Romantism and its interpretations as a prelude to modernity | conference

The conference is going to be dedicated to the European and American manifestations of the romantic movement whose time frames have been defined very ambiguously – since the 70’s of the 18th century until the turn between the 19th and 20th century (early modernism, the so-called neo-romantism) and these we would like to interpret in the light of the question: is romantism a prelude to modernity? The issue formulated in this way contains, as it seems, a whole variety of topics that have been a subject of heated discussions and raised controversy: where should the beginnings of modernity be situated – in the era of the Enlightment to Romanticism turn? Does Romanticism, as a period of revolution in almost every sphere of life, culture and history, trigger modernity? Or maybe on the contrary, Romanticism, considering the historiosophical concepts of some outstanding representatives of this era, was the last attempt to oppose the wave of modernity?

coordynator: prof. Ryszard Kasperowicz (UW)


September 27th (Thursday)

11 a.m.

Marta Leśniakowska (Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences)
How to Recognise Romanticism When You See It?

Lech Trzcionkowski (Institute of Religious Studies, Jagiellonian University)
The Roots of Contemporary Religious Studies: between the Enlightment and Romanticism

Piotr Juszkiewicz (Institute of Art History, Adam Mickiewicz University)
Romanticism/Modernism. August Cieszkowski and Witold Lutosławski

Jacek Jaźwierski (Institute of Fine Arts, Jan Kochanowski University)
Contemplative Model of Viewer’s Communion with Paintings: Friedrich – Kandinsky – Rothko

| 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – a break |

Łukasz Kiepuszewski (Institute of Art History, Adam Mickiewicz University)
A Painter’s Case. Nietzsche and Delacroix

Michał Haake (Institute of Art History, Adam Mickiewicz University)
Romanticism, Post-secularism and Jacek Malczewski

Aleksandra Skrabek (Galeria Labirynt)
Contemporary Phenomenon of Warburg’s Reception

September 28th (Friday)

10 a.m.

Magdalena Kunińska (Institute of Art History, Jagiellonian University)
From Romantic Conceptualism to National Totem. Romanticism as a Foundation of Contemporary Identity of Russian Art

Marcin Pastwa (Institute of Art History, Catholic University of Lublin)
Northern Shadows Flitting across a Southern Landscape

Ryszard Kasperowicz (Institute of Art History, University of Warsaw)
Der Fall Novalis


il. Caspar David Friedrich, Monk by the Sea, 1808-1810