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Call for Papers

Opulence und Reduction in Glass

The 2020 Conference (of Committee V) of the German Glass Society (DGG) will be dedicated to the themes of opulence and reduction in the creation of glass objects and their production. The general title invites all those attending to formulate questions touching on the two contrasting concepts playing an actual role or a role through association and how they might be interpreted. Opulence might be considered in connection with décor, materiality, proportions, presentation or representation. Reduction draws our attention to a rejection of tradition and ornamentation and to a focus on functionalism, construction and economy. Our host in 2020 is the Focke Museum – Bremen’s Regional Museum for Art and Art History – which offers visitors several opportunities for finding links relevant to their interests in its collection of exhibits from pre-history and early history through to the present. The organizers of the annual conference are happy to invite all those interested in the history of glass and its creation and keen to learn more about these subjects to participate. The conference is also open to non-members of the German Glass Society.

January 30, 2020


Please send your presentation as an abstract by e-mail to: please as a pdf-document with title, author name(s) and contact details.
- Abstract for presentation (max. 900 characters, incl. spaces, corresponds to half a DIN 4 page)
- Short presentation (max. 500 characters including spaces)
Lecture: 20-minute presentation followed by discussion (approx. 5 minutes).


September 18-20, 2020


Bremer Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte
Schwachhauser Heerstr. 240
28213 Bremen
T. 0049 (0)421 – 699 600 – 0


Digital Humanities
Art history and Cultural Sciences
History of Science, Technology and Economy
and adjoining disciplines that broach the issue of glass


Fachausschuss V
Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft
Mrs. Annette Doms
Siemensstr. 45
63071 Offenbach am Main
T. 0049 (0)69 97 58 61 0


Logo of Deutschen Glastechnischen Gesellschaft seit 1948
Jar, Cut: Gottfried Spiller or circumcircle, Potsdam, Beginning of 18. c., Museum Kunstpalast, Glasmuseum Hentrich, Düsseldorf, Photo: Studio Fuis - ARTOTHEK
Isabel Antonia Giampietro-Knoll, Riflesso-Series, Royal Leerdam, 1958