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Decline – Metamorphosis – Rebirth




Submission deadline:

May 12th, 2014


Deadline for applications prolonged until May 19th!




Proposals should include name, contact information (address, phone number,

e-mail), title of the paper and an abstract.


Abstracts in English of maximum 400 words.





 by e-mail to phdconference2014@


or send by post to: 

Department of Art History

Faculty of Arts

Aškerčeva 2

SI-1000 Ljubljana


(with the note "Conference for PhD students")



Throughout history mankind has witnessed rises and declines of civilisations, governments and regimes, ideologies and ideas, cultural movements and artistic creativity. The periods of crisis in social as well as artistic fields are generally periods of reflection and pursuit of new ways. However, crises often bring about voices that advocate a return to old values and beliefs. Various connotations may be implied by the word »decline«, which in turn leads to different understandings of the concept. That is why the term itself rarely refers to something terminal – revivals of ideas, past ages and artistic movements are a common historical occurrence. In connection to these revivals and bearing in mind Heraclitus's utterance »Ever-newer waters flow on those who step into the same rivers.«, new questions emerge: what is the effect of a new historical context on old, revived ideas, and what is the dialectical relationship between their manifestations in different periods of time?

The international conference Decline –Metamorphosis – Rebirth is intended for PhD students and recent PhD graduates from different fields of humanities and social sciences, who are invited to participate. Proposed topics for interdisciplinary analyses are:

  • understanding and interpretation of concepts of decline, transformation/metamorphosis and rebirth in different periods and in different fields of humanities and social sciences;

  • artistic creation and modes of living in periods of decline, transformation and rebirth (the effect of social changes on artistic creativity, artistic and/or creative reactions on social changes);

  • ways of understanding and attitudes towards historical phenomena, periods, and cultural heritage in different periods of time;

  • decline, transformation and rebirth of social systems, political structures, ideologies;

  • artistic and social contexts and the role of historicisms, neo- and post- styles in art;

  • decline, transformation and rebirth as iconographical motifs;

  • metamorphosis of iconographical motifs, ways in which they are perceived in new contexts;

  • forgotten, rediscovered or »rehabilitated« artists;

  • crisis, transformation, and rebirth in an individual artist's oeuvre;

  • revival (Nachleben) of concepts and content within art historical periods.

Organising committee: Associate professor Tine Germ, PhD, Associate Professor Marina Vicelja Matijašić, PhD, Iva Brusić, Martina Malešič, Katra Meke, Petra Predoević, Ines Unetič, Asta Vrečko, Jure Vuga, Miha Zor.

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