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Georges Didi-Huberman
is a French art historian who embraces the visual arts, the historiography of art, psychoanalysis, the human sciences and philosophy. Georges Didi-Huberman was born on 13 June 1953 in Saint-Étienne. He studied art history and philosophy at the Université de Lyon and received his doctoral degree at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris in 1981 under the supervision of Louis Marin.
Georges Didi-Huberman has been associated lecturer at the Université de Paris-VII (UER Sciences des textes et documents) from 1988 to 1989 and is a lecturer at the Centre d'Histoire et Théorie des Arts, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris since 1990. He has been guest lecturer and visiting professor at John Hopkins University, Baltimore (1991, 1994), Université de Fribourg (1993), Northwestern University, Evanston [Chicago] (1995, 1997-1999, 2005-2006), University of California, Berkeley, University of Toronto, Princeton, Christian Gauss Seminars in Criticism (1999), Courtauld Institute in London (1999), Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe (2000-2001). Kanazawa College of Art (2001), Jerusalem (2003), Freie Universität Berlin (2003), Venice (2004), Basel, Université-Eikones NFS Bildkritik (2008, 2011), Paris, Centre allemand d'Histoire de l'Art (2010-2011) and Bruxelles, Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis (2011).
He has been a scholar at the École française de Rome in 1982 and 1984, the French Academy in Rome (Villa Medici) from 1984 to 1986, the Institut universitaire européen de Florence from 1986 to 1987, resident in the Berenson Foundation of Villa I Tatti at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence from 1988 to 1989, at CNL in Paris from 1989 to 1990, at the School of Advanced Study, London from 1998 to 1999, at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles in 2000, 2002 and 2005, at the Zentrum für Literaturforschung in Berlin in 2004 and at the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie in Weimar from 2008 to 2009.
In 1997 Didi-Huberman has been curator of the exhibition L'Empreinte at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (with Didier Semin) as well as of the exhibition Fables du lieu at the Studio national des Artscontemporains in Tourcoing in 2001.
In his work Didi-Huberman pursues three issues: a critical reading of the tradition of art history, the location of an alternative philosophy of images in the work of Sigmund Freud and Aby Warburg, and studies in the poetics of contemporary art. Focussing on the history and theory of images as well as on anthropology and psychoanalysis from the renaissance up to contemporary art Didi-Huberman emphasizes problems of iconography in the 19th century and their reception and transformation in 20th century currents of art. In his books on the Metapsychology of the Image (Ce que nous voyons, ce qui nous regarde), 1992, Ninfa moderna. Essai sur le drapé tombé., 2002, Didi-Huberman takes on a hermeneutic and phenomenological perspective and reflects the works of Aby Warburg, Walter Benjamin and Georges Bataille in regards to an aesthetic of reception and production. With his inquiries, Didi-Huberman significantly contributes to broaden methodologies in art history and fine arts. His investigations on the implications of psychoanalysis for the study of images, especially on the concept of the symptom, opens both, art history and fine arts, towards a theory and philosophy of the image without disregarding psychological aspects of art and the gaze.
Georges Didi-Huberman has been awarded the Prix Richtenberger de l'Institut de France (1990), Hans-Reimer-Preis (Aby-Warburg-Stiftung, Hamburg, 1996), Prix Houllevigue de l'Institut de France (2000), Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (2007), Premio Internacional de Ensayo, Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid, 2008), Premio Napoli (2008, 2011), Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art, College Art Association (2009), Internationaler Forschungsförderpreis of the Max Weber Stiftung at the Historisches Kolleg (Munich, 2014), Professeur honoris causa de l'Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (Buenos Aires, 2014) and Docteur honoris causa de l'Université du Québec à Montréal (2014).
Georges Didi-Huberman is Membre du Conseil artistique du Centre G. Pompidou (1993), Membre du Conseil scientifique de la Mission de préfiguration du musée de l'Homme, des Arts et des Civilisations (Paris), Fellow of the Courtauld Institute of Art (London), Honorary Member at the Center for Literature and Cultural Studies in Berlin and editorial member of various magazines and journals, such as L'Inactuel, Études photographiques, Les Cahiers du Musée national d'Art moderne and Journal of Visual Culture.
Since 1976 Georges Didi-Huberman has been participating in more than 200 conferences amongst others in Urbino, Cerisy-la-Salle, Liège, Florence, Rome, Venice, Palermo, Erice, Paris, Orléans, Tours, Strasbourg, Nancy, Bâton Rouge, Berlin and London. Since 1978 he has been participating in more than 600 conferences in Paris (Collège international de philosophie, Sorbonne, Salpêtrière, Sainte-Anne, Musée du Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Centre G. Pompidou, Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville, Goethe-Institut, ENS, Collège de France, etc.) and in museums and schools, for example in Rome, Florence, Geneva, Berlin, Hamburg, Sofia, Lisbon, Barcelona, Madrid, Washington, New York, Princeton, Chicago, Cambridge, Los Angeles, Kyoto, Tokyo and Montréal. (©The European Graduate School)

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