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RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelBeyond Mimesis and Nominalism: Representation in Art and Science
BeschreibungBeyond Mimesis and Nominalism:
Representation in Art and Science

Two-day international conference in London, 22-23 June 2006

Representations play a critical role in both science and art. Perceived as
different in kind, artistic and scientific representations have been studied
as objects of distinct disciplinary and intellectual traditions. However,
recent work in both the philosophy of science and studies of the visual arts
suggests that these apparently different representational traditions may be
related in challenging and provocative ways. "Beyond Mimesis and
Nominalism," a conference co-sponsored by the Courtauld Institute of Art
Research Forum, the London School of Economics, and the Institute of
Philosophy of the University of London, seeks to open conversations between
and beyond these compartmentalized traditions of thinking about

According to dominant accounts, scientific representation is explained by
appeal to mimetic relationships such as similarity or formal relations like
isomorphism. As these views have been subjected to increasing criticisms,
recent approaches to scientific representation have begun to draw upon
analogies with artistic representation. Significantly, parts of this
emergent literature have turned to a "nominalist" position, not unlike that
advocated by Nelson Goodman in his writings on representation in art.

But, a similar turn is already apparent within studies of visual art, where
scientific representations are increasingly integrated into the analysis of
art. Like their colleagues in the philosophy of science, recent scholars in
the visual arts have seen Goodman’s work as an important point of
engagement. His pioneering work on the visual has informed recent efforts to
expand semantic taxonomies and to analyze the increasing field of images
that fall outside classification as "art." As this work has received
important contribution from scholars concerned with scientific imaging, the
project of rethinking representation is one of growing general importance to
art-historical studies, whose interpretative scope has expanded dramatically
outward in recent decades.

In order to press this emergent interdisciplinary conversation, scholars
from all disciplines are invited to submit papers to this two-day
international conference. We particularly seek submissions that explore the
"how" of representation—papers that can enrich our understanding of the
techniques employed in scientific representation and/or address their
semantic structures or historical convergences with artistic practices - and
vice versa. Also especially encouraged are papers that critique, historicize
or defend the conference’s central terms of mimesis and nominalism, or offer
approaches to representations that navigate a middle course between them.


9:00 - 10:30: Registration and Introduction
Room G108, 20 Kingsway, LSE

10.30 – 11.00: Coffee break
Room G108, 20 Kingsway, LSE

11.00 - 12.30: Parallel Sessions

Session 1: Architecture and Space
Room A316, Old Building, LSE

Andrew M. Shanken, University of California, Berkeley:
Abstraction and Planning: The Visuality of Urban Planning at Mid-Century in
the United States

Dawna Schuld, University of Chicago:
White Cube and Black Box: The return of the subject in 1960s American art
and psychology

Sonit Bafna, Georgia Institute of Technology:
Representation and the aesthetics of architectural plans

Session 2: Representation and Similarity
Room AGWR, Old Building, LSE

Adam Toon, University of Cambridge:
Models and make-believe

Catharine Abell, University of Manchester:
Canny Resemblance

Edward Winters, The Edward James Foundation:
Representation, Perception and Imagination

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00: Parallel Sessions

Session 3: Uses and Appropriations of Photography
A316, Old Building, LSE

Naomi Hume, Chapman University:
Deception by Touch: The Nature Print and Photography in the Mid-Nineteenth

Catherine De Lorenzo and Deborah van der Plaat, FBE University of NSW:
Interoperability and the photograph

Jeannine Tang:
Scientific Aesthetics: The Methods and Photography of Eadweard Muybridge &
Sol Lewitt

Session 4: Truth and Objectivity
AGWR, Old Building, LSE

Ruben Berrios, Queen’s University Belfast:
Anti-realism and Aesthetic Cognition

Christopher Eliot, Hofstra University:
Artistic Objectivity

Anjan Chakravartty, University of Toronto:
Varieties of Truth in Artistic and Scientific Representation

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break
Room G108, 20 Kingsway, LSE

15.30 –17.00: Parallel Sessions

Session 5: "Mental Images"
A316, Old Building, LSE

Josh Ellenbogen, University of Chicago:
Reasoned Images

Mats Bergman, University of Helsinki:
Composite Images and Pure Dreams: The Communicative Functions of Iconic

David Davies, McGill University
Learning through fictional representations in art and science

Session 6: Examples and Exemplification
AGWR, Old Building, LSE

Elisabeth Birk, RWTH Aachen/Aachen University:
The Use of Examples as Symbolic Practice

Gloria Origgi, CNRS, Institut Nicod:
The role of illustration in argumentation

Letitia Meynell, Dalhousie University:
The facts about pictures: A response to Perini

18.00 –19.30: Plenary Lecture
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre at the Courtauld Institute of Art

James Elkins, School of the Art Institute of Chicago/University College
Cork, Ireland

June 23rd 2006

9.00 – 10.30: Plenary Lecture
Room G108, 20 Kingsway, LSE

John Hyman, University of Oxford

10.30 – 11.00: Coffee break
Room G108, 20 Kingsway, LSE

11.00 – 12.30: Parallel Sessions

Session 7: Can Pictures Be Scientifically Explained?
A316, Old Building, LSE

Pradeep Ajit Dhillon, University of Illinois:
Pictorial Depiction: Letting Neuroscience Say Something to Nelson Goodman

Francis Halsall, University College Cork:
Chaos Damn It. Fractals and Jackson Pollock

Johan Veldeman, University of Antwerp:
Reconsidering Visual Experience and Pictorial Representation: An Enactive

Session 8: Philosophical Accounts of Representation
AGWR, Old Building, LSE

Katerina Bantinaki, University of Manchester:
The visual character of pictorial representation

Gabriele Contessa, London School of Economics and Political Science:
An Argument against the Conflation of Denotation and Representation

Mauricio Suárez, Complutense University:
On the interpretation of Guernica: Why isomorphism won’t do for
representation – in art or in science

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00: Parallel Sessions

Session 9: Historical Encounters of Art and Science
A316, Old Building, LSE

Itay Sapir, University of Amsterdam, and Ecole des hautes études en sciences
sociales (EHESS), Paris:
Circa 1600: a Scientific Watershed, a Nominalist Philosopher, and a
Not-so-Realist Painter

Paula Lee, University of South Florida:
Taming the Two-Eyed Beast: Doubtful Visions of Animals in the
Seventeenth-Century French Academies

Craig A. Hanson, Calvin College:
Between Art & Science: Representation, Dr. Richard Mead, & the Royal
in the Eighteenth Century

Session 10: Shaping the Mind - Imagining the World: Perception, Cognition
and Representation in the Arts and Sciences
AGWR, Old Building, LSE

Organised by Dolorez Irizzo, London e-Science Centre

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break
Room G108, 20 Kingsway, LSE

15.30 –17.00: Parallel Sessions

Session 11: Images and Knowledge
A316, Old Building, LSE

Brendan O'Connell, Trinity College Dublin:
Alchemy, Nominalism and the Art-Nature Debate in Medieval Literature

John Kulvicki, Dartmouth College:
Knowing with images: medium and message

Otávio Bueno, University of South Carolina:
Scientific Imaging: Representation, Mechanization and Interpretation

Session 12: ‘Shaping the Mind - Imagining the World: Perception, Cognition
and Representation in the Arts and Sciences’ continued
AGWR, Old Building, LSE

Organised by Dolorez Irizzo, London e-Science Centre

18.00 –19.30: Plenary Lecture
Room S75, St Clements Building, LSE

Catherine Elgin, Harvard University

The conference is free of charge and open to the everybody. If you plan to
attend the conference, please send an email with your name, address and
institutional affiliation to, so that we have an
idea about the number of people we expect. Please do not send an email if
you are not sure that will attend, or if you only come for a lecture or two.
Registration is not a necessary condition for participation and if you
decide jut pop in every now and then you are welcome to do so.


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SchlüsselbegriffeKomparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literaturtheorie: Themen; Medien- u. Kommunikationstheorie; Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
Klassifikation01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > 01.04.00 Wissenschaftsgeschichte; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.04.00 Methodik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.06.00 Literaturtheorie; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.07.00 Ästhetik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.12.00 Interpretation. Hermeneutik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.15.00 Literatur und Medien
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