Philip Geisler, M.A.

4A_Lab Fellow

Philip Geisler is a Ph.D. candidate at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS) and a Doctoral Fellow in the interdisciplinary program 4A Laboratory: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics. He is currently completing his doctoral thesis, titled Art, Islam, and the Politics of Museum Display in the Early Twenty-First Century. His work explores the politics of knowledge and focuses on the discursive use of museum objects and architecture, the performing arts, and art historiography in contemporary cultural debates, constructions of heritage, and configurations of multiculturalism and secularism. Before studying Art History, Islamic Studies, and Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin and Harvard University, he obtained a degree in Journalism and Media Economics from the Medienakademie Berlin. From 2013 to 2019, he worked at the Forum Transregionale Studien as a member of Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, a research program in collaboration with the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut. Philip Geisler is a recipient of the Ottoman & Turkish Studies Association’s Sydney N. Fisher Prize and is a former fellow of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. As a music dramaturg, he co-founded and co-directs the trans-traditional Trickster Orchestra and has worked for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as well as for jazz and contemporary music ensembles within the cosmos of the ECM record label. In his journalistic activities, he hosts discussions on art, literature, and music. 

Portrait: © Bernhard Ludewig 

  • Islamic Art and Architecture
  • Museum and Heritage Studies
  • Cross-Cultural Connections
  • Performance Studies
  • Architecture and Place Branding

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