischen Einflusses auf die europäische Kultur aus. Ein Vergleich mit anderen künstlerischen Ausdrucksformen der europäischen Faszination für Asien verhilft zu einem größeren Verständnis dafür, in welchem Umfang, Rahmen und insbesondere auf welcher Ebene ein Austausch zwischen Asien und Europa stattfand. Dabei werden Erscheinungsform und Funktion von chinoisen Maskeraden mit dem Aspekt der Transkulturalität in Verbindung gebracht und anhand von Bildmaterial veranschaulicht und diskutiert.

Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Ulrike Niklas
22.11.2021 von 18:15 bis 19:45

In diesem Vortrag sollen die der AIK vor kurzem zur Verfügung gestellten Tonstatuen aus Südindien vorgestellt und erklärt werden. Die Statuen wurden angefertigt von Mu. Saravanan, der seine Gattin Prof. Ulrike Niklas nach Deutschland begleitet hatte und hier sodann das traditionelle Kunsthandwerk seiner Kaste weiter ausübte – jedoch mit einem neuen Fokus. Zunächst erfolgt eine kurze Einführung in den religiösen und kulturellen Kontext der Statuen und ihrer traditionellen Schöpfer, der Töpfer von Madurai und Umgebung. Sodann wird jede Statue einzeln betrachtet und mit Bezug auf ihre Bedeutung, ihre Verwendung im Ritual und ihre Ikonographie analysiert. Im Laufe des Vortrages werden auch Themen wie Individualismus in ritueller Kunst, Zweckentfremdung ritueller Artefakte sowie Auswirkung der Modernisierung auf traditionelles Kunsthandwerk angesprochen.

Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Claudia Wenzel
08.11.2021 von 18:15 bis 19:45

Based on the analogy of “snapshots” used in philological studies to explain how the history and development of Buddhist scriptures can be traced across several languages and contexts, Claudia Wenzel first discusses some well-known specimen of Diamond Sutra texts in Chinese Buddhist art, written on paper as well as carved in stone. Over the last years, the discovery of and research on Buddhist stone carved sutra texts gave rise to new considerations about text and image in Chinese Buddhism, as patrons and donors seem to have intentionally chosen one over the other in many cases. The philological “snapshot” analogy that applies to all Buddhist texts independent of their material form can also be useful in art historical studies when iconographic image traditions are revealed.

Vortrag von Dr. Rajyashree Ramesh
18.10.2021 ab 18:15 Uhr

The lecture-demonstration traces a first of its kind cross-disciplinary analysis of the theory and practise of Nāṭya. Rajyashree Ramesh draws from what she identifies as a two-fold approach to meaning therein, to examine questions on embodied meaning and meaning-making discussed in several current fields of research on embodiment. The point of departure is the notion of embodied meaning from the perspective of Linguistic Gesture Studies in relation to Hastābhinaya - the gestural depiction with hands. Moving on to an analysis of the role of emotions and their corporeal expression in establishing meaning as explicated in the treatise Nāṭyaśāstra, she draws parallels therein to Antonio Damasio’s brain research on emotions. Finally, taking a movement analytic stance that draws also from current fascia research, she will demonstrate how a bhāva-rasa continuum practised in Nāṭya exemplifies the very notion of a primordially fundamental and felt embodied meaning-making process.

Conference: Artistic Communities and Patronage in Asia
14.10.2021 11:30 bis 15.10.2021 13:30

This international conference brings together specialist from different disciplines, focusing on a number of regions of Asia, such as India, Nepal, Tibet, the Silk Route, China and Japan. All experts conduct research on extreme forms of dependencies, in which artists, craftspeople and their communities find themselves, as well as on the freedoms they find within their situations.

Informationsveranstaltungen WS 2021/22
04.10.2021 13:00 bis 06.10.2021 18:00

BA-Informationsveranstaltung Montag, den 04.10 um 13 Uhr, MA-Informationsveranstaltung Montag, den 04.10 um 16 Uhr, MA-Einführungsveranstaltung Mittwoch, den 06.10 von 10-13 Uhr und von 14-18 Uhr

Virtueller Tempelbesuch in Gangaikondacholapuram
21.07.2021 von 12:00 bis 14:00

Zum Abschluss des Semesters bieten wir einen virtuellen Besuch im imperialen Chola-Tempel in Gangaikondacholapuram (Tamil Nadu, Indien) an. Mitarbeiter von Karuppan Agencies zeigen uns Architektur und Skulpturen dieses Tempels in einer Live-Schaltung per Zoom. Die Veranstaltung wird begleitet von Frau Prof. Dr. Ulrike Niklas (Südasien- und Südostasien-Studien, Uni Köln).

Studierenden-Ausstellung "Asian Art As Mirror of Dependencies"
14.07.2021 12:00 bis 28.01.2022 16:00

Heute eröffnet unsere Studierenden-Ausstellung "Asian Art as Mirror of Dependencies". Es werden Objekte gezeigt, die von Amulettketten, Öllampen und Wandbehängen bis hin zu verschiedenen Sandelholzobjekten reichen. Die Ausstellung, die in den letzten Monaten unter der Leitung unserer wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterin Karina Linke und einigen Studiereden unserer Abteilung entstand, ist inspiriert von der Abhängigkeitsforschung des Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies. Corona-bedingt kann die Ausstellung nur mit vorheriger Anmeldung besucht werden. Wir bitten um Verständnis und freuen uns über zahlreiche Besucher.

Vortragsankündigung von Prof. Dr. Gudrun Bühnemann
21.06.2021 von 18:00 bis 19:00

The Iconography of Patañjali. Patañjali was the name of a premodern Indian sage to whom important works on Sanskrit grammar, Yoga philosophy and the medical system of Āyurveda are ascribed. In recent decades increasing attention has focused on Patañjali as the authority on and figurehead of Yoga. Believed to be the author of set of aphorisms on Yoga philosophy (the Yogasūtras), which has attained canonical status in many Yoga traditions, he is eulogized with invocations in Sanskrit recited at the beginning of Yoga classes.

Vortragsankündigung von Dr. Sinah Kloß
14.06.2021 von 18:00 bis 20:00

Sartorial Contestations of Indianness: Guyanese ‘Indian Wear’ and the Creation of the Indian Other People who define themselves as ‘Indian’ in Guyana consider themselves as descendants of South Asian indentured laborers, who were shipped to the Caribbean to work on sugar plantations during British colonial rule and after the emancipation of enslaved Africans between 1838 and the 1920s. From this period, the Guyanese notion of ‘Indianness’ developed, largely as a result of Othering processes and in opposition to Guyanese ‘Africanness’. In this talk, I demonstrate how Indian clothing served as a means to unify and consolidate the diverse group of Indians in the colonial but also in contemporary Guyanese society, which was and continues to be severely impacted by processes of ethno-politicization and inter-ethnic conflicts.

Vortragsankündigung von Dr. Ariane de Saxcé
17.05.2021 von 18:00 bis 20:00

Long-distance trade and local exchanges in the Western Indian Ocean (3rd. c. BCE - 7th c. CE) Recent researches on the question of trade in the Indian Ocean have renewed our understanding of the contacts between the Mediterranean world and South Asia. Based on ancient discoveries and new excavations on both shores (notably Egypt, Oman, India, Sri Lanka), this paper will focus on the complementarity between long-distance contacts and local networks. It will enhance the agency of local people and the dynamism of pre-existent interactions, to help in understanding the complexity of the global long-distance network.

Lecture Demonstration von Raju Shakya (Lalitpur, Nepal)
18.01.2021 von 18:00 bis 19:00

Charya Nritya is a highly specialised dance form from Nepal. Originally, these dances were performed by the tantric priests of the Newar community as part of their spiritual practice. Therefore, the dances were only shown to selected patrons or an initiated audience. The first public performance happened during the World Buddhist Conference in Kathmandu in 1956. Since a decreasing number of younger Vajracharyas took up the traditional role as priests, some members of the community decided to teach the dances to persons from outside the original community, both from Nepal and world-wide. During this process the ritual dances of the Vajracharya community got promoted as national treasury of Nepal, similar to the classical dances of India. The lecture demonstration by Raju Shakya (dancer, teacher and dance scholar) will include practical examples and a discussion of the ritual meaning and the contemporary significance of this dance form.

Vortrag von Tillo Detige
23.11.2020 von 18:15 bis 19:15

The main ritual and devotional focus of the Jaina traditions are the fully-liberated teachers (jina, tīrthaṅkara). However, non-liberated renouncers are also venerated, both during their life and after death. Memorials of Digambara ascetics were commonly erected in early modern (1400-1800 CE) Western and Central India. Commemorative pillars (niṣedhikā) or carved feet or footprints (caraṇa, pādukā) were typically installed in open pavilions (chatarī). Their inscriptions constitute an important source to reconstruct the history of Digambara Jainism in the so-called ‘Muslim era’. The presentation will also focus on material and ritual aspects, and offer a comparative look at some South Indian, contemporary, and Śvētāmbara parallels. Meeting-ID: 954 1841 9387, Kenncode: 129830

Emerging Trends in Research on Classical Indian Dance
20.08.2020 von 15:40 bis 16:40

Emerging Trends in Research on Classical Indian Dance August 25th, 2020 8:00 a.m. (EST), 1:00 p.m. (U.K.), 2:00 pm (Germany), 5:30 p.m. (India) In this Zoom conference PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers present their ongoing research. Origanised by: Department of Asian and Islamic Art History, University of Bonn, Germany Department of Dance, University of Roehampton, UK

Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Gudrun Bühnemann
13.01.2020 von 16:00 bis 17:00

Crushed Underfoot: Patterns of Subjugation and Extreme Dependency in the Buddhist Iconography of Nepal. Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Gudrun Bühnemann Buddhist art from the Himalayan region has become widely known through display in museums and exhibitions. The art from Tibet and Nepal has attracted particular attention and has been idealized as “meditational” and “enlightenment art”. In this talk I will focus on representations of Buddhist Tantric deities that do not support this cliché. Instead, they illustrate the act of subjugation and state of extreme dependency due to sectarian animosity between two competing religious traditions, Hinduism and Buddhism. I will discuss major patterns of such representations in art all of which convey the message of the superiority of the Buddhist figures over Hindu or Śaiva divinities in specific ways.

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