Carl Justi-Association for the Promotion of Art Historical Cooperation with Spain, Portugal and Ibero-America


Images by Women Artists: Contexts – Narratives – Practices  
Gendering the Art Histories of Ibero-America and The Iberian Peninsula

The planned conference aims at taking up discourses on the positions of women artists that have been developed in Ibero-America and on the Iberian Peninsula by a profound interweaving of post-/decolonial and feminist approaches. Not only the general conditions for women creating art in Spain, Portugal and the Ibero-American countries – for example in connection with the history of academies – will be examined more closely. We will also focus on the question of when and from which analytical perspectives women artists and their works became the subject of art historical research and how female artists reacted in their works to the structural circumstances.

Paper proposals are accepted in English, German, Spanish or Portuguese. The use of English will be encouraged to facilitate scientific exchange during the conference.

Paper proposals should be sent with an informative exposé (total of 300 words in German, Spanish or English) and a brief CV in one PDF-file until 15.04.2022 to:,, (please always send to all three addresses).

The organization expects to be able to support participants with travel & accommodation
expenses, please inquire in case interested.

Organising Committee: 
  • Amrei Buchholz (Fachhochschule Potsdam)
  • Alicia Fuentes Vega (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • Julia Kloss-Weber (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf)
In cooperation with the Universität Hamburg.

Carl Justi doctoral scholarship in Hamburg and Dresden

Isabel Muxfeldt studied at the Universities Complutense of Madrid, Seville and Hamburg, from which she also holds a MA in Art History. Fully funded by the CEEH, her doctoral thesis will be dedicated to the “atmospheres of leisure” in the work of Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923) and will focus on aspects of painting techniques and their impact on aesthetic reception. Leisure, as unconstrained free time, represents a phenomenon that began to emerge across Europe during the nineteenth century. In the search for balance and relaxation, nature became a place of yearning for recreational experience. This modern concept of leisure is reflected in numerous works by Sorolla, who enjoyed the esteem of an international audience during his lifetime. His paintings depict beach, seaside, park and countryside scenes. Furthermore, they are all characterised by a very sensual style that emphasises the colour and texture of the surfaces. Based on Gernot Böhme’s concept of atmosphere (2001), it will be analysed how Sorolla created atmospheric effects in his paintings through the use of striking techniques and carefully selected materials to convey an emotional receptive experience.

The scholarship has been awarded to Julia Kynast, who studied Art History at the University of Leipzig (MA dissertation supervised by Prof. Dr. Michael Scholz-Hänsel). Her research interests lie in the beginnings of photography, Spanish and German art historiography, and questions of intercultural exchange. The aim of this dissertation project at Technische Universität Dresden, which is supervised by Prof. Dr. Henrik Karge, will be to compare the handling of photography as new medium, during the transition from the 19th to the 20th century in Spain and Germany, and to demonstrate this comprehensively by means of the photography of art and monuments. The emergence of the new medium is considered in both countries to be an important impulse for the development of the scientific discipline of art history and enabled the first comprehensive surveys of cultural heritage as well as the entry of scattered and little known artworks and architectural monuments into the art-historical canon.
This project is based on the research that Kynast already carried out for her MA dissertation in Seville. There, she focused on the use of photography in the context of German-Spanish cultural transfer at the beginning of the 20th century, which she examined starting with the Spanish art historians Francisco Murillo Herrera and Diego Angulo Iniguez and the beginnings of the SGI Fototeca-Laboratorio de Arte at the University of Seville.

Carl Justi-Vereinigung zur Förderung der kunstwissenschaftlichen Zusammenarbeit mit Spanien, Portugal und Iberoamerika / Asociación Carl Justi para el fomento de la cooperación entre Alemania, España, Portugal e Iberoamérica en el campo de la Historia del Arte / Associação Carl Justi para fomento da cooperação a nível da ciência da arte com Portugal, Espanha e América Latina / Carl Justi Association  for the Promotion of Art Historical Cooperation  with Spain, Portugal and Ibero-America