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ARTECHNE – Technique in the Arts, 1500-1950


12 - 16 June 2017
Lorentz Center@Oort – Leiden

Re-Enactment Replication Reconstruction, Interdisciplinary Workshop on Performative Methodologies

Organized by Sven Dupré, Anna Harris, Julia Kursell, Patricia Lulof and Maartje Stols-Witlox poster

Download the call for applications here.

The workshop brings together specialists from the fields of art history, archaeology, conservation, musicology and anthropology. Its goals are to reflect on reconstruction, re-enactment and replication (RRR) practices in research, and to learn from each other’s approaches and experience. Approaches to RRR have been developed within the disciplines themselves, and until now, cross-disciplinary connections and discussions on methodology are a rare exception. This workshop is an important step forward, as interdisciplinary discussions about RRR will create insight into their methodological basis and will lead to improvements in the use of performative methods in research. Three interdisciplinary themes will help create connections between disciplines throughout the week:

o Typologies or RRR,
o use of sources for RRR, and
o archiving and reporting.

Insight into performative methodologies requires a practical component. Therefore, workshop participants will not only talk about reconstruction, re-enactment and replication, but will also make and experience them together. To this end, on several occasions during the week, we will perform reconstructions, make replicas or re-enact situations. Each hands-on workshop serves as an exercise in documenting and communicating, will feed discussions about disciplinary characteristics and practices, and will allow participants to reflect on the role of sources for the reconstruction process. The overall result of this workshop will be an improved and broadened context for the application of reconstructions in research. We aim to establish an interdisciplinary network of researchers employing re-enactment, replication and reconstruction, and intend this workshop to be a first of a series of activities.

Keynote Speakers
o History of Science: Otto Sibum (Uppsala University)
o Conservation: Leslie Carlyle (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
o Archeology: Wim Hupperetz (University of Amsterdam/ VU University)
o Anthropology: Petra Tjitske Kalshoven (University of Manchester)
o Musicology: Rebecca Wolf (Deutsches Museum, Munich)

This project has received funding from the Lorentz Center and the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 648718).