Winter School 2019 Being on the Border. History and Theory of Cut in Humanities and Social Sciences

Lucca, Italy


The Winter School will adopt a wide variety of teaching formats, from keynote lectures and workshops to group discussions and class visits to public and private collections, exhibitions, and institutions. The School activities will be held in English.

Although all the formats are open and free to be attended by each and every one of the participants, the Panels dedicated to paper presentations are more designed for PhD Candidates and Post-doctoral Fellows, while the Workshops are more designed for MA Graduates.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Costanza Caraffa (Head of the Photo Library, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Italy);
  • Maria Luisa Catoni (Director of the Research Unit LYNX Center for the Interdisciplinary Analysis of Image, Professor at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca);
  • Barbara Flueckiger (PI ERC Advanced Grant “FilmColors. An Interdisciplinary Approach”, Professor at Department of Film Studies, University of Zurich) 

Panels and Workshops:

Both Panels and Workshops call for structured contributions of the participants:


We plan to have a series of 20-minute presentations per Panel, with the overarching topic chosen after the selection process. We encourage case-study based contributions addressing any of the following areas or interrelation among them:

  • The history of the use of cut in different artistic practices (from drawing to engravings, from photography to cinema)
  • The history and theory of the frame
  • The history and the theory of the processes of institutionalisation in cultural heritage
  • The different meanings of centre and margins in cultural heritage


We plan to have a series of 10-minute presentations at the Workshops. The contributions will be selected along the lines of the general topics of the Workshops, that will be:

  • From Expanded to Cyber: de-framing and re-framing practices for archaeological reconstructions and cinematographic screens
  • Voyage en Italie: Photography and Cultural Heritage in Italy

For further information about Workshop I (From Expanded to Cyber: de-framing and re-framing practices for archaeological reconstructions and cinematographic screens), please contact Dr. Rossella Catanese:

For further information about Workshop II (Voyage en Italie: Photography and Cultural Heritage in Italy), please contact Agnese Ghezzi:

 Audience Participation

Numerous time slots will be devoted to Q&A sessions, informal contributions, social interaction, etc. Therefore, the attendance to the Winter School as members of the audience is possible and welcomed.


For both the formats as well as for audience participation, please send the following application materials as a single .pdf document to by 6 October 2019:

  •  Abstract of the proposal. The proposal should not exceed 350 words and include a short relevant bibliography (for Workshops and Panels)
  • Brief CV. The CV should not exceed two pages in length (For Workshops, Panels and audience attendance)
  • One page summary of your current research project – e.g. master thesis, PhD dissertation, or research career project (For Workshops, Panels and audience attendance)
  • Request for accommodation (optional)

The Winter School fee is €260 per person. This registration fee covers access to all plenary and workshop sessions, three lunches and all the coffee breaks, the welcome reception, conference materials, and a field trip to Florence.

The entire accommodation (single and double-rooms) for six attendees will be covered. In case you are interested, please include with the application material a request for accommodation.

The list will be selected by the Organizing Committee according to the application material.

The Winter School will provide 4 ECTS credits (for paper presentation) and 2 ECTS credits (for audience attendance) to attendees.

For further information about the Winter School please visit the website or email