CIHA World Congress

Motion: Transformation

Organized by CIHA Italia in collaboration with the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

Motion: Transformation is the title of the 35th CIHA Congress which has been proposed as an invitation to study the specific "life" of artworks, artifacts and images: animation, "lifelyness", efficacy or "emanation" are phenomena that in many cultures, since prehistoric times, are linked to crafted objects, images or rites.

One figure the Florentine initiative wants to rethink is that of the artist or "maker", seen in a transcultural perspective. The combination of art historical and anthropological expertise is a strong point of the Congress, to better understand the position of the "animated" object in the formation and transformation of collective identities and in transcultural negotiations.

The Congress invites comparative approaches or explorations of dynamics of connectivity. In its broad chronological and geographical range it is specifically interested in epochal changes and the processes of globalization under colonial or postcolonial premises.

For further details about the conference, the nine sessions and the over one hundred speakers please visit

The Congress, organized by CIHA Italia in collaboration with Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, will take place in Firenze Fiera, in Villa Vittoria's halls and in some of the most prestigious historical buildings of the town able to host the 1,000 expected participants, such as Palazzo Vecchio and others.

Please register here.


CIHA Italia, Executive Board

Marzia Faietti (President), Gallerie degli Uffizi/Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
Tommaso Casini, Libera Università di Lingue and Comunicazione IULM Milano
Giovanni Maria Fara, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
Elena Fumagalli, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Massimiliano Rossi, Università del Salento

Congress Scientific Committee

Claudia Cieri Via, former Università di Roma La Sapienza; Marco Collareta, Università di Pisa; Claudia Conforti, former Università di Tor Vergata Roma; Marzia Faietti, Gallerie degli Uffizi/Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz; Giuliana Ericani, former Museo Civico di Bassano; Maria Grazia Messina, former Università di Firenze; Antonio Pinelli, former Università di Firenze; Massimiliano Rossi, Università del Salento; Gerhard Wolf, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz


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01 – 06 September 2019

Firenze Fiera Spa

Piazza Adua 1
50123 Firenze


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