Maria Teresa Costa

Visiting Scholar (Jan 2017-Sep 2018)


Maria Teresa Costa studied Philosophy at the Padua University and at the Humboldt University in Berlin and in 2007 obtained her PhD in Philosophy from the Padua University with a dissertation on Walter Benjamin. After her PhD, she was post-doctoral fellow at the Padua University, at the Free University in Berlin, at the Zentrum für Literatur und Kulturforschung in Berlin and at the Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris. From September, 2013 to July, 2016 she has been Academic assistant of the Director of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence (Max Planck Institut), Prof. Gerhard Wolf. From May, 2014 she is also a member of the International Research Group Bilderfahrzeuge. Warburg’s Legacy and the Future of Iconology (founded by the BMBF) and within this project she spent six months at the Warburg Institute in London in 2014. In July 2016 she joined the Department of Prof. Jürgen Renn as Research Scholar at the MPIWG. Her current research deals with the history of art history, in particular of the Kunstwissenschaft around 1900. She is working on her next book project The Kunstwissenschaft around 1900 as art’s “transcultural reflection” avant la lettre.


Art History around 1900 as Art’s “Transcultural Reflection” avant la lettre


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Selected Publications

Costa, M. T. (2017). Benjamins "Kapitalismus als Religion" und seine Wirkung auf die gegenwärtige Kunst. Kunst und Kirche, 1, 8-11.

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Costa, M. T. (2015). Walter Benjamins Auseinandersetzung mit der Kunstwissenschaft seiner Zeit. Weimarer Beiträge, 3, 364-380.

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Costa, M. T. (2015). Kunstgeschichte als Raumgeschichte: Alois Riegl und die Raumwahrnehmung. In A. Beyer, & G. Cassegrain (Eds.), Bewegung/mouvement (pp. 137-151). Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag.

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Costa, M. T. (2015). Lo spazio sonoro della traduzione: note a margine de Il compito del traduttore di Walter Benjamin. Rivista italiana di filosofia del linguaggio, 8(2), 59-71.

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Rebuilding Ruins, Rethinking Time

Interdisciplinary Workshop “Materialität im Prozess”, a cooperation between the DFG-Graduiertenkollegs Materialität und Produktion of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and the KHI Florenz, MPI

Metamorphosis of Ruins. Some Reflection on Reconstruction Practices around 1900

International Conference of the Reseach Group Bilderfahrzeuge “Das Verirrte Kunstwerk. Funktion und Rezeption vom Wege abgekommener Bilderfahrzeuge”, Warburg Haus, Hamburg.

Introduzione ad Aby Warburg e all’Atlante Mnemosyne

Seminario permanente di Estetica, University of Florence

Tra-durre. La scrittura della metamorfosi

International Conference “Pensare tra le lingue”, University of Padua

Benjamin’s Spaces of Thought – Space as Epistemo-critical Category

International Conference of the Walter Benjamin Society “Spaces, Places, Cities, and Spatiality”, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem/ Tel Aviv University