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Annette Matthias studied landscape planning at the Technische Universität Berlin. Her thesis and further research treated the subject "space and corporality."
In 2008/09, Matthias was research associate at the TU Berlin in the Institut für Landschaftsarchitektur und Umweltplanung, specialist area: landscape architecture and planning space planning. In 2009, she lectured in the landscape planning program at the TU Berlin. She has been a member of the research group "Auditory Architecture" at the Universität der Künste Berlin since 2009.
Further research interests: anthropological aspects of building; gender related questions of spatial configuration; participatory approaches to spatial design; artistic research.
Julia Schröder studied musicology and audio-communication at the Technische Universität Berlin, and music education at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Her doctoral thesis is entitled: "Die Cage & Cunningham Collaboration. In- und Interdependenz von Musik und Tanz" (publication planned for the fall of 2010).
For the section Auditory Perspectives, Julia Schröder is the editor in charge of "music and sound art.
Dr. Tina Hedwig Kaiser studied film and arts sciences in Berlin and Lüneburg. Her master thesis "Flaneure im Film: La notte und L'eclisse von Michelangelo Antonioni" won the science award of the University Lüneburg and was published 2007 by Tectum Marburg. 2008 her PhD thesis “Aufnahmen der Durchquerung”, an analysis about moving image sequences in which a subjective camera is walking or driving, was published by Transcript Bielefeld. She works and lives as author, lecturer for universities and art schools and as film scientist in Berlin. Since 2006 she also works for independent cinema productions.
Iris Laner studied philosophy, visual arts, and art education in Vienna. She graduated with a thesis on Maurice Merleau-Ponty's contribution to thinking about the aesthetic experience. With a grant for her dissertation project "Re-Visionen der Zeitlichkeit. Zur Explikation impliziter Zeitlichkeit im abstrakten Bild," she joined the Graduate Research Colloquium "Bild und Zeit" at eikones, NCCR Iconic Criticism, Basel, Switzerland in January 2009. Main areas of interest: post-classical phenomenology, post-structuralism and deconstruction; aesthetics; image theory; theory of photography; representation and abstraction.
Inga Schaub studied Cultural Analysis and pedagogy in Mönchengladbach and Amsterdam. She finished her studies with a M.A. thesis on death and photography. Since 2009, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin where she works on a project on death and dying in contemporary art. Her project is funded by the German Academic oundation. She co-edited the book „Welt – Bild – Theater. Politik des Wissens und der Bilder“ (2010).
Christof Baier studied art history, history, and cultural studies in Berlin. He wrote his thesis on "François Philipp Berson. Ein preußischer Architekt und Baubeamter zwischen Praxis und Theorie 1997." Past activities: contract work for the Brandenburgisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege and the Landesdenkmalamt Berlin; internship with the Brandenburgisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege and the Archäologisches Landesmuseum; secretary at the Wilhelm-Fraenger-Gesellschaft in Potsdam-Babelsberg, organizer of the "Fraenger-Salons." Main research interests: the development of middle-class building in provincial towns in 18th-century Prussia; institutional building in the 18th and 19th centuries; school buildings of the 1920s.
Sigrid Brandt studied musicology and art history in Berlin. She worked in the field of monument preservation on contract and as an employee (inventory, applied preservation of monuments). She is a member of the Graduate Research Colloquium "Kunstwissenschaft - Bauforschung – Denkmalpflege" at the Technische Universität Berlin and Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg 1998/99. Doctoral thesis: "Kontinuität und Bruch. Zur Geschichte der Denkmalpflege in der SBZ / DDR 1945-1961."
Annett Gries was employed at the Staatlicher Kunsthandel der DDR (antiquities/visual arts, 1986-88/89-90). She studied art history and cultural studies in Berlin and was an associate researcher at Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar at the Humboldt-Universität (1999-2000).
Gries freelances in the field of applied monument preservation / documentation of building history, and exhibition planning. Since 2008, she has been an associate researcher at the Institute für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte at the Humboldt-University and instrumental in relaunching the e-journal kunsttexte.de.
Lutz Hengst studied European ethnology, art history, and historical geography. He graduated with a Master's degree from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn in 2006, writing his thesis on contemporary retro trends and retro design. From 2007 to 2009, he held a scholarship from the Bund-/Länder-Exzellenzinitiative at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, granted to him for his dissertation project on investigative art after 1960. At the GCSC, he was spokesman of the research area Visual Culture and founding director of an initiative on museum and exhibition culture as well as lecturer in the history of images and the environment. Since January 2010, Hengst has been working as research associate for the chair of history of art and design at Bergische Universität Wuppertal. His publications and international talks include subjects such as trace theory, periphery and clothing in contemporary art. He has been an editor for kunsttexte.de since the fall of 2008.
Kristina Hoge studied art history and history at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, graduating in 2000 with her doctoral thesis on Selbstbildnisse im Angesicht der Bedrohung durch den Nationalsozialismus (Portraits in the Face of the Threat of National Socialism). During her studies, Hoge worked with several cultural institutions and collections as well as in public relations at the Historisches Museum der Pfalz. Since April 2007, she has been artistic director at Galerie p13, a Heidelberg gallery specializing in contemporary art. She is a member of the Bundesverband deutscher Galerien and of the Galerienverband Baden-Württemberg.
Christiane G. Kant
Christiane Kant studies art history, cultural studies and psychology in Berlin.
Nadine Söll studies art history, journalism and communication sciences, and religious studies at Freie Universität Berlin.
She has explored aspects of cultural contact (the relation of art and society), of the delimitation of the visual arts (questions regarding the concept of 'image') and of art's potential as a form of communication. In addition to her course work, she has contributed on a regular basis to several projects of the Staatliche Museen in Berlin as an art educator. On contract with the Berlin Museum of European Cultures, Söll co-curated exhibition projects on cultural contact. She did so jointly with holders of grants from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung studying at the Universität der Künste, Berlin. Söll holds a grant from the research training group "Kulturkontakt und Wissenschaftsdiskurs" at Hochschule für Musik und Theater and Universität Rostock. Her dissertation focusses on strategies of audio-visual staging and reception esthetics at the intersection of music subculture / art / film. Main areas of interest: images of the other/the foreign, cultural transfer, modeling of emotion with images, thoughts on visuality/delimitation of concepts of image.
Gora Jain studied art history, philosophy and archeology in Gießen and Marburg; she graduated with a Master's degree and a dissertation. She held an academic position at the art historical institute of the J.-L. Universität Gießen for several years. Jain received a scholarship through the "Hessisches Gesetz zur Förderung von Nachwuchswissenschaftlern" (HGFöN) (law of the state of Hesse supporting of young academics).
Her past and present academic positions include: starting in 2005, assistant professor and lecturer at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule in Kiel, with a temporary professorship in 2006/07; from 2004 to 2007, lecturer at the C.-A. Universität Kiel; since 2002, lecturer at the AMD Academy of Fashion and Design in Hamburg. Jain also freelances for the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Museumsdienst Hamburg. She has been involved in curatorial work for exhibition projects on modern and contemporary art, including a project on architecture and art for the Hamburger Architektur Sommer 2003. Jain is the chairperson of the board of "Forum für Nachlässe von Künstlerinnen und Künstlern e. V."
She has contributed to "Frauenforschung in der Kunstwissenschaft" (Ulmer Verein/AG-Künstlerinnen des 20./21. Jahrhunderts) and, from 1999 to 2006, participated in the seminar on "Methoden kunst- und kulturwissenschaftlicher Geschlechterforschung" (at the universities of Bremen and Oldenburg). Jain also works as an independent author, for example for artists, and has written in the "Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst;" she gives academic talks and publishes on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, and writes reviews on exhibitions and documentations.
Katharina Eck has studied Comparative Literature, Portuguese and Business Administration at the University of Tübingen and also went to Niteroi/ Brazil (DAAD scholarship). After a short working period in a publishing house in Bonn, she has decided to join the Master's program of "art and visual studies" in Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Munich (LMU) and Augsburg and also studied in Paris/ ENS for six months. Her Master's thesis is about a panoramic wallpaper illustrating the legend of "Cupid and Psyche" which was printed by the french manufacturer Dufour. She is currently holder of the "Mariann Steegmann" scholarship at the University of Bremen and is working on her dissertation with the topic of panoramic wallpaper and gender constructions. Her interests are gender constructions and art/ in art, art in private space, private and public displays, visual theories at the turn of the 19th century, reception of mythology in art and everyday life, visual language(s) and visuality in texts.
Annette Gilbert studied General and Comparative Literature, Eastern European studies and Communication Science in Berlin, Paris and Kazan (Russia). She wrote her doctoral thesis on "The Aesthetics of Scripture and Writing". From 2005 to 2007, Gilbert was a research associate at the Zentrum für komparatistische Studien (Centre for Comparative Studies), Universität Göttingen. Since 2007, she has been a research associate in Comparative Literature at Universität Erlangen. In 2009, Gilbert became a Dilthey-Fellow of the VolkswagenStiftung at the Peter-Szondi-Institut für AVL at the Freie Universität Berlin; her current research project is called "In & Out & Between. Frame and Framing in the Arts in the 20th Century". Main research interests are: experimental and avant-garde literature and art; aesthetics of scripture and writing; InterArt studies; concept art / conceptual writing; Russian (Samizdat) art and literature; artists' books; exhibition theories and practice.
Florian Leitner studied theater, film and comparative literature in Munich and Paris and graduated in 2004 with a thesis on space and body in computer games. He worked as a dramatic adviser and director on several productions for municipal and off theaters and has been active as a screenwriter. In 2007-2010 he held a scholarship from the research training group "Bild-Körper-Medium" at Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe with a dissertation project on image anxiety in horror films. Main areas of interest: film and image theory, visual culture and electronic media, self-referential image practices, psychoanalytic cultural theory.
Sven Stein studied art history, philosophy and history in Berlin.
He wrote his master's thesis on "Funktionsverschiebung von Schrift in der Concept-Art am Beispiel von Joseph Kosuth." He is the co-founder of a Berlin sister gallery to a New York art gallery and is employed at the Hamburg branch of a Danish auction house. His dissertation project is entitled "Paragone und Postmoderne – Revision des Bildbegriffs durch Konfrontation mit dem Wort. Ein kritischer Vergleich von Rémy Zauggs und Joseph Kosuths Arbeiten zu Repräsentations- und Wahrnehmungstheorie." Main research interests: Concept Art, the relation of writing and image, the influence of philosophy of language and media theory on the artistic practice of the 60s and 70s, as well as mechanisms of indirect censorship.
Katja Bernhardt studied art history and modern history in Greifswald, Berlin and Poznań, writing her M.A. thesis on "Hans Bernhard Reichow's 'Gedanken zur städtebaulichen Entwicklung des Groß-Stettiner Raumes' (1940). Darstellung des Wirkens des Architekten in Stettin 1936-45 und Analyse der Schrift." She worked in the field of the preservation of monuments and archaeological sites, as a guide for study tours and as an academic translator from the Polish. Since 2005, Bernhardt has been a research associate at the chair for eastern European art history at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Main research interests: architecture, urban planning and training of architects in 19th and 20th-century East-Central Europe.
Robert Born studied art history, classical archeology, early modern and eastern European history in Basel and Berlin; he wrote his licentiate thesis on "Die Domkirche in Temeswar (Timişoara), Rumänien. Versuch einer kunstgeschichtlichen Interpretation." From 1999-2005, Born was a research associate at the chair for eastern European art history at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since 2006, he has been working at the Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas (GWZO) in Leipzig as coordinator for art and cultural history of the Early Modern Period. He has also been responsible for research in, and coordination of, the project "Osmanischer Orient und Ostmitteleuropa. Vergleichende Studien zur Perzeption und Interaktion in den Grenzzonen." Born wrote his doctoral dissertation on "Die Christianisierung der Städte der Provinz Scythia Minor. Ein Beitrag zum spätantiken Urbanismus auf dem Balkan" (publication forthcoming). Further research interests: Baroque art in eastern Central and South eastern Europe; issues relating to maps and space; art historical writing of the inter-war period; constructions of history and their visualizations in eastern Central Europe.
Antje Kempe studied art history, medieval history and eastern European studies in Berlin and Poznań. From 2006 to 2008, she held a PhD scholarship from the international Graduate Research Colloquium"Genealogie und Repräsentation. Formen und Funktionen adeliger Kultur in der Neuzeit (14.-19. Jahrhundert)", writing her dissertation on tomb monuments of aristocratic officers in Silesia (1648-1742). In 2009, she held a Fritz-Stern fellowship from the Deutsche Nationalstiftung for her project on the post-1945 identity of Silesia as reflected in the visual media. Research interests: sepulchral art; questions of maps and space; art as a political medium in East-Central Europe.
Andreas Puth studied art history, ancient, early modern and modern history in Freiburg i. Br. and London, and wrote his M.A. thesis on "The Emperor on the Gallery: The South Transept Façade of St Mary’s in Mühlhausen." Currently, Puth is working on his doctoral project entitled "Imitatio Caroli, Imitatio Rudolfi? Reassessing Habsburg Dynastic Representation, c. 1360 – c. 1470," under the supervision of Prof. Paul Crossley at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. From 2004-08, Puth taught art history (particularly medieval architecture) at University College London (UCL), Birkbeck College and the Courtauld Institute of Art, all of which are part of the University of London. He translated academic writing, most recently for the exhibition "Cranach und die Kunst der Renaissance unter den Hohenzollern. Kirche, Hof und Stadtkultur" (Schloss Charlottenburg and St. Marien Berlin, 2009/10), and has held visiting fellowships at the GWZO in Leipzig. Main research interests: ruler representation and political iconography in the late medieval period; Gothic architecture.
Ralph Gleis studied art history, history and sociology in Münster, Cologne and Bologna. He wrote his Magister thesis in the history of motifs at Universität Köln, addressing 19th-century profane history painting. His doctoral thesis at the same university was entitled "Das moderne Historienbild. Anton Romako (1832-1889) und die Historienmalerei im 19. Jahrhundert." Gleis participated in several different exhibitions on art and cultural history, at institutions in Cologne, Bonn, Münster, Berlin and Vienna. Since July 2009, he has held the position of curator for painting and graphic art at the Wien Museum. Main areas of interest: history paintings, political iconography, 19th-century art, Austrian painting and graphic art, museum studies.
Nele Putz studied art history, British literature and Italian studies at the universities of Hamburg and Munich. From 2007-2009 she attended the Master's program of "art and visual studies" in Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Munich (LMU) and Augsburg and also studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, for six months. Her Master's thesis concerning the interdependency of the media in the Victorian era was honored with the Maximilian-Bickhoff-Prize. She is currently a PhD scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation and working on a dissertation project named "realities between art and consumption - strategies of identity performance by Anglophone portraitists at the turn of the 19th century"
Angela Dreßen studied art history, Romanistic philology , and geography in Münster and Rome, writing her doctoral thesis in Trier in 2005, followed by a Master's degree in Library and Information Sciencein Berlin in 2006. From 1999 to 2005, she was a scientific collaborator at the libraries of the art historical Max-Planck-Institutes in Rome and Florence. Since 2005, Dreßen has held the position of academic librarian in Florence at the Biblioteca Berenson at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. In 2009 she became Andrew W. Mellon Librarian. Dreßen won the James Ackerman Award for the History of Architecture in 2007. Since 2006, she has been a member of the Renaissance Society of America. Her publications on the history of Italian art and intellectual history in the Renaissance include the monographs: Pavimenti decorati del Quattrocento in Italia (2008); The Library of the Badia Fiesolana: Intellectual history and education under the Medici (1462-1494) (forthcoming).
Susanne Gramatzki studied romance studies, history of modern German literature, literary history of England, German studies, philosophy and general literature in Wuppertal and Besançon. She was a member of the Graduate Research Colloquium "Die Renaissance in Italien und ihre europäische Rezeption: Kunst – Geschichte – Literatur" at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (2000). Gramatzki wrote her doctoral thesis on the Rime by Michelangelo Buonarroti. From 2000 to 2009, she was a research associate at Universität Wuppertal; currently, she is an assistant at the Romance Seminar at Universität Tübingen. Gramatzki is also co-editor of the book series "Mittelalter und Renaissance in der Romania." Main research interests: Italian Renaissance, interrelations between literature and the visual arts.
Isabelle Dolezalek studied at the University of London, taking a BA in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MA in cultural and intellectual history at the Warburg Institute between 2001 and 2005. Her MA dissertation dealt with an illustrated Latin manuscript with Arabic fables, an early 14th c. ‘Kalila wa Dimna’. In 2007 she completed a second masters in comparative history of medieval Christian and Islamic societies in Lyon, working on the figure of the 'holy fool' in thirteenth century Franciscan and Sufi hagiography. Since May 2008 she has been a research assistant in the DFG Junior Research Group 'Kosmos-Ornatus' on ornament in medieval European and Islamic art, based at the Freie Universität Berlin and held a research scholarship from the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence during spring 2011. Her doctoral research focuses on Arabic inscriptions on the garments of the Norman kings of Sicily. Isabelle Dolezalek has taken various courses in classical Arabic since 2006, notably in Damascus and Cairo.
Studium der Germanistik, Mittleren und Neueren Geschichte sowie Kunstgeschichte in Heidelberg und London; 1995 bis 1998 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Institut für Kunstgeschichte der Universität Gießen; bis 2004 am Kunsthistorischen Institut in Florenz (Max-Planck-Institut); 2005 Habilitation mit einer Arbeit zur Grundlegung des europäischen Orientbildes im 16. Jahrhundert; 2006-2008 Forschungstipendiatin der DFG; seitdem zahlreiche Lehraufträge und Lehrstuhlvertretungen, u.a. am Beaver College sowie an den Universitäten München, Gießen und Trier.
Studies of history of art, modern history and Romance philology in Düsseldorf, Rome, and Munich. Dissertation 2011 (Visual Representations of the Prophet Muhammad in Western European printed Translations of the Quran and Biographies of the Prophet up the 19th Century) advised by Prof. Dr. Avinoam Shalem at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. 2002-2009 collaborator and stipend of the Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz / Max-Planck-Institut. 2009-10 and 2011 academic assistant at the chairs of Prof. Dr. Klaus Krüger at the Freie Universität Berlin and Prof. Dr. Avinoam Shalem at the LMU Munich. Since summer 2011 researcher in the DFG sponsored research group „Transcultural Negotiations in the Ambits of Art‟ at the FU Berlin with the project „Saints in the Outland. Images of Sacrality as Agents and Relics of Christian-Islamic Encounters‟.
Axel Lapp, Michael Lailach, Tristan Weddigen, Silvia Zörner, Godehard Janzing, Robert Felfe, Jessica Ullrich, Antonia Ulrich, Silke Eilers, Andrea Heister, Angela Fischel