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Notions of the "Unfinished" in Music, Art and Intellectual History

University of London, School of Advanced Study
The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB, 19th and 20th May, 2006


10.00 - 10.45: Keynote address: introduced by Piers Burton-Page 
George Steiner, Cambridge
Non-Finito: On Perpetual Postponement and The Fragment.

FIRST SESSION: Art history
Chair:  Elizabeth McGrath

10.45 Horst Bredekamp, Berlin 
Michelangelo's Contracts and the Problem of "Non-Finito" - a Never-Ending

11.40 Claudia Wedepohl, London
"Unexpected difficulties of an internal nature": Some Thoughts About the
Impossibility of Completing Aby Warburg's Mnemosyne Atlas.

12.20 Piers Burton-Page, London 
Rodin, Italy and the Non-Finito: Competing Theories and Practice.

13.00-14.00 Lunch (for invited guests)

SECOND SESSION: Science / Comparative Religion
Chair: Piers Burton-Page

14.10 Charles Burnett, London
On Known and Unknown Worlds in Medieval Science.

14.50 Martin Treml, Berlin 
Messiahs' and Mahdis' Loose Ends: Unfinished Redemptions in Western 

15.40 Tea

THIRD SESSION: Music and Musicology

16.00 Brian Newbould, Hessle, Yorkshire
Schubert und kein Ende: Towards a Composer's Last Thoughts.

16.40 Christian Leitmeir, London/Munich 
Imperfection Completed. Responses to Musical Fragments, Past and Present.

17.30 Wine reception 

18.00 Concert of "Unfinished Music" by Alexander Taylor (Piano),
introduced by Piers Burton-Page 

19.00 Buffet supper (for invited guests only). 


Chair: Martin Treml

10.10 Davide Stimilli, Boulder, Colorado
Kafka's Shorthand.

10.50 Gabriel Josipovici, Sussex 
Interruption and Continuity.

11.30 Coffee

11.50 Frank Bezner, Tübingen
"Mouvance" vs. Closure? The Concept of the Non-Finito and/in Medieval


12.30 Alessandro Scafi, London/Ravenna 
From Medieval Comprehensiveness to Modern Provisionality: the Emergence of
Non-Finito in Sixteenth-Century Cartography. 

13.00-14.00 Lunch (for invited guests).

14.15-16.00 Round Table. Chair: Dorothea McEwan 

Dorothea McEwan: Coordinator
Dorothea McEwan and Piers Burton-Page: Co-organisers.
Admission £15.00 per day.  Students £7.50 per day. 
Advance registration is recommended. For further information contact
Elizabeth Witchell at the Warburg Institute.
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