The Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes publishes new research, of a documentary and analytical character, in the field of cultural and intellectual history. The subject matter includes art and architecture, religion, science and literature as well as intellectual, political and social life, often with an emphasis on their relation to the civilisation of antiquity. The Journal was founded in 1937, as one of the first publishing projects of the Warburg Institute following its arrival in London; it was intended as a interdisciplinary forum, more extensive in scope and varied in content than the Vorträge previously published by the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg in Hamburg. Produced at the Warburg Institute and edited by members of staff from that Institute as well as from the Courtauld Institute of Art, it remains reliant on the extensive libraries and photographic collections which these institutions possess; it also depends on the collaboration of scholars from the two institutions, who, along with outside experts, participate in the review process. Volumes of the Journal are issued annually.
The Warburg Institute of the University of London is dedicated primarily to the interdisciplinary study of the classical tradition: those elements of European thought, literature, art and institutions which derive from the ancient world. The Library, Photographic Collection and Archive of the Institute attract students and scholars from all over the world. Its activities include public lectures, seminars and colloquia, and the publication of the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes (with the Courtauld Institute of Art), of monographs (Studies of the Warburg Institute and Oxford-Warburg Studies), of Warburg Institute Surveys and Texts, Warburg Studies and Texts, Warburg Institute Colloquia and of occasional publications.