As part of the "Politics of the Image: Authors’ portraits and iconic authorisation" research project, current collaborative research was discussed in a dialogue with guest speakers from Freiburg and Mainz at a two-day workshop which took place from 21st to 22nd September 2015 at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. The research was subject to expert assessment by the external advisory group. The central question was: how significant are the places of publication of authors' portraits from the 16th to the 20th centuries in terms of functionality and reception?
The lectures and discussions addressed a wide range of themes and periods such as early branding processes in portraits of Luther, portraits of Goethe in the homage paintings collection from the 1825 Weimar anniversary, and the Döblin photograph collection mentioned earlier.
At the same time, the workshop took inspiration from other current portrait research projects. A summary of these focussed workshop discussions is available here (in German).