The Iconology Research Group – an initiative of the Universities of Leuven and Utrecht – advances iconology as a field and method within the context of visual studies and image sciences (Bildwissenschaften). The IRG reviews and rethinks original methodologies in the light of new approaches, asks how other disciplines have profited from iconology and how they in turn inspire and/or reinvent iconology. Beyond methodological reflection, the IRG singles out three central research themes: the production and technologies of pictures, the significance and agency of images, and the transfer and migration of motifs. The IRG is a platform for discussion, research, and collaboration in Belgium and the Netherlands and opens up ongoing projects to international developments and perspectives. For more information see: iconologyresearchgroup.org
Annually, the IRG organizes an “Iconology meets…”‐symposium that focusses on the relation between iconology and other relevant fields, featuring a methodological discourse, historical research into the interdisciplinary roots of iconology, as well as specific case studies. The first two editions, Iconology meets Anthropology and Iconology meets Visual Studies were held in Leuven and Louvain‐la‐Neuve. The third edition, Iconology meets Film Studies, takes place on March 5, 2010 from 9:30 to 18:00 (U Theatre Studio-T Kromme Nieuwegracht 20).
The 3rd symposium will look back at the historical ties of film and iconology in the works of Aby Warburg, Erwin Panofsky, and Rudolf Arnheim, and at their current relation, asking – in the light of recent publications (e.g. Angela dalle Vacche, Philippe‐Alain Michaud) and projects (e.g. exhibitions on the artistic roots of Disney, on David Lynch, and Tim Burton) – where the two need and advance new theoretical and methodological approaches. In order to identify the potential of iconographical and iconological approaches more closely, a thematic sub‐focus lies on the analysis of Netherlandish motifs in visual culture, as well as how and why Belgium and Dutch filmmakers, artists, and researchers study the interrelation of art and film.