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Graduate Network: Baroque/Neo-Baroque

Are you ready to go beyond interdisciplinary borders? Meet the Baroque/Neo-Baroque cultures and heritage exposed from a genuinely transhistorical, transcultural, and intermedial approach!

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Master's
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Art, Design and Media
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Short-term
  • CIVIS Hub 2
Course dates
19 April - 6 May 2022

The CIVIS Graduate Network on Baroque and Neo-Baroque is a multidisciplinary research-oriented programme addressed to PhD and Masters’ students from fields such as Literary Studies, Art History, Musicology, Performance Studies (Theatre, Dance, and Film Studies), History or Social Sciences. It will deal with the historic period of 16th-17th centuries and beyond, enriching it with later waves of re-interpretations of the Baroque (the so-called Neo-Baroque).

The Network’s first Spring School will be held at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and the Prado Museum in Madrid (May 4-6, 2022) and will be prepared by a series of online lectures and discussions (April 19-29, 2022). These activities will reflect the increasing interest in Baroque and Neo-Baroque from an intermedial perspective. Experts from various disciplines will give insight into their recent research and an overview of seminal theories, whereas graduate students will present their projects and will discuss them with the experts. All keynote sessions are to be recorded and published online.

The discourse on the Baroque has been growing in importance and intensity. Exhibitions, publications, and conferences in cultural studies have brought into focus diverse aesthetic, cultural and social aspects of contemporary culture whose roots or first intensive treatment lie in the Baroque period. Recent publications emphasize a “Neo-Baroque” in today’s artefacts and they consider Baroque as both an epoch and as a cultural expression. Both Baroque and its chronological hypostasis, the Neo-Baroque, should in fact be understood not only as period styles - which is a commonly narrow perspective to interpret them - but also as a way to see and to catch the gist of the world. In other words, the binomial Baroque/Neo-Baroque is a conceptual framework.

Main topics addressed

The main topics addressed during the course will be the following:

  • Baroque and Neo-Baroque forms, genres, and features.
  • Intermedial relations.
  • Baroque as an historic époque as well as an ensemble of forms, genres, and expressions.
  • Tension between the pre-modern and the modern.
  • Baroque and globalisation.
  • Paradigms of crisis, of transformations, of the extension of space, of representation and of the loss of pre-modern transcendent certainties.
  • Baroque as a complex system and an unstable configuration of cultural practices and knowledge production.
  • Historicization of Baroque: period of 16th-17th centuries and the different waves of re-conceptualizations and re-interpretations of the Baroque (Neo-Baroque).
  • Academic interest in Baroque social and cultural history.
  • Conceptualizations of Neo-Baroque in the second half of the 20th century to today.

Learning outcomes

The participants will learn about the intermedial relations of Baroque and Neo-Baroque forms, genres, and features from examples from different disciplines and will reflect on them from theoretical perspectives. This will enhance their analytical skills while putting their own research projects in a wider context.

During the Spring School, they will collaborate in an international, transdisciplinary and intermedial manner, and they will have the opportunity to discuss masterpieces of Baroque art at the Prado Museum with professors and curators.

In their presentation and in the written paper (supervised by assigned professors), the participants will be able to demonstrate their capability to bridge theory and practice.

Dates: 19-29 April 2022 & 4-6 May 2022 Format: Blended
Location: Madrid, Spain Scholarships: 5
Duration: 7 days in total ECTS: 5*
Contact hours: 30 hours Individual workload: 100 hours
Language: English (B2) & Spanish (B1) Contact:

*The recognition of ECTS depends on your home university.

The Online Pre-School will take place from 19 to 29 April 2022, and the Spring School will take place in Madrid, Spain, from 4-6 May 2022.

The number of contact hours involves 4 hours guided by the professors and 6 hours of personal tuition/individual mentoring according to the students’ needs.

The individual workload involves reading/preparation for the lectures and the workshop (34 hours), preparation of the presentation (33 hours), writing of the final paper (33 hours).


Online Pre-School

The Online Pre-School is organised into an introductory meeting (2 hours) and 3 online lectures (2 hours each), on 4 different days (= a total of 8 hours)

Spring School

The 2 days of Spring Schoool are organised into 6 sessions (2 in the morning, 1 in the afternoon each day), from 9:00-19:00 CET approximately (= a total of 16 hours, pauses included), with presentations by professors on the 1st day and a full 2nd day devoted to MA and PhD candidates' presentations and mentoring sessions. The 3rd day will be devoted to a consortium meeting, which will include guided study visits to the Baroque collections of the Prado, addressed to our students. 


Applicants should be Master's students or PhD candidates at one of the CIVIS member universities, enrolled in or have a strong interest in at least one of the following fields of studies: Literary Studies (Comparative Literature, French, German, Italian, Romanian, Russian, Spanish), Early Modern and Contemporary Art History, Musicology, Theatre Studies, Music and Dance Studies.

The teaching will be done both in English (B2) and in Spanish (B1).

Application process

Applicants from CIVIS universities should send their CV (two pages maximum) and a cover letter indicating their motivation to attend the course to Juan Luis González García ( The application deadline is 1 March 2022.

Selected students will be notified between 7-10 March 2022.


The participants will be evaluated after regular attendance and active involvement in the course sessions, both online and physical. They will also have to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the relevant bibliography, as well as give a well-documented presentation on a supervised topic. Each student shall submit a written essay after the end of the course.

The evaluation criteria are structured as follows: 

  • Participation in the online lectures and in the Spring School (30%)
  • Preparation and presentation of a paper (individual for PhD students, in groups for MA students) (30%)
  • Individually written paper (40%)

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Corinne Flicker

Corinne Flicker is a Senior Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature and in modern and contemporary French theatre at Aix-Marseille University, Department of French studies. She is a specialist in rewriting Shakespeare and the Elizabethan playwriters in the French theatre from Symbolism to the 21st century, and more widely in aesthetic transfers into modern and contemporary theatre, especially neobaroque forms on the modern stage, topics on which she has published many studies and articles. 

Juan Luis González García

Juan Luis González García is an Associate Professor in Art Theory and History of Art at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and holds a European PhD in Art History from the Universidad Complutense. His research interests focus on the study of collecting and the connections between art, rhetoric and visual culture in the sixteenth and the seventeenth-century Hispanic world. 

Nicole Haitzinger

Nicole Haitzinger is a Professor at the Department of Art History, Musicology and Dance Studies at the Paris-Lodron University Salzburg. Since 2019 she is the director of the FWF-funded project Border Dancing across Time and of the inter- and transdisciplinary doctoral program Science and Art

Dennis Ioffe

Dennis Ioffe (PhD University of Amsterdam, 2009) is an Associate Professor of Russian Studies (Titulaire de la Chaire de langue et littérature Russe), Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Before coming to ULB he worked at Ghent University, University of Edinburgh, Memorial University and the University of Amsterdam. Since January 2016 he is Co-Editor-in-Chief of “Russian Literature” (Elsevier Science BV). 

Helga Mitterbauer

Helga Mitterbauer holds the chair of German literature at the Université libre de Bruxelles. She obtained her PhD (2000) and her Venia legendi (2008) from the University of Graz. From 2010-2015, she taught at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She was a Visiting professor at the Universities of Zagreb, Innsbruck, and the ELTE Budapest. She is co-directing the project ‘A Comparative Intermedial History of Baroque’ for the ICLA-book series CHLEL (Amsterdam, Benjamins). 

David Moriente

David Moriente holds a PhD (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2009, Department of Art History and Department of Linguistics, Modern Languages, Logic and Philosophy of Science, Literary Theory and Comparative Literature programmes). He is currently based at the UAM as Assistant Professor and his interests comprise architectural history, social history of the image, and science fiction studies.

Clemens Peck

Clemens Peck, PhD, is Associate Professor of German Literature at the University of Salzburg. His areas of research are Early Modern German literature, with an emphasis on drama and theatre, Neobaroque, literary utopias and utopian discourses, interchanges of literature and diplomacy, German-Jewish literature of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Jörg Robert

Jörg Robert, PhD, is a Professor for German Philology and Early Modern Literary History at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. Since 2019 he is also deputy head and sub-project manager of the SFB 1391 “Andere Ästhetik”. His fields of interest include Poetics and Aesthetics in the Early Modern Period, the History of Culture and Ideas as well as Intermediality and Intertextuality Research.

Debora Vaccari

Debora Vaccari is Professore Associato at the Università di Roma La Sapienza. She is a specialist in Golden Age Literature, especially in the theatre of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. She has studied the theatrical manuscripts of the first professional companies and themes and characteristics of the first Lope de Vega’s production. She has also been interested in the staging and in the edition of comedias, and the Italian adaptations of Moreto’s dramas. Furthermore, she’s been studying the Spanish cancioneros preserved in Rome and she’s been working on the gender perspective applied to Medieval and Baroque Spanish Literature.

Alexandra Vranceanu Pagliardini

Alexandra Vranceanu Pagliardini (University of Bucharest, Faculty of Letters, Department of Literary Studies) is a specialist in Comparative literature and Romanian studies, Ekphrasis in contemporary culture, and migrant and transnational literature. PhD in Philology (2000) with a thesis in intermediality (narrative in word and image), HDR at Paris XII with a study on ekphrasis in contemporary culture (2012). She has also published and taught courses on transcultural intermediality, that can be included in the field of the neo-baroque and its relationship to the postmodern.