August 18, 2017

John Tresch Appointed Chair in History of Art at the Warburg Institute

LONDON, ENGLAND—Historian John Tresch has been named Chair in History of Art, Science and Folk Practice at the Warburg Institute, a position created by $530,000 award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the University of London. Tresch comes to the Warburg Institute from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of History and Sociology of Science, where he was an associate professor. Tresch’s fellowship will begin in September and center on the restoration and development of “the theoretical, cultural historical, and anthropological implications of the work of Aby Warburg.”

“I’m honored by this opportunity to carry forward the legacy of Aby Warburg, and thrilled to work with my new colleagues to help expand the institute’s commitment to the history of science and its connections to art, religious practices, and knowledge traditions worldwide,” Tresch said. “I look forward to contributing to the many excellent programs at the University of London and the School of Advanced Study.”

The Warburg Institute was established in 1900 by art historian Aby Warburg. Originally based in Hamburg, the institute relocated to London in 1933 following the rise of the Nazis in Germany. In 1944, it became a part of the University of London and, fifty years later, was a founding member of the university’s School of Advanced Study. The Warburg Institute is “dedicated to research on the history of ideas, the dissemination and transformations of texts, ideas and images in society, and the relationship between images, art and their texts and subtexts.” Last month, Bill Sherman was appointed director.

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