Fricke, Beate (ed.) (2016). Representations, 2016(133). University of California Press

Representations seeks to transform and enrich the understanding of cultures. Our central interests lie in the symbolic dimensions of social practice and the social dimensions of artistic practice. Cultures are built out of representations. Their making is, fundamentally, a communal activity. Even in the special realm we call art, representation is a communal activity, inseparable from collective motives, attitudes, and judgments.

The understanding of representation is the shared concern of a wide variety of disciplines. Significant research by historians, art historians, literary critics, anthropologists, psychologists, philosophers, and sociologists focuses on the way societies, institutions, and structures of power represent themselves in language, art, and ceremonial–and are themselves shaped by these representations.

Representations provides a forum for work that is theoretically sophisticated but with a high degree of social, historical, and textual specificity. The journal brings together work that ignores traditional disciplinary boundaries, revealing the connections among widely diverse fields of research. In doing so, it has created a new community of scholarship among all who explore the way artifacts, institutions, and modes of thought both reflect and give a heightened account of the social, cultural, and historical circumstances in which they arise.

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Journal or Series (Journal)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History > Ancient and Medieval Art History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History

UniBE Contributor:

Fricke, Beate


100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 190 Modern western philosophy
200 Religion
700 Arts
700 Arts > 740 Drawing & decorative arts
700 Arts > 750 Painting
700 Arts > 770 Photography & computer art
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
900 History




University of California Press


[UNSPECIFIED] university of California, Berkeley




Beate Fricke

Date Deposited:

14 Jan 2020 15:38

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:34

Additional Information:

Beate Fricke is a member of the Editorial Board.


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