Research Group

Dr. Carolin Behrmann
Carolin Behrmann
Head of the Minerva Research Group
Phone: +39 055 24911-68
Fax: +39 055 24911-55
Links: Opac
Dipl. jur. Leva Kochs, M.A.
Leva Kochs
Associate scholar


Before Judgment. Critiquing Imagery and Style of Good and Evil
Vor dem Urteil. Zur Bild- und Stilkritik von Gut und Böse
Firenze, 29.-31.05.2017

After the End of History: Archives, Phenomenology, Art (Post-) History
Workshop with Boris Groys and Andrea Bellu & Matei Bellu
Firenze, 22.05.2017

Picture Collections as Food for Thought. Materialisms, Realisms, Art (1900–1960)
Bildersammlungen als Denkmaterial. Materialismen, Realismen, Kunst (1900-1960)
Firenze, 7.-8.12.2016

On the Aesthetics of Resistance
Zur Ästhetik des Widerstands

International Workshop
Firenze, 11.-12.12.2015

An/Iconism. Iconography, Style and the Aesthetics of Law
An/Ikonizität. Ikonography, Stil und die Ästhetik des Rechts

Workshop mit Matthias Bruhn
Firenze, 21.07.2015

Valérie Hayaert:
Allégories et Emblèmes de Justice

Lecture & Workshop
Paris, 21.2.2015

Heiner Lück:
Die 'codices picturati' des Sachsenspiegels als Erkenntnisquelle für die Einordnung und Interpretation mittelalterlicher Skulpturen in Mitteldeutschland

Vortrag & Workshop
Firenze, 18.12.2014

Desmond Manderson:
Klimt's Jurisprudence - Sovereign Violence and the Rule of Law

Lecture & Workshop
Firenze, 11.11.2014

Claudia Blümle:
Apelles vor Gericht. Zum Akt des Urteilens im Bild

Firenze, 21.10.2014

Überzeugungsfiguren in Rathausbildern. Ein Vergleich zwischen Dieric Bouts und Albrecht Dürer
Workshop mit Claudia Blümle
Firenze, 22.10.2014

The Nomos of Images - Law & The Humanities: Reframing the Visual Dynamics of Law (PDF 104 KB)
Firenze, 02.07.2014

Images of Shame. Infamy, Defamation and the Ethics of 'oeconomia' | Schandbilder. Infamie, Diffamierung und die Ethik der 'oeconomia'
Workshop II
Firenze, 16.-17.11.2012

Images of Shame. Infamy, Defamation and the Ethics of 'oeconomia' | Schandbilder. Infamie, Diffamierung und die Ethik der 'oeconomia'
Workshop I
Firenze, 27.-28.03.2012

Imago, actio, iustitia. Images, Bodies and Actions of the Law
Berlin, 3.-4.12.2011


hrsg. von Carolin Behrmann und Henry Kaap kritische berichteJahrgang 44, Heft 1 (2016)ISSN: 0340-7403

Ästhetik(en) des Widerstands

hrsg. von Carolin Behrmann und Henry Kaap

kritische berichte
Jahrgang 44, Heft 1 (2016)
ISSN: 0340-7403
edited by Carolin BehrmannWalter De Gruyter, Berlin 2016

Images of Shame. Infamy, Defamation and the Ethics of oeconomia

edited by Carolin Behrmann

Walter De Gruyter, Berlin 2016
Carolin BehrmannWalter De Gruyter, Berlin 2015Actus et Imago, 14

Tyrann und Märtyrer. Bild und Ideengeschichte des Rechts um 1600

Carolin Behrmann

Walter De Gruyter, Berlin 2015
Actus et Imago, 14



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The Nomos of Images. Manifestation and Iconology of Law

Minerva Research Group

Images, objects and signs unlock specific cultural and social dimensions of legal action and actively shape them. Legal systems, in fact, rely on artifacts to decode and translate written norms as visual representations. Or they appropriate them to constitute the scope and function of law on the visual plane. Such juridical manifestations defy the disciplinary boundaries of Art History and Visual Culture in how they relate to form, content and style as well as tradition. Notwithstanding the vast inventory of discrete analyses of legal iconography, no systematic approach exists that accounts for the relevance of legal practice and norm. Comprehensive parameters in the context of the history of law must yet be fashioned to extend the analysis of the forms, functions, and meanings of these numerous artifacts, that underlie the legitimation of law and of legal actions.
Dedicated to the study of such manifestations the Minerva Research Project is concerned with formulating an analytical framework for an iconology of law. Taking a transcultural and diachronic perspective, it explores specific dimensions of legal history that bear a relation to materiality. The conceptual difference between the Greek nómos ( νόμος) and the Roman lex already offers the foundational framework: Nómos more so than lex connotes both the written and the unwritten law, and includes customs, manners and habits, or, for that matter, even order. The idea, thereby, is to analyze objects, images, and symbols commonly ascribed to the legal domain, albeit beyond their customary function of visually representing law, in the realm of nómos: as substitutes and witnesses, as doctrine in a materialized form.
The focus of the research project is not confined to a single historical epoch or a specific cultural sphere. Rather, it seeks to bring within its purview the European civil law as well as the codification and materialization of juridical norms. Taking as its point of departure the mobility of images, signs and objects and their application in and adaptation to different cultural and social contexts, the research project aspires to a transcultural comparative analysis of the link between image, or artifact, and legal acts.


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