Elizabeth Sears

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Hunting Family Fellow, professor of history of art

Office Location(s): 150E Tappan Hall
Office Hours: T 2:30-4pm & by appointment
Phone: 734.763.6110
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  • Fields of Study
    • Medieval art and historiography
  • About

    “Warburg Circles: Towards a Cultural Historical History of Art, 1929-1964”

    This book is a collective biography, a scholarly epic, an account of an international intellectual movement. Its progenitor was the seminally important art and cultural historian Aby Warburg (1866-1929), and its epicenter was the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg (Warburg Library for Cultural Study) in Hamburg, a research institute that immigrated to London in 1933 after the Nazis had come to power. As a cultural history of cultural historical inquiry, the study focuses on transformations and adaptations of Warburg’s still relevant scholarly project during the Nazi era, the Second World War, and the Cold War. This was a time when heart-wrenching diasporic movements had the collateral effect of radically increasing international scholarly exchange. The archives offer up exquisitely detailed case studies revealing of the operation of socio-academic networks and suggesting the force of intellectual affinity.

  • Education
    • PhD Yale University